Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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general contractor's pay applications and bank disbursement requests. In addition, South Florida Science Center loan disbursement requests were processed, tracked, deposited and disbursed. "It really was a lot of groups coming together, and the work of many professionals, to make this a great project," said Schmidt. The Spirit Behind the Design While all of the new features of the science center may just seem like fun for children, there is a deeper methodology behind their installments. Everything within the center revolves around science. For instance, the pathways that link areas within the site mimic the rings around Saturn. Also, an outdoor science walkway will connect 15 new exhibits and eventually connect to the neighboring zoo, providing a walkway to more knowledge. "The big path, while it looks like a continuing sphere, is also used for maintenance. So, not only does it have to be designed well, but it also has to be maintained in a cost effective manner," Schmidt says. Another way the design focused on science is with the inclusion of new zones and activities like the "Physics Forest," a human sundial and the dinosaur walk. Schmidt concludes the interview by reaffirming that the spirit behind the design was really what was the driving factor for the entire project. "The inspiration behind our second phase, after the installation of the mini golf course, was to have the new elements mimic the scientific items found within the science center." Right: This is an initial site rendering by the landscape architect. Several interactive spaces, such as the human- sized sundial and the whisper dishes, were repositioned for the final design layout (pictured on the previous page). Nevertheless, the plants and animals featured are indigenous to Florida and include species such as Florida Royal palms and pelicans. Left: Jim Fazio, a world- renowned golf course architect, and Gary Nicklaus, professional golfer and son of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, designed this mini golf course. It offers an opportunity to learn about Florida's Everglades because every hole on the course is named after an indigenous plant or animal found in the protected wetlands of the Everglades. One interesting accolade is that the Conservation Course was recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the 13 best mini golf courses in America. 52 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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