FIU Wants To Build $150 Million Engineering Complex

FIU unveiled renderings of a proposal to build a $150 million engineering complex.

It would be built on county land currently leased to the Youth Fair. According to the Herald, the Youth Fair is fighting a move to evict them and move them Homestead.

If built, the engineering complex would include 225,000 square feet of space.

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global reach
4 years ago

I wish the FIU president was this passionate about getting the metrorail expanded to this campus.

Fredric
4 years ago

IMO, this is a no-brainer (pun intended). The Youth Fair seems a better fit for Homestead and it could even be a boon to that area. An engineering complex is a better fit for anything even in the vicinity of FIU. Furthermore, having a first class engineering facility at FIU can only help in the effort to strengthen tech industry development in Miami-Dade, something that it clearly both needed and a highly positive goal for the future.

As for FIU having wasted space to build parking garages I am having a hard time imagining that. Anyone who has ever struggled to find a parking space at a Florida public university (including students running late for class) can tell you that the concept of abundant available parking is not exactly rooted in objective reality.

Gables
4 years ago

I would suggest that no one actually expect this building any time soon. It is proposed to be build on land leased to the Youth Fair and the Youth Fair is not going anywhere. This is actually just a PR effort to get the community and government on board with kicking the Youth Fair off the land and giving it to FIU. Having said that, I fully support getting rid of the Youth Fair. FIU adds so much more value to the community than the Fair.

Dave
4 years ago

Roughly half of FIU’s land is currently geared towards parking garages and lots. They have all the land they need, they just use it terribly. There is no excuse for FIU to have used so much of its constrained land exlusively for parking. Class room space or residences should have been built over the garages or under them.

suomynona
4 years ago

FIU has the second largest enrollment in Florida. And yet it has one of the two smallest footprints of all the public universities.

You look at every other large state university, and FIU has a similar number and size of parking garages and lots.

I agree FIU still has plenty of space to build. And I’ve said for years FIU needs to build UP. If they build wisely they can build for another decade without even needing the fairgrounds land.

At some point FIU should get that land though. I just hope all parties involved find a suitable relocation sure for the fair. Because it sounds like neither the fair nite FIU have been acting in good faith.

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An aside: FIU expects $150 million? Oh, lawdy. It’s going to take a huge private donation and years of state funding to come up with that money. What is FIU going to do with the current engineering campus land if this plan were to happen?

The comment in the Herald article about FIU’s low graduation rate is CORRECT. But to be fair, it’s at 58% (6 year) and 24% (4 year), which is higher than stated in the article. FIU’s 6 year rate – the standard when discussing graduation rates nationally – has gone up almost 15% in the last 5 years.

And the graduation rate only includes students who enrolled as freshman and who enrolled full-time. So it doesn’t unfairly hurt FIU for having community college transfers or part-time students.

FIU is and will continue to be a asset for Miami and the state. But it does have a lot of room for improvement.

001
4 years ago

Unfortunately Youth Fair’s lease is airtight.

Anonymous
4 years ago

All FIU cares about is your money.

Anonymous
4 years ago

FIU should build vertically on its campus and leave the fair alone.

suomynona
4 years ago

They absolutely need to build vertical to better maximize their space. I also think someone in the next few decades they should be given the fairgrounds land, assuming a suitable relocation sure has been found.

It’s not like FIU has the money or approval to build on that site right now anyways.

C.R.
4 years ago

I hope they expand this on fair grounds. I’m not an Engineering student but I did work at the FIU Engineering center administratively for 5 years. The work, research, and projects they do there at all departments is amazing and impressive. Glad the Engineering school and FIU is pressing on.

dave
4 years ago

i completely agree with gables

Anonymous
4 years ago

What does FIU intend to do with its current engineering campus located on Flagler Street? Why should local taxpayers be required to fund the relocation of the Youth Fair to another site if FIU already has a designated engineering campus? I’m not against this project but it would be nice if FIU would provide guidance on the specific uses they intend for the Youth Fair site to justify the cost to taxpayers.

Rod
4 years ago

I’m all for expanding the engineering school, way more important than the Youth Fair. I’ll sign any petition that can get this going. Or put this up for a vote. This should be a no brainer…but it’s Miami.