This new facility will replace of the existing 60-year-old Mary Ellison Baars Building on the Pensacola campus. The new facility will be a partial three story steel framed building and house mathematics, computer science, cyber security, aviation maintenance, advanced manufacturing programs and other high-tech programs. Also included will be the demolition of the existing Baars Building and site improvements, such as new utilities, storm drainage systems, parking areas and roadways, including the installation of a new entrance road, which will be initially used for a construction entrance. Additionally, the site will also undergo new hardscaping, landscaping and irrigation. This will be a Green Building Initiative, with a target goal of Three Globes Certification which is equivalent to USGBC LEED Gold Certification.
The new facility will provide training for 200 – 300 new jobs coming to the region for an and aerospace engineering firm with the potential for expanding to 1,000 jobs. In addition to housing high-tech programs, the new Baars Building also will provide space for a collaborative partnership with an adult learning and support program.