Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), located in Fort Myers, Florida,
recently announced that it has received a gift of $350,000 from Watermark
Communities, Inc. (WCI) for the construction of a new Green Building
Demonstration and Learning Center on the FGCU Campus. |
This gift, which has
been matched by the State of Florida, completes the funding required to build
the $1,000,000 center. In recognition of the gift, the new Center will be
named the WCI Green Building Demonstration and Learning Center.
currently under development for the Center and a project architect should be
selected by this fall. Ground breaking is scheduled for early 2002, with the
opening of the Center coming a year later. The WCI Center will be part of a
complex of green buildings that are being built near the main entrance to the
University. This complex, which will also house the new Sugden Welcome
Center, will be constructed using green building principles and techniques.
It will feature examples of energy and water conservation, healthy indoor air
quality, use of recycled materials, ecosystem conservation, universal design,
hurricane protection, solar energy, fuel cell technology and rainwater
The new WCI Green Building Demonstration and Learning Center will serve as
the home of the (FGCU Green Building Project 
), whose mission is to foster environmentally sustainable and healthy
building, housing, and landscaping practices in Southwest Florida through
demonstration projects and educational outreach programs. The Center will
focus on green building as it relates to hot, humid climates, such as are
found in South Florida and the Caribbean. As part of the educational
outreach program, the project has already had over 100 local builders,
contractors and architects go through a two-day Build Green and Profit
Program. The Project is also a founding member of the Florida Green Building Inc.
, which is currently
developing statewide green building standards and certifications for Florida
homes, commercial buildings, developments and communities.
For more information contact Roy O. Bonnell, Jr., FGCU Green Building Project Manager,
Roy O. Bonnell, Jr.
FGCU Green Building Project Manager
3304 Santiago Way
Naples, Florida 34105-2762
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