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
23 days 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
22 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days ago

Need this to grow our tech hub – awesome!

Anonymous
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
22 days ago

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

Anonymous
22 days 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
22 days ago

Nah, I’ll take a female billionaire instead.

Anonymous
22 days 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
23 days 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
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
21 days 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
23 days ago

Proud panther!!

Anonymous
22 days ago

I think Metromover should be extended to FIU

Anonymous
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
22 days ago

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

Anonymous
22 days ago

Where in campus is this being built?

Anonymous
21 days ago

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

Anonymous
21 days ago

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

Anonymous
21 days 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
22 days ago

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

Anonymous
22 days ago

#siliconswmp rules!

Anonymous
22 days ago

#siliconswamp

Anonymous
23 days ago

Let’s start a new university instead

Anonymous
22 days ago

Mana University: School of Alternative Marine Energy.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Mana University School of Deception 😛

Anonymous
21 days ago

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