Florida Polytechnic University broke ground in September of 2019 on the $40.6 million Applied Research Center in Lakeland. Designed by HOK as a hub for innovation and discovery, the 85,000-sf facility will provide teaching and research labs, student design spaces, conference rooms, faculty offices, and administrative space. The two-story building will feature a multistory atrium illuminated by natural light to encourage interaction between faculty, students, and industry partners. LEED Silver sustainable design certification is being sought for the project, which is being built by Skanska. Completion is expected in fall of 2021.