Florida Gulf Coast University breaks ground on its renewable energy research campus

March 2, 2015 |

In Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University has broken ground on its new Emergent Technologies Institute research campus that will team academics and private sector partners to study and incubate renewable energy technology. The ETI is the first venture in a planned 240-acre technology park known as the Innovation Hub (iHUB), which is being developed by Galvano Development.

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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