Arbor Grande celebrates completion of ELM-designed amenities


Arbor Grande

Ribbon Cutting: ELM-Designed Amenities

CalAtlantic Homes recently hosted a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the ELM-designed amenity at Arbor Grande, a private, gated community within Lakewood Ranch, the nation’s 4th-fastest selling community located near Sarasota, Florida. 

Classically tailored to celebrate Florida’s outdoor lifestyle, the amenities at Arbor Grande reflect the community’s casual “front porch” way of life.

Arbor Grande Featuring 305 homes, including villas and single family homes, Arbor Grande residents celebrate Florida’s desirable outdoor lifestyle with two spectacular amenities that include a 7,000-sq-ft community clubhouse and fitness center, two resort-style pools with fountains and beach entries, outdoor pavilions, event lawns, dog parks, as well as a trails linking the community’s homesites to a major regional park.

ELM completed the community master plan, orienting homesites and common areas toward spectacular natural edges and committing nearly one-third of the property to ponds, parks, and landscape spaces added to enhance the outdoor living aspect for residents living in this community.

Westminster Oaks breaks ground on ELM-designed senior living apartments

Canopy Oaks

Ground Breaking: ELM-Designed Senior Living Apartments

Recently, Westminster Communities of Florida broke ground on the ELM-designed Canopy Oaks four-story apartment building and adjacent parking garage. This new facility is adding 40 apartments to the 90-acre active senior living community at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee, Florida, making it the largest single project the Westminster Oaks history.

ELM provided master planning, architectural, landscape architectural, project visioning and theming, and community engagement services for Canopy Oaks.

Westminster broke ground in May 2017 on this new $14-million expansion project that includes the 75,000-sq-ft multifamily facility, anchored by amenities including a 4,400-sq-ft fitness center, swimming pool, tennis court, and trails branching out throughout the grounds.

A 375-space garage is also under construction to provide ample parking for residents and visitors as well as a safe, enjoyable subterranean climate-controlled walkway connecting the garage to the onsite Maguire Center for Life Learning.

ELM Participates in Corporate 5K

It was a true family affair as our ELM staff participated in the Montoya & Associates Corporate 5K Run/Walk. As a part of our firm's new health initiatives and as preparation for the race, the staff had begun a weekly walk/run along the Jacksonville Riverwalk located about two blocks from our beautiful studio in the Southbank/San Marco area.

After waiting out a few typical Florida thunderstorms on race day, ELM team members and their families gathered together to enjoy an active evening with friends and family as we juggled babies, strollers and a celebratory beverage at the finish line!

Click the photos below to experience the Corporate 5K Run/Walk through the eyes of our ELM team!

Take me out to the ball game - ELM Style

Each year, we take a couple of hours out of our hectic schedules to enjoy the beautiful spring weather in Jacksonville and to support our local baseball team, now known as the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. This year, we had the added bonus of celebrating one of our ELM team member's birthdays on the day of the game.

The birthday boy, Jeff Gibson, got the full Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp baseball experience when they brought him out onto the field for a round of "Let's Make a Deal." Jeff won some Jumbo Shrimp swag that he proudly wore back up to our Skydeck. We were also graced with the presence of Jeff's daughter, Hadley, who drew more attention than the baseball game! That is, until the Jumbo Shrimp won the game with some exciting home runs!

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Tamaya Celebrates Grand Unveiling of ELM-designed Residents Club


Grand Unveiling: ELM-Designed Residents Club

The much-anticipated Residents Club at Tamaya, designed by ELM, has now been completed and is the centerpiece of this new large mixed-use community, located on 800 acres midway between downtown Jacksonville, Florida, and the Atlantic beaches. The Residents Club, a grand classically-designed Mediterranean-inspired clubhouse, is positioned as the civic, social, and recreational heart of Tamaya.

ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller created Tamaya’s master plan, working with the community and city stakeholders to secure project approval. Additionally, ELM is the architect and landscape architect for the entire community, responsible for designing all amenities, recreational and club buildings, pools, open spaces, parks, signage, and landscape improvements.

Once completed, the community will have approximately 2,400 homesites, a mixed-use Town Center with more than 500,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, multi-family residential development, senior living, and an extensive park and open space network, connecting Tamaya’s individual neighborhoods and villages.

Designed to serve all of Tamaya’s neighborhoods, ELM programmed and planned the Residents Club to serve a multigenerational population, with a wide variety of amenities including a spectacular pool and aquatics facility with a Junior Olympic-size pool, interactive spray features, a dramatic splash plaza, and a beach-entry lagoon pool; a state-of-the-art fitness/wellness center; four Har-Tru tennis courts; an adventure playground; and a large multi-purpose lawn, appropriate for informal gatherings, games, or events.

ELM’s efforts to integrate the community within the natural environment and their intentionally-designed connections to trails and open spaces help make Tamaya a special place. As the community’s centerpiece, the Residents Club is an expression of ELM’s rich commitment to quality of life, recreation, design, and planning. This is further evident at the project’s arrival where ELM positioned grand fountains to frame the existing natural landscape and designed gracious and elegant signage that is engaged with nature, introducing Tamaya’s story, reinforced from the entry throughout each neighborhood village.

Nocatee Town Center Booms with New Construction

Nocatee Town Center Booms with New Construction

Nocatee is getting a lot of attention from the local media. ELM designed many of the newest buildings in Nocatee Town Center, consisting of new restaurants and retail to serve this fast-growing community. Together these improvements are helping to make Nocatee a better place to live, dine, and shop. 

ELM 15th Anniversary Celebration

ELM 15th Anniversary Celebration

ELM's Partners and Staff were delighted to celebrate the firm’s 15th Anniversary recently. For this exciting occasion, we wanted to show our appreciation to our clients, fellow colleagues, vendors, and friends who have been such a big part of our lives and the reason for our success.

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Jacksonville studio office in downtown's Southbank Kings Avenue Neighborhood to enjoy delicious food, beverages, live music, and great company! 

Utica Zoo Master Plan: The Value of Being Partners

Utica Zoo Master Plan: The Value of Being Partners

At ELM, exceptional client service constitutes a core value for our practice, and we always aim to become a trusted partner of our clients, rather than just being a consultant.

This week, after a process that started three years ago with the Utica Zoo, we delivered the zoo’s first comprehensive master plan since 1990, this $75-million master plan transforms the 102-year-old institution into a premier regional destination featuring Asian, Adirondack, African, and Living Rainforest areas that will be phased over a 20-year period.

As we celebrate with the Utica Zoo over their future goals and the impact that this master plan will have on the community as well as global conservation efforts, we also want to share more about the process that it took to put together this unique, valuable asset for the zoo.

For many zoos, conversations about their master plans raise plenty of questions, concerns and opinions that are often at odds with one another. It takes a unique, flexible team to partner together with ...

Utica Observer-Dispatch: Utica Zoo 'dreams big'

Utica Observer-Dispatch: Utica Zoo 'dreams big'

The Utica Zoo unveiled an upwards of $75 million master plan Tuesday evening that would transform the 102-year-old institution into a premier regional destination complete with an Asian temple that overlooks the city and African, Adirondack and rain forest themed habitats that would house everything from giraffes to black bears to gorillas.

The zoo hired Seattle-based firm ELM Environments to analyze every aspect of the 80-acre property and the best way to utilize the 50 acres that are available for expansion using a concept called "return on exhibit," which looks at the conservation status of a species, the educational aspects of the animal, visitor experience, cost to feed the animals and cost to build or maintain exhibits.

Construction Update: San Diego Zoo Africa Rocks!

Construction Update: San Diego Zoo Africa Rocks!

Check out new photos as construction continues on the largest capital project in San Diego Global's history, Africa Rocks! Our ELM Environments team out of our Seattle studio has been working with the Miller Hull Partnership on this major $68-million, 8-acre redesign of this central area of the zoo.

Sawgrass Beach Club completes award-winning, multi-million dollar renovation

Sawgrass Beach Club completes award-winning, multi-million dollar renovation

A recent multi-million dollar renovation of Sawgrass Country Club’s Beach Club was completed in time for members to enjoy the summer months with enhanced and expanded dining, entertainment, and pool amenities.

Led by ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller, the architecture and planning team drew on its extensive expertise in private club, hospitality, and recreational amenities to complete an inspired redesign and replacement of the family pool, renovations of all interior dining and bar areas, expansion of the outdoor SandBar Bistro, upgrades to the outdoor decks, improved pedestrian beach access, and landscape enhancements to take better advantage of the Club’s unique beachfront setting.

The project was recently awarded the Excellence in Construction Eagle Award, the highest award given by the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) First Coast Chapter. It was also nominated as one of only three projects considered for Project of the Year by ABC.

Tamaya fountain entry feature comes to life

Tamaya fountain entry feature comes to life

We are excited to share the latest photos of the new main entry feature for Tamaya, the Mediterranean-style master-planned community located off of Beach Boulevard near Kernan Boulevard.

As guests and residents of this 780-acre ICI Homes community enter through a grand front entry they will be greeted by an impressive gatehouse, beautiful fountains, abundant green space and lakes as they wind their way through the property to the amenity center.

WJXT News4Jax Video: Shearwater community using amenities to attract families

WJXT News4Jax Video: Shearwater community using amenities to attract families

We were proud to see Shearwater featured in this WJXT News4Jax video clip about the booming population growth in St. Johns County due to all of the large developments going into the area.

ELM's services for Shearwater included community master planning, community amenity design, architecture, community landscape architecture, trail planning and design, and entry and signage design.

ELM has also been involved with another major project in St. Johns County known as TrailMark, a 1,300-acre single-family residential neighborhood situated along ... 

New Moultrie Square Publix opens Thursday

New Moultrie Square Publix opens Thursday

Publix Super Markets Inc. will open its rebuilt Moultrie Square Shopping Center store Thursday in St. Augustine.

The 48,500-square-foot store closed in November and was demolished. An almost 54,000-square-foot Publix was built in its place.

The $6 million project includes the Publix reconstruction and other improvements, said project manager Riley Skinner, vice president of Skinner Bros. Realty Co.

ELM staff wins 2016 AIA Architectural Imagery Contest

ELM staff wins 2016 AIA Architectural Imagery Contest

In our multidisciplinary office of designers, architects, and landscape architects we love to celebrate the creativity and talent of each individual staff member. Many of our staff express their creativity in interesting ways outside of the office, whether in photography, painting, sculpting, or even refurbishing antique cars.

One particular staff member, Mark Pariani, was recently recognized for his unique photographic skill as the winner of multiple awards at the 2016 AIA Architectural Imagery Contest. Mark’s passion for architecture and design is evident in his photographs “Cavern” and “Shadow” that won him 1st and 2nd Place honors, respectively, in the Open Photography category as well as the People’s Choice Award for “Cavern.”