Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565
Phone: (239) 590-1500
Fax: (239) 590-1505
Architect - Studio +, Fort Myers, Florida
Civil Engineering and Land Development - Waldrop Engineering, Bonita Springs, Florida
Construction Manager - Wright Construction, Fort Myers, Florida
See the PRESENTATION (.pdf-6.6mb)
Facilities Planning is pleased to announce the start of construction for enhancements to our main entrance at FGCU Blvd and Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy. The construction will last through the summer break and is planned to complete at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester. The enhancements will include a monument tower on the North corner, a monument sign in the FGCU Blvd median, lake fountains and new landscaping. Concurrent with this project, Lee County is also starting a new force main project (underground utilities) along the East side of Ben Hill Griffin from our North entrance road to our main entrance road. This County utility project will continue past our summer break.
Architect - Leo A. Daly, West Palm Beach, Florida
Construction Manager - Wright Construction Group, Fort Myers, Florida
See the WEBCAM images of construction in progress.
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.