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Paynes Prairie: Sheetflow Project

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aynes Prairie Sheetflow Project is a 125-acre water enhancement wetland which will

re-establish the natural sheetflow water

Educational & Shade Structures

from Gainesville, Florida onto Paynes

Planned Vegetative Restoration & Preservation

Prairie before recharging the aquifer.

Wetland System

Our studio worked in teams of two exploring opportunities to enrich the wetland design by creating stations along the planned boardwalk which would educate the public about the importance and processes of water quality. Our design repositions a planned overlook and wier to align the view of the sediment basin with the view of water flowing onto the prairie by way of an artistic human impact channel. GUIDED by Professor Glenn Acomb

Our team explored the design concept of an overlook and human impact channel by constructing a 1:1 model to study the water patterns and optimum slope of human impact elements which would allow users to manipulate the water before it flowed onto the prairie. We found the water mimicked the geometric elements we tested, and that a 4.5% slope best revealed these patterns within the elevation constraints.

_______________________________ ROLE: 2-member team project ▪ Concept & Design Collaboration ▪ Contour Changes ▪ Construction drawings and model involving the wier, control structure and Human Impact Channel. ▪ Linework for all Sections ▪ Rendering Plan Views APPLICATIONS: ▪ AutoCAD ▪ Adobe PhotoShop

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Paynes Prairie: Human Impact Channel

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uman impact is represented by a steel interactive channel, becoming a destination

where visitors gain an understanding of Gainesville’s water entering the wetland for cleansing before returning to the Floridan aquifer. Users are invited to change and slow the water’s movement from the overlook via a system of wheels and levers which control the varying geometric human impact elements positioned

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along tiers of the channel. As users manipulate the water’s flow, the relationship between human impact and nature’s battle for water quality becomes clear. GUIDED BY: Prof. Glenn Acomb

____________________________ ROLE: 2-member team project ▪ Concept & Design Collaboration ▪ Contour Changes ▪ Construction drawings and model involving the wier, control structure and Human Impact Channel. ▪ Linework for all Sections ▪ Rendering Plan Views

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APPLICATIONS: ▪ AutoCAD ▪ Adobe PhotoShop ▪ Conceptual Modeling


Human Impact Channel