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UCF Outlines Tech Needs in 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan

A few projects the university plans to work on include replacing and upgrading the Florida Solar Energy Center’s automatic transfer switch, building automation and fire alarm systems.

University of Central Florida.
University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida (UCF) has published its five-year capital improvement plan (CIP) for fiscal years 2025-2029, highlighting several tech opportunities.

According to CIP documents, the university has a focus on “increasing research and development expenditures, winning more proposals, achieving more patents, more licenses and options for UCF intellectual property, creating more start-up companies, increasing partnerships and increasing its faculty (full-time equivalent).”

For example, under year two in the capital plan, UCF has earmarked $6 million for telecommunication-related services for its Research II building and Discovery and Innovation Hub.

For context, in 2018, the university proposed creating a new Research II building to serve as research space for its College of Sciences, College of Engineering and Computer Science and College of Optics and Photonics.

Meanwhile, the university’s Discovery and Innovation Hub serves as an interdisciplinary facility that addresses the university’s need for teaching laboratories and active learning classrooms across multiple colleges.

Other notable projects listed in the CIP include replacing and upgrading the Florida Solar Energy Center’s automatic transfer switch and building automation and fire alarm systems.

More information about the university’s CIP can be found online.
Katya Diaz is an Orlando-based e.Republic staff writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University.