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:
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 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.
Borrelli+Partners Architects’ Intergenerational Recreation Center is under construction in Indian River County. The $10.8 million project is expected to be completed in June of next year and will offer the area it’s first true indoor recreational space. It will include: two, full-size basketball/volleyball courts, multipurpose rooms for fitness classes or arts and crafts classes, and separate areas for other indoor recreational activities, such as gymnastics. Read more about our facility in the Indian River Press Journal.
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!
Fri, Nov 12, 2010
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