Florida Polytechnic University

Building A Sustainable Campus

Florida Polytechnic University

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Florida Polytechnic University is Florida’s newest and only public university dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).The campus is situated on 170 acres in Lakeland, Florida.

The Challenge

In anticipation of university opening their new campus in August 2014, they contacted R3 Site Furnishings about designing custom receptacles that would accomplish multiple objectives. First, they wanted a design that would compliment the University’s signature Innovation, Science and Technology Building designed by architect Dr. Santiago Calatrava. The building has become a local landmark and destination for photographers and videographers. Second they wanted to provide waste and recycling containers for their campus that reinforced their commitment to sustainability. Lastly, they needed the units to be durable enough to withstand the harsh Central Florida humidity and intense sun exposure.

The solution

The resulting waste receptacle and recycling bin designs included a unique curved roof to emulate the signature campus building, as well as colors that coordinated with other architectural accents on campus. Additionally, the units were manufactured using HDPE recycled plastic which reinforced the University’s commitment to sustainability. The material also provided a low maintenance solution as it requires no painting or staining, and offers a higher color retention than painted or baked finishes.

The final component of the project included professional delivery and installation. Working in conjunction with the Florida Polytech personnel to decide on appropriate waste collection locations, Arete Industries securely fastened each receptacle to concrete pads with ground anchors to ensure a permanent functional fixture.

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