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Florida Poly ‘spaceship’ building is now ‘breathtaking’

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Florida Polytechnic University’s main building that looks a louvered flying saucer at rest “now ranks as one of the 16 “most breathtaking” buildings in the world, the school said in a Monday press release.

“Business Insider’s ‘Tech Insider’ magazine surveyed 16 prominent architects, asking each to pick just one structure they fondly think of as ‘breathtaking,’” the release said.

This latest survey puts it in the same ranks as “the Parthenon in Greece, the Empire State Building and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater residence,” the school said.

The structure already has won several other awards.

The building, known formally as the Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building, was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava.

He also designed “a new transit station at the rebuilt World Trade Center, a spiraling ‘Turning Torso’ skyscraper in Sweden and the Peace Bridge in Calgary,” the release said.

Florida Poly, founded by conservative former state Sen. JD Alexander, was established as the state’s 12th university in 2012, dedicated exclusively to STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math).

The school now offers six bachelor’s degree programs and two master’s degree programs. It does not yet offer doctorate programs.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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