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.