98th Street Park

CGA designed, permitted and oversaw the construction for a passive, walk-to neighborhood park on the East Island of Bay Harbor Islands. The park’s components include a restroom facility, an interactive splash pad with water jets and sculptural features, two separate play equipment (one for toddlers and one for children 5-12) – each shaded and installed on poured-in-place rubberized surfacing – and a shelter pavilion. The project also included landscape improvements, site drainage and site lighting. The construction for the park was completed on-time and within budget. Today, the park is one of a few park spaces that is accessible by walking within the island community; as such, the park serves many uses, including the Island’s PAL program activities, movies in the park, and as a general gathering are for pick-up sports.

SW 2nd Avenue Streetscape Project

Our approach to this project is one that is inherently about urban design and space-creation. It is not simply a matter of beautification, but rather as the process of embedding the environment with value to take advantage of inherent, flexible opportunities. We believe that these, in turn, will animate socialization, celebrate the culture of place, and provide for a multi-functional framework. We seek to capture the human experience, including mood, atmosphere, color, sound, tactility, pleasure and light that characterizes the ethos of ‘place’ that lives at this intersection of:

  • Culture – with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science, and the Esplanade Park,
  • Socialization – with the vibrant Himmarshee Street nightlife scene,
  • History – with the campus of historical buildings, including the Museum of History, Hoch Heritage Center, Philemon Bryan House, King-Cromartie House, and the Schoolhouse), and
  • Access and Connectivity – with the continuity of the Riverwalk as a major destination linking the various waterfront properties.

Our goal for this project is to provide a design solution that results in products that are resilient, innovative, creative, sensitive, inspiring, memorable, responsible, interpretive, comprehensive, imaginative and visionary. We will lead by design and lead with design.

Rickenbacker Causeway Bridge Rehabilitation

CGA was subcontracted by Hardesty and Hanover, the engineering firm on the design build team with Kiewit Construction. CGA’s scope included hydrographic and topographic survey, drainage design, lighting and signing and pavement markings for the rehabilitation of the Rickenbacker Causeway’s West Bridge and the rehabilitation and expansion of the Bear Cut Bridge. The Bear Cut bridge was widened to accommodate a multiuse path in both directions, separated from the travel lanes by a barrier wall; and 8’ bike lanes adjacent to traffic in both directions. Also included were both approaches to Bear Cut Bridge which required coordination with two of the County’s adjacent future projects. The Rickenbacker Causeway is highly utilized by cyclists, both road bikes and cruisers. As such, Miami Dade Traffic was very focused on accommodating all users and getting stakeholder feedback as part of the project.

Numerous meetings and coordination efforts made permitting the signing and pavement markings for this project possible. As part of the rehabilitation of the Bear Cut bridge, the existing cross slope and bridge deck structure were modified impacting the existing drainage. Permitting through Miami-Dade County’s Regulatory & Economic Resources Department and South Florida Water Management District was accomplished through innovative design and extensive agency coordination since the receiving waters, Biscayne Bay, are Outstanding Florida Waters. Electrical coordination for the demolition and rehabilitation of the bridge deck was critical to maintaining safe travel ways during construction. CGA coordinated the bridge circuits during construction as well as providing new lighting for the widened bridge and new multi-use paths.

Tamarac Corridor Study

The Redevelopment Study focused on key commercial areas within Tamarac. Three primary areas of opportunity were identified with unique marketing, economic development, urban design and land use strategies. The study included planning and design strategies intent on (a) positioning the City’s commercial areas to be more competitive for redevelopment opportunities; (b) identifying current and future market demand within the City’s commercial areas; (c) identifying the ten-year potential for key uses and activities within the City; (d) recommending zoning patterns to promote sustainable transit-oriented development principles; and (e) reflecting green principles for redevelopment. The final study provided recommendations to target specific market sectors and made recommendations to better-situate the City in a highly competitive redevelopment market, with a focus on increasing economy, live-work, livability, walkability, sustainability and aesthetic qualities to serve as attractors for commercial investment and a new generation of home-buyers.

Weston Emergency Operations Center

The City of Weston’s $7.5 million  Emergency Operations Center (EOC) / Administrative Services Center was completed. The three-story building is home to the EOC, IT personnel/equipment, Code Compliance, Fire Marshall, and the Building Code Services Department. The second story of the building will be dedicated to the EOC, and serve as a training facility and emergency center, mainly for police and fire, as well as the offices for information technology (IT). The third floor will provide sleeping accommodations for the EOC personnel and space for future expansion needs.

CGA provided site engineering including water, sewer and drainage utilities for the facility, and construction services including civil site inspection, and limited construction administration.  The site was located adjacent to an existing parking lot with active underground utilities (water, sewer, drainage, electric, irrigation, and parking lot lighting), the existing City Hall, and a recreation center (tennis courts) which created unique design and construction challenges.

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