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Construction Start Date: Fall 2011
End Date: Fall 2014
Square Footage: 127,000
Lead Builder: Gilbane Building Company
Architect: Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore MD
|Gira Center is featured in the current FSU Profile Magazine|
Big Impact, Tiny Footprint
The much-anticipated Gira Center is the first new academic building at FSU in 11 years and one that is truly cutting-edge in its approach to student learning and collaboration. Housing the University’s most technology-intensive departments, it brings together the disciplines of computer science and information technologies, graphic design, mathematics, mass communication and communication studies. In this remarkable building, students have access to sophisticated technology similar to that which they will encounter in industry, building and room design that fosters learning and collaboration, and an example of a major academic structure that leaves a minor footprint on the environment.
Built and designed by a team of companies led by Gilbane Building Co. and Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners, the 127,000-square-foot structure sits in the middle of campus where Tawes Hall once stood. Like Compton Science Center and the Performing Arts Center before it, the Gira Center transforms the look of the campus while keeping its academic core in the same accessible and walkable space.