Following are brief descriptions of some projects that Chastain-Skillman's Structural Engineering Department has worked on. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but should
give you an idea of the scope of work that we have done.
Residential Development (2005)
Chastain-Skillman provided site development engineering services for
a multi-use property encompassing 1,400 acres. Our work included a phosphate
land reclamation program, zoning, design, permitting to construct a multi-phase
18-hole golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, four residential subdivisions,
apartment complex, condominium complex, fitness trail, and shopping center.
A key factor in the overall development was the development of a "first
impression" boulevard. The bifurcated boulevard was designed and constructed
to produce an aesthetically pleasing streetscape, while providing the residents
with a recreational fitness trail. This project also included the analysis and
design of storm water management systems, major and minor drainage conveyance
systems, flow rates and volume determinations, control structures design for
a 2,300-acre watershed.
Shoppers in Polk and Hillsborough Counties were thrilled that the theater and many of the stores in this dynamic new shopping area were open for the 2005 holiday shopping season. Pictured here is the Chastain-Skillman designed European style bridge connecting an access road to the Village, as well as several of the stores. Chastain-Skillman provided both civil engineering and surveying services in the layout of this unique “open-air” style project.
| Hurricane Damage Assessment (ongoing)
Our structural engineering department provides professional damage assessments for both insurers and private clients. The hurricanes of 2004 unfortunately provided far too many opportunities for our engineers to render such opinions on structural damage as a result of storm winds. Timeliness in providing our assessments was critical as insurers attempted to process claims as rapidly as possible in these times of distress.
| Crooked Lake Prairie (2005)
In 2004, Chastain-Skillman's Structural Engineering department began design of an elevated boardwalk crossing an extensive wetland area located at the Crooked Lake Prairie Environmental Lands Site. Construction of the boardwalk was completed in June of 2005. The boardwalk is 336 feet long by 6 ft. wide and contains a 15 ft. x 15 ft. permanent seating platform at its center. This seating provides comfortable observation of the lake, the wetlands and associated plant and animal species. Additionally, the boardwalk was constructed to be ADA accessible.
A significant issue surrounding this project was the environmental permitting. Chastain-Skillman and the Polk County Natural Resource Department spent significant effort addressing the concerns of the Southwest Florida Water Management District regarding impacts to the wetlands from shading. Permits for the project were ultimately granted and the project was successfully constructed.
| Leesburg Wastewater Treatment Plant (2000)
With the existing treatment facility nearing 100% capacity, the City was in need of new treatment capacity in as timely a manner as possible. Chastain-Skillman was retained to design a new 3.0 MGD plant, to be located at the site of the City’s existing sprayfield near the Florida Turnpike. Bids were received and were under budget. Completed in November 2000, this is the fourth Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) facility designed by Chastain-Skillman in Florida. A unique project characteristic was the extra attention paid to the potential archeological value of the construction site, as numerous American Indian artifacts have been discovered in and around the area.
| Sun-Ray Wastewater Treatment Plant (1999)
Chastain-Skillman provided engineering and permitting services for construction of a 0.4 MGD wastewater treatment plant. Upon completion, the facility was turned over to Polk County Utilities and replaces an existing Imhoff tank treatment plant. Services provided by Chastain-Skillman included hydrogeological evaluation, permitting, structural engineering, and design review. The first phase of the project consisted of a 0.2 MGD ring steel contact stabilization plan with a second external clarifier to meet reliability requirements. The construction of the first phase was completed in 1997. The second phase was constructed in conjunction with a new county jail, and included another 0.2 MGD treatment facility, for the total capacity of 0.4 MGD. The construction of the second phase was completed in May 1999.
|Wells Motor Co. Automobile Dealership (1998)
Avon Park, Florida
When Wells Motor Company made the decision to move from the downtown location where their business began back in 1931, they chose Chastain-Skillman to design their new dealership. The new building has approximately 26,000 square feet under roof, including indoor and outdoor showrooms of 2,700 square feet each. The building also has a large mezzanine area for parts storage and sixteen service bays. As an added convenience the customer lounge area includes a brightly decorated play room for children.
| Sumica Natural Area
Lake Wales, Florida
Sometimes Structural Engineering isn't all about steel and concrete. SUMICA Natural Area is an environmental land management site. As a sub-consultant on this project, Chastain-Skillman provided surveying, structural design and permitting services for this project. The design included covered picnic areas as well as a short catwalk and nature viewing shelter. Made up of 4,031 acres, this environmental preserve showcases diverse native habitats, unique and rare wildlife and plants, numerous wetlands, and lake shoreline.
|Highlands County Jail (1993)
The Highlands County Jail had been experiencing problems with a leaking roof for many years. Chastain-Skillman was asked to develop a solution to the problem that would not require the existing roof-mounted air conditioning system to be disturbed. To accomplish this, Chastain-Skillman designed a light-gauge steel truss and metal roof system to cover the entire roof area of approximately 5,200 square feet. The project also included the remodeling of the public entrance of the Sheriff’s Office to increase both security and handicapped accessibility as well as extensive asbestos abatement.
|Lakeland Main Street Parking Garage (1986)
In conjunction with Kendrick Regnvall & Associates, Chastain-Skillman provided Consulting Engineering Services for the structural design of the City of Lakeland Main Street Parking Garage. This parking structure constructed of precast/prestressed concrete is located on the corner of Main Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The 310-space parking garage is designed with 62-foot long double tees for efficient interior spans.
In 1987, the Main Street Parking Garage received a Special Recognition Award from the Prestressed Concrete Institute for creative design utilizing precast/prestressed concrete.
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