Florida Gulf Coast University Growing

The first phase of a campus recreation center is on track to open in January.

The $18.2 million project broke ground in September 2018, and a grand opening of the facility is scheduled for Feb. 7 as part of homecoming.

The two-story build out spans 50,000 square feet and ties in the university’s natural surroundings, explained Amy Swingle, the director of Campus Recreation at FGCU.

Although groundbreaking details have yet to be announced, construction is set to begin in 2020 for the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

This three-story, 27,000-square-foot building will be home to the Small Business Development Center, the Regional Economic Research Institute and the School of Entrepreneurship.

The college is awaiting also its business license for an upcoming physical therapy clinic on campus. The clinic would serve the campus at first, but it could possibly be scaled to service the community in the future.

FGCU’s Water School has many locals hopeful that the university will be able to help solve some of the water quality problems that have plagued the Sunshine State for years.

The $58 million building will house a staff of about 30 and will be the largest structure on campus at 116,000 square feet.

Along these lines, she sees the creation of an interprofessional doctoral program, which will help deepen the university’s “research portfolio” and allow for students to take core courses while allowing for training in the different tracks of study, be it nursing, counseling or physical therapy.