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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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The FGCU Library Expansion Construction Has Reached the Top

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University announces a topping out event in celebration of the library expansion project having reached a pivotal point in construction. The roof of the 87,730 square foot addition has been completed and the Ajax Building Corporation is sponsoring the Topping Out celebration Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 12:00 noon in the library expansion construction site.

The FGCU leadership and Library administration will speak about the role and special amenities of the library expansion in meeting the academic needs of FGCU's rapidly growing enrollment and the demands of an equally flourishing curriculum.

The library expansion will more than double the size of the current 46,398 square foot facility. The total library space upon completion of the expansion will be 114,228 square feet.

"It's thrilling to see the expansion rising on campus," said director of Library Services Kathy Hoeth. "I believe it is clear testimony to FGCU's commitment to academic excellence."

The facility will accommodate the university's ever expanding collections as well as provide individual and group study spaces: a computer lab of 118 workstations, group study computer rooms, multi-media rooms, a 24-hour study space, University Archives and Special Collections spaces. The library will also house the FGCU Writing Center.

Timeline for project completion

May 2006          Substantial completion of the expansion

July 2006          Collections move from existing library

October 2006     Renovation of existing library substantially complete

November 2006     Final completion of entire project

FGCU Faculty, staff, and students will attend the event to celebrate and welcome library professionals from around the five county service area and other community friends and supporters. Ajax Building Corporation will provide a barbeque lunch served at the construction site.

For more information about the library expansion project or the event, please contact Kathy Hoeth at (239) 590-7605 or at

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