Public/private research campus is first occupant in planned iHUB technology park
Florida Gulf Cost University (FGCU) broke ground on the Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI), a new research campus that will team academics and private sector partners to study and incubate renewable energy technology.
The majority of the 6.5-acre campus will be devoted to outdoor research development fields, where private and public researchers will develop and test new wind, solar, and agricultural technologies.
Anchoring the site is a 24,600-square-foot laboratory and classroom building, which will include teaching and research labs, pilot-scale testing facilities, and high-bay shop areas for fabrication.
The ETI’s design makes use of a plug-and-play model that will allow tenant companies to customize their research environments, according to Robert Thomas, AIA, LEED BD+C, architect with LEO A DALY.
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