Client Florida Gulf Coast University

College of Arts and Sciences Building - Academic Building 7

Fort Myers, Florida

The four-story, 62,000-SF College of Arts and Sciences Building (Academic Building 7) houses classrooms and laboratories serving a variety of science and math programs. The building offers SCALE UP labs for physics, biology, chemistry, marine systems, as well as math labs, organic chemistry, research labs and a GIS computer lab. Specialized labs include cell culture labs, histology labs, DNA lab and two BSL3 Suites. The facility also has offices, conference rooms, and a 160-seat lecture hall.

The building achieved LEED Platinum certification and includes electronic environment control systems that measure indoor humidity levels and automatically adjust air conditioning systems, high efficiency lighting, windows and insulation, recycled construction waste, high performance reflective metal roofing and shade overhangs, and drought resistant, native landscaping.

At a glance

62,000 SF

Research Laboratories

GIS Computer Laboratory

DNA Laboratory

2 BSL3 Suites

160-Seat Lecture Hall

LEED Platinum Certification


SCALE UP labs for physics, biology, chemistry, and marine systems


Architectural Design

"I'm always humbled by the effort of so many people to complete a project of this magnitude and the endless amount of planning, meetings, and coordination that it takes to make things happen. I just want to take this moment to thank you all on behalf of the University for a job well done."


gallons of water saved using high efficiency fixtures compared to traditional fixtures.


$13.5 Million awarded for research and sponsored programs at FGCU in 2012-13.

Over 20%

of the materials used in the construction of this building contain recycled content.