Category: Open Space
Name: Orlando Health Lake Beauty Park
Location: Orlando, FL
of Completion: February,
Technical Services, Inc.
completion of Lake Beauty Park is an expression of Orlando Health’s Patient
First Model of Care, as well as the shared community mission of enhancement,
beauty and economic development in the area.
The effort was achieved through the leadership of the Landscape
Architect, to foster vision and collaboration between Orlando Health (OH), The
City of Orlando and a private Doctor, each of whom owned land on this critical
block at the gateway to the hospital campus.
Landscape Architect has been leading the effort to improve the character,
quality and function of the Orlando Health campus for several years, and the
fruits of that work are now beginning to become reality. The Landscape Architect recognized the
importance of the physical environment to the patients, families and
professionals working at the hospital. The
Campus will be a place of well ordered clinical and non-clinical development
within a walkable, legible, healing environment.
landscape architect also saw the potential for economic development within the
surrounding area as means to provide needed support services such as work force
housing, food, hotel and other commercial activities needed by the campus
population. As a result, the Landscape
Architect assisted in the formation of the Real Estate Committee as a
subcommittee of the OH Board and began apply the tenants of the newly adopted Patient First Model of Care to the Campus and
District. The District strategy is being
implemented through the Downtown South Neighborhood Improvement District (initially
developed and funded by Orlando Health); many planning and development
enhancement activities are underway.
Beauty is one of the first manifestations of the Patient First Model of Care in
the physical environment – benefiting both the Campus and District. The importance of the Lake Beauty project is
seen through its environmental impact, its affect on the people that use the
hospital campus, and the greater community.
Environment - The site
(located at the corner of Miller Street and Orange Avenue) is a natural water
body that had been overgrown with unsightly non-native materials and damaged by
contaminated soils. Today, the site is
clean, with innovative rain gardens designed to capture runoff before entering
the Lake. Native plantings are adapted
to natural cycles of rainfall and are supportive of increased fish and wildlife
populations. Mature native trees were
preserved while new native canopy grows in to create a shady oasis. And although the design creatively worked
with a complex and constrained site condition, the lake edge was delicately
reshaped to create usable walking and seating areas without compromising lake
volume or natural habitat.
People - The Orlando
Health campus serves thousands of people every day. The need for places of personal reflection,
friendly gathering, relaxation and emotional restoration are integral to the
‘Evidence Based Design’ characteristics of healing environments. Orlando Health had no existing outdoor opportunity
on campus. Lake Beauty Park provides
places to be alone, or be together, connected by a unified quarter mile walking
loop, thanks to the partnership agreements fostered between the individual land
Community - Lake Beauty
Park is highly visible and accessible to the Orange Avenue Corridor (Downtown
South) and nearby neighborhoods such as Delaney Park. The dual role of announcing the entry to the
Campus, but also providing a publicly accessible park and attractive
investment to the corridor extends value to other properties within the newly
formed District. The reconstruction of
perimeter roads, enhanced sidewalk connections and inviting landscapes of Lake
Beauty Park have made it a popular meeting place for weekend cycling groups,
neighborhood exercise walkers and picnic lunches for surrounding
Beauty Park makes a bold, new statement regarding Orlando Health’s commitment
to its patients and also the community and is the first of more enhancements to
come for Downtown South.
Owner: Karl Hodges, VP of Business Development, Orlando Health
Owner’s Representative: Bob Szafranski, Director of Facility
Development, Orlando Health
Principal in Charge: Peter C. Sechler, ASLA, AECOM
Senior Designer: Donald G. Wishart, RLA, AECOM
Project Manager, Construction Manager: Kevin J. Aust, RLA, AECOM
QA/QC: Tom McMacken, ASLA, AECOM
Project Designer: Kody K. Smith, formerly AECOM
Civil Engineering Principal: Bob Schanck, PE, GAI Consultants, Inc.
Civil Engineering Project Manager: Keith Haugdahl, PE, GAI Consultants, Inc.
Structural Engineer: David G. Kittridge, PE
Electrical Engineer: Kendall L. Mason, PE, RLF, Inc.
Irrigation Design: Kevin Smith, Computerized Design Services
Fountain Design & Engineering: Todd Hall, Hall Fountains, Inc.
Geotechnical Engineering: Robert Trompke, PE, PSI, Inc.
Survey: James Rickman, Allen & Company, Inc.
General Contractor: Larry Foor, Gomez Construction
Landscape & Irrigation Project Manager: David Ressler, LegacyScapes
Fabrication: Dennis Sutherlin, Nassal Metal Works