About Our Grounds
The Florida Gulf Coast University campus has a total of 807 acres. In the future, the University will have 324 acres of restored wetlands, 23 acres of created wetlands, and 121 acres of upland preserve. The remaining 339 acres are developed with buildings and landscaping; only 20 acres are under landscaped irrigation, and 18 of those acres are developed as a solar field.
Of the landscaped acreage only 20 acres are under irrigation, which was done to achieve the aesthetic and architectural requirements in the University Master Plan. The remaining acreage is landscaped with natural, indigenous plant material.
Wetlands Management and MonitoringThe University is responsible, through Physical Plant, for managing and monitoring these wetlands to achieve compliance with the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Environmental Protection, and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) requirements. The principle component of the wetland mitigation plan is the hydrological restoration and enhancement of the wetland systems.
Wetlands Restoration and EnhancementThe majority of natural areas on the FGCU campus were highly infested with Melaleuca, as well as a variety of exotic and nuisance vegetation as a result of previous disturbances such as drainage, logging, and wildfires. Through hydraulic enhancement, exotic invasive species removal, and selective replanting, the wetlands will be restored and enhanced. In addition, wetlands have been created from existing low-quality uplands. Any outside work needed for the wetlands and grounds is done through contractual services with consultants and qualified private firms.
Irrigated Land20 acres
Restored Wetlands324 acres
Solar Field18 acres
Grounds Department Responsibilities