Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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In a series of three expansion phases, the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, located in the city of West Palm Beach's Dreher Park, is undergoing a major revitalization to their original facility. The total cost is estimated to be between $2.4 and $3 million and the enhancements aim to make the museum more enjoyable by incorporating a swath of interactive science orientated areas, new playgrounds, a splash pad, 25 new hands-on science exhibits, an 18-hole mini-golf course and future plans to connect to the adjacent zoo. As of the publishing of this article, phase 1 and 2 of the project are complete. Jon E. Schmidt & Associates, the primary landscape architecture firm for the development, obtained approval of the Class B Special Use Permit for the expansion, and coordinated the approval of the $2,400,000 Inter-local Funding Agreement between Palm Beach county, the city of West Palm Beach and the South Florida Science Museum under the Recreation and Cultural Facilities Bond. Part of Jon Schmidt's work thus far has included designing and facilitating 11,000 gross square feet of overall site improvements for an expansion to the existing museum and construction of approximately 3,000 gross square feet of permanent exhibit space. Mr. Schmidt stated that facilitating open lines of communication for the client, with the Palm Beach Zoo, the Mayor's office and Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation department, was key to the master plan. Above: This is the six- and-under playground found in the northwest corner of the center. It is both indoor and outdoors and includes a 16' x 5' interactive, running water table, a lounge area for parents, a life-sized Lite- Brite wall, the classic toy from 1967 which has small colored plastic pegs that fit into a panel and illuminate to create a lit picture, plus more. It was funded, in part, by PNC Grow Up Great, a company formed by PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., of Pittsburgh. 50 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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