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FAU Celebrates Dedication of Davie West Building

DAVIE, FL (November 18, 2010) –Florida Atlantic University recently hosted the dedication of Davie West, a new building shared with the University of Florida on FAU’s Davie campus.  The 75,000-square-foot facility is designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.

“Davie West represents the future of FAU as the Davie campus continues to expand and build new partnerships,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “This new building will serve as a place where classroom learning will go hand-in-hand with research in science, as well as the arts and humanities.”

The $30 million building, funded entirely by Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) allocations from the Florida state legislature, was constructed on land transferred to FAU from the University of Florida. It is shared between FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The building houses faculty offices for both of FAU’s colleges, five classrooms, including a 100-person tiered classroom, and state-of-the art labs for Everglades restoration and environmental science for both FAU and UF.

 “The FAU community is so proud of everything this building stands for,” said Joyanne Stephens, Ph.D., vice president of FAU’s regional campuses. “From our partnership with UF, to environmental sustainability, to the learning that will take place in the classrooms; Davie West is poised to be a remarkable academic and scientific research facility.”  

Speaking at the event along with Saunders and Stephens was Nancy Blosser, chair of FAU’s Board of Trustees; Joseph Joyce, Ph.D., UF-IFAS executive associate vice president for agriculture and natural resources; and Rosalee St. Lot, Broward representative of FAU’s student government. The ceremony also included a traditional ribbon cutting and performances by Cantemos!, an FAU student vocal ensemble.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit

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