The facility was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style to emulate Stetson's Gulfport campus, complete with an easily identifiable tower structure. The master plan for the site projects a total of 290,000 sq. ft. with four buildings and a multi-level parking garage. Phase 1 was the three-story, 73,000 sq. ft. academic/administration building overlooking the campus quadrangle designed by FleischmanGarciaMaslowski. It includes an entire teaching courtroom facility utilized by faculty and students for mock trials. The Florida Second District Court of Appeals also uses the courtroom for actual hearings. The Florida Second District Court of Appeals occupies the entire third floor of the facility. The spaces include judge's chambers and support facilities.
The Phase 1 building and tower have become an icon in the redevelopment of the northern section of downtown Tampa.