Project Spotlight

FAMRC Aerial View
Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center
Osceola County, Florida

The Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center is a collaborative project between Osceola County, UCF (University of Central Florida), iCAMR (International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research), Enterprise Florida and a number of other public and private entities. The center is being developed to create high-skill, high-pay jobs in Osceola County and the Central Florida community. The facility will be an incubator for nanotechnology for the advancement of manufacturing processes for smart sensor technology.

This is the first phase of a 400+ acre campus, the FARM, owned by Osceola County and will consist of a 106,663 SF facility plus a separate 3,224 SF RO/AWN building. Facility specifications include:

  • Class 1000* Cleanroom – 26,527 SF with 26,469 SF subfab plus 26,527 interstitial space above (*Upgrades are underway to improve this rating to close to class 100)
  • Class 10000 Cleanroom – 9,790 SF on elevated slab
  • Six HPM rooms totaling 3,743 SF
FAMRC Crawlspace
FAMRC Subfab


  • State-of-art semiconductor R&D facility with focus on next generation smart sensors
  • Waffle slab floor system
  • Extensive Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing support space
  • Office and Laboratory (wet and dry) space


  • Designing a cleanroom space with flexibility to accommodate varying tool layouts

Project Cost
$75 million

Construction Start
December 2015

Completion Date
September 2017

UCF is the Lessee and will own the facility in 30 years. iCAMR will manage the facility and draw upon its consortium members to utilize space within the facility to develop manufacturing processes to advance the production capabilities in the developing smart sensor industry.

The balance of the campus is planned to provide opportunities for the development of business to supplement and support the smart sensor industry. At buildout, the FARM is projected to create 20,000 direct and 80,000 indirect new jobs.

This facility will serve as a bridge between university level research and full-scale production. It will also serve as an educational facility and will have significant funding and participation by private industry, a true example of partnership.

As the Owner’s Representative for Osceola County, ZHA was authorized to manage all of the activities for the County, design-builder, UCF and iCAMR to ensure the facility is completed within the defined budget. ZHA's responsibilities included the design/build criteria, design-builder selection, contract negotiation, programming and baseline project definition, design and construction owner's representative services through the construction completion, tool installation and operations start-up.