A wellness and aquatics center with bird-shaped lines recalling the school mascot could be built by next summer, Florida Polytechnic University announced today.

A news release said the center has not been named yet and that infrastructure construction could start this fall.

The center will include “a dedicated space for students to design and test new technologies for physical and health training,” according to the news release.

“We challenge our students daily with our STEM-focused academic curriculum, and so it’s only appropriate that we help them achieve new heights in overall wellness and personal fitness,” said Florida Poly President Randy K. Avent.

The center will include two pools, a strength-training area, rock-climbing wall, lockers, offices and a meeting room.

Estimated cost is $2 million, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Project designer is Straughn Trout Architects of Lakeland.

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