Southern Scholarship Foundation Parking Lot Expansion increased the parking from 19 existing spaces to 38; doubling the capacity. Stormwater was placed in underground chambers and was constructed during the summer of 2019.
The Farm Bureau in the City of Alachua wanted to relocate to the Alachua Publix Marketplace with a new building, parking lot, and a large grassed area for community events. The site is located north of the retail strip containing Hungry Howie’s. Gmuer Engineering was happy to design the site plan, permit the site plan with regulatory agencies (City of Alachua, Suwannee River Water Management District) and supply site plans for construction.
This project required only minor site plan design and permitting but allowed for a much needed building addition to the Argos Cement facility in the City of Newberry. In addition to the design, GmuerEng also provided planning services to show compliance with the special use associated with the property.
This private subdivision had some minor maintenance issues associated with their private roadway that they wanted to address. GmuerEng provided a schematic repair plan for use by the management company to bid the project with site work contractors.
Located within the Villages of West End, this 58 unit townhouse development is within close proximity to Tioga Town Center and backs onto the West End Golf Course. The site plan was divided into two phases and met all of the conditions of the overlying PD zoning and Alachua County Land Development Code. Gmuer Eng prepared a conceptual plan that was able to provide all 58 units allowed by the PD and allowed the County to consolidate the preliminary and final review processes. The northeast corner of the property was adjacent to a relic sinkhole. This natural feature was protected by a buffer conservation management area and surrounded by natural open space consisted of large oaks and common area with multi-use trails. The landscaped stormwater facility was designed to minimize its footprint and was back dropped by an amazing keystone block retaining wall topped by a 3 rail fence. Permitting was completed with Alachua County for the site plan, FDOT for the Archer Rd driveway, Public Works for the 124th Blvd driveway, GRU for the looped water main and gravity wastewater system, Clay Electric for power, and SRWMD for the stormwater system. Homes are being constructed by Moranda Homes and are in a 6 unit per building configuration.
The Freddie’s Garden project proposed to subdivide an existing single family lot into 5 new lots for the construction of Luxury 3 Bed / 3 Bath Craftsman Style Cottage. The location is in walking distance to UF, midtown, football games, and classes. Parking was provided in the rear of the homes with one parking space per bedroom. Gmuer Engineering provided the utility plan for the added water and sewer utility connections required to serve the new lots.
The project proposed the construction of a 9,600 SF metal building within an existing industrial park. The building would serve to produce pre-fabricated home construction components. Site work included employee parking, loading bay and driveway for material deliveries and pickups, stormwater management facilities, and connections to existing utilities within the adjacent row.
Ellianos Coffee Company is a dominant regional brand and has been growing their franchise system throughout north central Florida. It was founded in 2002 by experienced entrepreneurs and coffee-lovers, Scott and Pam Stewart of Lake City who developed a successful specialty coffee shop with double-sided drive-thru serving the highest quality specialty coffee beverages in a way that would meet the demands of busy Americans. The new City of Alachua site is located across from Santa Fe High School just up the hill from Publix and is poised to be a perfect location to serve the City of Alachua and Gainesville commuters via US 441. Design and permitting were challenging only due to the three road frontages operated by three separate entities and a unique business model that the local land development code had not anticipated. We were able to provide roadway connections from the front and rear, the double sided drive-thru, bypass lanes, utility connections and extensions, and seven different permitting applications plus two post approval design modifications to further reduce infrastructure costs in coordination with the City of Alachua.
Woodbury Row Phase 3 is a perfect example of student housing within the transitional neighborhood area located within a block of the University of Florida. Permitting began in 2017 with a 3 step process; historical compliance, right-of-way vacation, and site plan approval. The site is located within the University Heights Historic District and starts with the proposed the restoration of 4 existing homes with 3 of them being relocated with restored foundations to be closer to the neighborhood sidewalks. The next step was the vacation of a portion of SW 5th Ave which is unusually wide especially for this area of Gainesville and was an obstacle to creating the pedestrian character of the proposed streetscape. The proposed 3 story apartments provide car parking and a couple of units on the 1st floor for a total of 35 new units. Stormwater is provided to offset the new impervious area using underground stormwater facilities located under the 1st floor parking areas. These features of the proposed design are the characteristics that allow for the density needed to maintain student rental viability with a mixture of building types, age, characteristics, scale. It was a pleasure working on this project.
The existing site was the former home of a light manufacturing facility. The new owner is developing the 11.3 acre property to relocate their car auction facility. The building was modified to allow for auctions in the warehouse portion of the building and the majority of the improvements were made to the site to accommodate the accumulation of vehicles leading up to auction day and the arrival of brokers to the site for the scheduled event. The building is 11,520 SF with site improvements consisting of expansion to 88 parking spaces up front, check in building, and a significant outdoor storage area in the rear. The additional impervious area required expansion of the stormwater management facilities with additional utility service connections for fire hydrants. We designed the site plan and permitted the site plan with the City of Alachua and Suwanee River Water Management District.
This project began with a great team in 2016. Their practice caters to children and strives to be parent friendly. The theme is unique and is a great feature toward this goal. They wished to build a new building in Lake City on a 1.106 acre site consisted of Lots 9 & 10 of the Perimeter Park commercial subdivision. The lots were served by a master stormwater facility and access to a driveway from SR47 with an existing directional median opening. The design consisted of a 6,800 GFA building with associated parking lot, driveway connections, and utility service connections and grading to avoid pipes and concrete inlets. Permitting was completed with Lake City.
Chi Omega is a sorority at the University of Florida which wanted to construct the building addition to remodel the kitchen, expand the dining room and house mother suite, add additional bedrooms, etc for approximately 2,400 SF of additional GFA. Exterior improvements include a seating wall and custom courtyard. The existing building was designed and constructed in the 1950's along with the land rights. To get permission for this project, Gmuer Engineering processed a deed revision with the State of Florida and UF along with committee reviews with the University of Florida for the project itself.
The project was constructed on a brownfield site for pesticides. Permitting through FDEP was required to provide a plan for isolating the contaminant and allow for redevelopment. The largest points of coordination with FDEP were utility installation trenches and the underground stormwater facility. It was critical that the contractor followed the brownfield construction requirements to the letter.
Architect: Donahue Architecture
Contractor: Crabtree Construction
Start: May 2016
End: December 2016
City of Neptune Beach
FL Dept of Env Protection (FDEP)
FL Dept of Transportation (FDOT)