The students at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) will soon have a new 50,000 square foot fitness center to use and also access to a new 27,000 square foot community counseling clinic.

The Recreation and Wellness Center has been a long time coming due to permitting constraints, but the school broke ground on the project this fall, which is expected to open in the early spring of 2020.

The two-story facility will be located in the South Village (SoVi) area of campus and will include two gymnasiums; multi-purpose, strength, and fitness rooms; a cardio deck; observation concourse; as well as an outdoor fitness area and event plaza.

The new Student Health and Counseling Center will also be available to students in the fall of 2019 and will integrate both classroom and community outreach. The center will allow students a place to train for careers in mental health services and it will also serve as a community counseling center to support the community through direct counseling, consultation services, training, outreach, and prevention.

As the civil engineer, our involvement isn’t commonly seen, but with each completed building comes layers of planning and site design criteria, drainage and water management, roadway, and parking considerations. Johnson Engineering has worked closely with the University since its inception, helping it take shape as it grows and educates our future generations.

For more information, contact Dana Hume, PE, at [email protected].