Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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"There are a lot of jurisdictional agencies that have to sign off on these projects. It is a lot to solve and a collaborative effort by all the professionals to bring this together," Schmidt said. The final $750,000 phase will include the "Physics Forest," which will be a circular interactive learning environment, in addition to a splash pad, expanded outdoor seating with a full service concession stand and an outdoor amphitheater. In the end, the long- term goal is to connect the science center with the neighboring Palm Beach Zoo by utilization of a science themed trail. Challenges Faced One of the challenges in the design was the low-lying aspect of the site, which, in Florida, is definitely a problem. "That area was prone to seasonal flooding, so the entire site had to be brought up a couple feet," relates Schmidt. "We also implemented some storm chambers to handle those drainage challenges." Because this was such a massive undertaking, many firms had to be consulted and communicated with, and copious laws and regulations had to be adhered to. Site visits were facilitated to verify that work was completed and to foster a close coordination with the museum's accounting staff and the Palm Beach City Parks & Rec's accounting requirements and procedures. To ensure total communication between all parties, Schmidt Nichols processed and tracked all the contracts, change orders, purchase orders and check requests for all sub-consultants, as well as the Above: This is the site plan by Schmidt Nichols. The piano walkway in the lower right, once fully installed, will have interactive keys on the ground that play notes when stepped on. A gem panning activity will be in between the walkway and "Bubbleology," an area where humungous bubbles can be made! September 2018 51 Bubbleology

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