It has been described as the most significant addition in the 50 year history of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus. It is also said to be the most inspiring.
It is marked by a grand opening ceremony and the crowd present there was by invitation only. Among the 400 people present there, included Governor Rick Scott and U.S. secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.
Each one of them was in appreciation for the new 178,000 square foot student union building built by spending $75 million.
As the ceremony came to a close, the grand building was given a new name, after the alumnus who had dreamed of it for decades – chair of ERAU’s board of trustees, Mori Hosseini.
Many had been waiting for long to see this dream completed, and when it eventually did, they had no complaint of why they were waiting for it so long.
In the words of former Congressman John Mica, as he came here, the view is just jaw dropping. The focal point of ERAU’s research park – the “Micaplex” is named after him.
Mica added everything that is done here is first class and world class.
“Absolutely iconic” is what former Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey said about the new facility.
Moving on to hear from University of Florida President Kent Fuchs – it’s just gorgeous, amazing building that reflects the ethos of what Embry-Riddle is famous for.”
Hyatt Brown described his feeling about the building by saying – Cici and I were just blown away. It just oozes Embry Riddle culture.
Detailing on how this magnificent building was made ERAU President P. Barry Butler stated – a lot of thought went into designing the building, keeping the end users, that is the students in mind.
The fact that a number of students have already made this building their new home, within a few hours of its opening, tells that it has been readily accepted.
This campus will be in talks for a long time to come – said Butler.