Maritime Professional Training is getting ready to break ground on a major expansion project that will add 25,000 square feet of space to its Fort Lauderdale campus.
MPT is already the largest private maritime training school in the United States and serves more than 10,000 students per year, providing training for mariners pursuing careers in both the commercial and yachting industries. The school first announced its plans in July for the $5 million expansion project, which will effectively double the size of the school’s simulation department and also include the addition of more classrooms and maritime training resources and technology. The entire facility is expected to take four months to complete, with construction scheduled to begin at the end of the month.
The school announce Thursday that it has selected Fort Lauderdale-based Gulf Building Corp. as the general contractor for the construction of the expanded facility.
“We are pleased to have such an esteemed, highly-reputable contractor as Gulf Building Corp. in place to help us carry out our vision for this new facility,” said Captain Ted Morley, COO of Maritime Professional Training. “This expansion builds on our current SMART Campus simulation facility, bringing the latest technology for deck and engine room simulation to the industry. It represents the most state-of-the-art simulation in the country, and the fact that we are locating it in South Florida is a testament to our commitment to the marine industry here.”
The expansion will bring MPT’s total training space to about 61,000 square feet, which includes a simulation center in Fort Lauderdale.
MPT says that its students come from all over the world and typically stay from a week to six months for classes, adding that the expansion will also likely benefit the local economy as many students and their families stay in hotels and frequent local restaurants, retailers and businesses during their stay.
“Since we opened our doors over 30 years ago, an increasing number of aspiring maritime professionals have trusted MPT with their training and certification needs,” added Morley. “This facility will allow us to train more students in the commercial and yachting industries, ultimately benefiting the local economy and maritime industry in Fort Lauderdale as a whole. This project has received tremendous support from the community, and we’re anxious to get the construction underway.”