Taking advantage of being in the cruise Mecca of the world, Florida International University signed a deal with Royal Caribbean Cruises to build a $20 million facility for its performers on its Biscayne Bay campus.
The state university said the 130,000-square-foot facility should open in January 2015 with advanced lead rigging systems for high-flying cruise ship performers to train. The performers also would live on campus.
“Public-private partnerships such as this one are essential to the vitality of our university and our community,” FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg said in a news release. “Through this innovative relationship with industry leader Royal Caribbean, our students are going to gain access to this fantastic facility and internship opportunities with some of the best talent in the business.”
The company (NYSE: RCL) will partner with FIU’s College of Architecture and the Arts and its Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management to offer 20 internships, access to the training facility and research partnerships.
“We are excited to partner with FIU on our new entertainment facility, not only because it will enable Royal Caribbean to continue to produce world-class entertainment for our ships, but because it will provide an opportunity for FIU students to receive a unique and hands-on education in the hospitality industry,” Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain stated in a news release. “Royal Caribbean considers South Florida home, and what better way to give back to the community than to be able to enrich the education of FIU students.”
The rigging systems will be designed by Chicago Flyhouse and Flying by Roy. There will also be a 300-seat theater, 10 rehearsal studios and 20,000 square feet for costume creation and storage.
Cresa South Florida managing principal Alan Kleber advised Royal Caribbean on the deal.
Source : Brian Bandell