Last month, Florida Technical College broke ground for its newest facility at 12900 Challenger Parkway. Located on a seven-acre site at Central Florida Research Park adjacent to the University of Central Florida in Orange County, the new facility will be 40,000 square feet and help meet the needs of Florida Tech’s growing student population. Lincoln Property Company serves as the developer, construction manager and property manager for the project.
Unfortunately, the weather did not feel like cooperating for the groundbreaking ceremony. Thunderstorms moved the golden shovel ceremony hosted by Emerson International and LPC into Florida Tech’s current building across the street, Challenger Tech Center. There, 40 guests enjoyed a light breakfast courtesy of Panera Bread and themed cookies by Sweet Bee Cakery as they looked at renderings of the new building. This was followed by a series of speakers who included: Joe Wallace, executive director of UCF Research Park; David Ruggieri, president of FTC and Gabe Garces, executive director of FTC. Scott Stahley, senior vice president with LPC thanked everyone for their involvement and recognized the attendees who included representatives from Central Florida Research Park, Emerson International, First Builders, FTC and LPC.