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Environmental Design

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Construction Drawing

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Urban Plaza

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Neighborhood Park: Rotary Park @ Leitner Creek

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Graphic Representation

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Sweetwater Branch utilizes environmental and construction engineering to control erosion and trash removal at the outflow of Sweetwater Creek in Gainesville, Fl. Models and conceptual graphics led to a detailed plan for gabion weirs that would address visitor use, up stream litter and other environmental issues.

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Construction Drawings

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Architecture plans courtesy of UF

Condominium Planting Plan 4


NW Gainesville Mixed Use Development links retail, office space and residential units to a proposed light rail system. Design experiences gained include: - Water systems in an urban areas - Landuse zoning and planning - Alternative transportation - User needs in plaza spaces

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Rotary Park @ Leitner Creek 1 2

North Entry Place Marker

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Shelter and Picnic Use

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Childrens Play

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Tot Lot

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Parc Ventana Sculpture

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Pine Row Nature Play and Harvesting

Focal Interests

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Exercise Circuit and Track Prairie Trails and Play Open Lawn and Mound Concession/Restrooms/Equipment

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Rotary Themed Seating Circle

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Art Wall

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South Entry Gate and Planters

Scrub Trail and Preservation

Fenced Dog Run (Large/Small)

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Trail Network

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Preservation Lands

Area Totals: -1.9 acres of open space lawn -44% of 15.1 acres reserved as preservation -3/4 mile of nature trails

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Program Hierarchy

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Rotary Park: Phasing and Implementation

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Phase II

Phase III

Phase IV

-Displaced fill and concrete creates a landform mound -Pathways, nature trails sculptures

-Install pine rows and shade trees -Pavilions and seating -Exercise circuit and 2nd phase of sculptures

-Play structures implemented according to capital -Final round of planting completed.

-Central rest room, equipment, and vending facility -Fenced in dog park installed with signage per spec.

Park phasing goals for longevity include re-engineering creek basins, timber harvesting for site upgrades and dog waste composting.

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Rotary Park provides passive open space for a community in East Bonita Springs. Implementation and management techniques are designed to rely upon volunteer labor and minimal costs. The park will replace a derelict mobile home park and use many on-site resources for planters, art and program devices. Drought tolerant and low maintenance planting and materials ensure low operating costs and longevity for the City of Bonita Springs.

Native scrub buffer 6’ path

6’ path

Mound Lookout

Maximum Shade lawn 5:1 slope on hill 18’ promenade path

Oak hammock and fields

6’ pine straw path

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Rotary Park: Detailed South Entry Plan

Hammock Trail 1600 ft2 Rest room and Concessions Facility

Upland Scrub Trail

Art Wall

Council Ring Chickee Hut built by local tribes. No permits needed for const..

Aquatic Marsh Edge

Bicycle Rack

Work Station

Re-used Septic Tank Flower Planters Cap rock Bollards

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Rotary Park: Perspectives

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Sketches and Renderings

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James H Wheeler Jr. (239) 565-8491 jhwheeler11@gmail.com

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James H Wheeler - Work Samples