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Civil & Environmental Engineering - 2020 Senior Design Abstracts

  • 201: Wakulla County Bus Facility
  • 202: Railroad Square Skate Park
  • 203: Hurricane Michael Infrastructure Recovery
  • 204: Pitt & Sylvan Springs Park Restoration & Rehabilitation
  • 205: Willow Landing Amenities
  • 206: Endeavor Housing Development
  • 207: Capitola Publix
  • 208: Blue Springs Park Restoration
  • 209: Bay County Resiliency Center
  • 210: Uniti Fiber Point of Patch Site
  • 211: Golden Eagle Homes Association Roadway Restoration Project
  • 212: Jefferson County Industrial Park Master Plan Update
  • 213: Rish Park ADA Cottages
  • 214: City of Tallahassee Pump Station 12
  • 215: Resurfacing of State Road 430
  • 216: Greene Subdivision
  • 217: City of Tallahassee Water Reclamation Effluent Force Main
  • 218: Cypress Springs Restoration
  • 219: Stanley Steemer Site Design

Team 203 | Hurricane Michael Infrastructure Recovery
Hurricane Michael Infrastructure Recovery

Hurricane Michael ripped through Alligator Point, a barrier island off the coast of the Florida Panhandle, in the fall of 2018. Alligator Drive—the island’s main road—was demolished, its asphalt broken into pieces and the land flooded. The roadway couldn’t be used in its condition so it was merged with a nearby street. Unfortunately, this merge created a sharp turn that has caused multiple car crashes. A safer long-term solution is needed. 

Any potential fix for Alligator Drive is complicated by the fact that the road is only 20 feet from the Gulf of Mexico. Rebuilding the road unprotected in its current position would put it at risk of being damaged by another natural disaster. 

Our team designed an alternative path for the roadway that runs around a portion of land owned by FEMA. We added a steel retaining wall between the water and the road to protect against further disaster damage. We also included a retention pond and added a series of drainage ditches along the side of the road to mitigate flooding.

Our team’s redesign plan protects the road from future storms and provides a safe driving experience. In addition, we were able to minimize long-term project maintenance costs. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), FC McColm Consulting (FCMC), and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering were involved in this project. It connects the residents of Alligator Point to to the mainland of Florida via a reconstructed Alligator Drive.

Team (L to R):
Brandon Guzman, Joseph Meyer, Crisol Ortiz-Socas, Taylor Thompson & Driss Ziane
Sean Martin, P.E., SECB, Kamal Tawfiq Ph.D. & Ren Moses, Ph.D.
FC McColm Consulting
Team 201 | Wakulla County Bus Facility
Wakulla County Bus Facility

The Wakulla County School District does not currently have a place to maintain and store its school buses. The buses are currently kept behind Wakulla High School. This parking area is for the buses and the high school’s employee parking. The area is almost completely unpaved, meaning that when it rains the heavy buses sink into the mud and become stuck. 

DSP Engineering designed a new bus facility for the school district. The facility includes parking for all of the Wakulla County school buses and a parking lot for the employees. The design reduces the need for buses to back up, which allows for easier ingress and egress. 

The facility design also includes a bus garage and fueling station, and a stormwater pond. A current water tower already on the adjacent Crawford Elementary School property supplies water service to the garage and fire hydrants in the lot. Added water lines will be connected to existing pipes. Wastewater is removed from the site with the help of a pump station designed for the garage. Wastewater pipes will be connected to a mainline already onsite.

The planned stormwater pond stores runoff from the new paved area. Retention ponds are placed in areas of low elevation, making use of natural slopes to drain stormwater. Swales are located on each side of the fuel tanks as inlets for the retention pond. The pavement grading is designed to allow runoff across the parking lot to the swales, directing the stormwater to the retention pond.

Team (L to R):
Morgan Downie, Tyler Phillips & Luke Slaughter
Sean Martin, P.E., SECB
DHM Melvin Engineering & Paul Davidson, M.S., P.E., C.G.C
Team 203 | Railroad Square Skate Park
Railroad Square Skate Park

Frontside Consulting Firm (FCF) designed for the City of Tallahassee a new skate park located on the outskirts of the Railroad Square Arts District. This 40,000 square-foot recreational space includes concrete ramps, rails, bowls and skateable art features. The design includes a pavilion for shade and a variety of modern amenities throughout the park. The design’s artistic lighting and aesthetic landscaping complement the surrounding arts district. 

Our team provided engineering design, site layout and construction management services for the Railroad Square Skate Park. The park is centrally located between Florida A&M and Florida State universities, so we integrated artistic elements that reflect both local communities. A skateable path is modeled after the FAMU Rattler mascot. The ‘tail-end’ of this path is covered in small tiles for an acoustic effect resembling a snake’s rattle when a skateboard rolls across the surface. Garnet and gold LED lighting throughout the park is a nod to FSU.

The facility design accounts for several factors, including existing underground drainage culverts, safety, aesthetic quality and optimum skateability for all skill levels.

Team (L to R):
Nicole Arrigo, Kevin Hernandez, Nick Jefferies & Nate Schaffer
Sean Martin, P.E., SECB & R. Cain, P.E.
City of Tallahassee
Team 204 | Pitt & Sylvan Springs Park Restoration & Rehabilitation
Pitt & Sylvan Springs Park Restoration & Rehabilitation

Pitt & Sylvan Springs Park is part of the Econfina Creek in Jackson County, Florida. In Fall 2018, Hurricane Michael blasted through Northwest Florida, and Pitt Springs suffered tremendous damage. This project focuses on providing improved guest areas and restoring the park to its original beauty before the storm.

This plan includes new restroom facilities, parking areas and comfortable seating for visitors. Additionally, a new design around the spring ensures water moves properly from the spring to the river, while new steps lead guests into the spring head. We added a viewing dock that overlooks the spring head and a new floating canoe dock to the plan. Our design improves/repairs the current park and provides new amenities for park guests.

Team (L to R):
Danny Diaz, Josh Ellzey, Jamie Green, Dennis Mitchell & Zach Sespico
Sean Martin, P.E., SECB
Genesis Halff, Echo Gates, P.E., LEED AP
Team 205 | Willow Landing Amenities
Willow Landing Amenities

Willow Landing is a community in Naples, Florida. Our team designed an amenities campus for the neighborhood which includes 450 homes for residents over the age of 55. The project design includes a clubhouse, pool, pool deck, bathhouse, parking lot, tennis courts, garden, trash compactor and mail kiosk. We were responsible for the design of the site layout, structure, foundation, utility layout, grading, drainage and construction planning. The key aspects of our design were safety, sustainability and functionality.

The design creates an eco-friendly campus that incorporates green components throughout the site. We made a space for solar panels that could be used to power the lights in the clubhouse and on the pool deck. A rain garden at the site entrance collects stormwater to prevent erosion and remove toxins from the runoff. We specified a variety of plants for the garden, including willow trees. Willows, in particular, absorb large amounts of metals and other toxins. 

The undeveloped site is mostly flat, cleared and grubbed marshland. The drainage and grading designs are critical to mitigate flooding. The clubhouse is constructed from timber and is designed as two buildings connected by a breezeway, providing direct access to the pool deck. Site utilities include stormwater, drinking water and sanitary sewer. Planned pipes for each utility connect to existing pipes just outside the site.

Team (L to R):
Tyler French, Kevin Kubelka, Gabrial Marquez, Sofia Mayorga & Kaylee Murtagh
Sean Martin, P.E., SECB & Kamal Tawfiq, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Waldrop Engineering, N. Kasten, E.I. & J. Larocque, P.E.