FGCU Water School gets new building, set to open in the fall

Reporter: Michelle Alvarez
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The FGCU Water School has a new building. (CREDIT: WINK News)

It’s a pretty building, a centerpiece on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus.

But don’t let the look fool you.

The building is not for show.

FGCU believes what will soon happen inside is the centerpiece of its future.

The building is the new home for its Water School. WINK News got a tour on Wednesday of the new building slated to have its official opening in the fall. The 4-story building will include an aquarium room.

“The original plans for this building go back nearly half a decade, in terms of envisioning new space,” said Greg Tolley, executive director for FGCU’s Water School. “We didn’t have the name the Water School at that point in time. But we’ve been doing water research and environmental research here in Southwest Florida for over 25 years.”

Water and the environment is the fuel of Southwest Florida’s economy.

“A lot of our economies are water economies. And so, there’s going to be a lot of demand for jobs for students that are graduating here,” Tolley said.

FGCU believes the community will benefit from the work of professors, scientists and students in the new building.

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