Client:Pensacola State College
Location :Pensacola, Florida
Budget :$11,785,880
Architect :Florida Architects, Inc.
Completion :May 2020

Pensacola State College Baars Technology Building

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.

CURRENT STATUS (as of 10/3/19)


In the month of September, the Structural steel erector completed the erection of red iron,  installed decking over stairways and worked on the east side canopy and parapet.The framing subcontractor completed 95% of the 1st and 2nd floor interior framing and the roof parapets. The exterior framing is in progress. The masonry subcontractor arrived on site on September 11, 2019 and completed the parapet wall work in the mid roof. The roofing subcontractor installed roof insulation and completed pouring lightweight concrete on the north high roof and the south high roof. The site contractor imported fill for site grading and installed the curb at the north parking lot. The north parking paving is on hold. The electrical subcontractor completed 95% of power, light and data rough-in and in-wall on the 2nd floor and the 1st floor is in progress. The mechanical subcontractor has completed 95% of HVAC duct layout and installation on the 2nd floor and 20% on the 1st floor. The plumbing subcontractor has completed 80% of overhead rough-in on both 1st and 2nd floors. The waterproofing subcontractor began damp proofing parapet walls on the roof. The fire protection subcontractor has completed overhead rough-in for the sprinkler lines on the 1st floor and began working on the 2nd floor. The projected substantial completion date for the project remains 26 May, 2020.