Eastern Florida State College | EFSC Coco Campus enters a new era with a $ 87 million master plan

EFSC Coco Campus enters a new era with a $ 87 million master plan

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An artist rendering shows the new main entrance from Clearlake Road to the EFSC Coco Campus and the STEM building for the science classrooms and labs included in the $ 87 million 10-year master plan.

April 11, 2022 – Eastern Florida State College on Monday announced the start of a new era for its Coco campus, with plans to invest $ 87 million to build new academic buildings, student dormitories and major improvements on campus.

College officials have presented a master plan to the EFSC Board of Trustees stating that the campus will become an important center for higher education in the future, focusing on programs for high-tech careers and general education.

The investment is the largest planned capital expenditure the college has ever made on its four campuses.

“This plan will transform the campus and move our community forward in important ways, providing students with first-class learning facilities and promoting economic growth,” said EFSC President Dr. Jim Riche said.

“It is an exciting opportunity for students, the space coast industry and the cocoa community to rethink the role of the campus, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m excited about its future. This will have a significant impact and benefit everyone.

Artist rendering of the Planetarium in the new Coco Master Plan

The 10 year plan illustrated in this video is the result of one year of work that includes input from students, staff and locals.

The highlight is the $ 87 million new facility in the fields of aerospace technology, engineering technology and advanced manufacturing. The new and renovated buildings will have classrooms and labs for health care, science and other programs.

In doing so, the plan reflects the workforce needs of area businesses and industry for highly skilled staff, including commercial space companies, other high-tech firms, and healthcare providers at the Kennedy Space Center.

The campus will stick to the long-term mission of general education, which allows students to earn a two-year associate degree before moving on to a permanent career path or moving to a bachelor’s program at EFSC or other colleges and universities.

Artist rendering of Coco Quad and Advanced Technologies Building

Coco Quad will be redesigned with the new Advanced Technologies building in the center and the revitalized Amphitheater.

The bulk of the funding for the projects comes from the Florida Legislature, which is pursuing the college’s $ 22 million spent in recent years on a series of Coco Campus upgrades.

Some master plan work is already underway, with the college spending $ 1 million this year to repaint campus buildings and improve landscaping.

Plans and their prices can be found here:

  • $ 14.5 million to build a new Advanced Technologies building for a variety of programs, including aerospace and engineering technology.
  • $ 14.5 million to build a new STEM building for science classrooms and labs.
  • $ 15.8 million to upgrade the Health Science Center for healthcare and dentistry.
  • $ 21.6 million to build a new planetarium to replace the old structure that was permanently closed after significant damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017.
  • $ 16 million to build a pair of student housing apartment units that can accommodate 192 students.
  • $ 5 million for ground improvements, including new sidewalks around Clear Lake, lakefront pavilions, a green space for students to gather, and a revitalized amphitheater.

“The new facilities will be state-of-the-art, giving students access to the best technology, equipment and labs and turning them into a place to study,” Riche said.

Artist Rendering of Coco Student Home;  Two L-shaped buildings with a lake in the background

The two L-shaped student housing buildings shown in this artist’s rendering will be built at the southern end of Clear Lake, where an old gym and pool are set to be demolished.

He said student housing would “transform Coco into a destination campus where students can live and study,” adding that student housing apartments on the Melbourne campus were very successful with weightlists.

The campus will remain a hub for major college services for the Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay and Titusville campuses.

These include the Career Planning and Development Center, which prepares students for the job market; The Military and Veterans Service Center, which assists veterans, their families, and active duty service members; Financial assistance; Information technology; human Resources; Registrar’s Office and Accounting.

In addition, the campus will host initiatives such as the Pentagon-sponsored Advanced Composites Learning Center, which trains technicians in advanced technologies for the aerospace and defense industries of Space Coast.

In order to make way for new facilities, old buildings that were old in the mid-1960s were badly damaged and would be demolished at the end of a useful life. They include two classroom buildings formerly used by the Central Florida YMCA, a gym and a pool.

The planetarium was also demolished following an engineering study conducted in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma found serious safety issues. Plans are currently underway to demolish four buildings and a pond.

“The master plan is a real game changer that will illuminate Coco Campus in new and vibrant ways. I can not wait to see what it will be like when it is completed, ”said Riche.

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