Please submit your ideas for possible future uses basedon proximity to the Main Campus and on resourcesavailable at the Buckingham Complex. All plans forimprovements and future uses will be completelydependent on the availability of funding. Short-term,mid-term, and long-term timelines could be acceleratedby additional sources of funding. What is your primary role at FGCU?66(30.56%)62(28.7%)71(32.87%)11(5.09%)6(2.78%)FacultyStaffUndergraduate StudentGraduate StudentOtherFaculty66 (30.56%)Export to raster or vector imagePrint the chart
Short-Term Possibilities – 1-2 years (Storage, Research, and Outdoor Uses Only) a. Recommended demolitions include: Building 633X (house 34) and building 638X (house 39), both near main entrance, building 642X (old sewage plant), and building 647X (Arthur Office); in addition, other demolitions probably will include Tyler, Madison, and Monroe (houses in southwest corner of complex, one currently used for police training), and Taylor (neighboring office building). b. Top priority is Gymnasium maintenance and renovation; funding applied for. c. No other funding provided by FGCU or other sources d. All events and other uses (outdoor only, e.g. cross-country meets) must be funded by the entities involved, or by donations. Potable water, waste disposal, food services, and medical services must be provided by the entities involved. Please submit your ideas here
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If there is space for storage I would like to recommend that we purchase many of the items we use for commencement and store them out at buckingham.  We spend thousands of dollars that could be saved by the University if we had our own equipment. 

The ability to maybe do a camp ground type deal, so would need some showers and bathrooms, but would bring tents so no need for residential units.

I agree with the above possibilites, except for criterion a. I do not think we should demolish buildings, especially if fellow state workers such as police offers use the buildings for trainings.

Outdoor shading like you would see at a park for use near the challenge course, as it gets very hot out there when using these facilities.

Ropes course, lease out other space if possible (police, driving course, community events, etc.)

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Department/Student Organization atheltic tournaments

Intermural competitions

Rent the property or grounds to other organizations who are looking for open space for their activities.

 

Environmental art projects, art installations, outdoor student performances, landscape painting, temporary art structure building, stort term studio space for visiting artists or specific art student projects.Visiting artist sleeping facilities.

Storage, research, Outdoor and othe events. To include family day, fundraising, small agricultural center.

Storage for admissions records and records that must be kept longer than 5 years.

Fund by the entities involved, or by donations.  Assure stability of building being used or update the facility to be promotiable.

Proceed with demolition; do nothing else immediately until we have thought this through

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Recreational Activities.  There is ample field space for recreational fields and activities.

Science research.  There is an abundance of wildlife throughout the center and the surrounding 200 wooded acres.

Greenhouses.  Food forests.

Start developing as a satellite campus.

Being able to provide potable water should be a high priority. That availability would support all future uses.

Greenhouse, and agricultural classes

I have been to the complex, and it is beautiful. I would really love to see FGCU expand their involvement on the property. The short term possibilities outlined above are excellent. Buckingham can made available through campus reservations and R25 so that off-campus entities and university related organizations can reserve a space, just like space is handled on campus.
 I am a full-time staff, but also a part-time student. I would like to see the complex opened up to the science, engineering, and environmental departments, for research and development. I can see the engineering students maintaining utilities, as they learn how to use the sewage and water plant, for example. Too bad it is slated for demolition. Hands on work experiences related to the courses would be ideal... And you can see it as free labor for FGCU!
The gymnasium is beautiful. It has a lot of wood work; hopefully what gives it character can be saved. They don't make gyms like that anymore!

Make a disk golf course, BMX track, Radio Control plan course, 4H shows, and other such things to draw users in.

FGCU Athletics will continue to utilize the property for cross country meets as well as training opportunities for men's and women's cross country. 

I don't think all the housing should be demolished. It would be a great place to house temporary visitors to FGCU like faculty members on Fulbright exchanges. It would also be a great site for academic conferences and retreats, if you were able to provide housing on site. 

Considering the grounds, Waste disposal and garbage clean up should be stressed for large groups holding events here.

Provide security.  Lehigh Acres is close by.

Short-term recommendations

- close and demolish all buildings that are viewed as unsafe for utilization

- continue utilizing other buildings as storage sites

- allow outdoor use of site (research, outdoor pursuits, cross country) requiring all users to provide their own support (food, water, etc...)

more utilization of extensive grounds by Athletics and academic programs that require large labs and exercise practice areas

Demolition of the current buildings on site will greatly enhance the appeal of the property.  It's a bit creepy with all the old abandoned buildings out there - like a town with no people.  e.

The cost of new buildings is excessive -- 10's of millions of dollars.  Due to this high cost of new buildings should we consider the existing structures at Buckingham as a less expensive resource?  Do all of these structures need to be demolished?  Is it too cost prohibitive to bring them up to code?    

Short-Term possibilities sound reasonable. For safety, demolitions of unusable buildings is a good idea.


Let's get our students more deeply involved in the rehabbing of this treasure. Beyond fueling service opportunities, students enrolled in Colloquium, Foundations of Civic Engagement, and other service-linked classes could put a bigger vision in motion.



Build synergy and public knowledge by implementing collegiate and local sports events that generate public attention.  Work with Lee and Collier County governments and tourism officials to brainstorm on how to best implement a sports facility campus.

I think starting to demolish buildings is a good first step.

1.  Work with Buckingham community to solicit their input into our planning process.  Let's be good neighbors!. 

2.  Market the site for use in film production.

3.  Appropriate residences (toward entrance) made available at low, or no, cost to graduate students to support recruitment and establish residents on the site.

4.  Explore funding for sustainable retrofit studies, or use of site for model habitat restoration/creation, agricultural development

5.  Develop 'field school' for ecology research and land management

6.  Coordinate with Lee County for possible collaboration for recreational use between this site and associated public lands.

   

THis is an excellent property and should be maintained and used for future growth.

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Create a revenue stream by renting outdoor spaces for organizations/leagues. 

How is anyone responding to this survey supposed to offer informed feedback without having been provided with some basic budget/expenditure information on these facilities? This is a poorly written survey.

I believe that a sports complex should be developed starting with cheaper developments such as baseball fields, soccer fields and maybe the begining phases of a foot ball stadium.

Continued storage and research

The Buckingham property is an ideal location to study ecological systems along an urban-rural gradient as well as land management strategies. Research should be the primary focus as they require no facilities outside of storage and generally have their own funding.

Demolition should be limited to structurally compromised facilities, and special care should be taken when addressing the demolition of buildings containing asbestos, black mold, and other possibly harmful contaminants. Be aware when selecting buildings for demolition that a facility with no immediate use is not inherently useless; a "measure twice, cut once" mentality should be adopted.

The facility should remain available to community and non-sporting related outdoor pursuits.

It is my stance that the property, as it is in its current state, lays wasted insofar as there is nearly unanimous  support in the medicolegal field for the the proposed EFF as tendered by Dr. Walsh-Haney.

Contrary to what ever other agendas the property might be subjected too, it is resaonable to permit 10% or less of the property to the sturdy of EFF and the scientific merit the study has to the subtropical climate and human remains recovery.

This opportunity has the ability to further increase the marketability, academic distinguishment and research efforts to solve the most heinous of crimes:  wrongful death. The data has great potential in advancing medicolegal death investigation and is heavily supported by District Medical Examiners, academicians, and law enforcement. 

Regardless of the bureaucracy of the decision making procecss, the EFF must be considered a viable option.  To ignore it would do injustice to the thousands of unclosed cases that reside in osteology and pathology.  Greater than the use of the property for this endeavor is the scientific leaps that may bring closure to hundreds, if not thousands, of grieving families Florida-wide.

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Get an idea of where on site to locate a body farm for the forensic department.

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Sell property to fund future sporting complexes, such as a football stadium.

Establish an archery range, possibly for public use, community garden

I do think there is a possibility of some of the buildings needing to be taken care of, to prevent or minimize the materials' impact on the environment.

The outdoor uses seem fine.

There are a variety of uses for land and opportunity such as the Buckingham complex.

Currently there are majors on campus such as development planning, environmental engineering, civic engagement, biology, humanities and many more related interests that could utilize this land as an opportunity for hands-on experience in any particular field.

Build an auxiliary Food Forest on a portion of the land, a larger one than we have on the main campus.  Use this organic Food Forest as a training ground for students from all over the area (all ages) so that organic farming can be taught to anyone who wants to learn how to live sustainably.

Use wetland areas for Environmental Biology student research.

A research area for multiple disciplines

Camping trips. Gym/pool party

Any buildings that are not habitable need to be demolished. I'm not sure why a gym would need to be put in at this site. This could be a nice outdoor event space if main buildings can be constructed to provide the necessities that would be required for holding larger events. Area for research and conservation definitely needs to be mapped off and established early as the school grows, increasing the amount of people that use/have access to that site, and before plans get too big and the schools focus on conservation and research is lost or diminished at this site. 

Environmental engineering  research facilities. I

Outdoor concert venue

Expansion of the Eagle Challenge Course.

Entomology Studies could originate from this facility; the study of insects, their control, eradication, and possible environmental studies from pesticides currently used in pest control.  With FGCU's commitment to protecting the environment, we could lead the world on research and control of insects using Earth-friendly products waiting to be developed.  

What northern-migrated resident of Florida enjoys seeing a roach or bug in their house?  It's a huge market in Florida, so we should grab the opportunity to compete with UF and make a difference.  Did I mention it's a great job creation market?  

Any buildings on the property that are a hazard or that would cost more than it is worth to renovate should be demolished to make way for new and sustainable infrastructure. 

"a" and "b" are suitable options, as long as these do not substantially harm the local environment and wildlife.

I agree with option C

Gym improvement, upkeep and improvement of the pool, and especially the expansion/ renovation of the track system for immediate low key sports use. A track/ park setting for student enjoyment/ research/development could be put in with replanting of some plants on the property (there are multiple fruit and food trees, as well some really awesome plants/trees left over in the wild area from residents).

a track to go with the rennovated gymnasium would be a good idea

As a Biology major, I think that in the short term, this location could serve as a great place to conduct research on Indigo snakes and gopher tortoises. As these are endangered species, this land is very fragile and must be "handled with care" so as to give these animals the best chance for survival. Extensive building and urbanization of the area would wipe out the local populations of these animals and make the area useless to ecological research.

Demolish buildings, create parking

 

Over the summer kids camp. Tents, portopodys, and lots of educational and fun activities. Outreach to 4h or boy/Girl Scouts. 

 

I like the idea of an area which can provide valuable environmental research,. However, I believe Buckingham should be limited to only that for the next several years at least. The funds used to renovate that complex to where it would appeal to students as a satellite campus and more than just an environmental research complex can be put to better use. Increased availability of parking, particularly around Lutgert College of Business, is a necessity. Also, the student center or gymnasium on the main campus can be further improved and expanded to compare to other major Florida universities before worrying about expanding to a satellite campus only 18 miles away. 

Allow boy scouts or other organizations to camp at the location or rent for a fee. 

I believe in the vision of LEED certification we should focus on re - using and redeveloping these facilities instead of demolishing them and starting all over again. I also think that the long term development and growth of this facility could be used as a learning facility for many of our majors, like engineering, business, biology, research work, etc. Don't ignore the opportunity to make the deconstruction/construction of the facility as a learning tool for students. 

Sounds good. 

Research locale to observe endangered or threatened species.  Preserve area without disturbing local flora/fauna.  Find use in line with land preservation.

Use the area as a retreat/camping area for RSO's 

Allow outside groups to rent areas for camping/retreats

Start a small permaculture farm

Its would be great to get the gymnasium working that way there could be another area for students to hang out and work out.

Possibly have a swimming pool for fun activities or for other competitive events.

 

 

In early development stages there are opportunities to create no cost, low cost initiatives that include establishing agricultural parameters and pasture land development using preexisting and natural boundaries on a scale suitable for research and exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

Camping.  Setting for Drama students films.

The property can be used as a public education center on a temporary basis. Maybe the school can charge for mini environmental courses for adults and tourists and use that money to elaborate the original idea. Perhaps another rec center can be useful also.

The above short-term possibilities seem to be well thought out. At this time, I do not have any ideas to add.

Day-long staff and student retreats

Athletic training facilities - varsity and/or club sports

Intramural sport usage

Could offer primitive camping opportunities to boy scouts, etc. who are used to having to provide their own services. Girl Scouts would be a good contact.

Begin looking for funding to build shooting ranges (gun and archery)

Look for funding for needed infrastructure like water and sewer.

I think key will be to partner with other groups who want opportunity to use a facility like this.  I know FGCU has already discussed options with FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and I think they would be a perfect partner.  Contact outdoor companies like Bass Pro and Dick's Sporting Goods who are in area.

I think hospitality management dept. as well as environmental studies and biology could use a site like this.  Maybe engineering could help out with some projects, too.

 

 

 

create sports playing fields for baseball and soccer tournaments
outdoor concerts

Use it for storage space, until renovations can be made.  Also use the useable space for research and conference space, as able (pending renovations, etc.).

 

 

Do NOT use it as a means to increase FGCU enrollment. Support of existing students and staff must be addressed. Do NOT demolish functioning and usable houses and living spaces - those could serve grad students doing research on the property or at FGCU. Until uses have been thoroughly investigated it would be a mistake to destroy buildings.  

Sounds like space for storage and research activities could make sense.
It would also be an excellent place for a Unversity-wide picnic- you know, something to BUILD community
- Offer the space to be used for Tough Mudders, Savage Races, and the like. 
- Offer the land to be used for events with organizations such as Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.
It appears that stewardship of the north west portion of the site that I believe has a natural plant community and is contiguous although separated by a ditch, with the Conservation 20/20 Hickory Swamp Preserve is not being contemplated. I believe it should as a partnership with Lee County and collaboration on grants to restore this portion of the site is possible. Restoration of the northern portion of the site, which presently is grass to a native plant community would be a great research project.

I suggest  that Cathy Olson, Land Stewardship Manager for Lee County Parks and Recreation be contacted on these ideas. Her e-mail is colson@leegov.com and her phone number is 533-7455.
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Not sure what this question is asking since you already stated the priorities. Surprisingly you don't suggest using this facility for classes!  Could it be used as a satellite location for selected course offerings, Renaissance Academy programs or presentations to reach out to the public in that area?
Can it be offered to groups who want to do overnight camping (ie: scouts, or FGCU students) and have short term retreats like a conference center?
plant research
water quality research
weapons resarch
body farm
art studios for upper division majors
expanded food forest for growing organic
Some useful horticultural research could be conducted with access to sufficient water (need not be potable).
How about housing some of the graduate research programs in the Sciences at Buckingham?  We would also need Graduate Research Faculty whose primary responsibility is research.
Research and storage only, Forever:
This property has limited potential because of its distance from the main campus.  As an FGCU student there is already limited space on our rapidly growing campus, This space would be expensive to renovate and the potential benefits of this space are less then the costs.  Keep costs low, this space is representative of the Florida environment and could be a haven for outdoor research projects, and continue to make FGCU stand out as a university  whose contributions to academia,and the community are invaluable
The use for cross-country meets is an excellent one, I think it offers a safe, beautiful course for the meets.

In the past was a home for the mentally challenged.   I had a family member live there at one time and also taught swimming lessons as a high school student.

Infrastructure should take first priority.  Without clean water, roads and updated utilities, it will not function properly.   Careful consideration should take presentence for the environment.  Work alongside farmers in the area.  Possible public/private partnerships.

 

 

Theatre wood shop in the old shop building.
It seems ideal for short-term usage to include additional environmental research, perhaps engineering student projects to redesign usage, business students to develop a plan, usage for service learning projects?
The location and setting of Buckingham would make it ideal for a movie set. Especially a large, well funded movie could demolish several of the buildings that needed demolished, and provide funding for existing or new facility enhancement.

Also the park site could easily be turned into a campground for FGCU community use.
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 Top priority is Gymnasium maintenance and renovation; funding applied for.
We should be able to use the space for a FGCU body farm for the Forensic and anthropology students to be able to do research in our fields.
Some nice off-campus indoor/outdoor space for department retreats would be nice.
Research on the vegetation and animal population.
Short-term, consider expanding outdoor use for coloquium and courses related to environmental issues.
FGCU should provide funding and/or equipment needed or used for Research opportunities.

museum studies storage space
Beach volleyball courts for the beach volleyball team

Soccer field with a track around it - this will provide an opportunity to build a track team (other than cross-country) while we work on getting the funds on main campus for a stadium
  • Outdoor Classes and Nature research/Study
  • Events and recreation

 

Short to Mid-Term Possibilities – 3-4 years (Office, Classroom, Gym, and Theatre for Limited Number of People on Day Use Basis Only, as specified by ADA, Fire, etc.) a. Basic utilities available in limited number of buildings b. Small to moderate funding from FGCU or other sources Please submit you ideas here
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Ability to allow day camps or small overnight camps

Agreed

No money spent

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day retreats for students

classrooms/day trips for colloquium

Art studio space for upper level art students and faculty in existing structures (300 to 400 sq ft spaces with access to water and power.  Welding and metal casting projects. Living space for visiting artists/scholars for 1 to 4 week visits.

 

Environmental and agricultural studies/ PGA or grounds management

outdoor events, concerts theatre

Small to moderate funding from FGCU or other sources

Apply for grants to use the facility for things that involve students:  eg construction of green house, or solar technologies (innovative car ports etc), or other hands on research oriented activities --  habitat restoration?  invasives removal approaches?

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Office Areas.  Offices could be moved from the main campus to buildings at Buckingham to free up space for more classrooms.

The gymnasium could be used for students and staff for recreational purposes.

Seems like this could be an excellent retreat center. I know many FGCU departments pay hotels for that type of space. Once renovated, the Buckingham site could also become a revenue generator for the university if made available to outside groups.

off campus-classrooms/programs

1. Summer Camps. A regular day camp or if you do enough work on the existing old residence buildings there you could do overnight camps.

2. you could do a freshman orientation weekend where those interested in leadership and other things at their new school could go and do a weekend orientation to (you can see other comparable programs like "Cat Camp" at Texas State University or "Fish camp" at Texas A&M

Office, classroom, gym, and theater spaces on campus are pretty much to capacity on main campus. The only problem with expanding space and services is getting to Buckingham for those students that do not own a vehicle. Public transportation or shuttle services will be needed.

Goat Rodeo's

Look to utilize gymnasium for campus recreation intramural programming

All sounds fine. 

Funding towards the structures still suitable should not be used to maintain the structures that are past repair or destined to be demolished in the future.

To make this useful you really need to relocate an entire college there.

Mid-term Possibilities

- a priority should be given to those buildings that are suitable and safe based on ADA, Fire Code, and other standards, these buildings can serve as temporary additional space to support activities on the property

 

- the property also includes a significant amount of pine upland habitat that has not been managed and therefore has a significant amount of non-native vegetation, the property needs to be managed by removing non-native vegetation through mechanical means

- safety is another issue that needs to be addressed, many home owners in the surrounding area utilize ATV vehicles on the property beyond the fence, they use the property beyond the fence for other recreational activities (target practice, etc...) so there should be a fence erected around the property's border and perhaps an education program initiated to inform the local homeowners they are trespassing - this is and already has become a safety issue for some students working out there.

off campus observatory. Not an ideal location but much preferable over the current on-campus location

Waste of Money.

we need facilities on campus for students direct use with no added expense

more utilization of extensive grounds by Athletics and academic programs that require large labs and exercise practice areas

Large covered shelter for the challenge course users would be nic

Capital campaign to raise funds for a football stadium

Will this promote future use and interest of the facility?

Is this effort worth it? What are the long-term plans, and will these interfere with that?

 


Let's tear down what is salvageable, rehab what is, and turn this into a green and sustainable community showcase.


Could we start thinking interms a conference facilities.  One large meeting room and several breakout rooms.

1.  All of the above

2.  Explore transport options (bus) between main campus and the site..

3.  Offer space for students (e.g. art students senior projects)

4.  Offer research space to faculty - where possible/appropriate.

5.  Summer camp programs

I agree with b.

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Outreach programs for continuing education; outreach program to provide health screening and referral -- training ground for FGCU Health Professions students for underserved populations. Wellness programming.

Renovate other basic buildings that may be used for student life.  You may want to make locker-rooms, and temporary housing to accommodate teams that practice or teams being hosted for games.

Move particular departments' offices, specifically those who do a lot of research or perhaps graduate faculty who do not need to meet with students as frequently. out of the main campus to the Buckingham campus.

Perhaps use the facilitate to house distance learning faculty and staff.  

In the mid-term the Buckingham property should start to transition into a functioning Ecological field station to support undergrad and grad research. Using pilot data from the short-term research activities already being conducted at Buckingham it is possible that significant outside funding sources (NSF, etc.) would support the needed repairs and upgrades or possible replacement of buildings.

The Buckingham facility is not convenient to the main FGCU campus, but an offering of open facilities could benefit the Lehigh and Buckingham communities.  Offering night classes and skill development classes could provide a beneficial service to the surrounding area.

It is my stance that the property, as it is in its current state, lays wasted insofar as there is nearly unanimous  support in the medicolegal field for the the proposed EFF as tendered by Dr. Walsh-Haney.

Contrary to what ever other agendas the property might be subjected too, it is resaonable to permit 10% or less of the property to the sturdy of EFF and the scientific merit the study has to the subtropical climate and human remains recovery.

This opportunity has the ability to further increase the marketability, academic distinguishment and research efforts to solve the most heinous of crimes:  wrongful death. The data has great potential in advancing medicolegal death investigation and is heavily supported by District Medical Examiners, academicians, and law enforcement. 

Regardless of the bureaucracy of the decision making procecss, the EFF must be considered a viable option.  To ignore it would do injustice to the thousands of unclosed cases that reside in osteology and pathology.  Greater than the use of the property for this endeavor is the scientific leaps that may bring closure to hundreds, if not thousands, of grieving families Florida-wide.

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Upgrade or erect fencing necessary for a body farm for the forensics department.  Start doing research.

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Do not waste the money. I guarantee 99% of the FGCU student population is unaware of this property's existsnce (such as I was until this survey), and most students will never get any benefit out of upgrading or improving the site.

It's a sunk cost...get what you can for it and bring the fuding back to the main campus.

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Build up FGCU's Theatre Department and let budding actors, directors and other stage personnel flourish.

Still research use

Still at a loss as to why a gym needs to be placed here. Also, not sure why a theatre would need to be placed on this property, there is already one on campus. If there are to be classrooms at this property could they maybe be outdoor classrooms? The buildings on this property need to be used for things that make sense. Things that I see making sense on this property are buildings to expand and make the eagle challenge course better. Graduate housing, especially for students conducting research on this property. This may also be a great site for a research building that could be the hub for all the research occurring on this property. 

Theater, second rec center, concert venue

Entomology Studies could originate from this facility; the study of insects, their control, eradication, and possible environmental studies from pesticides currently used in pest control.  With FGCU's commitment to protecting the environment, we could lead the world on research and control of insects using Earth-friendly products waiting to be developed.  

What northern-migrated resident of Florida enjoys seeing a roach or bug in their house?  It's a huge market in Florida, so we should grab the opportunity to compete with UF and make a difference.  Did I mention it's a great job creation market?  

Classrooms and research labs should be built to serve as hands on learning environments for both upper and lower level FGCU students. Classes like Colloquium and Civic Engagement should be offered at this location for students that live north of the main FGCU campus. This would not only proved an easier commute for students, but would also get students involved in the development of the Buckingham Community. There should be many research projects and ecological surveys done during this time to not only teach students but to aid in the habitat restoration on the property. 

I am fine with with "b" as long as these facilities get used.

I don't think that FGCU should further fun this because it is too far away from campus to really get any students or faculty to go there. 

Low key concerts and small population social gatherings (picnics, performances, pick up sports) as well as appropriate classrooms. Research and engineering are the first to come to mind. 

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If any new buildings are built, they should all be LEED certified, and low impact on the surrounding environment. It would be better to build one building with many floors than building several one story buildings. This would leave the least disturbance on the surrounding ecosystem.

This property could be used for the maters and graduate programs offered by the school which would then allow more undergraduate classes on main campus. This would allow undergraduate students to feel more connected to the school.

Create football practice fields

I believe these should be put off for 5 or more years. The main campus can use improvements to compare to other major Florida universities and attract students before worrying about establishing a satellite campus which is relatively close to the main campus. Environmental studies can be done on the main campus or use a portion of the funds for those students to travel further away, such as to the Everglades, to study nature.

Use for environmental research

Increase the size of the permaculture farm to include a fruit tree farms to be paid for by the proceed from the permaculture Vegetable farm

Improve the infrastructure of the roads

The gym would be great, a small theatre would be awesome if you can get students to go to that area.

Foundations for sustainable practices can be established in early stages of overall property and purpose development and when implemented, reduce the environmental impact and operational expenses.

Short to midterm efforts focused on integrating practices in sustainable property management for an academic and research community greatly enhances areas of study in art, science, health, education, and business. Project efforts include;

  • vermaculture
  • agriculture
  • aquaculture
  • permaculture
  • terra forming

Around Halloween time make it a haunted walk kinda thing.  Charge admission or take donations or something.  Open it to the community to make money.  It would be super creepy out there, especially at night.

Basically, the property can become more classrooms. If the school ever wishes to expand, then this is the place to do it without changing the existing environment too much. It would make a wonderful center for added arts and sciences facilities (which I feel is the most neglected school on campus.) That subject area is also the most studied field, so it's going to have to expand one day anyway. Once this is added as a small arts and science area, it can eventually become a larger facility. Otherwise the site could be used for fraternal housing, but I question whether or not that is wise usage of space.

Although I am far from a football person, this is the school's best chance of having an area for a team. Additionally, it's space just to the north of FGCU would be a wise reallocation in terms of traffic movement. It pushes people away from the main campus area for game day. That sort of facility should NEVER be on the main campus (it's too loud and the roads only will need to be widened.) Maybe the whole center could one day be the sports area and shuttles can run back and forth on game day. However, that would mean the current basketball stadium would have to become a fully renovated rec center (which is costly.) On the bright side of this option, it may make the school money and build its reputation. Doing this option will make the school appear like a "big rank" school eventually. The facilities don't need to be top-notch at first, but they can be started.

I like the idea of office, classroom, and gym but am concerned that a theatre may not bring in enough revenue to pay for itself. When a classroom opens, I believe that classes should include items where a student could take more than one class at this facilities instead of needing to drive between this location and main campus.

Continuing Education course offerings

Summer Conferences

Not sure about theater unless there is already a building.  Continuation of short term ideas I listed above.

conference/meeting site

Use it as Conference space so that outside entities don’t have to use up on-campus space, but so that the University can still make money. The University can still use this as a revenue stream, while prioritizing the main campus facilities for campus organizations and constituents. Also, research space can be created here, as well as housing for visiting faculty/conference attendees.

Limitless! Learning labs, of existing curriculum, for existing student population  - not increased enrollment - great potential. Outdoor sculpture garden, innovative environmental and gardening projects, movie set design and construction, service-learning labs:  Habitat housebuilding instruction;cooking projects for homeless shelters

Not so sure on this- sounds like traffic for a rural area that has no desire for it.
Maybe a place for sports teams to practice (bus in and out).
- Use the area for graduate research opportunities
Class Room
Same as above
Outdoor themed  - such as outdoor concerts, vendors selling plants, artists/craftsmen selling art, Renaissance fair, food vendors, etc.  (earned income from whole rental of land or selling booth space
Some useful horticultural research could be conducted with access to sufficient water (need not be potable).
Research incubator for starting biotech companies....

Short - term once infrastructure is in place, perhaps a good location to East side of Lee, Hendry and Glades county to partner and build a one stop job training as well as possible use for summer programs for kids.  (small type YMCA)
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Technology and Solar Park Teaching Park could be an alternative to a regular standard facility as well.

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Is there a potential to create a health campus or another campus that could be designated for one of our Colleges?
The Short to long term possibility as I see the facility is as a retreat center. With funding, it could be a phenomenal facility for corporate retreats/events/Nature center/etc. Especially with the challenge course already there.
Good idea
We should be able to use the space for a FGCU body farm for the Forensic and anthropology students to be able to do research in our fields.
I support extending office and classroom space to the Buckingham complex, based on our space shortage here at the main campus. However, we should try to minimize the amount of campus-to-campus commuting for faculty and students. To this end, it would be helpful to transfer entire programs over instead of individual faculty offices and individual classes. This is probably obvious though.

It would be nice if this could become another FGCU location with classes and offices.

Theatre and classroom
We need more meeting spaces for larger groups. Consider creating space for conference/workshops that take up space on the main campus, but don't really need to be there.
Classrooms should hold proper stationary for research needs.

possible museum studies storage and course facilities with prepping space
- A Gym would provide immediate value to sports teams and club sports. A theatre is just a luxury.
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overnight retreats for students/student groups

outdoor concerts

athletic tournaments - Eagle Games

 

Purpose built individual art studio spaces for 2-D and 3-D students and faculty.

residence

Do not spend a bunch on this white elephant!

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Housing could be provided to graduate students and visiting instructors.

Medical facilities to provide training for students.

Seminars could be held in the gymnasium or chapel.

Again, more opportunities for retreats or revenue generating rentals.

The residential area around Buckingham and Lehigh Acres primarily use well water and septic tanks for sewage. This section just brings up questions not ideas: is Buckingham on well water and septic systems or are they connected to city utilities? And how will the residences for a limited number of people be assigned? Will there be an application process?

family student housing

graduate student housing

Horse and Dog track and added casino for poker, slots and sports booking.

potential research facilities for STEM programs

Old pipes=rust. That fix is a must.

Mid-longterm

- construction of new buildings or complete renovations of old buildings to support classrooms and office space - the buildings should have wifi capabilities and support teaching as well as research

- the development of an ecology research lab would support student and faculty research projects on the upland habitat that is part of the property

Off campus classes related to environmental sustainability

Lab space

need much external support and joint partnerships within area communities

Athletic facilities that could be used for camps year-round, since you are planning to have residences at this stage.

Begin construction

More support for a field research station set-up. 

If FGCU has the property, determine what is the best use. With it being so far from the main campus, and it has limitations on development due to rural and environmental constraints...what creative, academic, or extra-curricular functionality can having this property bring to the university or the community?

Are we just trying to make use of it because it was a deal - or is there some real benefit in developing it?

As above:

1) We have a need for a retreat/conference venue in the area. FGCU's Buckingham site could become a desirable destination for regional conferences, festivals, and other grouping activities on the periphery of the academy. This model could be funded by companies involved in this industry (FGCU's joint venture with ... <insert sponsor name>).

2) We could also build this site as a small, intentional community for a live/learn experience. Depending on how the space might be used for conferences or other events, we could do short-term residential experiences (akin to an alternative Spring Break) where both students and faculty live at the site for an intensive "package" of a course.

Engaging the talents and skills of our students in R&HM, Engineering, Art, Public Affairs, et al, seems like an obvious component.


Build a football/soccer stadium

Continue with conference facilities including "hotel" rooms.

1.  One or more programs could move their research activities to the site, perhaps with some start-up' support.

2.  Have student involved in the development and implementation of a land management plan for 'outside the fence' perhaps to include student recreational options (e.g. mountain biking).

3. Possibly additional student housing - maybe married student housing

4.  Move non-instructional activities (e.g. HR, administration) off the main campus to free up instructional space.

both options are good.

a.

Rental for organizations for retreats/ weekend functions. Continuing education and professional workshops. 

Grow the idea of health services/health promotion. Research opportunities for faculty/students working with the population.

Lived in that area for years -- lots of needs for outreach.

 

Once the Gym is renovated and the other sporting areas are completed, you could build dorms to accommodate the athletes that will live on campus. This will isolate the athletes in a way that would promote healthy habits, nutrition, and overall wellness. You may also bring classrooms and other academic services to this location to serve the athletes.

Continued use as short-term goals.

The Buckingham property should become an established Ecological field station to support undergrad and grad research with the possibility of grad student housing on site. Continued outside research grant support possibly leading to the application for an LTER (Long-term Ecological Research) site funded extensively through NSF.

 

Classes at the Buckingham facility with limited additional structure will be difficult, as many existing programs and staff can not be relocated from the main campus.

It is my stance that the property, as it is in its current state, lays wasted insofar as there is nearly unanimous  support in the medicolegal field for the the proposed EFF as tendered by Dr. Walsh-Haney.

Contrary to what ever other agendas the property might be subjected too, it is resaonable to permit 10% or less of the property to the sturdy of EFF and the scientific merit the study has to the subtropical climate and human remains recovery.

This opportunity has the ability to further increase the marketability, academic distinguishment and research efforts to solve the most heinous of crimes:  wrongful death. The data has great potential in advancing medicolegal death investigation and is heavily supported by District Medical Examiners, academicians, and law enforcement. 

Regardless of the bureaucracy of the decision making procecss, the EFF must be considered a viable option.  To ignore it would do injustice to the thousands of unclosed cases that reside in osteology and pathology.  Greater than the use of the property for this endeavor is the scientific leaps that may bring closure to hundreds, if not thousands, of grieving families Florida-wide.

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Expand existing fencing to increase the size of the proposed body farm for further research.

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gym

Make the property completely self-sustaining. Off grid power and water. Zero waste, completely sustainable.

Campus housing or community building for students could possibly exist here.

For instance, Greek LIfe

Theatrical debuts, etc.

The opportunities are endless. The funds on the other hand are somewhat more limited.

If this does become a community, a community garden is a must!

Environmental Biology sciences classes, Theatre classes and Agriculture classes could be held at this sustainable campus.

Housing for families with one member of the family being a student at FGCU

Football field. All sports field to be used by various departments

My response to this section is identical to the short-mid term possibilities:

Still at a loss as to why a gym needs to be placed here. Also, not sure why a theatre would need to be placed on this property, there is already one on campus. If there are to be classrooms at this property could they maybe be outdoor classrooms? The buildings on this property need to be used for things that make sense. Things that I see making sense on this property are buildings to expand and make the eagle challenge course better. Graduate housing, especially for students conducting research on this property. This may also be a great site for a research building that could be the hub for all the research occurring on this property. 

Classrooms, offices

Entomology Studies could originate from this facility; the study of insects, their control, eradication, and possible environmental studies from pesticides currently used in pest control.  With FGCU's commitment to protecting the environment, we could lead the world on research and control of insects using Earth-friendly products waiting to be developed.  

What northern-migrated resident of Florida enjoys seeing a roach or bug in their house?  It's a huge market in Florida, so we should grab the opportunity to compete with UF and make a difference.  Did I mention it's a great job creation market?  

Buildings on the property that are in good condition should be converted to a more sustainable condition, and any building that would require more money to renovate than to build a new building should be demolished and replaced. Upgrading the infrastructure of the property to include solar power, rain catchment systems, dry/low water sewage treatment system or biological treatment system. During this time efforts should be made to prepare the property for a large scale Food Forest and Permaculture Community. The landuse of the property allows for a optimal location for developing a agriculture based self-sustaining community. 

I think "a" seems like a good idea.

I don't think that FGCU should further fun this because it is too far away from campus to really get any students or faculty to go there. 

First thing is that there is no reason, space, or resources available for a stadium of any kind. Not only will the traffic impede with neighboring communities, but the parking/cars/noise from the crowd interfere with the tortoises (or kill them from car accidents) and other species living and breeding in the area. 

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Keep mainly as a research facility that stays very rural. Maybe add some classrooms and labs for science classes but not a lot. Maybe add a low-maintenance edible garden (Food Forest)( that students can work and learn in. Keep the natural ecosystem in balance so that students can research here.

Football stadium,football team, football.

This should not be considered even for at least 5 or 10 more years. A satellite campus so close to the main campus is redundant in a way, or only will be utilized by the limited number of environmental studies students. A satellite campus in south naples or north of cape coral would be more efficient in reaching distance learners, in my opinion.

Create a fully sustainable facility,  from energy to waste. 

I don't support expanding full classrooms to buckingham. Maybe a few off campus courses.

Build a 2000 sq ft Military/Veteran Resource Center for the Buckingham campus.

sounds good

 

Midterm to long term initiatives to reinforce and integrate sustainable projects, include:

 

  • energy (solar, wind, geothermal)
  • waste management and redistribution

A "dayglo" like activity or music festival that is not rap based.

1. Arts and Sciences option--A substantial and impressive arts and science program will determine the success or failure of this institution. I believe a theater is a "must have" on campus, so a performing arts (theater & music) would definitely be a welcomed addition. Otherwise, consider expanding the health science program. I'm sure a doctorate program in South Florida will do fine. It's a very old area.

I also think the path that is right for this university is up, not out. Basically, build taller buildings to allow more students in the school. Eventually, our school might be able to boast about being an "Eco-friendly" mini-city. This allows the university to minimize its impacts on the surrounding wetlands. There are huge profits to be made if this plan would be successful because the press would swarm over this sort of story. It's a much needed topic in today's world. 

2. Sports Landing

Sports Landing would be an area that is made specifically for sports. Here, there would be basketball, softball, soccer, football, swimming and more (track.) While this option is an expensive option, it may be a wise investment of university money to build larger and better sporting venues. A football team would definitely put FGCU on the map and give this area a team to root for. However, the cost is a bit of a put down. I firmly believe more is needed in academics first. Yet, to many students this is a needed rendition and I can respect that viewpoint. Perhaps in the middle of the complex could be a beautiful sustainable garden and park, which would reinforce the core message of the college.

3. Sustainable Community

If the University wishes to continue expanding housing, I believe it would be smartest to build ON the main campus (again, build up.)  I say this for financial purposes (people want to stay close usually) and because the land could be put to better use (academics.) But, perhaps the idea of a sustainable community could be a viable path for recognition in the press.

I am hoping funding becomes possible because there is definitely a need to expand the current space situation on the main campus. I would like to make sure that classrooms are considered equally important to office space as DUNK CITY continues to grow.

Expanded course offerings when relevant

Need water and sewer in place before 5 years as this is needed before anything else.  Don't place as much emphasis on buildings which are expensive.  Concentrate on outdoor activities like camping, hiking, "outdoor classroom", shooting ranges, alternative energy projects.  Suggest you look at this web site for ideas btycc.org/ as well as this one http://news.georgiasouthern.edu/2013/11/14/georgia-southern-breaks-ground-for-shooting-sports-education-center/

I would use it for faculty housing (for visiting faculty, etc.).  Don't use it for classroom space - students will not drive there (we see this with the trouble we have filling courses offered at Kapnick).  Rent it out and make money off of it (without compromising our on-campus space).

Complete Commitment to a "Living Green Laboratory" - creation of homes, office space, learning labs that ALL conform to the most up to date environmentally efficient and cutting edge technology. Create an environment which would make SWFL a leader in production and sales of these technologies. Wind, water, sun:  why are we not at the forefront of these technologies? Why aren't we trying to attract the brilliant minds who will not only bring the changes we need but also do wonders for an economy limiting its scope to tourism and retirees and the service industry? 

I think the most appropriate use would be something like Gordon Research Conferences, since their goal is to spatially sequester the attendees so that they interact with each other more-rather than going into town for dinner and drinks etc.

We have lovely weather to offer for dry season, and some beautiful natural resources they could visit (by bus0
- Housing for graduate students
- Larger/more gym facilities

Amphitheater

Develop a long term plan to create or re-create a major section into a more FL native landscape, develop an environmental learning center, conference and overnight accommodations as a retreat center.  Include recreational facilities, pool, gym, walking and biking trails. Allow local school groups, FGCU student organizations, FGCU departments, state organizations, community groups to host conferences, trainings and retreats ( this generates income) and still keep it very environmentally focused, use sustainable energy and building design to showcase the green building techniques, etc.
environmentally controlled research laboratories
Campus seriously needs greenhouse space.
1. Fine Arts auxiliary facilities for studio production including but not limited to metal fabrication shop, wood fabrication shop, clay studio, and glass studio.
2. Studios spaces for upper level art majors.
3. Visiting artist housing and workshop facilities.
4. A theater for drama productions, guest lectures, special events.
5. Ability to hold concerts and out door movie screenings.
6. Ability to host state and national conferences.
See below.
Substainable student housing for students interestd in environment, a technology park, solar park and  training facility.
Theatre
Again, perhaps the creation of a specific campus to focus on a cluster of programs and resources?  Partner with health magnates to build facilities that will be teaching/learning focused, but with real patients and services.  Combing efforts with other institutions for technically prepared students (perhaps Edison or State College of Florida) and call it a higher ed hub for SW Florida- tap into 2+2 funding.
Use as an environmental forensics facility, a.k.a. "Body Farm"
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We should be able to use the space for a FGCU body farm for the Forensic and anthropology students to be able to do research in our fields.
Use the site and restorable buildings for a fully functional demonstation community for successful aging in place for low income seniors.  The community would include on site primary health care, regular interactions with FGCU students (e.g., nursing, physical therapy, social sciences, psychology, etc.), essential shopping facilities, entertainment (perhaps from our music and fine arts students), and community facilites.

The community would demonstrate sustainability measures in terms of aggressive use of solar energy for electricity and hot water production, on site waste disposal systems, water conservation/reuse systems, local food production, pedestrian friendly (especially seniors) infrastructure, etc.  The community would also be a demonstration facility for cost effective technologies to promote successful aging in place.  The focus NEEDS to be on lower income persons.

This demonstration community could be an example of what could be done on a retrofit basis to support successful aging in place in neighborhood-scale communities throughout Florida and the U.S.  Properly promoted, it could attract major state, federal, and private foundation funding.  It could give FGCU national attention and help esablish an important institutional brand.
summer conference overnight programs. Overnight retreat site for student groups, faculty retreats, etc.
See above.
Further growth in classroom and office use potential
Offices and classrooms
Examine the needs of the residents in East Lee county. Consider partnerships and cost-share with Salus Care and Lee Memorial Health System to create non-urgent clinic space that could also serve as internship sites for health professions and social work students.
Summer campus conference programs. This would be a great site for sports camps to be held. With the foundations for houses already there, these can be made into "cabins" with basic beds and a bathroom. Putting a soccer field out there would be much easier than large construction and a soccer field can hold a bunch of different activities.
- Houses with bunk beds
- Soccer field
- Dining room/kitchen
  • Housing and dorms
  • Satellite campus 
Long-Term Possibilities &ndash; 11-20 years (Offices, Classrooms, Gym, Theatre, Residences, plus Health Clinic, Dormitories, Public Cooking / Dining, and more for Maximum Number of People, as specified by Lee County Health Department regarding Community Water Plant, Kitchens, etc.) a. Complete renovation of all buildings and facilities, e.g. new water and sewer pump and lift stations to cope with large numbers of people b. Full funding for largest projects/developments c. &ldquo;Wish List&rdquo; Please submit your ideas here
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Retreat House to be used by faculty and staff for off-campus staff development

Summer camps for local high school and middle school students

Agreed, Perhaps we could make these offcampus apartments for students? I also think the facilities could be used and rented for student/community groups and events.

C. Build academic campus

I would like to cabins for staff and student trainings.

 

No money spent

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Conference Center

additional classrooms and office space

  

Off-site (from Main Campus) purpose built storage for museum quality art works (temp and humidity controlled spaces with high level of security and easy (high dock) access to 10,000 sq ft of storage (with racks, fork lift friendly flooring,

community events

Classrooms.

with a lot of bucks, could consider this as a conference center or research center.  I sure as heck do not want to teach there, ever!

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All graduate studies could be performed at the center.

In the long-term I think this should be a satellite campus.

Resort and hospitality management students could use it as a field learning site; sports management might have possibilities there as well.

I live close by so my quote unquote wish list item would be to transfer to the property to work there.

I can see the need for a health clinic if office space and classrooms are expanded.

Environmental forensic facility; the rural setting is ideal. The nearest such facility is in Tennessee; our environment is quite different. Experimental research at such a facility could bring scholars here for research and teaching purposes.

Build a stadium for soccer, football, rodeos, short track racing, etc..

potential branch campus and/or location of specific programs 

It's a great option for dorms and affordable faculty/staff housing. I like the health clinic idea. I'm not sure about classrooms/offices. Maybe a few classrooms for some basic classes for students in dorms, but trying to put too much of our core educational endeavour out there could be problematic and lead to a two-tier campus. I like the idea of research space being allocated out there. 

That describes a self contained although small city that already is the complex but will cost much more to revive in the long term as opposed to the short term.

Long-term

- a 'green' campus that is truly sustainable and utilized for research and teaching

affordable temp to perm. faculty housing.

with extensive upgrades completed as proposed, possibilities seem almost limitless. Multi-disciplinary grant funding proosals would be necessary

Football stadium

Ditto from above.

My wishlist is for the Buckingham site become a satellite live/learn community where students spend an entire semester on that site. They would take a cohort of themed and interdisciplinary courses. Faculty would also apply to be part of this community. In truth, we could do this for any age of student. The link below is a model for high school students:

http://www.chewonki.org/mcs/

Imagine?

1.  We need to have the surrounding community involved in long-term planning

2.  Could be developed as a residential conference facility

3.  Possibly some stand alone programs might be able to deliver their entire programs at new or upgraded instructional facilities.

4.  Any effort to develop the site for classrooms/education will require dealing with transport

 

B,

a.

Traditional classroom offerings. Extensions of current degree programs or new offerings. 

Continue health focus -- draw from Alva, LaBelle, Lehigh, Tice, FM Shores

?? Palm Beach Blvd corridor has plenty of public transportations -- unsure of public transportation down Buckingham Rd.

If you want to make enemies -- turn it into a concert location! -- This is an area where people choose to live to stay away from this kind of noise. 

 

Over the Long-Term, this location could become a state of the art facility that houses, educates, and trains student athletes in a remote location that creates an elite culture of excellence.  It could offer the best equipment, the best foods, and the best academic programs FGCU has to offer.  It could be complete with entertainment and public transportation between the main and satalite campuses. 

Make a separate campus area for specific departments who have low student interactions outside of the classrooms. 

The Buckingham property could serve as a major Ecological field station to all of southwest Florida and the Everglades with housing and facilities for visiting scholars and hosting of study abroad field classes.

While I support the development of the facility, I believe transportation between both campuses is a serious and limiting issue that must first be addressed. LeeTran services in Southwest Florida are inadequate to begin with, and adding further strain to the system will not benefit anyone.  FGCU must therefore either develop the Buckingham campus to be completely independent of the main campus (and offer resident students the same or virtual equivalents of core classes, advising opportunities, recreational facilities, library facilities, etc.), or invest in efficient and reliable transportation services between the campuses (and assist students and faculty who have dorms or offices on one campus and classes on the other with scheduling). A University-wide, comprehensive transportation plan is important, as a secondary campus has the potential to create traffic congestion and add the environmental impact of hundreds of vehicles to the road between campuses each day.

It is my stance that the property, as it is in its current state, lays wasted insofar as there is nearly unanimous  support in the medicolegal field for the the proposed EFF as tendered by Dr. Walsh-Haney.

Contrary to what ever other agendas the property might be subjected too, it is resaonable to permit 10% or less of the property to the sturdy of EFF and the scientific merit the study has to the subtropical climate and human remains recovery.

This opportunity has the ability to further increase the marketability, academic distinguishment and research efforts to solve the most heinous of crimes:  wrongful death. The data has great potential in advancing medicolegal death investigation and is heavily supported by District Medical Examiners, academicians, and law enforcement. 

Regardless of the bureaucracy of the decision making procecss, the EFF must be considered a viable option.  To ignore it would do injustice to the thousands of unclosed cases that reside in osteology and pathology.  Greater than the use of the property for this endeavor is the scientific leaps that may bring closure to hundreds, if not thousands, of grieving families Florida-wide.

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Create a nation leading body farm on site unique to the FL environment.  

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Observatory including a 16-inch (or possibly a 24-inch) telescope for astronomy classes and research projects for undergraduates. 

Hopefully already sold.

off campus housing

As the campus and natural and manmade facilities grow, more students and public can enjoy their benefits.  Research can be completed by the biological sciences departments, the organic farming can be expanded to include animals, and the theater arts can be included to include truly exceptional entertainment.

This land would be the perfect oppurtunity for FGCU to create a smaller community that represents the fundamental values of the university.

This could be a living community for select students. There could be specific yet various classes offered on this site including, but not limited to: sustainability awareness and projects, community outreach and developement, some basic general education courses that place emphasis on sustainability and/or service learning, as well as courses that help with leadership and success. 

This land could include resident halls for students and a separate hall for the faculty who teach on site (thereby creating the perfect oppurtunity for faculty and staff interested in studying and participating in community work, creation, and development). 

This land could, and should, act as a whole community in itself, while also having the space for the students and faculty on site to create and implement projects, and host events which draw the community further into the FGCU community. There could be composte site, gardens where the students grow their own food, gymnasiums, classrooms, etc.

In addition, if turned into resident halls with classes on site, this would eliminate FGCU having to provide shuttles between the main cmapus and this location.

Housing for families with one member of the family being a student at FGCU. Everything surrounding FGCU is housing just for single students. My husband and I, along with our two girls live all the way in Cape Coral because it is the only thing we can afford. Being a student at FGCU it would make it alot easier if I were able to live on campus. 

Classrooms, Dorms, dining

As long as long term goals include conservation and scientific research, I think that anything that supports this should be built on this property. 

Hotel for FGCU parents/family for games, graduation ceremonies, orintation, Eagle Expo, move-in day, etc

Theatre

Observatory

Entomology Studies could originate from this facility; the study of insects, their control, eradication, and possible environmental studies from pesticides currently used in pest control.  With FGCU's commitment to protecting the environment, we could lead the world on research and control of insects using Earth-friendly products waiting to be developed.  

What northern-migrated resident of Florida enjoys seeing a roach or bug in their house?  It's a huge market in Florida, so we should grab the opportunity to compete with UF and make a difference.  Did I mention it's a great job creation market?  

When I envision the Buckingham Community 15-20 years from now I see a fully self-sustaining Permaculture Community for upper level and graduate FGCU students. If the Buckingham Community were designed to become a place for FGCU students not only to learn, but to live and to sustain themselves into the future I feel FGCU would be breaking ground in the field of sustainable living. Our mission statement promotes sustainability, ecological awareness, lifelong learning, and civic responsibility and what better way to fulfill these goals than with a self-sustaining learning community. Not only would I like to see FGCU and the Buckingham Community become a model for sustainable living and learning but I would love to help develop this model for the future. I realize that my vision is expensive and extremely large, however the reality is that this would not only be a model for the future but would serve as an ongoing research project that will utilize and discover new technologies to create a more sustainable future (which has no price tag).

I like "a" but it needs to be ensure that their is a clear need and these facilities will be used in the future.

I don't think that FGCU should further fun this because it is too far away from campus to really get any students or faculty to go there. 

Serious consideration and input for food crops at some locations. I mentioned the park earlier, but there is plenty of room and easily enough resources for small food development. 

me?

Keep the natural ecosystem. Build up and not out. Be concious of the endangered species living here. Preserve this area as a bountiful research site, that can also be used for the site of an edible garden, or outdoor concerts.

Football stadium,football team, football.

This would be great in 20 years if the school enrollment required such vast renovations to a satellite campus. Otherwise, this should stay the way it is currently and funds should be put to more efficient uses on the main campus.

Football Stadium and Athletics facilities

"Living machine" plumbing; outdoor trails; food forest; research facility;  fully sustainable

The Buckingham community can't support the significant increase in traffic etc. that would come from adding dormitories there. Plus why would they be 30 minutes away from campus. I feel the community would be unhappy with the implement of dormitories. 

This property should be utilized as a satellite campus for FGCU. The campus we have now is close to exceeding capacity and there is not much more room for development. I see the Buckingham property being utilized as the new campus for FGCU since the size will allow for greater expansion.

Build more classrooms, due to the limitations of development at the main campus.

Improve the infrastructure of the roads add more roads as needed

Would be great if implemented into action, that area is not too far away from campus.

 

Future purposes include aspects of agricultural tourism to generate portions of sustainable revenue for the property. Other long term features compatible with the overall property mission include;

  • limited service lodging
  • garden to table dining facility
  • retreat and spa

The opportunities for research, development, and implementation, in many areas of study, add significant value by generating future assets and contributing to grant and endowment funding.

 

Some kind of place to help the homeless and the needy. 

A giant research commune based around something like the food forest.

No residences.

1. Arts and Sciences Master Facilities (preferred path)

These facilities would significantly increase laboratories, art classrooms, develop clinical and technical studies, and add a respectable theater. In the future, it would be nice to even be able to house some of the arts students there (closest to the arts programs.) These programs might even allow for a research health center and ultimately a Doctorate in Medicine and Pharmaceuticals. This kind of research must be available (the knowledge pool is still a little too shallow here.) Someone must eventually be able to compete with UF, and this is a perfect way to challenge them academically. I can definitely see this school becoming a top-notch college if this path is followed. Plus, there simply is demand for medical and the art students right now...

2. (Ecological Community of Tomorrow)

The idea really isn't new. Finding a way to develop SWFL in a sustainable way is the defining question of this generation of Floridians. The university will be taking a risk here, but I believe it will provide campus housing that can teach other ecologists and scientists (as well as community planners.) Besides, this question must be answered by someone. Why not an ecological school? Economically, this option might be a very good path. If this won't be able to be marketed and lobbied as a good idea, then I don't know what can.  I'm sure joint private ventures are possible here. It also can serve as a big lab for science students.

3. (Added Sustainable Football Stadium)

If all else fails, go with the football. Most people talk about it and it will create quite a bit of buzz in the media. I'm sure it can be a good economic option. The biggest problem will be making it environmentally sustainable. But, it is very possible...

 

Use Waldrop Engineering for updates to infrastructure.

Classroom space would be fantastic for those who are commuting from northern Lee county

Is there enough space for parking and also is there enough space to consider an area for football?

Overnight retreats for students, faculty, staff

Full summer conference usage

Full extension/"regional" campus usage for particular programs and services

see above.  Main purpose should be for youth and education of outdoors.  Don't try to make this another college campus.  Keep the rural character and keep things simple.  It should be a place to experience the outdoors in a more primitive manner.

educational retreat, conference center where participants are fed and housed on site

I would use it for faculty housing (for visiting faculty, etc.). Don't use it for classroom space - students will not drive there (we see this with the trouble we have filling courses offered at Kapnick). Rent it out and make money off of it (without compromising our on-campus space).

See answer to number 4. All of the uses described in #5 can be utilized with a commitment to a "living green laboratory." It would be an amazing learning experience for students to study and simultaneously live in such an environment. The tie-ins to Colloquium and FGCU's commitment to environment and community very strong.

absolutely NO residences unless the people are NOT going to travel the roads daily.
- More housing options (cheaper due to the distance from campus)
- Office space for FGCU faculty that does not necessarily need to be on campus. This will open more space for classrooms to support our growing student body while being able to maintain our "small class size" promise
Another site for campus recreation

Yes, there is probably good potential for this.  Wish list:  be sure to include overnight accommodations...that will make a difference in who, what, how it can be used and FGCU (and the region) does not have something like this

Campus for Sustainable Living (CSL)

Add new degree programs in Entomology, Sustainable Urban Planning, Environmental Site Degree, Sustainable Landscape Architecture, natural systems management degree, botany degree

Expand research in medicinal plant research, Southwest Florida nature plant research, sustainable plants, water quality resarch, edible landscape plant research

Related earned income:  themed gardens (formal, cottage, international and historical designs, butterfly, koi, etc.); demonstration garddens for a variety of disabilities showcasing sustainable plans and construction materials; park with recreation faciltiies; golf on sustainable and experimental courses; greenhouses/arboretum ; holiday atractions; sports competition.
Campus seriously needs greenhouse space.
1. Fine Arts auxiliary facilities for studio production including but not limited to metal fabrication shop, wood fabrication shop, clay studio, and glass studio.
2. Studios spaces for upper level art majors.
3. Visiting artist housing and workshop facilities.
4. A theater for drama productions, guest lectures, special events.
5. Ability to hold concerts and out door movie screenings.
6. Ability to host state and national conferences.
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Solar energy, technology hub, technical school for nontraditional students assisting small businesses with a  skilled workforce

Theatre
Expand upon earlier suggestions
All good ideas
We should be able to use the space for a FGCU body farm for the Forensic and anthropology students to be able to do research in our fields.

FGCU’s Buckingham Complex

An asset in search of a plan; a plan in search of a budget…create a vision…

Host a Poster board competition - appeal to local/national/international architecture/engineering/planning/scientific firms for “optimal development plans” integrating creativity and sustainability for a mix of public/private space under FGCU’s auspices. Share for community input to create consensus.

Concept: FGCU's “Buckingham Center for Learning” - to involve student planning, design, execution (to the extent feasible) of the phased project over X years to include hands-on learning and research related to:

                a)            Planning

                b)            Landscape Architecture/Horticulture - Zone 9/10 Specialization

                                Agriculture - Sustainable/Neighborhood Gardening, Crops and Alternative Energy Sources

                                Hydroponics

                c)            Architecture - Modification of existing buildings to meet current codes; design of newbuildings utilizing current standards, products and design parameters

                d)            Engineering - "                                            

                e)            Exhibition/Gallery/Theatre Space for on-going, rotating exhibits and/or interactive learning opportunities - draw in the broader community through partnerships with school districts and groups [think through and manage this for optimal input and involvement depending upon the groups capabilities]


                Incorporate existing FGCU classes where possible; create new ‘active learning’ classes, perhaps initially leading to a Certificate in Landscape Architecture or other sub-sets, also available to the“adult” audience, i.e. Boomers from "up north"

Link with USDA - Extension - Tie with Master Gardeners & Naturalists

Develop internships at Local Governmental Agencies (i.e. learn about process/system) and with firms awarded contract(s) for project execution

Funding: with a phased vision and plan, appeal to local & national corporations/government, grantors and other entities to help fund specific pieces of the project, as prioritized.

maybe staff housing for adjuncts or graduate students.
Conference housing for student groups, youth camps, retreat site for leadership activities, etc.
Long-term, I would hope that the Buckingham campus would allow for better so-called "town-gown" relations than we have in our current location, which is very isolated from "town."
Decomposition process in Florida is very fast relative to the other parts of the country, and building an Environmental Research Facility, will bring scholars, practitioners (Federal and Local Law Enforcement) and students on a same place in investigation, training and advancement of the forensic disciplines.
A large FGCU conference center with breakout rooms.
museum studies facilities -display area, classroom, preparation and storage areas
  • Large school satellite campus and housing life
  • Or just scrap all that and start the football preparations 
Considering the property limitations, what top fivepriorities do you think FGCU should consider in thedevelopment of the property?57(7.22%)101(12.8%)98(12.42%)160(20.28%)86(10.9%)42(5.32%)152(19.26%)54(6.84%)39(4.94%)ConcertsSportsEventsClassroomSpaceResearchConferencingHealthClinicAgricultural/GardenResidentialOther050100150200Export to raster or vector imagePrint the chart
What transportation options should FGCU consider, giventhe limitations on the road network and distance fromcampus?132(35.01%)84(22.28%)107(28.38%)44(11.67%)10(2.65%)Campus ShuttlesLeeTran FacilitiesPrivate AutomobilesBiking/WalkingOther050100150Export to raster or vector imagePrint the chart
On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the lowest priority and10 being the highest priority, how would you identifythe level of investment FGCU should consider in thedevelopment of the Buckingham Complex? 14(5.76%)76(31.28%)9(3.7%)37(15.23%)22(9.05%)24(9.88%)9(3.7%)25(10.29%)7(2.88%)20(8.23%)15471069823Export to raster or vector imagePrint the chart
What else should FGCU consider in the development of the Buckingham Complex?
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Turn it into an extended campus for students, classes, research

We barely have enough classroom space on campus. Therefore, I hardly see investing resources in an off-campus site as a priority.

Student, faculty and staff demand for the facility

Accessibility both in terms of transportation and time

Safety

Improvements that will allow for outside groups to pay to use the facility so it becomes self-sustaining

 

build academic campus. FGCU - North

Money pit situated a 1 hour round trip from campus.  No offices here, lest they actually send someone out here!  I can't picture anything other than large space requiring facilities being housed here, such as ag research and the ropes course.

Sell it and use the proceeds to build/buy more accessible land for classroom space. 

There is a lot of land that can be used for many different purposes. It would be a shame to have acquired the land and only use it for a challenge course. This should be a priority for the university.

If permissible, FGCU should consider sale of a portion of the property to raise cash that would help replace and repair the infrastructure and develop the remaining property.

The lack of cultural opportunities in Northeast Lee County.

Allow for property to be used by surrounding law enforcement as regional training center with the future potential of a national training grounds for all forms of law enforcement (local and federal).

large scale dining facility.   FGCU has very few spaces that hold the entire campus for events.

Keep the site 70% Agricultural/Garden or pretending to nature.

Develop some classroom areas and sport facilities.

Find a way to dump this lemon on some other unsuspecting dollards

no ideas

We are clearly getting too big for the Estero Campus. Buckingham is closer to the downtown city area so it would make sense to develop it as a satellite campus and perhaps build student and faculty housing there.

The idea of campus shuttles for special events is a good one. Otherwise, private cars should be workable.  Thanks for asking for input. I think the site has great potential.

Develop low income housing and offer classes to the residents in the area who are unable to afford regular campus tuition.

If most of the buildings are unusable it seems to be much too expensive to do much with the site.  FGCU should give it back to the state and focus on developing the main campus.

A partnership with the local police departments and the Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy for student development in the criminal justice field.

The amount of parking available should be considered in the development as well as the flow of traffic.

If FGCU expands the development of the Buckingham complex, the area will certainly get an economic boost. Good luck!

Some version of a research facility that will serve an unmet need in the area and have strong potential for bringing research scholars to FGCU and enhancing FGCU's scholarly reputation.

Infrastructure and functionality. There must be a formalized vision for the space prior to resources being allocated. Often it seems that projects are visualized and brought to fruition prior to a comprehensive plan is in place. Utilities, parking, space usage, etc... are all key elements before resource allocation. 

I also recommend formally appointing a University employee as the management personnel to help manage the property (i.e. maintenance, scheduling, planning, etc...). 

Many areas already exist for agriculture. A citrus grove behind the park and a nursery with materials still present an unused. I tend to the trees etc... on the property and see the possibilties. As a person involved in organically grown hydroponic vegetables and Aquaponics, It's a shame to see these things wasted. Given an area on site, I alone could fill the food pantry. A team of students could do wonders on campus and for the community in general with these things being utilized for food. The back of the proprty is a perfect place to see what Florida looked like before it was paved and marred. Enough wildlife and different plant life to fill an entire day.

Don't waste a lot of money on short term uses.  Make a long term plan and stick to it.

FGCU needs to consider the natural areas that are also included in the property. The property has a significant number of legally protected gopher tortoises an possibly has a population of endangered indigo snakes. The property has not been managed and therefore the tortoises are 'moving' away from the pine upland habitat and into the core property where they are feeding on the grassy lawns. The failure to manage the upland pine habitat has resulted in a thick canopy that prevents soft herbaceous vegetation from growing on the forest floor. The lack of this material has driven the tortoises to unnatural densities along the grassy fields of the property's core. Only by properly managing the upland habitat will the tortoises eventually move back. Preserving the habitat for these animals should be a top priority. The tortoises have now been part of ongoing research since 2009 and have produced several conference presentations and publications.

Cost and benefit to long term growth.

ongoing needs assessment

Due to the rural location and limited options for road expansion in the area, I don't see this property  becoming a focal point for the University.  It seems that some of the resources used for building in Buckingham could be put into projects on campus, which would more directly impact the student body and the community around campus.

The Buckingham community should be considered.  It is very rural.  Holding concerts or sporting events would be WAY out of step with this community -- and most likely against existing community plans and zoning.  We should engage the Buckingham community and work with them to foster a partnership and relationship that would benefit all of us.       

Football!

FGCU should make it a priority to maintain the integrity of the ecological communities present at Buckingham

I find the place extremely creepy and I would be afraid to be there after dark or alone. I also think it is too far away to be useful to main campus students on a regular basis.

Pointing out again: Are you just trying to find a way to develop a piece of property that is going to drain resources on FGCU?

Renovate classroom space for College prep programs geared to high school students living in Buckingham, LaBelle, and Lehigh Acres.

Renovate a building to serve as an extension to the FGCU pre-school (Family Resource Center) with VPK program.

The Buckingham community as neighbors with some resources. Non-traditional sources of funding.

Center for Sports Management and Sports Medicine

What private partners are available to jointly develop the property?

Explore opportunities for external support.  With enough money, we could do almost anything there (except a football stadium - roads would not support the traffic) but, we have little or no money.  Perhaps the priority should go to the uses that can bring, or generate, the necessary funding for site upgrading.

The growth of the main campus in student numbers with a limit on the physical space allowed.

This piece of property is really a diamond in the rough. There will be a time when this much relatively undeveloped land will no longer be available this close to I-75. We could make a mark by developing a focused center for research, community outreach, and conferencing/continuing education. However, it is in Buckingham and it needs to retain the country feel that is consistent with its surroundings.

Surronding properties that may be used for actual statums and courts, swimming and tracks, to free up space for student life and activities.

If the cost of the building/space development is worth it as opposed to selling/removing the land to use the funds on another property.

Please use the property to advance student ACADEMIC potential and opportunity. No more money invested into sports or other entertainment ventures so that the university can make money and distract students from why they are in college to begin with.

It is my stance that the property, as it is in its current state, lays wasted insofar as there is nearly unanimous  support in the medicolegal field for the the proposed EFF as tendered by Dr. Walsh-Haney.

Contrary to what ever other agendas the property might be subjected too, it is resaonable to permit 10% or less of the property to the sturdy of EFF and the scientific merit the study has to the subtropical climate and human remains recovery.

This opportunity has the ability to further increase the marketability, academic distinguishment and research efforts to solve the most heinous of crimes:  wrongful death. The data has great potential in advancing medicolegal death investigation and is heavily supported by District Medical Examiners, academicians, and law enforcement. 

Regardless of the bureaucracy of the decision making procecss, the EFF must be considered a viable option.  To ignore it would do injustice to the thousands of unclosed cases that reside in osteology and pathology.  Greater than the use of the property for this endeavor is the scientific leaps that may bring closure to hundreds, if not thousands, of grieving families Florida-wide.

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I would use it to maximize research opportunities.

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It can be a great secondary campus for FGCU.Some other universities have multiple campuses and considering how many commuter students FGCU has, this is a great option for the Complex.

Use the infirmary for hands-on clinical practice for biology, pre-pharmaceutical/bioengineering, nursing and social work majors. Create a "body farm" for forensic science and criminal justice programs. Expand resort and hospitality programs buy utilizing residential buildings, dining hall, and laundering areas. Open up the heavy machine shops to the art programs and engineering programs. 

 

I don't really know what's going on. It sounds like a plan for two campuses for the university. Truthfully, I don't look forward to there being two campuses for FGCU, especially with the distance. I would prefer FGCU focus on capping the number of people and not, as I've heard, depend on the growth of the following year to provide for the current year.  If this is no longer or never was the case, I apologize.

Once the campus is stable, then consideration for modification can be considered, though I still don't look forward to it. It can provide problems regarding people who might have classes in each one, since, whether they do have a vehicle or don't like me, would require considering the transit time into their schedule. For me, I need that time equivalent to get the most out of my education. I wouldn't be able to do research or tutoring if my schedule had those blocks. Meeting with professors during their office hours would also be hindered by this. Even if they were required to have office hours in each location, that would cause the professors and their work to suffer. Division would also cause course problems. If I choose to have courses at only one location, I am cutting out a number of possibilities. Disturbance of the habitat currently used for research is also an issue.

Please provide an argument for this plan.

Not sure on the plausibility, however it would be cool if FGCU could partner with Lee Health systems and build some sort of medical complex. With the increasing amount of health majors in the area (nursing, PT, OT, ect.) there is a constant fight for clinical space. This will give us a promised placement, a place for our students to go in case of a more serious illness our wellness center can't handle, allow for a teaching hospital  (or medical center) to b developed, and can give FGCU  the chance to develop a medical school. 

Off-grid, carbon-neutral research facility.

Football fields

Organic gardens

There should still be some preserved as well for the natural habitat or what is left of it.

FGCU should get funding from state lottery monies set aside for education and should hold fundraisers in Naples, Estero and Fort Myers.  FGCU should partner with local businesses to find sponsorship for the buildings and the work needed for this massive undertaking.

The community surrounding the Buckingham complex. And creating a community within the complex.

If funding were an issue you could also add stores, like Publix, Barnes and Noble, etc that would rent spaces

Most importantly FGCU needs to consider how this is going to affect the surrounding conservation lands and wetlands. These areas should not be developed nor disturbed in the process of these renovations. I think it is also important to consider how this will affect the surrounding residential areas. How will the increase in traffic flow affect these residents? Will this area be open to the public? 

Outdoor concert venue

Traffic accommodations with growing use.

Entomology Studies could originate from this facility; the study of insects, their control, eradication, and possible environmental studies from pesticides currently used in pest control.  With FGCU's commitment to protecting the environment, we could lead the world on research and control of insects using Earth-friendly products waiting to be developed.  

What northern-migrated resident of Florida enjoys seeing a roach or bug in their house?  It's a huge market in Florida, so we should grab the opportunity to compete with UF and make a difference.  Did I mention it's a great job creation market?  

A few class rooms for transient students so the drive isn't so long. Also, an agriculture complex would help boost the school's prominence in that area.

FGCU should take the opportunity to develop what could be the first community based on learning and living as one with the environment. Teaching students about the environment of SW Florida along with the land management practices involved will create the land managers of tomorrow. Teaching students how to connect with the land, and having ecological responsibility through producing their own food in their living and learning environment would create a learning experience like none other.  

The research apects, specifically with wildlife should be a priority. 

They should get rid of it and spend money on the things we need for main campus. 

Serious consideration should be taken into account for pine upland restoration and research. The current property is over run with nonnative and invasive species. The gopher tortoises are a protected species and have a significant population on the property. Other sightings have been red headed woodpeckers, white tailed doves, multiple snake species, loggerhead shrikes, bald eagles, ospreys, red shouldered and red tailed hawks, several mammal species, wading birds, and a protected species of lichen.  Student work/study dorms and student access to healthful facilities and a park would be a much more appropriate use of the space than concerts (which will bother the local communities (both natural and human) with noise pollution.

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The distance of the facility from campus is a serious problem.  It seems inappropriate for campus housing, and very inconvenient for students and faculty in general.  Many on campus are under the impression it is 6 miles away.

The isolation it has from main campus and that is could cause the school to be divided. However, moving all masters and graduate programs could help this.

Football stadium,football team, football.

The percentage of the student body likely to utilize the resources at Buckingham. From what I have read, it is largely focused on environmental studies. Just estimating from the sample of my friends, nursing and business are the most common areas of study. Thus, Buckingham would be rarely utilized outside environmental research.

Work within the LEED certification,  that doesn't mean tear everything down and start over again, re - use and re purpose what is already there

when I was a criminal justice major one of my professors spoke about developing the site into a criminal justice/ forensics/legal studies college with state of the art programs and facilities , one unlike any other. This idea sounded like a great one and also one that would gain te interest of prospective students from all over the country

Buckingham is a really nice community. I think a research facility is the best thing for it. Leave it alone. I live near there I don't want to see the road expanded etc. to accommodate students. 

The ideas mentioned before are fine, its just the cost and what will be offered to get students to want that area to be developed.

community programs

environmental impacts

sustainable energy and waste management

agricultural projects

What overall benefit will the development serve to FGCU and in the surrounding community?

Fund raisers of any kind to help raise money

Not wasting student tuition on pointless stuff that does not appeal to everyone, like concerts or sporting events.

This is a very convenient location for others from other locations. This gives FGCU the opportunity to expand and continue to acquire new students. This is also a great location to have environmental classes. I do not think this should be a location for housing due to the quiet surroundings.

Consider making the facility a huge energy facility or ecological laboratory. This would serve as a good place for "field trips" without students being required to travel a half hour or more!

Please keep in mind the needs of the students because without students FGCU would not be a thriving University. Sometimes people put their own ideas and agendas above the need of the students at the University.

As noted before, keep the rural character and think outside the usual academic box on what is offered here.  This is an opportunity to keep part of Lee County and Florida history, not to build over everything that has been there in the past.  The region can use some more basic outdoor opportunities like camping.  Seek input from scouting groups and FWC on what some options are and utilize the expertise and student resources.  Need a site plan so that everyone knows what the goals are.  Probably need to put together a group to guide development with representatives from different interest groups.

It should be self-sustaining in 10 years

Since this area of Lee County is lacking in quality development projects it would be great to see FGCU have a presence in this area with classes for the community - many in this area cannot afford the communte to south Fort Myers for classes and

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I think it's better than sinking money into subsidizing private industry like the I-hub.
Some of the land could be used to create another, larger food forest. Animals that can provide eggs and milk could also be on site. The food from the forest and the animals could be sold to students or supply the food bank on campus. There could be a center there too where students could go and learn about permaculture, caring for farm animals, processing milk, etc. The center could be used for classes like Colloquium and serve as a place for students to earn service-learning hours. 

Whatever demolition and building is done should be done in the most sustainably, environmentally-friendly way possible. The natural areas that are on site should be respected and preserved as much as possible
We should remember that Buckingham is a decent distance from our main campus. That being said, if we hold events there that involve alcohol, it becomes a danger to have students driving back to school. Just something to keep in mind when planning events.
Please see comments and suggestions on #2 above.
Should the College of Arts & Sciences be located out there?
There will be greater population in that area and its good to have a presence.
Cost it out ideas so Foundation can identify prospective donors and determine feasibility of ideas.
We own it, so should invest what is needed to use it.
Greenhouses and small agricultural fields could be of tremendous value to plant scientists, ecologist, entomologist and others on staff.
Don't let Buckingham sit useless!  The site could be used for a number of activities and programs.  Faculty with primarily a research responsibility (no service or teaching) and with grant funding could conduct research there as well as train graduate students (in the sciences).
Environmental forensics facility biology and Environmental Engineering applications
See Other above.  This is an excellent opportunity to host an Environmental Forensics Facility (a.k.a.) body farm that would be able to measure decomposition in a subtropical environment.  This would assist law enforcement, it could bring in researchers, and it would assist in developing an already existing graduate program in Forensic studies.
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The distance seems to be a great hinderance, even if all buildings are brought up to code.  I think it needs to be a combination of usefulness and income potential that are the guidelines for all monies spent.  We have MANY other places on campus in need of facilities, ie: A Recreation and Wellness Center.
Partnership opportunities with private industry and state entities.  Serve as a model for the State to promote health education from associate degree/licensure preparation through doctoral and professional preparation.
Consider the fields of study that have lost a lot of course work that is crucial to applying what we learn in school to the field (Forensics). A body farm would be practical for not only forensic majors, but also nursing, criminal justice, and anthropology majors. This experience would be absolutely amazing for all faculty and students.
Fundraising would be more successful if an exciting/energizing plan could be developed first in concert with the community at large. What voids do you see existing on the main campus; how could the Buckingham property help meet those? Insofar as budget, obviously if you're spending on Buckingham, you're not spending on campus. Leverage any funds you can allocate, which are apt to vary year-to-year, depending on allocations and annual priorities.
On site coordinator for event scheduling? Office space for staff. Maybe housing if they will oversee any overnight activities/conferences.
In general, I would be very eager for the university to invest in the development of a site that is more "in town." This is because, as I mentioned before, cultivating natural, symbiotic relationships with the surrounding neighborhoods is important, and this is something that our current campus location makes nearly impossible. This is not just about service work but also promoting the growth of local businesses near campus.
More of a research facilities, since this area is not very convenient to be turned into a residential complex, a great opportunity for research environment exist.
Tie ALL development to 2 things: The Mission of FGCU and the Guiding Principles. Ask the hard questions about want vs. need and relate back to mision
Dont take away all the funding on the main FGCU campus for this complex.  It could be very valuable but there are also a lot of needs on main campus.  The need for added floors to MH, BHG, and RH are more important.  The outside groups that use our soccer fields every summer could help fund the property so FGCU funds can stay on main campus.  Some popularity or hype about the Buckingham complex needs to be built up in the community first, than people will jump on board to support it and provide funding. 

FGCU is spending thousands of dollars on LA Fitness memberships for the sports teams so I think the sports complex near South Lake is also more of a priority.
Parking seems to be a big concern for major sporting events.  It would be nice to have a complex that can facilitate large events for parking (especially during normal business hours on the main campus).
Satellite campus
Make the nations largest school run Outdoor Recreation Center, water elements, climbing wall, camp sites. All of it