International COllege to Purchase Property at Colonial and Winkler to Build New Fort Myers Campus
Today Fort Myers City Mayor Jim Humphrey announced that International College has entered into a contract to purchase property located at Colonial Boulevard and Winkler Extension in Fort Myers to build the College’s first permanent campus in the city.
International College has contracted to purchase approximately 16 acres of land and plans to build a three-story, 60,000-square-foot building at the Colonial and Winkler site, which will contain an administrative and student center, classrooms, state-of-art computer labs, a comprehensive Information Resource Center, and community meeting space.
Gates McVey Builders, Inc., a full-service development and construction company serving the southwest region of Florida, is the Construction Manager and Builder of the Fort Myers campus project, which is slated for completion in Spring 2005.
The College’s current Fort Myers campus, whose lease ends in April 2005, is located at 8695 College Parkway in the Renaissance Center. International College launched classes at that location in 1992 with an enrollment of 85 students.
International College officials say the move to the new campus is crucial. Enrollment at the Fort Myers campus has grown at such a rapid pace that International College has outgrown the building, explained Jeanette Brock, J.D., Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. Five years ago, 392 students took classes at the Fort Myers campus. About 700 students are expected to attend there this Fall term.
“One of the benefits of moving to the new Fort Myers campus is that it will present a better college campus environment for our students. Right now, our students are spread out throughout the Renaissance Center. By having their own building, students will be able to identify it as their college,” Brock said. “The new facility will also allow us to provide students with the most modern and up-to-date learning environment.”
International College President Terry McMahan expressed excitement at the prospect of moving into the new Fort Myers location, contributing to the residents and economic development of Lee County, and gaining more visibility in a burgeoning area.