The McKay Archive building constructed on the campus of Florida Southern College will be used primarily for the storage and display of historical documents associated with the college. It is located west of the Roux Library and north of the Benjamin Fine Administration building. The Administration building is one of several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings located throughout the campus.
Chastain-Skillman (CS) provided the civil engineering services for the project, including site design, grading and drainage, utility design, construction observation of the site work, and record drawing preparation. Permitting was required for the project and included site plan review through the City of Lakeland, the Polk County Health Department, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Land for stormwater retention was not available within the McKay Archive site, thus a master pond system was constructed to treat other storm water draining to Lake Hollingsworth, and the trade-off of untreated water was negotiated within the Environmental Resource Permit process.
An unusual aspect of the project was aiding the grant application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and State Historic Preservation Board to gain partial funding for the project.