Cattlemen’s Square Landscape Architecture and Urbanism

CGA’s Landscape Architecture and Urbanism Department was selected to work with the City of Okeechobee under a continuing services contract. The main project is the renovation and improvement to the Main Street parks which consist of seven smaller parks or squares. Each of these areas have a different theme and the first priority was the Cattlemen’s Square. The park’s committee wanted to include bronze sculptures depicting a cattle drive that would reflect the rich heritage of cattle ranching in the community.

Our firm worked with the selected artist to arrange the sculptures (ten pieces in total) and coordinate the installation and lighting effects for each one of them. We also designed new walkways, benches, seating areas, informational signage, landscaping, and irrigation.

Our team of CGA professionals worked together to capture a design that delivers a beautiful public space where residents and visitors can enjoy the City at its best but also celebrate the wonderful cultural traditions of the cattle ranching community.

To learn more on how CGA’s Landscape Architecture and Urbanism Department can help your community to develop and improve the quality of its public spaces, please contact us. We will design the best solution for your needs.

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.