Shores Innovation Hub

Florida State University | Tallahassee, Florida

The Shores Innovation Hub, located just off Landis Green on FSU’s main campus, is an interdisciplinary program aimed to provide students with an innovative, collaborative and entrepreneurial environment in which they can discover, imagine and design solutions. The Hub centers around an open collaboration space, supported by a fabrication lab, virtual reality room, help desk, faculty offices, and a variety of meeting and study spaces. The entire space operates on the concept of an ‘open-door’ policy, welcoming students, faculty, and visitors to see and experience first-hand the growing generation of entrepreneurs. This is the first innovation space of this kind on a public university campus.

Owner
Florida State University
Cost
$1.4 million
Size
14,000 SF
Completion
2018

The heart of the Hub is the Open Collaboration space, which consists of flexible seating, the main help desk, fabrication space, and the ‘porch’ lounge area. From this bustling main space, visitors can obtain a clear view of all the Hub has to offer.

ALW did its homework in regard to research on Innovation Spaces, and brought many, many cutting-edge ideas for infrastructure, architectural features, treatment of the façade, furniture, support for unusual technologies in our fablab, all the way down to colors, coverings and wall graphics. The result is an amazing facility that positively impacts our campus culture. Students express a deep appreciation for the space, and the typical reaction of visitors during their initial visit is jaw-dropping.

– Ken Baldauf | Director, FSU Innovation Hub

Printing and fabricating is constantly occurring within the space, as students print and craft prototypes of their design solutions.
At the south end of the open collaboration space, sits the huddle room, with the main program room directly beyond it, entered by glass doors on either side. The huddle room is wrapped with wood, bringing a warmth to the bright white interior of the main space. Faculty offices and meeting space wrap this end of the open collaboration space. This portion of the space can be transformed to host large events, seating up to 150.
Folding off the main collaboration space, is an area for more quiet study, with a small seating area, two phone booths, the second huddle room, and the main pitch room.
Included in this project, was a signage graphics package, which included a ‘post-it’ inspired room sign. Future graphics will be installed, reinforcing the space’s mission for innovation and student-inspired design.
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