FSU creates campus on north side of town

BY DOUG BLACKBURN • DEMOCRAT SENIOR WRITER • JUNE 10, 2010

It’s official: Florida State University now has a northwest campus in addition to the main campus and its fast-growing southwest campus.

FSU President Eric Barron and Adriane Tinsley, managing director of the FSU Research Foundation, cut a ceremonial ribbon Wednesday morning for the grand opening of the FSU Research Foundation Entrepreneurial Building and FSU Research Complex.

The two properties, acquired by the Research Foundation in 2008, are side-by-side on Commonwealth Boulevard, just west of Hartsfield Road.

The foundation building — formerly owned by Elbit Systems of America — is designed to house start-up companies that originated with research at FSU, Kirby Kemper, vice president for research, explained. It already has three confirmed tenants, with negotiations in place for a fourth.

“For us, this was perfect,” Kemper said. “Why would we go out and build a new building?”

The FSU Research Complex will be the new headquarters for the university’s Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis and other FSU centers that are renting space in buildings not owned by FSU.

“When these buildings became available at a very reasonable cost, it became hard to resist them,” Barron said. “There are endless possibilities for more research projects and collaborations at both of these buildings.”

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