LEO A DALY Wins AIA Merit Award for Design of Emergent Technologies Institute

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) will use the facility to study environmental sustainability and renewable energy

Florida Gulf Coast University and LEO A DALY were recently honored with the Award of Merit for Unbuilt Commercial or Institutional Work by the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Emergent Technologies Institute is the first building designed at Florida Gulf Coast University’s new 6.5 acre campus located within a new 240 acre research park. The new developer-driven research park will focus on environmental sustainability.

The research park will study sustainable energy through weather stations, solar technologies, improving farming applications, and energy storage. “Florida Gulf Coast is committed to help future generations through the study of alternative energy sources,” said Robert Thomas, AIA, LEED BD+C, Project Manager for LEO A DALY. “This campus will be a living laboratory for public and private use in renewable energy research.”

The Emergent Technologies Institute, the fifth LEO A DALY project for Florida Gulf Coast University, will include teaching and research laboratories, outdoor research and development fields, pilot-scale testing facilities, technology demonstration areas, and power islanding. The $7.5 Million project will also add much needed classroom space for FGCU students.

Jury members noted the project’s “interesting collage of massing and formal collisions,” and said it “nicely engages the site, shaping the approach and creating pleasant exterior occupiable spaces.” Jury members included Dewberry’s Michael LaBoeuf, FAIA, RLF’s Steve Langston, AIA, and HKS’s Michael Edward Borg, AIA.
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