President’s Perspective — 25 March 2013
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Construction and renovation projects continue to accommodate students, faculty and staff so they can do what they do best—live, learn, teach or provide service. This spring several projects are on track to make daily life at Florida Tech go more smoothly.

In April, the department of marine and environmental systems will be glad to return to a renovated Link Building, where they now will enjoy two-and-a-half modernized floors. The new biomedical engineering will do its work in the remaining half of the third floor.

Also, work will begin soon on the Keuper Building, where the second floor is being readied for Chief Operating Officer T. Dwayne McCay, his support staff, and the research office. Marketing and Communications will be housed on the first floor, joined by Senior Vice President for Financial Affairs Robert Niebuhr and his organization. Move-in time is expected in early September.

Refurbishments were completed at River’s Edge on U.S. 1 so that in mid-March online learning and the department of extended studies could move in. A third of that acquired building was renovated for use by these two groups.

Ground was broken in March for a small physical fitness course next to Military Science on the south campus. By sometime next month the ROTC cadets will have a handy area for exercise. And, of course, they now have the best challenge course in the whole country down in Fellsmere.

Students will have more residence hall options in the fall when the faith-based Mary, Star of the Sea and the renovated Panther Bay residence complex on Babcock Street open. The first will add 140 beds and the second, with a 300-bed capacity, will accommodate international aviation and other students.

We have a daily challenge to make our facilities keep up with growth here. It’s a challenge I relish.

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