St. Petersburg College – Technology & Business Development Center

St. Petersburg College Technology & Business Development Center

Project Type | EDUCATION 

Client             | St. Petersburg College & Pinellas County

Location        | St. Petersburg, FL

Known as the EpiCenter and the crown jewel of St. Petersburg College, FleischmanGarciaMaslowski designed a 131,000 sq. ft. joint-use facility shared by St. Petersburg College and Pinellas County. The EpiCenter is a full-service facility designed as a "one-stop center" to assist current businesses and industries in maximizing their potential, as well as helping Pinellas County in attracting new business to the area. The facility provides office and meeting areas for St. Petersburg College staff and the staff of four Pinellas County Government departments. Classroom and lab spaces were designed to support creative business planning and problem-solving. The Cyber Café, EpiCenter's in-house food service facility, attracts customers with wireless internet connection and plasma screen televisions.

Housed in an extensively renovated two-story light manufacturing building in the Rubin Icot Center located in central Pinellas County, the existing structure consists of tilt-up concrete walls with a steel-framed roof structure. A steel-supported concrete deck second floor fitted into the existing shell, effectively doubling the square footage. Three new external stair towers and internal elevators provide access to the second floor. The building is fully fire protected and has new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.