In 2006, the State of Florida Board of Nursing approved a four-year baccalaureate nursing program at Florida Southern College, the first professional baccalaureate nursing degree in Polk County, Florida. Lakeland Regional Health Systems, committed to help launch the program, and Alberta Blanton donated the new nursing facility.
Chastain-Skillman (CS) provided the civil engineering services for the nursing building, including site grading and drainage, utility design, construction observation of the site work, and record drawing preparation. Permitting for the project included City of Lakeland site plan review, the Polk County Health Department, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
As with many urban sites needing redevelopment, space was tight within available land after the building and parking area were sited. Hence, CS elected to use an underground chamber system to provide stormwater treatment and retention. This allowed the uncommon ability to use the space for more than one purpose simultaneously and resulted in a more elegant appearance for the new building.