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FGCU Emergent Technologies Institute

Architect - Leo A. Daly, West Palm Beach, Florida
Construction Manager - Wright Construction Group, Fort Myers, Florida

(Approved Rendering could go here when available)

The concept of a renewable energy research park was developed through a public-private partnership with John D. Backe that included a gift of land, located between the FGCU campus and Southwest Florida International Airport and a $1 million endowment to establish the Backe Chair in Renewable Energy at Florida Gulf Coast University.

This partnership and the receipt of funding for facility design will support the new FGCU Emergent Technologies Institute as well as the adjacent FGCU Innovation Hub Park. It will be a fully integrated scale-size demonstration site highlighting best practices and the latest technology associated with energy production, storage and usage. This facility will blend educational opportunities with research programs as a means to partner with renewable energy industries, utility companies, and local and state governments to develop technologies and provide a trained workforce for the next generation of clean energy production.

The FGCU Emergent Technologies Institute building will include space for an auditorium, traditional classrooms, research labortories and their accomanying accessory service areas for research preparation. Design for the building will allow for future growth, as additional funding becomes available.

Updates on the design progress for this exciting new project will be posted here, as they become available.


Vester Marine Field Station

Architect:  Burt Hill/Pollock Krieg Architects, Ft. Myers, Florida
Construction Manager:  Maddox Construction Company, Bonita Springs, Florida

The Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station provides laboratories, a hatchery, a classroom, a workroom and library, and direct access to Estero Bay. Recently, the facilities have been renovated to better support the Marine Sciences Program at FGCU. Updated facilities will improve conditions for continued and expanded experimentation.

Please visit the web site for the Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station to learn more about this valuable property and the important research it supports: Click Here

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