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Keep your cool this summer as The Gardens GreenMarket moves to its summer location on Sunday, May 13th. After shopping for fresh

The newly renovated Splash Zone

produce, breads, seafood, cheeses, sauces, baked goods,

has reopened and is waiting for you! With a Spray Pad and

crafts and so much more under the large breezeway, sit

Splash Playground for our youngest visitors and a play pool

underneath one of our shade umbrellas and enjoy some of

with slides, diving board and rock climbing wall for our more

the delicious prepared food and drink items.

adventurous swimmers, there is something for everyone!

Sundays: May 13 – September 30, 2018

4404 Burns Road

9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

(adjacent to Burns Road Recreation Center)

STORE Self Storage and Wine Storage

Please go to pbgrec.com/aquatics for the current

11010 N. Military Trail (just north of PGA Boulevard)

hours of operation or call 561-630-1100. Admission: $3.55 (PBG residents) / $11.15 (non-residents)

Kids ages 4-17 can have fun, stay safe and spend the summer with friends by signing up for a variety of weekly half-day and full-day summer camps. Young swimmers, athletes, scientists, artists or kids that just want to have fun will have a blast at any of our specialty camps or classic Camp Gardens. Monday, June 4 – Friday, August 10, 2018 For more information, pick up a Camp Gardens brochure from any Recreation service desk or go to pbgrec.com/camp.


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Public Media Relations Division CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Cory Bessette Candice Temple Danny Whilden

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ross Gilmore David Randell Photographics Mike Sperduto Candice Temple Danny Whilden

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Summer Recreation Programs

CONTACT US

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Decoded: Top 10 Code Violations Explained

signaturecity@pbgfl.com Signature City Questions: 561.799.4152 Main City Line: 561.799.4100

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Calendar of Events: Pull Out Poster!

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Featured Art

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City Social

Signature City magazine is a free publication produced quarterly by the City of Palm Beach Gardens Public Media Relations Division. Signature City is mailed to every household in Palm Beach Gardens, as well as distributed at city facilities.

F E A T U R E S

Get Social! Follow us on your favorite social media sites @CityofPalmBeachGardensCityHall

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City 411: Phone Directory

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The Future is Solar

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Water Safety

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Project Update: UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings

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@CityofPalmBeachGardensRecreation @SandhillCraneGolf @GardensGreenMarket @CityofPBG @PBGardensFire @PBGPD @CityPBG @cityofpbgardens

ON THE COVER: A prominent presence now overlooks Donald Ross Road. The UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings was designed and constructed with a focus on sustainability and environmental responsibility. Photograph by Ross Gilmore.

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1. ACCUMULATION OF TRASH & DEBRIS 1. ACCUMULATION OF TRASH & DEBRIS Be sure to place trash and debris in the proper location for collection by a waste hauler; not in yards. This includes auto parts, appliances, furniture, building materials, garbage, paper, cardboard, tree trimmings, limbs or other items not suitable for storage in the open.

2. BOATS, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES 2. BOATS, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES AND TRAILERS AND TRAILERS Boats, recreational vehicles (RVs), and trailers in residential areas must be parked and screened from view on 3 sides, unless registered as non-conforming uses with the city. Only one boat and one RV is allowed per property.

3. COMMERCIAL VEHICLES 3. COMMERCIAL VEHICLES Commercial vehicles are prohibited from being parked or stored on private residential property unless engaged in specific business activities such as deliveries, service, or emergencies.

4. CONDITION OF STRUCTURES 4. CONDITION OF STRUCTURES Any deteriorating wood, siding, roof covering, fence, walls, etc. should be maintained in sound condition and good repair with surfaces kept painted and free of peeling paint and/or mildew.

5. INOPERABLE MOTOR VEHICLES 5. INOPERABLE MOTOR VEHICLES All vehicles in the City of Palm Beach Gardens are to be properly licensed and operable at all times. Vehicles must have current license plates in compliance with state law and be mechanically operable.

6. LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE 6. LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE Maintain landscaping through regular mowing, edging, pruning, weeding, mulching, fertilizing, watering, pesticide /herbicide treatment and exotic vegetation removal.

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7. OUTDOOR STORAGE 7. OUTDOOR STORAGE Outdoor storage of merchandise is prohibited in commercial districts unless approved by the city. Outdoor storage in residential areas should be limited to rear or side yards and also be maintained in a clean, neat and presentable manner.

8. POOL FENCES & ENCLOSURES 8. POOL FENCES & ENCLOSURES A fence of at least 4 feet high or a screen enclosure is required around all pools. If damaged as a result of hurricanes, they may be replaced with temporary fencing as long as a contract for permanent replacement can be produced. Permits may be required.

9. TRASH & GARBAGE PLACEMENT 9. TRASH & GARBAGE PLACEMENT & COLLECTION & COLLECTION Trash and garbage may be placed at the curbside for collection no earlier than noon on the day before collection and should be removed on the day of collection. Garbage should be placed in proper containers only. Dumpsters and enclosures are to be maintained in a neat, sanitary, and sound condition.

10. VEHICLE PARKING 10. VEHICLE PARKING All properly licensed and registered vehicles must be parked only on an approved driveway (for example, paved concrete or asphalt) or other surface material approved by the City Engineer. Temporary parking of vehicles in a yard is permitted for social or other events held at a residence, provided such parking shall not exceed eight hours in a 24-hour period.  Temporary parking in a yard due to renovation or repair of a driveway or residence is permitted for the duration of the improvements. Parking in the swale is not allowed.


CITY 411 FUNCTION DEPT./DIVISION.................. PHONE

FUNCTION DEPT./DIVISION........................ PHONE

9/11 Memorial

Fire Rescue........................... 799-4300

Land Use or Clearing

Planning and Zoning................ 799-4243

Accessory Structures

Planning and Zoning............ 799-4243

Landscaping

Planning and Zoning................ 799-4243

Accessory Uses

Planning and Zoning............ 799-4243

Lawn Watering

Code Compliance..................... 799-4245

Lilac Park Dog Park

Public Services........................ 804-7034

Listen Live- Meetings

City Clerk................................... 799-4150

Addressing GIS.......................................... 799-4243 Adult Classes

Leisure Services.................. 630-1100

Adult/Seniors Club

Leisure Services.................. 630-1100

Adult Enrichment Programs Leisure Services.................. 630-1100

Mapping GIS.............................................. 799-4243 Mosquito Spraying

Public Services........................ 804-7034

Leisure Services.................. 630-1100

Neighborhood Safety Review

Police Department................... 799-4458

Fire Rescue........................... 799-4300

Neighborhood Watch Program

Police Department................... 799-4458

Overgrown Lawns

Code Compliance..................... 799-4245

Pavilion, Field and Facility Rental

Leisure Services...................... 630-1100

Police Non-emergency

Police Department................... 799-4445

Police Explorers

Police Department................... 799-4545

Applications for Committees or Boards

City Clerk............................... 799-4121

Aquatics Center Blood Pressure Checks (at Fire Stations)

Building Permits (including pool, signs, fences, generators, etc.) Building.................................. 799-4201 Bulk Trash Pickup

Public Services.................... 804-7000

Child Safety Seat

Police Department............... 799-4522

City Budget

Finance.................................. 799-4164

City Employment

Human Resources............... 799-4223

Police Records

Police Department................... 799-4470

City Parks

Public Services.................... 804-7034

Construction Inspections

Building.................................. 799-4210

Public Hearing Agendas and Minutes

City Clerk................................... 799-4122

Contractor Licensing

Building.................................. 799-4210

Public Records Requests

City Clerk................................... 799-4122

CPR Class

Fire Rescue........................... 799-4300

Recycling Bins

Solid Waste Authority.......866-639-2467

Crime Statistics

Police Department............... 799-4478

Reserving an Athletic Field Leisure Services...................... 630-1100

Development Inspections

Planning and Zoning............ 799-4243

Disposal of Medication

Police Department............... 799-4470

Riverside Youth Enrichment Center

Leisure Services...................... 630-1100

Sandhill Crane Golf Club

Golf............................................. 630-1160

Planning and Zoning................ 799-4243

Elected Office Candidate Qualification

City Clerk............................... 799-4122

Emergency Medical Services

Fire Rescue........................... 799-4300

Setbacks, Development Regulations, Permitted Uses

Fingerprints

Police Department............... 799-4470

Signage

Planning and Zoning................ 799-4243

Fire Explorers

Fire Rescue........................... 799-4300

Special Event Permits

Planning and Zoning................ 799-4243

Street Lights

Public Services........................ 804-7034

Tennis Center

Leisure Services...................... 775-8277

Trash/Yard Waste Collection

Public Services........................ 804-7000

Fire Extinguisher Questions Fire Rescue........................... 799-4300 Fire Safety Education

Fire Rescue........................... 799-4300

Fitness and Wellness Programs

Leisure Services.................. 630-1100

Garage Sale (community)

Planning and Zoning............ 799-4243

Garage Sale (individual)

Building.................................. 799-4201

GreenMarket

Leisure Services.................. 630-1100

Home Additions

Tree Pruning/Tree Removal Forestry...................................... 799-4243 Volunteer Opportunities

Human Resources................... 799-4223

Planning and Zoning............ 799-4243

Youth Classes

Leisure Services...................... 630-1100

Home Occupations

Business Tax Receipts........ 799-4201

Youth Athletic Leagues

Leisure Services...................... 630-1100

Internships

Human Resources............... 799-4206

Youth Camps

Leisure Services...................... 630-1100

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THIS PAGE: Anuj Chokshi, Project Manager for Solar Development at Florida Power and Light, stands next to one of the new solar trees installed at the Burns Road Aquatic Complex. OPPOSITE PAGE: Two solar trees have

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new species of tree has sprouted in Palm Beach Gardens. But unlike your typical foliage, these trees don’t need water nor the careful care of a human touch. To flourish, these newly planted trees simply need energy from the sun – 6 kilowatts to be exact. As part of a partnership between the City of Palm Beach Gardens and Florida Power & Light, two energy generating trees are now up and sunning at the Aquatic Complex on Burns Road. Simply referred to as “solar trees,” these highly visible structures are an artistic approach to clean energy; each tree generating roughly 3 kilowatts of energy. That’s enough energy to effectively charge an electric vehicle for 15,000 miles a year, says Anuj Chokshi, a Project Manager for Solar Development at FPL. But that’s not all. In addition to the solar trees, a solar canopy will be installed at Joseph R. Russo Athletic Complex, which will provide shaded parking for about 15 vehicles and generate roughly 30 kilowatts of energy. Construction is expected to begin in late April. So, where does all that energy go? The process is simple. Each structure generates energy from the sun through the use of solar panels. That energy is then transferred back to the grid for distribution to households and businesses. This process ultimately translates to net savings for customers on their electric bills.

This is all part of FPL SolarNow, a pilot program aimed to promote development of innovative solar energy projects in communities throughout the state of Florida. What’s unique about these structures, aside from their striking appearance, is that they easily integrate into the landscape and essentially require no maintenance. They also come at no cost to the city or residents. In fact, a key feature of the program is that it is funded by voluntary participation from FPL customers. Those who’ve decided to opt in pay about 30 cents a day or $9 a month. So far, approximately 30,000 customers across the state have voluntarily participated in the program, 5,700 in Palm Beach County alone. This participation has led to the installation of similar structures at other public facilities throughout Florida. The solar trees at the Aquatic Complex and the solar canopy at the Athletic Complex are a first for Palm Beach Gardens. Other project locations in Palm Beach County include OceanFront Park in Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach, both of which are now in operation. More than 50 solar arrays have been installed or are currently under construction across the state.

Not only were these structures meant to produce clean, zero-emission energy, they were placed in highly visible public spaces, like the pool and soccer complex, with the goal of being interactive learning destinations. These projects are intended to start conversation within the community, says Chokshi. A unique feature to these structures is the integration of text-back technology, transforming them into outdoor classrooms. Located on each structure is a phone number for residents to interact with to obtain additional information and learn more about solar energy. These solar projects may be just the beginning for Palm Beach Gardens. Because of the minimal financial impact to the city, the public awareness provided to residents, and the long-term benefits of the production of clean energy, these solar endeavors are sure to jumpstart a trend. Those interested in learning more about FPL SolarNow and how to participate in solar power initiatives can visit FPL’s website for more information at fpl.com/SolarNow.

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TIPS: 1.

Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.

2. Never leave water in buckets or wading pools.

3. The home should be isolated from the pool

with a fence at least 60” tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open.

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Doors and windows should be alarmed to alert adults when opened. Doors should be self-closing and self-latching.

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Power-operated pool safety covers are the most convenient and efficient. Solar/floating pool covers are not safety devices.

6. Keep a life-saving ring, shepherd’s hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.

7. Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use. 8. Don’t use floating chlorine dispensers that look like toys.

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Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain constant watch over children in the pool during gatherings.

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Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean. There is no substitute for adult supervision.

11. If a child is missing, always check the pool first. Seconds count.

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Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone and can call for help if needed.

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Learn CPR and rescue breathing.

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Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards and emphasize the need for constant supervision.

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Responsibilities of pool ownership include ensuring children in the home learn to swim, and that adults know CPR.

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Do not consider children “drown proof” because they’ve had swimming lessons. DROWNING IS THE 3RD LEADING CAUSE OF UNINTENTIONAL INJURY DEATH WORLDWIDE, ACCOUNTING FOR 7% OF ALL INJURY-RELATED DEATHS.

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Calendar of Events PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN PFEIFLER PHOTOGRAPHY

GET MOVING IN MAY! PHIT America: May 5, 10 and 18

APRIL 18-MAY 31

APRIL APRIL 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

GardensArt Exhibition “Digesting My Memories” Henriett Anri Michel Oil & Acrylic Paintings Sun-Tue, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed-Sat, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sandhill Crane Golf Clubhouse

APRIL 19

The Gardens GreenMarket 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. City Hall Municipal Complex (Celebrating Earth Day: April 22!)

Meet & Greet the Artist Gallery Talk by Adrienne Yorinks 5-7 p.m. at City Hall

APRIL 2-30

APRIL 22

Deep Water Aerobics Monday through Saturday, check pbgrec.com for details. Aquatic Complex

Artist Reception Henriett Anri Michel 5-7 p.m. at Sandhill Crane Golf Clubhouse

APRIL 2 - MAY 23

APRIL 24

GardensArt Exhibition Quilts & Fiber Art by Adrienne Yorinks Call for viewing hours @ 561.630.1100 Burns Road Recreation Center

Special Magistrate Hearing 2 p.m. at City Hall

APRIL 7-8 USTA Tournament All Day at PBG Tennis Center

APRIL 9 -MAY 24 GardensArt Exhibition Quilts & Fiber Art by Adrienne Yorinks Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. City Hall Lobby

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APRIL 27 National Prime Rib Day All You Can Eat-$19.95 Prime Rib Dinner Buffet at The Dancing Crane

APRIL 28 Jamie’s Angels 1-2 p.m. at PBG Tennis Center

APRIL 30 Summer Swim Team Begins PBG Aquatic Complex

MAY

PBGYAA Spring Rush Softball Tournament Lake Catherine Softball Fields

May is National Stroke Awareness Month!

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MAY 3

Start of ‘Learn to Swim’ Session 2 Mon and Wed at Aquatic Complex

City Council Meeting 7 p.m. at City Hall

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MAY 4

MAY 12

Rally for the Cure 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at PBG Tennis Center

Jamie’s Angels 1-2 p.m. at PBG Tennis Center

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MAY 13

Cinco De Mayo Chef’s Mexican Buffet Lunch & Dinner: $14.95 The Dancing Crane

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sandhill Crane Ballroom Adults: $44.95/Children 6-12: $19.95/5 & under: No charge

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MAY 13, 20, 27

PHIT America Family Fiesta Family introduction to the sport of a lifetime! 1-3 p.m. at PBG Tennis Center

Summer Gardens GreenMarket 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at STORE Self Storage

MAY 6 The Gardens GreenMarket 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. at City Hall Municipal Complex

MAY 8 Planning & Zoning Appeals Board 6 p.m. at City Hall

MAY 10 PHIT America Hitting Frenzy 8:30-10:30 a.m. at PBG Tennis Center

MAY 11 VPK Graduation 9:30 a.m. at Eissey Campus Theatre

MAY 11-13 Palm Beach Cup Soccer Tournament Gardens/Lilac/ Mirasol/PGA National Parks

MAY 15 Gallery Talk/ Fabric Collage Workshop Ages 7-10 No Fee but Limited Enrollment 3 – 4:30 p.m. Burns Road Recreation Center 561-630-1100

MAY 15 Art in Public Places Advisory Board 5:30 p.m. at City Hall

MAY 18 PHIT Cardio 9-10 a.m. at PBG Tennis Center

MAY 19-20  USTA Tournament All Day at PBG Tennis Center


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JUNE 7

Special Magistrate Hearing 2 p.m. at City Hall

City Council Meeting 7 p.m. at City Hall

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National Red Nose Day Wear your red nose, spin the wheel and get the discount or free item! The Dancing Crane

Take Your Best Friends to Lunch Day Buy one entrée & get the second one half price The Dancing Crane

MAY 27

JUNE 8

Aquatic Complex Opens on Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Meet & Greet the Artist Michele Sanandajian 6-7:30 p.m. at City Hall

MAY 28 Memorial Day Ceremony 9 a.m. at Veterans Plaza Amphitheater City Administrative Offices Closed

MAY 29 - AUGUST 23 GardensArt Exhibition Contemporary Fiber Art By Michele Sanandajian Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. City Hall Lobby

JUNE JUNE 3, 10, 17, 24 Summer Gardens GreenMarket 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at STORE Self Storage

JUNE 4 Camp Gardens begins!

JUNE 12 Planning & Zoning Appeals Board 6 p.m. at City Hall

JUNE 12-17 PBGYAA Father’s Day Baseball Tournament Gardens Park Baseball Fields

JUNE 17 Father’s Day Brunch Dad’s entrée half price The Dancing Crane

JUNE 21 World’s Largest Swim Lesson 9 a.m. at PBG Aquatic Complex

JUNE 23-24 PBGYAA Swamp Classic Softball Tournament Lake Catherine Softball

Contemporary Fiber Art By Michele Sanandajian May 29 August 23 City Hall Lobby

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Quilts & Fiber Art By Adrienne Yorinks April 9- May 24 City Hall Lobby JUNE 26

JULY 24

Special Magistrate Hearing 2 p.m. at City Hall

Special Magistrate Hearing 2 p.m. at City Hall

JUNE 28-JULY 1

Jazz Brunch with LIVE MUSIC Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except Mother’s Day) The Dancing Crane Restaurant Visit pbgfl.com/TheDancingCrane for weekly events & specials

PBGYAA Rookie States Baseball Tournament Gardens Park Baseball Fields

JULY JULY 4

I M P O RTA N T ADDRESSES:

Splash into the 4th 10 a.m. -4 p.m. at Aquatic Complex

Burns Road Recreation Center: 4404 Burns Road

JULY 4

City Hall: 10500 N. Military Trail

Independence Day City Administrative Offices Closed

Gardens Park: 4301 Burns Road

JULY 12

Sandhill Crane Golf Club/ The Dancing Crane Restaurant: 11401 Northlake Blvd.

City Council Meeting 7 p.m. at City Hall

JULY 10 Planning & Zoning Appeals Board 6 p.m. at City Hall

STORE Self Storage & Wine Storage: 11010 N. Military Trail PBG Tennis Center: 5110 117th Court N. Veterans Plaza Amphitheater: 10500 N. Military Trail

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NEW IDEAS BROUGHT TO LIFE

UTC CENTER FOR INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS b y C a n d i c e Te m p l e

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magine an office building that learns your routines and automatically adjusts to your preferences. As you enter your place of employment, your mobile device is recognized and authorizes access; your ID badge now plays a secondary security role. You continue to make your way to your office and, as you approach the elevator, the doors open, taking you to your desired level without the need to press a 12

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button. You arrive at your office doorway to find that the temperature is at the level you find most comfortable and the lights have responded to your mobile app request- they are the perfect low-dim, because you’re not a morning person and your smart building is ready to help you with that. This scenario may sound like something you’d see in a futuristic film starring Will

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Smith, but it is a reality here in Palm Beach Gardens. Showcasing its cutting-edge products and software, the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings is a modern workspace and technology showcase center that offers an opportunity for visitors to interact with United Technologies Corporation’s current and emerging building technologies at every turn: Carrier, Otis, Kidde, Edwards, Chubb, and more. Now we can see them


work together as they are highlighted throughout the facility located off Donald Ross Road near I-95. The wait is finally over for the completion of what will be the company’s state-of-the-art product showcase and global headquarters for its UTC Climate, Controls & Security businesses. Just shy of two years ago, the company held its groundbreaking and construction of the 224,000-square foot facility began. Almost every element on display in the facility can be purchased from a UTC affiliate. The interior design of the building has been fabricated to unmask the systems that are not usually seen. Perhaps the most impressive example of this is the glowing Otis escalator and transparent elevator located in the main lobby. The building also affords an opportunity to educate the public on emerging technologies and company accomplishments, such as its work to modernize the HVAC system of the Sistine Chapel or creating security innovations that protect the youth players at the Little League World Series. “The UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings is more than a world headquarters for our business – it’s the embodiment of our commitment to our customers,” said Bob McDonough, president, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. “This building was designed specifically to show our global customers exactly what is possible in the building technology space. That’s why we’ve chosen to openly display critical building technologies that are typically hidden in basements, closets and on rooftops. The fact is, these solutions are vital to productive, safe and secure indoor environments, and our new building is a celebration of the modern life they enable.” The building showcases the Climate, Controls and Security systems (products and software) available from the United Technologies family of businesses. These systems include solutions for fire safety, security, building automation, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration. The goal

is to create high-performance buildings that are safer, smarter and sustainable. From its Otis belt-driven elevators that eliminate the use of hydraulic oil to the Lighting Network Controls that detect the sun and adjust the tinting of its hurricane rated windows, the entire building serves as a testament to the company’s commitment to sustainable operations. In keeping with the company’s commitment to doing good for the planet, a solar array located on the roof of the facility’s parking garage will return up to 30% of the energy needed to run the building. A gutter system on the array carries rain water to retention ponds which is then used for irrigation of an herb garden on the premises. The first-floor cafeteria will use these herbs for the meals that are prepared for employees and guests. The UTC building is located on the Alton PCD tract. Alton is a mixed-use project

that is composed of a group of permitted uses that include residential (single and multi-family), hotel, retail, research and biotech, and industrial and professional office space. Kolter, the master developer for Alton, is responsible for the major infrastructure items related to the UTC building project- road, water and sewer. The completion of the United Technologies Corporation Center for Intelligent Buildings is part of the overall goal to provide a mixed-use district within the City that will allow people to live, work and play. 380 jobs were created by this project with some employees relocating from Farmington, CT. OPPOSITE PAGE (large): The UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings is more than a high-tech, modern workspace, it’s a living showcase of what’s possible. OPPOSITE PAGE (inset): The new UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings is a first-of-its-kind technology, innovation and collaboration center showcasing United Technologies products and integrated systems.

UTC CENTER FOR INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS FEATURES

TECHNOLOGIES UTILIZED

• 224,000 square ft.; five story building

As the largest provider of building technologies in the world, customers can experience the strength of United Technologies’ full suite of intelligent offerings – in one integrated and interactive facility. Technologies utilized include:

• Conference space for up to 500 seating- can be divided into 5 separate rooms • Cafeteria with dining hall • Ground level herb garden • 2-story atrium with exhibit • 5th floor terrace deck overlooking Alton project • Currently seeking LEED Platinum® certification by the U.S. Green Building Council® • High-tech, modern workspace for approximately 500 employees • Serves as the global corporate headquarters for UTC Climate, Controls & Security, and includes members of the Otis Americas headquarters team • In addition, the building is a first-of-its-kind building technology showcase for the global building industry. Currently, more than 50 meetings with approximately 5,800 attendees are scheduled for 2018 • UTC made a $115 million capital investment for the Center and has created more than 380 new jobs in Palm Beach Gardens. This investment strengthens UTC’s presence in Palm Beach County, which began over 50 years ago through its Pratt & Whitney business.

• Lenel access control technology to enable employees’ mobile phones to grant building access, trigger printing services and enable wayfinding • Two 23XRV Carrier chillers, the world’s leading efficiency screw chiller, paired with augmented reality to reveal their inner operations • An air handler and in-ceiling HVAC systems • Glass-encased, energy-efficient Otis Gen2® elevators and NCE escalators • Digital technologies that help manage our HVAC, elevator, and fire and security systems, all connected by Automated Logic’s WebCTRL building automation system • Residential products including HVAC systems, home security technology and fire safety products

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f you frequently commute on Donald Ross Road, you may have noticed an interesting new structure just east of I-95. It’s hard to miss! Its reflective appearance and intricate design resemble something you might see on display in a museum. Entitled C2H6, Artist Mark Fuller thoughtfully designed this colossal structure to have a dramatic effect on all who pass by. This structure, in fact, represents a larger than life “ball and stick” model of the ethane molecule. In scientific terms, ball and stick models are three-dimensional representations of a chemical substance; the balls representing the atoms and the sticks representing the bonds between them. The giant model in Palm Beach Gardens is arguably one of the largest and most visually unique in existence. Ethane, a colorless, odorless gas, consists of two carbon atoms and six hydrogen atoms, which collectively form the chemical formu14

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by Danny Whilden / Sculpture by: Mark Fuller

la, C2H6. It is indeed a dramatic representation of a molecule, as real molecules are so profoundly small that they are invisible to the naked eye. Ethane is believed to have played a major role in the forming of the universe during the “big bang.” It is more commonly known for its use in the production of ethanol and has become symbolic of efforts for greener, cleaner fuel sources. Prominently displayed along Donald Ross Road, adjacent to the newly constructed United Technologies Corporation: Center for Intelligent Buildings, C2H6 is one of the newest additions to the City’s Arts in Public Places Program. Measuring approximately 21 feet high, 22 feet long, and 17 feet wide, C2H6 is constructed of eight custom fabricated stainless-steel spheres, which are connected by seven welded stainless-steel cylinders and mounted on two concrete pedestal bases. Thirteen ground-mounted spotlights enhance the

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visual awe of C2H6, reflecting a spectrum of bright, vivid colors at night. Creating an undeniably unique gateway into our City, C2H6 provides a visual clue of the prominent scientific research and technology companies along the Donald Ross corridor. Stroll down the sidewalk, stand next to this sculpture and briefly trade places with a molecule. Location: 13995 Pasteur Blvd

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On a sunny Spring afternoon, the purple martins are busy.

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lying to and fro, they leave their homes then quickly return with supplies. Leaf in mouth, a purple bird lands and goes inside to deliver its find – another score for the nest building operation. Much like an airport, it is impressive to watch the birds navigate their takeoffs and landings. At times, several birds perch at the entrance to their apartments, chirping intensely about what one can only imagine is an update on where to locate the best (continues) TOP: Tim Whalen tends to his Purple Martin Paradise each year at Art by Nature. RIGHT: A purple martin nest in progress.

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furnishings for what will be their abode in Palm Beach Gardens until mid-July.

humans by grazing on termites, fire ant queens, flies, wasps and dragonflies.

Between now and then, Gardens residents can easily witness this scene at Art by Nature, a garden center located on Northlake Boulevard. There you’ll find the owner

As the largest North American swallow at a whopping average length of 7.5 inches, the males are covered in a dark blue/purple plumage, while the females appear to be mostly tan. Both males and females darken in color as they age, making it easier to identify adults from subadults. With a wingspan that is more than twice their length, purple martins are known for the speed and agility that allows their skydiving antics.

of the business, and proud purple martin landlord, Tim Whalen passionately talking about his growing tenancy of these native migratory song birds. Whalen shares that he has known about the allure of purple martins for quite some time, having become aware of them as a child, then sharing the tradition with his own children. “I’ve long known that it was a great opportunity to observe authentic nature” he says. “When my daughters were young we had a purple martin house and very quickly attracted purple martins. We were immediately impressed by their acrobatics.”

Art by Nature has created a grand purple martin sanctuary over the last six years. To date, Whalen has expanded his efforts from a single house to six houses. Because the public is allowed access to the nests, he has a lot of help with conducting the nest checks that are vital to ensuring the birds, eggs and nestlings are safe and accounted for. Purple martins are generally not alarmed by close human contact and during nesting will stay in place as the nest boxes are retrieved. This allows an extraordinary opportunity for close observation of every stage of their lifestyle and development. The houses at Art By Nature are a unique design, well suited for viewing nests and keeping the martins safe from predators. A crank or pulley system (it’s a little different with each house) is used to move the aluminum houses up and down an aluminum pole that extends fifteen feet in the air.

proper location for your martin housing is the most important step to attracting purple martins. An open area with unblocked flyways with no trees for at least 30 feet is best. It doesn’t matter which direction the housing entrance faces, but once you place your house and the martins have arrived, landlords should keep the housing facing the same direction. Changing the orientation of the house once they have made a nest or laid eggs may cause the birds to become confused or abandon their nests. Whalen is truly passionate about his work with purple martins and has assisted Gardens communities such as Ballen Isles and Ibis with nest boxes to start colonies. The colony at Art by Nature is thriving, as is

evident by their yearly increase in eggs produced. The first year resulted in five eggs and production has grown significantly, with over 160 eggs counted last year.

VISITS TO THE PURPLE MARTIN PARADISE located at Art by Nature are allowed on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 3PM for nest checks and monitoring the progress of the birds. This activity is free to the public.

Between January and July each year, purple martins make their homes in the southeastern region of North America. East of the Rocky Mountains, the species relies on the kindness of humans to find adequate housing. This small, independent bird will forge for itself once it finds housing. Although they aren’t much help with those low flying mosquitoes, they are helpful to 16

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“I discovered that a purple martin house that goes up and down affords an opportunity to observe the birds that is unparalleled”, says Whalen. Everything you have ever wanted to know about Purple Martins can be found online through the Purple Martin Conservation Association. According to their website, the

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TOP: A male and female purple martin perch outside their apartment. ABOVE: A female purple martin sits

quietly during a nest box check.


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