FIU To Break Ground On College of Engineering & Computing Building After Seeing Triple-Digit Growth

FIU’s College of Engineering & Computing has been growing rapidly, and the college is now preparing to break ground on a new facility at their West Miami-Dade Campus.

FIU’s School of Computer and Information Sciences has seen growth of 120% in enrollment since 2017 alone.  That compares to growth of 10 to 15% for the rest of the undergraduate population during the same period.

The first phase of the construction for the new College of Engineering & Computing building will include a 90,000 square foot building, according to data provided to The Next Miami by FIU. There will be 56,000 usable square feet in the building, located on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

A total of $38.9 million in state funding from the Florida Legislature and another $16 million in philanthropy and research funding has been appropriated to build the first phase.

The Knight Foundation is providing $3.5 million to outfit the interactive research space for industry-student project interactions, interactive research and teaching space with what FIU says will be best-in-class computing and prototyping equipment. FIU will spend an additional $3.6 million to outfit the laboratories.

As more funding becomes available, there plans are to build a second phase with up to 250,000 square feet.

The College of Engineering & Computing now has more than 7,300 students enrolled, including more than 1,000 graduate students.

The new facility is expected to add more than 550 new jobs in the Miami area.

It will have a much greater impact on the Miami area however with the number of engineering and computer science graduates expected. Last year alone, the college awarded more than 1,600 engineering and computing degrees.

Perkins & Will is the architect for the new building.

Groundbreaking for the first phase is scheduled for July 2021.

 

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Azarius
4 months ago

Nice here the school is doing great! That’s good new for the tech sector also. Plus the designs look great so far.. Let’s keep building!

Optimist
4 months ago

Beautiful. This is what a Miami building can and should be.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Need this to grow our tech hub – awesome!

Anonymous
4 months ago

They’re also rebuilding the collapsed pedestrian bridge, RIP to those who passed away in the original terrible accident

Anonymous
4 months ago

really, do u know where i could find more info about that

Anonymous
4 months ago

At least we know why we need a better engineering school.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Beautiful building! This is much more important to growing a tech hub than relocating billionaires avoiding taxes. Invest in home grown tech talent.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Nah, I’ll take a female billionaire instead.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Only if the graduates actually stay, and the only reason they will is if those billionaires avoiding taxes, as you put it, invest here to foster startups.

Anonymous
4 months ago

about time..the existing engineering building at 107 and flagler is a dump. I studied there and the place is totally depressing and uninviting. Good riddance!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Been there once and it is depressing like MDC north campus. Hope the knock it down and the county redevelops it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I was once there for my transfer Computer Engineering orientation a year ago. The atmosphere was so dead. I changed majors after that (because that and other things). Now doing Computer Science in the main campus. Even though I was there for half a semester (because of the pandemic), I enjoyed it a lot. I hope I can come back in Fall.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I think Metromover should be extended to FIU

Anonymous
4 months ago

Proud panther!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

FIU is the most important asset Miami has if it truly wants to grow into a top tier city

Anonymous
4 months ago

So can the county take back and develop the current engineering building property once the new one is built.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Where in campus is this being built?

Anonymous
4 months ago

That’s a great question! This was originally pitched to be on the fairgrounds area before that acquisition went down in flames.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Seems to me it’ll be in the empty area next to the intersection of 8th St & 107th Ave. Next to PG5

Anonymous
4 months ago

They will need to add parking in that new building too. Cuz I’m used to park in that empty area since it’s always full in PG4, PG5 and PG6.

Anonymous
4 months ago

What percentage of the funds to build is from CCP ? 🧐

Anonymous
4 months ago

#siliconswmp rules!

Anonymous
4 months ago

#siliconswamp

Anonymous
4 months ago

Let’s start a new university instead

Anonymous
4 months ago

Mana University: School of Alternative Marine Energy.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Mana University School of Deception 😛

Anonymous
4 months ago

So many cheap universities with no prestige. We need to make FIU better and stronger.