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.”

Big Rock Park launches nature play features

Big Rock Park launches nature play features

The City of Sammamish celebrated the completion of Phase I improvements at Big Rock Park with a Grand Opening on Saturday, May 21st, beginning with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. and continuing with family-friendly park activities and environmental education programs throughout the day until 2 p.m.

Big Rock Park Phase I began in the fall of 2014 with the selection of ELM Environments who led the design process supported by Signal Architecture + Research, Newton Street Study Group cognitive scientists, and Robert Foley Associates civil engineer. Building upon a master plan prepared by Sammamish Parks and Recreation, the design evolved through a series of workshop explorations into nature’s cognitive and educational benefits. The project was constructed by Paul Brothers, Inc., beginning in 2015 and concluding in the spring of 2016.

ULI Moving Dirt in St. Johns County

ULI Moving Dirt in St. Johns County

At a recent ULI North Florida event, ELM Principal Russ Ervin was asked to present on several ongoing ELM projects that are currently under construction. With more than 150 people in attendance, the Moving Dirt in St. Johns County event highlighted several current projects across the county, including ELM projects Shearwater, Sawgrass Village, and TrailMark.

ELM's presentation slides from the event can be viewed below. The Jacksonville Business Journal also published an article about the event that can be found here.

Daily Record: Want to run through Friendship Fountain?

Daily Record: Want to run through Friendship Fountain?

The best use in the next 50 years for the centerpiece of the Southbank could be to go back in time by about 50 years.

Their report won’t be published for at least six weeks, but that was the early impression presented Wednesday by a seven-member panel commissioned to study the area between the Acosta and Main Street bridges and Prudential Drive and the St. Johns River.

A Technical Assistance Panel comprised of Urban Land Institute members spent two days touring the site, meeting stakeholders and considering options for redevelopment. Panel members are architects, planners and administrators.

Daily Record: September start for East San Marco project

A decade after East San Marco was announced for Jacksonville’s historic San Marco area and a day after partners reported a deal finally was done, the newly identified developer has provided more details.

Those details include an anticipated September ground-breaking, if all unfolds according to plan.

The apartment project architect is The Preston Partnership, of Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The townhome architect is Jacksonville-based Ervin Lovett Miller. The civil engineer for both is England-Thims & Miller Inc., based in Jacksonville.

Ponte Vedra Recorder: Retail Expansion at Sawgrass Village

Ponte Vedra Recorder: Retail Expansion at Sawgrass Village

Ponte Vedra residents have already been enjoying the continued updates to Sawgrass Village, but developers hope to put the finishing touches on much of the property in time for the 2016 Players Championship.

The shopping center was planned and designed by Jacksonville-based planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm ELM. The firm announced early this month that Sawgrass Village is in its final stages, and is expected to wrap up the majority of improvements in time to host visitors to The Players golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in early May.

St. Augustine Record: Revitalized Sawgrass Village

St. Augustine Record: Revitalized Sawgrass Village

By the time golf fans start pouring through the entrance to TPC Sawgrass in two months, the area will have a fresh look thanks to the completion of a couple of major projects in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The renowned Sawgrass Marriott is nearing the conclusion of a two-year, $48 million face-lift.

And just across PGA Tour Boulevard, a newly redeveloped Sawgrass Village is emerging from the construction rubble. The Sawgrass Village work is being done by the Ervin Lovett Miller planning, architecture and landscape-architecture firm.