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Civil & Environmental Engineering - 2019 Senior Design Abstracts

  • Fairview Middle School
  • FSU Primary Care and Behavioral Health Center
  • Panama City Beach Fire Station
  • Ford Dealership Site Design
  • Trulieve Ben Bostic Site Expansion
  • Safe Routes to Schools
  • Jackson County Urgent Care Facility
  • FAMU Way Phase 3 Extension
  • Bloxham Street Bridge
  • Blue Springs Park Remodel
  • Southern Furniture Warehouse
  • Haskins Circus Complex Pedestrian Bridges
  • Alligator Creek Culvert
  • NCAA Cross-Country Facility
  • Mendenhall Rainwater Capture
  • All Saints Redevelopment
  • Hop & Grind Brewhouse Site Design
  • Little Pine Barren Creek Bridge Replacement
  • Habitat for Humanity Timber-Framed House
  • Dollar General Store Site Development
  • Clara Avenue and Hutchison Boulevard Intersection Redesign
  • Apartments at Capitola
Danielle Prescott, Maggie Martins, Dylan Nelson and Ryan Hill
Fairview Middle School

Fairview Middle School is in south Tallahassee. The Leon County School Board determined that renovations were needed to better serve students and staff and to accommodate an increase in enrollment. We needed to complete extensive permitting through the city before the design we created for the project could be constructed. The engineering design for this project includes the addition of a new administration building and a new parking lot on the western side of the site.

Our site design describes where the placement of buildings, sidewalks, parking lots and stormwater facilities will be on the renovated site. It also redesigns the ground onsite by changing the levels of the slopes of the surfaces on parking lots and sidewalks. We needed to design a stormwater management facility and a system to pipe stormwater from areas onsite to the facility. For this, we used a deep wet retention pond. However, the pond is so deep that it requires a retaining wall to prevent the sides from caving in. 

The current site has hazardous traffic conditions created by multiple driveway entrances. The new design minimizes the points of conflict and considers the traffic flows that occur during pickup and drop-off times at the school. We also created a construction schedule and cost estimate to explain to contractors how they should build the project and what it should cost.

Team (L to R):
Danielle Prescott, Maggie Martins, Dylan Nelson and Ryan Hill
Advisor(s):
Sean Martin, P.E., SECB
Sponsor:
David H. Melvin, Consulting Engineers
Zabdyk Baumeister, Amber Hanson, Gabriele Lavalle, Charles Ritchie and William Roberts
FSU Primary Care and Behavioral Health Center

Florida State University’s new eco-friendly health clinic benefits not only the community but its own recent medical graduates as well. The clinic is located at 2911 Roberts Avenue in Tallahassee, Florida. Conveniently located within a large neighborhood, it provides primary health care services to the community at an affordable rate. The clinic is partly staffed with recent FSU College of Medicine graduates who are gaining hands-on nursing and medical experience from well-trained professionals. 

As the design team, we were responsible for the ground-up design of the entire building and the surrounding site. Our first step was to level out the existing land for a strong foundation, which would need to support the 9,700 square foot facility. Next, we designed the entire building to be safe and secure, within an eco-friendly design. This design uses the idea of minimizing harmful materials and building techniques to help reduce our carbon footprint. The building employs the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building system, creating a healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving structure. Finally, we designed the pond and parking lot to be as functional and space-efficient as possible. The pond holds water year-round and serves as a pleasant and useful feature. However, the pond’s main purpose is to prevent stormwater from flooding the parking lot and neighboring sites and roads. The parking lot is accessible for handicapped parking and has a covered ambulance bay, which is vital in the case of an emergency.

Team (L to R):
Zabdyk Baumeister, Amber Hanson, Gabriele Lavalle, Charles Ritchie and William Roberts
Advisor(s):
Sean Martin, P.E., SECB, Kamal Tawfiq, Ph.D., P.E. and Clayton Clark, Ph.D., P.E.
Sponsor:
David H. Melvin, Consulting Engineers
Alex Baret, Kody Boswell, Clark Horne and Brett Jaffee
Panama City Beach Fire Station

The City of Panama City Beach plans to construct an additional fire station centrally located within its geographical limits. The site will be located on the corner of North Gulf Boulevard and Nautilus Street on an undeveloped lot. The city currently has two fire stations located 5 miles northwest and southeast of the proposed location. The city feels that there is an unacceptable gap between these two stations, and an additional station is necessary. This additional fire station will serve to augment emergency capabilities and reduce response times to nearby incidents along the coast.

The scope for the project includes the structural design of a single-story fire station. This will consist of a steel joist-supported monoslope roof system, reinforced masonry walls and slab-on-grade foundation. The station will feature four fire engine bays, additional vehicle storage, classroom space, offices, dorms, living space and kitchen. Since the safety of the city is at stake, we aimed to complete the design and construction as quickly as possible. Panama City Beach will then gain a reduced response time to any fire related emergencies, which will greatly benefit the surrounding community. 

Team (L to R):
Alex Baret, Kody Boswell, Clark Horne and Brett Jaffee
Advisor(s):
Sean Martin, P.E., SECB
Sponsor:
David H. Melvin, Consulting Engineers
Tyler Long, Tyler Levin, Thatcher Brown and Brad Donley (not pictured)
Ford Dealership Site Design

As the town of Colquitt, Georgia, has grown, the Spring Creek Ford Dealership has outgrown its lot and needs an upgrade. Our project goal was to design a brand-new dealership on an adjacent lot to provide a larger show room, more inventory and parking for customers. 

Some interests we considered for the layout of the site were drainage, parking, landscaping and traffic flow. With multiple entrances and exits, we have achieved our goal of accessibility while optimizing our landscape and drainage areas. Our engineering design encompassed the drainage design, site design, geotechnical and foundation design and utility design.

With a larger lot, the new dealership has more than double the available parking for customers and employees. The stormwater design includes a retention pond, as well as box inlets and pipes that gather and transport the water to the retention pond. As for the utility design, it will include a sanitary sewer system and water services. Using the soils report for the property, we designed a complete foundation for the dealership structure. Finally, our team included a complete construction schedule and cost estimates for the project.

Team (L to R):
Tyler Long, Tyler Levin, Thatcher Brown and Brad Donley (not pictured)
Advisor(s):
Sean Martin, P.E., SECB
Sponsor:
France Engineering
Berkley Lewis, Kameron Lewis, Brittany Nesbitt, Kadeem Rowe and Tahirah Slaughter
Trulieve Ben Bostick Site Expansion

Trulieve is Florida’s first and largest medical marijuana producer already serving over 100,000 patients in their first two years of operation. With ever-growing demand in this new industry, they are undertaking massive expansions to their growing facilities. 

The Ben Bostick site is located in Quincy, Florida, currently housing a 64,000 square foot grow house. The expansion goal is to create 120,000 square feet of additional warehouse space to facilitate the expanded demands in their growing operation. 

This expansion encompasses multiple aspects of civil engineering. The largest portion of the project deals with the site design, which includes designing stormwater ponds and utility designs for water and sewer systems. The pond designs will work with the site layout and utility designs ensuring accessibility and proper grading.

Regarding the structural design, we are creating five warehouses with identical layouts using a pre-engineered metal framing technique. Each warehouse includes grow rooms, water storage tanks and chemical storage rooms, as well as washrooms for employees, which will tie into utilities off-site. 

For the transportation design, we used off-site traffic data and a turn lane analysis to determine if the driveway connection to US-90 will impact overall traffic flow. After successful completion of the project, we hope that Trulieve will continue to flourish as Florida’s No. 1 medical marijuana producer and provide needed
industry to the North Florida region.

Team (L to R):
Berkley Lewis, Kameron Lewis, Brittany Nesbitt, Kadeem Rowe and Tahirah Slaughter
Advisor(s):
Sean Martin, P.E., SECB
Sponsor:
Urban Catalyst Consultants