Florida college launches $87M master plan
Florida – New academic buildings, student housing, and major improvements comprise Eastern Florida State College’s new $87 million master plan for its Cocoa campus.
College officials said the master plan will focus on programs for high-technology careers and general education. It represents the largest planned capital outlay the college has ever made on any of its four campuses.
Most of the funding for the projects is being requested through appropriations from the Florida Legislature and follows $22 million the college has spent in recent years on a range of Cocoa campus upgrades.
Some of the projects in the master plan are:
- A new $21.6 million planetarium to replace the old structure that sustained severe damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017 and is permanently closed.
- A pair of new student housing apartment buildings for $16 million that will provide on-campus living for up to 192 students.
- A $15.8 million renovation of the Health Science Center for health-care programs and dentistry.
- A new $14.5 million Advanced Technologies building for several programs such as aerospace and engineering technology.
- A new $14.5 million Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) building for science classrooms and labs.
The college also plans $5 million for grounds improvements, including new walking paths around Clear Lake, lakeside pavilions, green space for students to gather, and a revitalized amphitheater.
Some of the master plan work is already underway with the college spending $1 million this year to repaint campus buildings and improve landscaping.