Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565
Phone: (239) 590-1500
Fax: (239) 590-1505
Architect - Leo A. Daly, West Palm Beach, Florida
Construction Manager - Wright Construction Group, Fort Myers, Florida
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.
Architect - Studio +, Fort Myers, Florida
Civil Engineering and Land Development - Waldrop Engineering, Bonita Springs, FL
Construction Manager - Maddox Construction, Bonita Springs, Florida
The project was designed with valuable input from a representative committee of FGCU students, faculty and
staff, and it will include expanded plazas, outdoor gathering areas, paver walkways, site furniture, sod
replacement and enhanced landscaping. It will greatly enhance the exterior environment of our most prominent
campus open space. Outdoor classroom features situated at the lake’s edges will provide opportunities to
learn about our ecosystem and view the natural beauty of our wetland and preserve environment.
As the University continues to grow, the Great Lawn will assume even greater prominence as the signature space
unifying our academic spine from east to west. With room for events, group activities, leisure, and pedestrian
thoroughfare, the Great Lawn will signify the spirit of FGCU while celebrating the southwest Florida natural
The Great Lawn is part of a larger master planning effort for the entire academic spine, stretching from Lutgert
Hall to buildings that will one day be situated on the eastern side of FGCU's loop road. The following concept has
been developed to describe the intended outcome of FGCU's outdoor master planning.
To define a central, revered place, at the center of campus that becomes a monumental feature of the overall
campus master plan, and to provide a memory to its visitors. This will be a space that evokes emotion, pride,
and possesses the spirit of the campus; a spirit that is defined by environment, academics, and life. The core
will be a place of intellectual gardening, and encourage thought.
In addition to this design gesture, varying physical factors of the existing architecture will be considered as it
interplays with the spaces it creates. Focal points, pedestrian corridors, and outdoor rooms will be defined.
The programmatic needs of the growing campus will also play a supportive role in creating spaces for learning,
sharing, activity, solitude, socializing, and observation, within the project site, and set within unique gardens
amongst the architecture and nature. These spaces will be woven amongst the core and its periphery, in an
effort to represent a seamless integration of environment, academics, and life, and with the use of various
design features, site furnishings, and art. This space will also resonate with the University mission on