Plans for New Academic Building at University Campus Unveiled

May 03, 2014

Saint Leo University is pleased to share details of a 48,000-square-foot academic building to be constructed at University Campus. It will replace Crawford Hall, which has only 8,000 square feet. The new academic building will be finished in time for Fall Semester 2015 and will be constructed at a cost of $14 million.

“This is the greatest moment in our proud 125-year history,” said Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., president of Saint Leo University. “This project embodies our continued commitment to our core values and represents the priority we place on academic excellence. Our vision has become a reality,” he said.

The four-story facility will be immediately visible upon entering University Campus. It will house 16 classrooms, 24 faculty offices, and additional space for tutoring, student group study, and other academic support services. It will complement the Donald R. Tapia School of Business building, which is located directly across a walkway. The exterior design, walls, and roofing of the new structure will reflect the same Spanish Mission style employed in both Tapia School of Business building and the Student Community Center complex. Still, the new building will incorporate distinct landscaping features and will be furnished warmly for teaching liberal arts, education, criminal justice, and social work classes, including graduate-level classes for continuing professional education. It will incorporate energy-friendly and eco-friendly design features.

Cynthia Brannen ’92, chair of the Saint Leo University Board of Trustees (pictured at the podium), welcomed attendees to the groundbreaking, and fondly recalled that Crawford Hall was the location of her first Saint Leo class. “This new academic building represents growth with more students learning and more faculty teaching,” Mrs. Brannen said.

The architect is Gould Evans of Tampa, FL, and the general contractor is Creative Contractors, Inc., of Clearwater, FL.

From left: Dr. Mary Spoto, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Carol Walker, dean of the School of Education and Social Services; University President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.; Dr. Maribeth Durst, vice president of the Division of Academic Affairs.