Another structure that brings a contemporary twist to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for Florida Southern College will soon face the Hollingsworth lakefront on the eastern end of the campus. College officials today broke ground on the dramatic Carole and Marcus Weinstein Computer Sciences Center, expected to open in spring 2020.

The building will be situated at the corner of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Callahan Court, between the Becker Business Building and the newly opened France Admissions Center.

Project architect is Jeffrey Baker with the Albany, N.Y., firm Messick Cohen Wilson Baker; he has overseen restoration of Wright structures on campus and also designed the neighboring admissions building.

The center is named for FSC Trustee Carole Marcus of Richmond, Va., and her husband, Marcus. The philanthropists, known for support of higher education, were unable to travel to Lakeland for today’s ceremony because of a recent fall suffered by Mrs. Marcus, college President Anne Kerr said.

The structure with roughly 10,000 square feet of academic space and 3,000 square feet for an auditorium and food venue will be built by Rodda Construction, as were the neighboring buildings.

The new facility will allow the growing Computer Science Department to add a cybersecurity and informatics learning lab and a logistics center, FSC said in a news release.

The department currently serves 80 full-time computer science majors, a number that has doubled in five years, the college said.

Until earlier this year, the lot held a mid-century modern house that previously housed the admissions department and earlier served as a residence for Florida’s United Methodist bishop.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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