Following are brief descriptions of some projects that Chastain-Skillman's Civil Engineering Department has completed. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but should
give you an idea of the scope of work that we have done.
Residential Development (2005)
Chastain-Skillman provided site development engineering services for
a multi-use property encompassing 1,400 acres. Our work included a phosphate
land reclamation program, zoning, design, permitting to construct a multi-phase
18-hole golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, four residential subdivisions,
apartment complex, condominium complex, fitness trail, and shopping center.
A key factor in the overall development was the development of a "first
impression" boulevard. The bifurcated boulevard was designed and constructed
to produce an aesthetically pleasing streetscape, while providing the residents
with a recreational fitness trail. This project also included the analysis and
design of storm water management systems, major and minor drainage conveyance
systems, flow rates and volume determinations, control structures design for
a 2,300-acre watershed.
Shoppers in Polk and Hillsborough Counties were thrilled that the theater and many of the stores in this dynamic new shopping area were open for the 2005 holiday shopping season. Pictured here is the Chastain-Skillman designed European style bridge connecting an access road to the Village, as well as several of the stores. Chastain-Skillman provided both civil engineering and surveying services in the layout of this unique “open-air” style project.
Chastain-Skillman designed, permitted, surveyed and provided construction
management for a 10-acre Charter School facility within a Joint
Planning Agreement area between Lake County and the City of Clermont. The
site was under the jurisdiction of Lake County while the Utilities were under
the jurisdiction of the City of Clermont. Prior to the issuing of a C.O.
the site will be annexed into the City of Clermont. Chastain-Skillman engineers provided all the necessary documentation while our Survey Department
provided all legal descriptions for roadway vacations and dedications, as well
as all on-site and off-site easements. The site was extremely challenging
from the aspect of meeting ADA Requirements and the City’s code of limited
excavation as well as maintaining Fire-Safety Access and traffic flow for the
estimated student population of seven hundred. In addition to providing a functional
site plan with the appropriate utility’s and within the client’s
budget, the entire engineering process from conceptual to ground breaking was
under a severely accelerated schedule. While a typical design and execution of
this size normally takes six months to a year to complete, Chastain-Skillman completed processing of this site in only four months. This accelerated
schedule included: Permitting through St. Johns River Water Management District;
Permitting of endangered species removal from the site through the Florida Fish & Wildlife
Commission; Approvals through two separate reviewing agencies; and, FDEP permitting
for wastewater and potable waters systems. Construction of the school is currently
| Publix Corporate Offices (2003)
This commercial development included complete site work engineering and accompanying site surveying services for the new corporate office complex for Publix Super Markets located in Lakeland, Florida. As part of the development process, a hydrologic analysis of the contributing drainage area was required. This included a review and analysis of a 300-acre watershed with numerous surface waterbodies, storm sewers, ditches, and natural water courses. The project entailed major roadway re-design to facilitate the major change in traffic flow on Airport Road and Dranefield Road. Two large parking areas were designed in this Phase I of the project. Future design plans call for a mirror image building to be constructed on the site as needed by the client.
| Gator Creek Natural Area (2002)
Polk County, Florida
Chastain-Skillman provided engineering and surveying services for the design of access, parking and ADA approved trail access through this natural preservation area located north of Lakeland, FL off U.S. Hwy 98. The site consists of just over 590 acres, and is home to a variety of natural and endangered Florida flora and fauna, including wading birds, Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, wood storks, Eastern Indigo snakes, gopher tortoises and more. The 0.4 mile long entrance road leads to approximately 40 parking spaces, where access is provided to the paved 6’-wide – 0.5 mile long looped ADA trail that meanders through the site providing opportunity for viewing Florida in its natural state.
| Lake Ashton Golf Club (2002)
Winter Haven, Florida
Chastain Skillman provided professional consulting services for the formation of a Community Development District (CDD) on a 720-acre parcel of land. The CDD was established to obtain a taxing district on the development to finance bonds for the construction cost.
Engineering services included: preparing the project for development by annexing; zoning; and comprehensive plan amendment processing into the City of Lake Wales. Construction drawings were prepared for approximately 1,100 residential lots and an 18-hole golf course. Infrastructure improvements for the development included water and sewer systems, as well as drainage storm sewers for over 31,000 feet of streets within the project. The off-site water system and sanitary sewer force main was connected to the site along approximately 8,000 feet of State and County Highways. Twenty-one storm water retention ponds are integrated into the golf course fairways. Wetland Mitigation and Flood Plain Compensation Plans were prepared to provide compensation for any applicable impacts. All pertinent construction permits were obtained from the Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Regulation, Florida Department of Health, Southwest Florida Water Management Department, Army Corp Of Engineers, Department of Community Affairs, Polk County, City of Lake Wales, etc.
The Chastain-Skillman Survey Department provided the topographical work for the design of all the improvements. Our surveyors performed all construction stakeouts for the general contractors. Subdivision plats were prepared and recorded by the Surveying Department upon completion of all construction activities.
Lake Mirror Promenade (1999) & Hollis Gardens (2002)
This prestigious downtown Lakeland redevelopment project involved all of the Chastain-Skillman disciplines. The project consisted of locating underground utility systems, demolishing Lemon Street, replacing or upgrading underground utilities, and constructing a 25-foot wide by 2,400-foot long promenade (with three different surface finishes). Associated with the promenade is an amphitheater complete with three 600 amp, electrical services, and an underground conduit system for sound and light control. Other amenities include a replicated light pedestal and lamppost system to compliment the street lighting system constructed in the 1930’s. An “alfresco” terrace was constructed in front of the Magnolia Building for a future café overlooking the amphitheater. A new stormwater conveyance system was designed and installed to replace the former system, a street gutter drainage design. The streetscape and landscape project provides the City of Lakeland with a needed focal point for its social events (i.e. the Fourth of July fireworks, the antique car shows, the Margarita Ball, the Arts Festival, etc.).
| Lake Istokpoga Boat Dock & Channel (2001)
Highlands County, Florida
In 1999, due to an increase in public use, the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners requested that Chastain-Skillman begin the design of improvements to the County’s Istokpoga Park on the north shore of the lake. At the Board’s request, Chastain-Skillman designed an addition which doubled the capacity of the existing boat-launching ramp, enlarged the boat launch basin, encircled the launch basin with a wooden boardwalk and widened and deepened the access channel to the lake. This project was particularly challenging due to the impacts to forested wetlands and the fact that previously recorded conservation easements required modification. Approximately 3 acres of wetland pasture was restored as a forested wetland to mitigate the wetland impacts from the project.
| Lake Bonny Park (2001)
Chastain-Skillman provided civil engineering and surveying services for design and construction of this high profile educational and recreational facility. The City of Lakeland and the Polk County School Board will jointly utilize this facility, which is located by aerial walkway directly across HWY 98 from Lakeland Senior High School. The northernmost 6 acres provide space for the school’s Agricultural Science Building, as well as planting stations for agricultural crops including pasture grasses, livestock feed crops and citrus.
The City’s recreational facilities include two baseball fields, one softball field, one soccer field, a basketball pavilion, concessions building, five picnic pavilions and several parking lots.
A circumferal 1.5-mile asphalt recreational walk way surrounds the facility, which provides walkers, skaters and bicyclists the opportunity to view the ball fields, planting stations and restored wetland mitigation areas along the shoreline of Lake Bonny.
The grading and drainage system for this project was especially extensive due to the special needs of the planting stations and ball fields. This is due to the presence of extensive clays just below the ground surface in an area that has traditionally high groundwater issues. Unique to this project is a low-pressure sanitary sewer system that collects and transmits wastewater from the scattered restrooms.
|Wells Motor Co. Automobile Dealership (1998)
Avon Park, Florida
When Wells Motor Company made the decision to move from the downtown location where their business began back in 1931, they chose Chastain-Skillman to design their new dealership. The new building has approximately 26,000 square feet under roof, including indoor and outdoor showrooms of 2,700 square feet each. The building also has a large mezzanine area for parts storage and sixteen service bays. As an added convenience the customer lounge area includes a brightly decorated play room for children.
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