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Photo Gallery: SCI building brainstorming

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by Shannon Nickinson
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Renderings for the renovation of the SunTrust Building, which will house Studer Community Institute. Renderings for the renovation of the SunTrust Building, which will house Studer Community Institute.

The Studer Community Institute was founded on the belief that when people with common goals come together, great things can happen.

Quint and Rishy Studer purchased the former SunTrust Building earlier this year with plans to renovate it into a hub for networking, small business development and community education.

Before they finalized plans, the Studers wanted to gather input from the community about what people would like the space in the iconic downtown landmark to become.

Participants in these mini-focus groups were asked to rotate in small groups through four different parts of the property – the outside plaza, the inside lobby, the downstairs meeting space, and the upstairs meeting and patio area.

At each "station" facilitators were on hand to ask questions, gauge feedback and note your suggestions.

The goal is to use that input to help design, create, and program a place for civic conversations, community solutions and ongoing education. After the couple’s $8.5 million offer was accepted in April, the Studers moved on to proceed with plans to invest an additional $6 million to upgrade the property, which closed in August.

Studer Properties President Andrew Rothfeder said the vision for the building is to serve as the epicenter of learning, collaboration, and community dialogue for Northwest Florida by providing a venue for education and problem-solving.

Renderings for the renovation of the SunTrust Building, which will house Studer Community Institute. Renderings for the renovation of the SunTrust Building, which will house Studer Community Institute.

Plans call for the first floor to be converted into a conference center with a large banquet hall, which can be partitioned into smaller lecture venues or classrooms.

The remaining portion of the first floor lobby and atrium will be transformed into a public community area with tables, seating, a small cafe and smaller private meeting spaces. Outside the building, the large plaza will be upgraded with landscaping, outdoor seating, green space and other amenities, very much like similar plazas found in large cities.

Activities planned for the building include hosting local and national speakers to discuss ways to improve the quality of life in the area. The first of these is CivicCon, a lecture series that begins Sept. 26.

“Our goal for this renovated space is to give a voice to those who want to initiate positive change in the community, and work toward improving the quality of life for everyone in Northwest Florida,”

Quint Studer
Quint Studer speaking at the former Suntrust Building on Garden Street in downtown Pensacola. Credit: Rachael Gillette. Quint Studer speaking at the former Suntrust Building on Garden Street in downtown Pensacola. Credit: Rachael Gillette.

Nearly 200 people were invited to share their visions for renovations to the former SunTrust Building on Garden Street in downtown Pensacola. The building, which Quint and Rishy Studer bought earlier this year, will become the home of the Studer Community Institute.

In addition to the planned renovation of the lower floors, extensive upgrades will be made to heating and air conditioning, elevators, restrooms, and exterior finishes to ensure that current building tenants have a great place to work.

Renovations are expected to be complete in fall 2018.

Property Manager

Rachel Jerkins Phone: (251) 375-2492 Email: [email protected]

Leasing Agent

Jason Scott Phone: (850) 418-6792 Email: [email protected]

Building Maintenance

Phone: (850) 418-6783 Email: [email protected]

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Leasing and Property Management provided by Stirling Properties, LLC located in suite 802 of the S.C.I Building.


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