Florida College, a source of city pride for 67 years, is spending $2.5 million to renovate two buildings on the North Glen Arven Avenue campus.
The school is modernizing the long-standing buildings and transforming them to feature Mediterranean Revival exteriors to complement the city’s historical architectural style.
“Every one of the buildings (we remodel) on campus is being converted to the Mediterranean Revival style,” Florida College development director David Curry said.
Money was raised by contributions from alumni and community supporters.
Work is under way to transform the former C Hall near the intersection of North Glen Arven and Bullard Parkway to become a 32-bed residence hall for women, which will be called College Hall.
“It has been closed for a few years,” Florida College Public Relations Director Ralph Walker said of the former men’s dormitory.
College Hall will be a $1 million project, he said. It will house private rooms and separate space for a study area, kitchen and laundry. It will be finished in time for students to move in this fall.
Toward the center of campus, construction workers have gutted the Akin Building, where science and math is housed, with plans to transform it into a state-of-the-art complex.
The $1.5 million project will feature two classrooms, four laboratories, seven faculty offices, a student lounge and a conference room.
The first phase of the two-part Akin Building project is restoring the interior work this summer, Curry said. The building will be open in time for fall classes.
The second phase of the project will add the Mediterranean architectural style to be completed in spring 2014.
Florida College, a liberal arts college serving 520 students, has been a landmark in the heart of Temple Terrace since 1946. Students can earn a four-year bachelor degree in six majors: Biblical studies, liberal studies, elementary education, business administration, music and communications. The college also offers a two-year associate degree.
To accommodate increasing student demands, the college began investing in a building improvement program in 2000.
Florida College opened two new residence halls on campus about six years ago. Boswell Hall has five floors and houses 329 men. Terrace Hall is a 96-bed residence hall for women next door.
Walker said the college is expecting an enrollment of about 560 students this fall.
“We are comfortable with modest growth,” Walker said.
Curry and Walker, who are both alumni, said that is the charm of Florida College.
“We don’t want to lose the intimacy of a small campus,” Curry said. “The charm of Florida College is knowing everybody on campus.”