The Borrelli + Partners’ design team has been selected for the design-build contract to renovate and construct the City of Orlando’s Grand Avenue Community Center. Originally a school built in 1926 and designated a historic landmark by the City of Orlando in 1995, the Community Center will house multiple programs including the Parramore Kidz Zone, After-School All-Stars, Orlando Pottery Studio as well as a MAC gym and yoga studio.
The $17 million budget includes renovations of the existing 29,844 SF school building and 66,000 SF of new construction.
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After Hurricane Maria tore through the Atlantic, Jorge Borrelli, Principal-in-Charge of Borrelli + Partners, traveled to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies to friends, family and others affected by the storm. Among the items he collected and delivered were batteries, water purification tablets, lanterns, and two chainsaws.
Now, nearly two months after Maria made landfall, Puerto Rico is still in need of support and Jorge is planning his second, relief trip.
To read more and learn how you can continue to help Puerto Rico, please visit the link below.
On Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, Longwood Elementary School had its Grand Re-Opening, welcoming students back to campus after a six-year hiatus. The school closed its doors in 2011 due to the country’s economic downturn, and B+P is proud to be a part of the Design/Build team who modernized the 58-year-old campus.
The renovation and refurbishment to the existing campus include: four new science, math, technology and engineering labs; a media center; a new cafeteria; and a new roof and air conditioning system. These upgrades make the school and students “future ready,” said Principal Brian Emmans.
On Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Garden’s had their VIP opening for the Black Bear Habitat. B+P designed the 1 acre habitat, called “Living with Bears,” to teach the general public how to safely coexist with Bears.
The habitat features two Florida black bears living outside a 720 SF “bear house” where visitors learn proper ways to keep food sources away from bears, how to manage trash disposal, and what to do if one encounters a bear. The bear house includes a kitchen area, living room area, and garage area allowing visitors unique views on how bears often come into contact with humans. The bear house also features a pool which the bears can access as they often do in residential areas.
The exhibit will be open to the public starting August 1st, 2017. More information regarding viewing times is located in the link below:
Jorge Borrelli and Ross Piper from Borrelli + Partners visited Barn Light Electric located in Titusville, Florida. Barn Light Electric was started with a passion for vintage light fixtures using only the highest quality, commercial grade materials. At this factory, they produce amazing pieces of art that aren’t only for vintage projects. The styling and craftsmanship allow these lights to be used with a multitude of styles. Their fixtures are manufactured right at their plant in Titusville – a truly “Made in USA” product. In 2012, they began their own porcelain enamel manufacturing operation. Once a staple of the lighting industry, porcelain enamel had not been manufactured in America for more than 50 years. Metal artisans use a lathe to spin light shades by hand! As you walk through the factory you can feel the pride for their product. With satisfied customers around the globe, Barn Light Electric has struck a chord among those who appreciate vintage styling and quality, American made products. You can find more information, and view these beautiful products at http://www.barnlight.com/
Jorge Borrelli (Center) and Ross Piper (Right) visit Barn Light Electric.
Red Nose Day, a charity fund founded by British non-profit Comic Relief Inc., raises money to fight child poverty. Donations buy meals, life saving vaccines, after school and summer programs, clean water, access to education, clothing, shelter, and medical care for children around the globe.
In support of this feel-good campaign, here is Team Borrelli clowning around the studio.
On Friday, April 28th, 2017, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for the East Orange District Park Recreation Center and concessions building, located at 22023 East Colonial Drive Christmas, FL 32709. Borrelli + Partners is proud to have designed the future 5,000 square foot recreation center, which will house restrooms, office space for park officials, and a multi-purpose room. Borrelli + Partners also designed for the park a restroom/concessions building. The park also includes two new soccer fields. The total cost of construction for the park is $3.6 million.
You can find out more about the project in the link below:
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.
Pictured: Staff Architect Carlos Gonzalez Barbosa, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Senior Associate James Moore, and Marketing Manager Carrie David.
The Orlando Business Journal showcased Valencia College’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility as a fast track learning center for students to train for high-tech manufacturing jobs. Borrelli + Partners completed the renovation of this facility as part of our Continuing Contract with the College, which we were just awarded again. Borrelli + Partners is proud to have led the design team for this regionally important project, and we look forward to our continued relationship with Valencia College.
Click Here to view the article in the Orlando Business Journal.
The Orange County Public Schools’ ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, January 10th 2017 marked the grand opening of the Northwest Bus Depot and Fueling Station. Borrelli + Partners is proud to have been selected to lead the architectural design, landscape architecture, and irrigation design for the bus depot.
Additions designed by B+P include a new canopy over the fueling station, a 15,000 gallon self-contained diesel fuel tank with four pumps, a new maintenance inspection building, a Veeder Root Fuel dispensing and tracking system, and repaved bus parking spaces.
With the completion of the bus depot and fueling station, the district expects to save over $400,000 annually. Buses will no longer have to make the drive out to Pine Hills to get fuel, saving over 100,000 miles along with 15,000 gallons of fuel a year.
Be sure to check out the article by The Apopka Voice:
Pictured from left to right: Bob Burns, Jorge Borrelli, Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez, OCPS Board Member Christine Moore, and Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer.
Pictured: Jorge Borrelli, Christine Moore, Gus Bobes, and James Moore.
On Thursday, November 10th 2016, the City of Kissimmee had it’s grand opening for the first sequence of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail. Borrelli + Partners was selected for the planning, landscape and amenities design for the trail, which was recently included on the America’s Great Outdoors project list by President Obama.
Once fully constructed, the trail will reach 32 miles through Central Florida’s most traveled urbanized areas, as well as some of Central Florida’s most scenic and natural areas. This trail will join a network of trails that extend from Kissimmee to Wekiva Springs, and from Orlando to Mascotte. It will serve as a key north-south connector in a larger network of trails that include the West Orange Trail, South Lake Trail, Cross Seminole Trail, and Seminole Wekiva Trail.
Thanks to generous donations from our sponsors, Borrelli + Partners raised $4,300 for this year’s Canstruction competition to build “Corn You Peas Help Us Squash Hunger” with a total of 3,460 cans.
Canstruction is an annual food drive competition in which teams build structures based on a theme provided by the Second Harvest Food Bank. This year’s theme was “Incredible. If You Can Eat It, You Can Build It.” Borrelli + Partners created an 8’ x 8’ structure composed of an ear of corn, three pea pods, and one large pumpkin inside of a basket, winning the “Honorable Mention” award.
To learn more about Canstruction, please visit the link below.
August 17, 2016, Borrelli + Partners attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Indian River County Intergenerational Recreation Center (IRC), marking the grand opening of the facility.
B+P is proud to have been the leader of the design team for this Intergenerational Recreation facility. The 40,600 SF building included a 16,500 SF gymnasium and a 24,100 SF multi-purpose building designed to promote intergenerational programs and activities. Intergenerational programs are social vehicles that bring people together from different generations in mutually beneficial planned activities. The building is designed to accommodate a variety of program goals. Through intergenerational programs, people of all ages share their knowledge, talents and resources, supporting each other in relationships that benefit both the individuals and the overall community.
The facility also allows the County Recreation Division to host programs and events that were previously unavailable such as weddings and civic events in an elegantly finished, divisible ball-room. Basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, martial arts, performing arts, large seminars, gaming tournaments, virtual recreation, and celebratory events can be accommodated in the separate yet connected MAC (Multi-Activity Court) Gym.
The IRC’s design is iconic and welcoming, becoming the community jewel of the South Park Recreation Area of Indian River County.
Read more about the facility in Vero News.
On Friday, June 3rd, 2016 Borrelli + Partners visited Lake Silver Elementary to deliver new jerseys, coaches’ shirts, and donations, and to spend some time with, the Orange County Wheelcats.
The Wheelcats are an Orange County Public Schools ability basketball team for children with disabilities. Any OCPS student with a physical or visual disability is eligible to join the team and they are held to the same athletic policy standards regarding grade point average, conduct, physicals, emergency medical cards, etc.
With help from Matern Professional Engineering and Technology Research and Consulting Inc., B+P raised a total of $1,500, in addition to the jerseys and coaches’ shirts, for sports supplies such as basketball hoops, basketballs, and other sports related accessories.
The central Florida Zoological Park and Botanical Garden’s Black Bear Habitat, that B+P designed, officially broke ground on April 21st, 2016. With the number of encounters between black bears and humans increasing in Florida, the habitat will educate the public on how to co-exist with the wild animals harmoniously.
The habitat will include a replica house, where zoo goers learn tips on how to live with bears that wander into residential areas. The habitat will be home to three Florida Black Bears. The habitat is set to open later this summer.
Be sure to check out The Orlando Sentinel’s article regarding the new addition to The Central Florida Zoo in the link below.
The Osceola County Board of Commissioners’ ribbon cutting ceremony marked the grand opening of Marsh Landing on the Shingle Creek.
The two-acre property, an addition to the Shingle Creek Regional Park, was originally the Harbor Oaks Marina. Borrelli + Partners are proud to be a part of the design team to renovate the site after most of the structures were damaged from hurricanes in 2004.
The park now offers a public canoe/kayak rental and launch area, package tours with guided paddling trips, electric boat tours, public restrooms and a food and drink concession area. All areas of the park are ADA accessible.
Photo: Jim Carchidi via The Orlando Business Journal
On March 7th, 2016, Jorge Borrelli joined 15 other executives for the Orlando Business Journal’s Architects and Engineers Industry Outlook, a round table, peer-to-peer discussion on the latest trends, obstacles and the influence millennials have on present and future design.
Read the article on The Orlando Business Journal’s website:
Congratulations to Chris Rice for being promoted to an Associate at Borrelli + Partners Inc. as Landscape Architectural leader for the firm. Chris brings extensive experience providing landscape architectural services for the firm, with projects ranging from commercial, industrial, educational and residential community projects, to multi-use trails, recreational developments, residential homes, zoos and more.
Borrelli + Partners is pleased to have Chris join our team and we look forward to the continued growth of our Landscape Architectural division under his leadership.
Chris is a graduate of Purdue University and is a registered Landscape Architect with 25 years of professional experience.
B+P would like to wish you a very merry holiday and a happy new year!
Last week, volunteers from Orlando’s finest architecture and interior design firms lended their creativity and design talent to children in need, assisting with creating meaningful gifts for their family and friends. The celebration included a variety of craft stations, and this year, the Borrelli team helped the children write and decorate Christmas cards for loved ones.
The event took place at the Walt Disney World Clubhouse in Pine Hills, and over 200 children participated.
We Care, now in its eighteenth year, unites the Boys and Girls Club of America, Herman Miller, Inc. and volunteers from the nation’s design community, and brings seasonal joy and good cheer to thousands of deserving children in 28 cities across the U.S. and Canada. This was Borrelli’s fifth year volunteering.
Here are a few photos from the event. Many thanks to the Boys and Girls Club of Pine Hills Central Florida for having us.
Emirates will be the largest airline flying in and out of Central Florida, to and from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Emirates will be making daily flights to and from Dubai. This new addition to the airport will bring many positive attributes to the area including but not limited to increased foreign trade, additional tourism and additional job opportunities.
B+P renovated what was the Virgin Atlantic Cargo Warehouse into what is now the Emirates Airlines Cargo Warehouse. The space, located at the Orlando International Airport, had been abandoned and empty since 1995, and the Borrelli team brought the building up to date with The Florida Building Code. The space will serve as a storing area for cargo as well as a weigh station for Emirates flights.
Be sure to check out photos from the renovation below as well as the link from Orlando Business Journal regarding the airline and the positive attributes it brings to Central Florida.
See the link below for more Photos of The Emirates flight.
Borrelli + Partners had the pleasure of teaming up with Orianne Society to design The Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation. The center, located in Eustis, Florida, consists of a Quarantine Building and a Herpetarium Building. The facility was built as a safe haven for the Indigo snakes that have declined in population over the past years. We wanted to stay “green” with our design by incorporating rainwater harvesting from roofs with above-grade cisterns, day lighting, and the use of environmentally sensitive materials. The two buildings serve as spaces to do research, clean, breed and house numbers of snakes.
Recently, the center was featured in the documentary “Secrets of the Longleaf Pine.” The episode explains Southeastern United States Longleaf Pine ecosystem, plants and animals.
Scroll down to view photos of the facility and click the link below to watch the documentary.
In keeping with our Halloween tradition, Borrelli+Partners’ staff competed for best decorated, Halloween-themed item this past week. This year’s item was a small, wooden coffin.
Every Halloween, Borrelli + Partners’ staff are given a spooky object to decorate within the month of October. There are no rules, so we are able to decorate using any props we’d like. At the end of the month, on Halloween day, the objects are revealed and assigned a number. We then vote on our favorite creation.
The competition was impressive this year with the staff showcasing their creativity with the use of at-home and store bought goods. Our Chief Operating Officer, Chandra, walked away with a gift certificate as the first place winner.
Check out some of the coffin entries below!
In collaboration with the Central Florida Zoo, Borrelli + Partners designed the “Sprouts and Seedlings” garden. The main features of the garden include art stations, sand boxes, discovery stations, ponds with water features and a beautiful butterfly garden. The new addition opened October 23rd with a ribbon cutting ceremony, sponsored by Orlando News 13, and serves as an educational area for children to interact with mother nature.
Borrelli + Partners is a proud supporter of the Central Florida Zoo’s mission of education, conservation and protection of the earth’s natural resources
Check out the link from News 13 below to read more on this beautiful garden.
Borrelli + Partners Architects led the architectural design for City of Kissimmee’s newest gateway pedestrian bridge. This $8 million bridge crosses over John Young Parkway and offers pedestrians a safer route on the Kissimmee Loop Trail.
The iconic bridge welcomes drivers entering the city with an illuminated sign and soaring towers. The towers are enhanced with pre-cast city medallions and brick accents.
What is Canstruction you may ask? It’s an annual food drive competition where teams build structures based on a theme provided by the Second Harvest Food Bank. Each structure is on display for a week, and after judges choose a winner, all of the cans are donated to local food banks. This year, the theme was “Hunger Heroes” and Borrelli + Partners Architects teamed with The Central Florida Zoo to create “Living with bears, not hunger.” The structure was an 8′ x 8′ visual of a bear rummaging through an overturned trash can and a backdrop of a house, to symbolize locals coexisting with hungry black bears of Central Florida.
With the help of our sponsors, we were able to raise $7,030.00 to fund the exhibit that took a whopping total of 5,160 cans to build! We were also presented the “Local Honorable Mention” trophy at the award banquet, where Central Florida Zoo volunteers greeted attendees with animals from the zoo.
To learn more about Canstruction, please visit the link below.
Thank you to all of our sponsors! And stay tuned to learn more about our Black Bear Habitiat at the Central Florida Zoo.
With 550,000 votes cast from 120 countries on five continents around the world, Borrelli+Partners Architects’ University of North Florida Student Wellness Complex came in at number seven for the 2015 AIA Florida People’s Choice Competition.
The facility consists of approximately 76,500 gross square feet, including a three-court gymnasium, elevated jogging track, indoor climbing and bouldering wall, group exercise studios for spinning and yoga, group cardio space, group strength training, men’s and women’s locker facilities, physical education, recreation, fitness and health promotion departmental offices.
See the top ten list here.
Borrelli + Partners Architects is honored to have been commissioned to design the Central Florida Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens new Black Bear Habitat. The habitat will focus on educating the public on how to interact with Black Bears harmoniously.
Borrelli + Partners is a proud supporter of the Central Florida Zoo’s mission of education, conservation and protection of the earth’s natural resources.
Click here to view the project!
March 2014…CENTRIA, who provides architectural metal insulated wall panel systems, chose to feature our 82,000 square foot UNF Student Wellness Complex project in this month’s issue of Metal Architecture Magazine. We utilized 13,269 square feet of their 22-gague Formawall Dimension Series 2-inch Vertical metal wall panels in Silversmith with a smooth Sundance Mica finish, 3,437 square feet of their 22-gauge Formawall Graphix Series 2-inch Vertical metal wall panels in Silversmith with a smooth Silversmith finish and 5,386 square feet of their 20-gauge Econolap 3/4-inch Ecoscreen metal wall panels with 40 percent perforation.
This project has been awarded the 2013 AIA Orlando Award of Merit for Design Excellence; Athletic Business, Architectural Showcase Award and the American School & University, Architectural Portfolio Award.
March 2014…Neidhardt, Inc., a commercial and residential lighting company, recently featured an article on our UCF Recreation & Wellness Center at Knights Plaza project. Project Manager, Dan-Michael Trbovich, RA, NCARB, Associate specified their RPD04 pendant as well as their Maxtrix pendant. Both products are shown beautifully in the space. To view the article, please click here.
Friday, February 7, 2014…Borrelli + Partners, Inc. celebrated alongside the City of DeLand the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new DeLand Intermodal transportation Facility. Votran buses will use the transit hub as part of a direct route to the SunRail commuter train station opening in DeBary in May 2014. U.S. Rep John Mica helped secure the funding for this $1.4 million facility and was quoted as saying “This intermodal facility will have a big impact on many lives.”.
The project is approximately 2.3 acres in size and is located in the northeast quadrant of the intersection of Woodland Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, in DeLand, Florida. The project includes a restroom building and a Phase II administration building. Also part of the project is a pedestrian plaza, four covered bus bays and a waiting area parking lot with 30 parking spaces.
Borrelli + Partners recently completed the design of the City of Kissimmee’s newest pedestrian bridge. This $8 million bridge will cross over John Young Parkway near Columbia Street in Kissimmee and will serve as a gateway to the City. The bridge will connect to the Shingle Creek Regional Trail and will provide much safer access for pedestrians enjoying the trail to cross over John Young Parkway, a six-lane, highly congested roadway. It is expected to be complete by the winter of 2014.
Randy Schrader of the City’s Planning Department gives a brief interview explaining the necessity of the bridge to his City: City of Kissimmee, John Young Parkway Pedestrian Bridge.
Borrelli + Partners, Inc. (B+P) participated in its fifth “We Care” Event for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida in Pine Hills on December 3rd, 2013.
B+P helped bring smiles and cheer to over 250 children by helping them decorate their own holiday greeting cards and decorative ornaments. Each child also designed their own color scratch ornament and was given additional holiday handouts consisting of finger puppets and candy.
This event, as always, was a great success. The B+P Team truly enjoys giving back during the holiday season.
For the fourth year in a row, Borrelli + Partners participated in CANstruction which helps the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
This year B+P constructed the metamorphosis from a caterpillar to a butterfly based on our own artistic interpretation as our title was named “Help Orlando Magically Transform Hunger”. B+P is happy to announce that our sponsors helped raise a total of $5,270 and supplied approximately 5,354 non-perishable canned food items to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Our total food supply was part of a combined raised total of 26,139 pounds of food between all 12 teams in the competition.
Our Team won the “Big Can-huna Award” which is the structure with the most food items as well as the “Creative Concept Award”.
Borrelli + Partners employees participated in our office’s First Annual Halloween Design Competition. This year our item to decorate/design were paper mache skulls. As you can see, no one skull is similar; each employee came up their own unique design concept. The winner was #4, Hell and Resurrection, completed by Ilse M. Rojas, Associate.
Leave a comment to vote for your favorite skull now!
*No pumpkins were harmed during the design process and competition.
Thursday, June 27, 2013…Borrelli + Partners, Inc. was once again invited to attend and sponsor the NIRSA Florida Summit this year. This year’s Summit was hosted by the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, FL. More than 140 professionals and students from over 15 colleges and universities throughout the state were in attendance for this insightful networking event which included roundtable events and workshops. An additional part of the Summit included a tour of the recently completed Student Wellness Complex, an award-winning B+P recreation project. This was our third year sponsoring this event and we look forward to continuing our relationship with NIRSA Florida!
April 6, 2013…Borrelli + Partners, Inc. was presented with the 2013 Award of Merit by the AIA’s Orlando Chapter for our University of North Florida’s (UNF) Student Wellness Center project. This new, $22 million, 82,000 square foot recreation/wellness center is located in Jacksonville, FL and was a huge success for our firm and our team. Congratulations to all that made this award possible!
Borrelli + Partners designed all phases for the new, remote, 8,700 square foot building that is now the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Recreation & Wellness Center at Knight’s Plaza (north end). The grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for this $1.2 million project is scheduled to begin at 3:30pm on Friday, April 5, 2013. An interesting aspect of the design was the requested integration of Gender-neutral restrooms, a push from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning community as some of their members have said to not feel safe and comfortable in traditional restrooms. This is becoming a popular commodity for public facilities.
Borrelli + Partners recently began in the construction phase for the new, $1,365 million transportation hub located in the northeast quadrant of the intersection of Woodland Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, in DeLand, Florida. Volusia County’s Public Transportation System plans to use the facility as a “super-stop” of sorts for its buses. Once the SunRail commuter rail system is up and running next year, buses will take commuters to and from the DeBary station, and later, the DeLand station, where they can ride the rail line to Orlando.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Monday, March 18, 2013 and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The groundbreaking marks a milestone for the project, which has been stuck in various stages of planning for more than a decade.
To find out more about this project, you can check out this article in The Daytona Beach News Journal or go under the Projects tab here on our website.
Jahi, one year old Indian Rhinoceros at the Central Florida Zoo
Borrelli + Partners donated our professional design services for the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden’s (CFZBG) newest exhibit, the FAIRWINDS Credit Union Indian Rhinoceros Exhibit. This is now the home of Jahi, a one year old greater one-horned Indian rhinoceros. Principal Jorge A. Borrelli, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, CPTED has a passion for zoological parks and has been a member of the CFZBG’s board for many years.
To learn more about the Rhinoceros Exhibit and our contribution that made this exhibit possible, please click here.
Borrelli + Partners is currently wrapping up the construction of the new 43,000 square foot South Dade YMCA. This contemporary complex includes a 39,000 square foot two-story main building with expansive glazing overlooking the adjacent street, showcasing the upper floor wellness facilities, and is planned to vastly improve the member services. Aside from the wellness area there are two flexible fitness studios on the upper floor, a two-court gymnasium, member locker rooms, two multi-purpose meeting rooms, administrative offices, and facilities for child care on the main floor. A two-story lobby-lounge which links the two open floors overlooks the outdoor aquatics complex with an integrated lap and recreational pool and a 4,000 square foot support building.
Please read the article in the Miami Herald regarding this project as well as the talk for more YMCA’s to be built in the Miami-Dade area.
Check out this engaging article regarding our University of North Florida’s (UNF) Student Wellness Complex Project in world-architects eMagazine! This successful $22 million, 82,000 square foot project was initially directed to obtain a LEED Silver rating, but our team was able to attain one level higher, the LEED Gold rating.
This year, Borrelli + Partners, Inc. participated in its fourth “We Care” Event for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida in Pine Hills on December 5th, 2012.
The non-profit and business partnership known as We Care, unites the Boys and Girls Clubs of America with furniture manufacturers and dealers as well as the area’s leading Architectural and Interior Design firms in hosting a holiday gathering for children in need. The event is a way to help raise the children’s spirits as a prelude to the holidays, and allow them to create seasonal gifts and keepsakes for themselves and their loved ones. For some of these children, these may be the only gifts they receive for the holiday season. The crafts from all teams included items such as decorating baked goods, magnets, ornaments, picture frames, keepsake boxes, and even stuffing teddy bears. The event also incorporated musical entertainment, snacks, face painting, gift wrapping stations and a special visit from Santa.
This year, B+P helped over 230 children to create their own Christmas card with special wishes by allowing them to use their imagination and expressive creativity with construction paper, glue, foam stickers, glitter and other decorative accessories. In addition, each child also designed their own color scratch ornament and was given additional holiday handouts consisting of yo-yo’s, hand bracelets with inspirational messages and most importantly, candy.
Overall, the event turned out to be a true success as B+P was proud of the opportunity to help each child with their craft and bring a few more smiles to not only their faces, but ours as well.
Our newly designed North American Otter Exhibit that we completed for the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford, FL has opened. Zoo visitors will be able to watch the playful animals swim underwater. The female, named Molly, was acquired from the Brookgreen Gardens Zoo in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The male, Buster, came from Flamingo Gardens in Davie.
We worked closely with the zoo staff to ensure proper USDA caging requirements, animal holding safety criteria and AZA standards are implemented into the design. The 1,663 SF exhibit includes a stream with underwater viewing windows and two separate viewing areas with glassed window.
The underwater viewing is quickly becoming a favorite visitor viewing spot. The steeped artificial water bodies within a berm allow a convenient underwater viewing without a subterranean visitor pathway, while emphasizing the importance of water in the lives of the otters. Natural stones within the streams create movement with a big log where the otters can slink under, providing a place to play, strengthening family ties on all ages and to develop hunting skills for the young otters.
We are excited to announce are second project to receive the LEED© Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council at no additional cost to our client, the US Army Corps of Engineers. The $7.4 Million, 22,160 SF Child Development Center accommodates up to
135 children ages 11-18 and is being funded through the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act.
The Youth Center consists of a one-story building that has a large teen room with a covered canopy extension for outdoor activities, a 6,664 SF multi-purpose room, equipment storage, four activity rooms, a technology lab, two common /gathering areas, a culinary/snack bar, three offices, staff lounge, restroom facilities that are ADA compliant and support areas for mechanical, electrical and communications.
This 100% student funded, 62,00 SF expansion was targeted for LEED© Silver Certification but reached LEED© Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council at no additional cost to our client.
The expansion houses a variety of program activities. The primary use of the facility is for student recreation and wellness and includes spaces for cardio, fitness, in-door racquet ball courts, multi-purpose rooms, outdoor adventure center area, MAC gymnasium, offices, wet classrooms, new locker and rest rooms, a new 25 yard by 25 meter pool and associated pump room.
The expansion will significantly assist in the University’s mission of providing high quality recreational facilities and programs to a growing and health conscious population. We are proud of our newly certified building and have long understood that good design needs to be sustainable and that sustainable design is good for all.
On Sunday, October 29th , we participated in the 2012 Canstruction® Orlando Event for our third straight year at the Fashion Square Mall; an event which helps to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Our team leader, James Moore, AIA, NCARB did a fantastic job spearheading this important event for our Canstruction team.
Our structure won a national recognized Canstruction Award of “Best Meal”, which signifies food products that are well-balanced and nutritious in protein and vitamins (i.e. tuna fish, peas, coconut milk, diced pears and applesauce).
The 2012 theme this year was “Arftful Canception” as Canstruction®-Orlando partnered up with the Orlando Museum of Art to generate unlimited creativity, spirit and design. This year, we constructed a modernized sculptural garden based on their artistic interpretation as the title was named “Cantemplative Garden”. “Cantemplative Garden” is a twist to a modern sculpture gallery, with a sweeping and rising, then falling, double wythe wall that divides the garden space into nested areas for two sculptural components, for the viewer to gaze upon and contemplate. The wind-like wall both reveals and shrouds the sculptural elements as the participant promenades through and around the park-like setting. The sculptural pieces are designed both to captivate individuality and to share their presence in a social setting, as an overall composite form.
The design is conceived with the intent to link the food security and the awareness that this security is not a reality yet for all. The solution is just a single can of food away! In conjunction with our sponsorship donations, our firm helped raise a total of $6,170 and supplied approximately 3,700 non-perishable canned food items to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The event raised more than 31,000 pounds of food for those in need and will help the food bank prepare 26,158 meals.
We look forward to next year’s event!
The grand opening for University of North Florida’s Student Wellness Complex was held on October 17th. The students and staff were very please with this grand building that was designed in conjunction with Dewberry, Inc. and built by Gilbane Building, Co. This facility marks the 8th large scale recreational center that our firm has completed in Florida.
The multifaceted, 19.5 million dollar facility is a state-of-the-art wellness, fitness and sports learning facility that offers UNF students, faculty and staff unlimited access to the largest, most comprehensive wellness center in northeast Florida. Striving to enhance students’ “out of the classroom experience”, the project was funded through the efforts of Student Government who voted to create a building fee in order to fund the project. The goal of the new facility is to provide the students with quality indoor facilities that will enable them to participate in activities that will enhance their health and wellness levels and provide them with lifelong wellness, sports and fitness learning skills for the future.
A 32-foot tall climbing wall greets the students upon entry into the 3-level building. The wall looks like real rock and rises 34 feet up to meet the track level giving views of all activity on all floors. Three dedicated indoor group fitness rooms and one outdoor multi-use balcony group fitness space will enable us to offer four classes at one time and over 50 per week. The Dottie Dorion Fitness Center, located on the 2nd level is 27,000 sf of fitness floor space and accommodates $900,000 of new fitness equipment. The 1/8 mile track on the 3rd level circumnavigates the perimeter of the building giving views of the fitness level, atrium, and fantastic outdoor views through its large windows.
The Dr. Paul Shirley Assessment Center is located off the fitness floor space. This will offers students immediate access to personal fitness and nutritional assessments. New locker rooms feature large lockers, and comfortable shower and changing accommodations. The departments for Campus Recreation and Health Promotions are located in the new facility. For those who want a healthy snack or meal a “ Jamba Juice” outlet is located in the lobby of the new facility.
Across the street from the Student Union and adjacent to the UNF Arena and Aquatic Center, the new facility creates a complete hub for student activity on the campus. The new facility is taking Healthy Ospreys to a new level. Just like the Student Union, the new facility has become a major recruitment tool for UNF and future Ospreys.
The YMCA of Greater Miami will begin construction on the expansion of the South Dade YMCA Family Center with a ground breaking ceremony on May 5, 2011 at 9;30 am. The community and public are invited to attend the celebration of the new flagship YMCA for Greater Miami.
Read the rest of the article from Pinecrest News here.
The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) awarded our team members with 2011 EIC awards for the Eastern Water Reclamation Facility, the UCF 2nd Floor Library Renovation and the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center Expansion projects. We are honored to be part of the success of the construction of these projects. The three projects are also featured in the award issue. Please view the articles below.
EWRF EIC Award Article
UCF Rec Center & 2nd Floor Library EIC Award Article
Borrelli + Partners, Inc. was featured in the Athletic Business Journal Showcase June 2011 issue. Our project, the University of Central Florida Recreation and Wellness Center Expansion was a featured project and up for an award by the ABC Committee.
View the magazine spread here.
The logo was designed by our landscape planner, Ilse Rojas and was the chosen logo to use by Everglades City. Parallel to the Tamiami Trail (US. 41), the ROGG will be a hard-surfaced 12-14 foot wide corridor (separated from the highway) suitable for a range of non-motorized recreation activities such as bicycling, walking, bird-watching, photography, fishing, and general enjoyment of the greater Everglades natural area. The goal of the ROGG is to extend from Krome Avenue (eastern edge of Everglades National Park near Miami) to the outskirts of Naples/Marco Island (western terminus to be determined). In the middle, there will be a three mile spur to Everglades City.
To read more about this effort, or to donate to the project, please visit the site: http://www.evergladesrogg.org/
A magazine from Venezula dedicated to architecture and great design featured our Seminole Wekiva Trail project. Borrelli + Partners, Inc. completed Phase I, II & III of the project.
The Seminole Wekiva Trail was developed within a 14-mile long section of abandoned rail corridor in Western Seminole County, once part of the Orange Belt Railroad route between Sanford and St. Petersburg. The trail provides a multi-use recreational path traversing a variety of adjacent public and private land uses, including parks, residential areas, employment centers and conservation lands.
View the article here.
On Friday, June 25, 2010, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton hosted the 2010 NIRSA State of Florida Summit. Borrelli + Partners, Inc. helped the FAU sponsor the event. More than 130 professionals and students from over 20 colleges and universities in the state attended the event filled with workshops, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities. Read the entire article on the event at the new recreation center here.
Our Vice President, Judy A. Carty, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C accepts the award for the firm at the 2010 NIRSA State of Florida Summit.
The new facility has been described by the Director of Campus Recreation as a “facility with a beautiful blend of amazing architecture and functionality that exceeds the demands of our students and members.”
Our firm was one of eight teams that participated in the 17th Annual Canstruction® Orlando event that was staged at the Orlando Fashion Square Mall. This year’s theme: “Zoo Can Do It!” inspired our team to create a sculpture within an 8’ x 8’ x 8’ (W x H x D) space that featured a three-dimensional mural of a Tiger’s eye, mouth and ear; entitled “Come to Your Senses, Help Tame hunger.”
This art piece engages the viewer to search for three images of a tiger, which focuses upon the animal’s three major senses of sight, hearing and taste. The sculpture was awarded Signage Runner-up, the Big Kahuna (for most products used 3,703) and Best Use of Labels – which allows the design to go to the National awards level.
The canned food drive competition is a national community service project for the design and construction industry to help benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The event was in partnership with the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
Construction began in May 2010 and continued all summer. The new learning environment opened on August 23rd 2010, just in time for the fall semester. Partially funded by the 2009/2010 Student Technology Fee, this space is designed to meet the needs expressed by UCF students and faculty.
B+P was responsible for the design and the interiors. The finished space has been met with overwhelmingly positive feedback. Go Knights!
UCF TV 2nd Floor Library Renovation