Architects have unveiled a vision for Seminole State College of Florida’s Altamonte Springs Campus that includes an academic village of eight new high-rise buildings, two large parking structures and a unique mix of classrooms and commercial space.
The proposed master plan, which was presented to the College’s Board of Trustees at its meeting on Oct. 15, would create 1.4 million square feet of space, which is more than the College’s current four campuses combined. The plan includes 950,000 square feet for classrooms and academic space as well as 450,000 square feet for public-private partnerships and retail.
In March 2010, Seminole State’s Board of Trustees approved the acquisition of 28.57 acres adjacent to the current campus, which is on State Road 434 near Maitland Boulevard. The area is the region’s second-largest employment center after downtown Orlando, with 72,738 daytime workers.
The proposed plan calls for the construction to be completed over nine phases. The first phase would begin later this year when Seminole State gains control over the car dealerships and parking spaces in the adjacent property. According to the plan, the three current car dealerships – 90,000-square-feet of space – would be retrofitted to help ease overcrowding at the campus. The space also includes 1,400 parking spaces.
“We believe it’s time to explore a new model of securing funding from private business and industry partners to help fund construction,” says Dr. Joe Sarnovsky, executive vice president at Seminole State. “The goal of the approach – which is unique for Florida – is to be more self-sufficient in charting future construction projects for the College.”
The new master plan, conceived by HuntonBrady Architects, depicts a linear campus mall of green space and buildings rising seven stories or higher. Two parking structures would incorporate retail on the ground floor and solar panels and trees on the top floor.
Seminole State trustees are expected to consider the new master plan at their Dec. 3 meeting, which will be held at the Altamonte Springs Campus. The master plan was developed after considerable feedback from students, faculty, staff, community leaders, and officials from the city of Altamonte Springs.
About 4,300 students are taking classes this semester at the campus, which first opened in 2008 at near capacity. The four-story campus is the base for all of the College’s healthcare/nursing programs. It also offers General Education classes toward an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree as well as English Language Studies and basic education programs.
For more information, please visit the Altamonte Springs Campus homepage.