Eastern Florida State College was granted $9.54 million to build a student union at their Melbourne campus. The funds were included in the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
The 27,000 square foot building will include meeting space for student government, clubs and activities. It will also have space for study rooms, advising rooms and a food court.
The student union is part of a major expansion that the college has planned for the next decade. They have plans to build 5 more academic buildings at the Melbourne Campus during this time frame, and are relying on state funding generated by taxes to fund their projects.
The current projected cost of the expansion is $74.8 million. Besides the student union, they are planning a Public Safety Institute (already under construction), a Health Sciences Institute, a technology building, a business building and a hospitality management/culinary arts building
The college was denied a $20 million grant to build a “Center for Innovation Technology Education” because it is not on the Florida College System’s facility list. Unwilling to take no for an answer, John Glisch, EFSC’s associate vice president for communications, said that the technology building “will continue to be our priority for next year.”