The Florida Gulf Coast University campus has a total of 760 acres. In the future, the University will have 277 acres of restored wetlands, 23 acres of created wetlands and 121 acres of upland preserve. The balance of the 339 remaining acres, less the buildings and landscape, will be exotic free or enhanced, leaving only 20 acres under landscaped irrigation. The University is responsible, through Physical Plant, for managing and monitoring these wetlands to achieve compliance with the Corps of Engineers, Department of Environmental Protection and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) requirements. The remaining acreage is landscaped and done so with natural, indigenous plant material. Of the landscaped acreage only 20 acres are under irrigation, which was done to achieve the aesthetic and architectural requirements in the University Master Plan. Any outside work needed for the wetlands and grounds is done through contractual services with consultants and qualified private firms.
The Grounds staff provides daily services including campus litter removal, inspection of dumpster areas to determine whether trash and recycling bins need to be emptied, and inspection of the entire campus for any immediate landscape and irrigation issues.
In addition to their daily responsibilities, the Grounds Department also conducts periodic inspections and maintenance of the irrigation system on campus, the Big Belly solar compactors located throughout campus, and two fuel tanks on campus.
Click here to access the most updated Landscape Management Plan for FGCU.