St. Pete College selects designers and construction manager to build modern, transformative, $25-million “Student Success Center”

September 21, 2016

A central location for students, the campus-changing Student Success Center will support the visions of St. Petersburg College, and help foster focused, deliberate, career education

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (September 21, 2016) -- The storied and growing St. Petersburg College has selected a team of LEMA Construction, Perkins + Will, and Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) to design and build a new flagship building at their St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, to be known as the “Student Success Center.”

The project also includes renovations to an existing administration building, along with the ground-up construction of the three-story Student Success Center. This building will be the new face of the campus. Designs for the new structure are currently in development by Perkins + Will and Wannemacher Jensen. LEMA is serving as Construction Manager. Construction is planned for completion in Fall of 2018.

“We appreciate the student-centric, forward-focused approach of St. Petersburg College – we’re thrilled to contribute toward such a progressive educational vision,” said WJA’s Jason Jensen. “And we’re fortunate to collaborate with esteemed professionals Perkins + Will and LEMA Construction.”

About St. Petersburg College

St. Petersburg College alumni rank first in the state of Florida for most valuable job skills. Founded in 1927, SPC is Florida's first two-year college and the first to offer bachelor’s degrees. SPC offers more than 100 degree and programs, with high-demand, high-skill industry-recognized workforce certifications and 20+ bachelor's degrees. A career-focused curriculum is created with input from industry experts to give graduates the skills they need to meet the needs of today’s employers. The new Pathways Program gives students a clear roadmap to success to ensure students take the right courses – in the right sequence – to meet their goals. Visit

About LEMA Construction

LEMA Construction is a forward-thinking construction management and general contracting firm specializing in superior, sustainable projects for the higher education, healthcare, and commercial markets. Founded in 2005, LEMA Construction has helped create some of Tampa Bay’s most iconic spaces and structures. Our LEED AP certified staff take pride in their contribution toward crafting a sustainable community for future generations.

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About Perkins + Will

Perkins + Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935. More than 2,000 professionals across 20+ offices include some of the brightest minds in architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design, and landscape architecture – in such areas as sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, and mobility. Perkins + Will is consistently ranked among the world’s top design firms. Information is available at and Facebook.

About Wannemacher Jensen Architects

Founded 20+ years ago, Wannemacher Jensen is a thriving architecture firm in St. Petersburg that designs memorable and functional spaces for working, living, and playing. WJA’s extensive roster of high-profile projects includes buildings, facilities, parks, entertainment venues, and more throughout Florida. Projects and other information are available at, Facebook, and Pinterest