ELM-designed LakeHouse Cove poised to begin construction in Lakewood Ranch

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. – ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller is providing architectural, landscape architectural and planning services for LakeHouse Cove, one of the first communities in the new Waterside District of Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota County.

 Rendering courtesy of Homes by Towne

Rendering courtesy of Homes by Towne

Lakewood Ranch is an award-winning master-planned community, and is currently the third-best-selling community in the United States. LakeHouse Cove is among the first of 12 neighborhoods that will eventually comprise the Waterside district, a community in the southwestern region of Lakewood Ranch that is organized around seven lakes.

The amenity for LakeHouse Cove is positioned on one of the community’s largest lakes, with the view from the clubhouse looking across nearly a mile of open water that will be home to water-oriented activities including kayaking, canoeing and sailing. The Lake House will be the center of community’s civic activity, and it will be complemented by a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center, resort-style pool, outdoor shade cabanas, fire pit, boathouse and waterfront promenade and pavilion.

ELM refined LakeHouse Cove’s overall master plan, and led the design and visioning effort with the client, Homes by Towne. The firm completed architectural and landscape architectural design of the community entry, signage, common areas, clubhouse and amenity buildings, and site amenities.

“People are naturally drawn to water, and LakeHouse Cove’s master plan connects residents to the water in a unique and interesting way,” said Steve Lovett, ELM partner and design lead for LakeHouse Cove.

“We intentionally designed the community amenity and the edge of the lake to maximize the value of this exceptional view, and to heighten the drama and interaction with the massive scale of the community’s lakes.”

Construction is currently underway, with the Lake House and primary amenities expected to open in summer of 2018.

ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller announces partnership change - poised for growth in 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville-based architecture, landscape architecture and planning firm ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller has announced that Tim Miller, one of the firm’s founding partners, will retire at the end of March.

A registered architect with more than 40 years of expertise, Miller has contributed his experience, expertise, and leadership to ELM for the past 17 years, helping to build the firm into one of the Southeast’s most respected multidisciplinary design practices.

“Tim is a hugely talented professional, but he’s an even better person,” said ELM partner Steve Lovett. “His design talents are matched by his outgoing personality, sense of humor and love of people. He’s helped to create a very positive office culture and to reinforce ELM’s commitment to service.”

Miller co-founded ELM with partners Russ Ervin and Steve Lovett in 2001, and has brought the combined talents of a gifted designer and proficient technician to hundreds of the firm’s multidisciplinary projects, primarily in the southeastern United States. He will remain on the ELM’s Board of Directors and, following a three-month sabbatical, will maintain a consulting role on a part-time basis to serve the firm’s expanding mix of clients and projects.

“2018 will be an exciting year for ELM. We are delighted for Tim’s next phase of life, and are pleased that he will remain a part of ELM’s Board of Directors for at least another five years,” said partner Russ Ervin. “His continued guidance will benefit the firm’s next generation of leadership and growth.”

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ELM has several high-profile projects in design and under construction throughout northeast Florida, the greater Southeast, Texas, Montana and the Pacific Northwest. These projects include urban design/redevelopment, mixed-use, multi-family, private club and hospitality and large-scale master planned communities and recreational amenities.

Miller received his Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida in 1981, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University in 1987. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the San Marco Preservation Society. He served on the City of Jacksonville’s Downtown Development Review Board for eight years, holding the position of Board Chairman for the last two years of his service.

Sage Lodge announced and coming soon: opening next summer in Montana’s Paradise Valley

Recently, one of ELM’s projects, Sage Lodge, was announced in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and is scheduled to open during the summer of 2018.

Located along the Yellowstone River just 30 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, Sage Lodge will become an ecotourism destination offering visitors an authentic Montana outdoor experience, and access to some of the world’s best fly fishing and recreational opportunities.

“The Yellowstone River is the longest free-flowing river in the United States,” according to ELM partner Chris Overdorf. “It’s an international destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and the Paradise Valley region offers a distinctive Montana experience, as well as some of the world’s best fly fishing."

 Views of Emigrant Peak from the interior of Sage Lodge.
From the start, the project team has envisioned Sage Lodge as a place to uniquely connect people to these wild and unique lands
— ELM founding partner Steve Lovett

“From the start, the project team has envisioned Sage Lodge as a place to uniquely connect people to these wild and unique lands,” said ELM founding partner Steve Lovett. “The plan orients and immerses visitors into the dramatic natural scale of the region known as the Paradise Valley. Special attention was paid to sight lines and commanding views of the 10,915-foot Emigrant Peak to the south.”

Treading lightly, preserving ranch lands and integrating lodge buildings, accommodations, a spa and other recreational amenities thoughtfully into the site’s 1,400 acres were intentional priorities and foundational to the design process. The results of these efforts are designed to leave a perpetual legacy, forever honoring the region’s distinctive landscapes and dramatic natural geography.

ELM worked with the client and development team that includes: Joshua Green Corporation, Touchstone Corporation, and Columbia Hospitality. Jensen / Fey is the architect of record for the lodge and spa.

See the full story below.

Joshua Green Corp. plans 50-room Sage Lodge near Yellowstone Park

October 30, 2017

By: Journal Staff

Seattle investment firm Joshua Green Corp. will open a Montana luxury lodge next summer 30 miles outside of Yellowstone National Park, in Emigrant.

Sage Lodge will sit on more than a mile of Yellowstone River waterfront.

JGC owns Sage, a manufacturer of fly-fishing equipment, and the lodge will offer guests opportunities to take fly-fishing lessons or go on guided excursions.

The resort will have 50 guest rooms, including a 34-room lodge and four standalone cabins. The property will also have a restaurant and bar, event spaces for up to 150 people, and a full-service spa.

Rooms are expected to start at $300 a night.

Touchstone Corp. is the developer. Jensen Fey is the architect, ELM is the landscape architect, and Northfork Builders is the general contractor. Degen & Degen is the interior designer. Columbia Hospitality will operate and manage the lodge.

For guests who aren't fly-fishing enthusiasts, the area offers other outdoor activities, including hiking, horseback riding, birding, dog sledding and snowshoeing.

The resort will also have a fitness center with an outdoor workout space.

Jax expert: This is how a developer keeps communities relevant

Wednesday, Nov. 8
Published by the Jacksonville Business Journal
By Derek Gilliam, Reporter

As homebuilding continues to ramp up along the First Coast, large master-planned communities — particularly in Northern St. Johns County — are in some cases hitting their second or third phase of development.

How does a developer keep a community relevant more than a decade after the first home was built?

They hire civil engineers, landscape architects and designers that shape a vision for the project.

Steve Lovett, a principal with professional design firm Ervin Lovett & Miller, has worked on more than 50 master-planned communities, including Northern St. Johns County's Shearwater, Rivertown and Nocatee.

He recently discussed the topic of master-planned communities with the Jacksonville Business Journal.

What is a master-planned community and what are the goals when designing one? 

Master planning in general is just a process by which you ensure that you are making good decisions and creating value. A master-plan, whether it’s for a commercial redevelopment project like Sawgrass Village or a very large master-planned community like Shearwater in St. Johns County, it’s very important that all of the elements are considered together, so that you are creating the greatest possible value.

Really, a master-planned community implies the fact that it is comprehensively planned, intentionally. A large master-planned project is going to take several years, sometimes even longer, so we intentionally contemplate the configuration and alignment of the infrastructure: how a project might be phased, how value is created through design of the community. The creation of open spaces. All of that, if well designed, can increase value.

What is the firm’s philosophy when undertaking a master planned community?

Our philosophy is that we always start with the site. Early in my career, I was doing work in some really unique places and had some great mentors. A site is not like a prototype. Nobody wants to live in a prototype. These are places where people are raising families and creating life-long memories. So, what we do should represent something that is unique to itself. We look at each project and we look at each piece of property as completely unique to itself. We identify the greatest natural assets of any piece of property and preserve those, so that ultimately when a project is completed, it will still have the greatest manifestation of those assets possible.

For instance, Shearwater on County Road 210. Its landscape is beautiful, quintessential North Florida pine woods landscape, with some really wonderful pockets of wetland and conservation areas, really natural edges. And it has access to Trout Creek. Really the story of Shearwater is of open space and connectivity and celebrating the natural landscape. One of the things that is great about planning is we as designers have the ability and opportunity to put people where we want them and to show them what we want them to see. Rather than backing up a bunch of lots, up to a bunch of natural edges, we brought the main entry and spine road along those natural edges. 

With residential master-planned communities that can take more than a decade before they are fully built out, how do you create a timeless quality to ensure future sales even as trends change?

Designing with the intention that the project will adapt. Future undeveloped parcels need to be planned to adapt to what the market may be at the time. The community’s amenities and recreation facilities should adapt to as trends change. One of the things that we are very pleased with, is that a lot of our projects are timeless because we have set them up in such a way that the infrastructure supports the development in a really authentic way. We don’t want to typecast any community in any vintage or period in time. We aim for that three generations from now, the architecture is still relevant. It’s really a matter of fundamentals and conscious, intentional planning.

What do you see happening in the future in the master-planned community space in the future?

I think we have an opportunity here in North Florida to look at master-planned communities from a different lens then we have in the past. Different things are important. It used to be that there was a golf community in every residential community. Golf has become saturated in large measure. We look at those things that really attract and retain families. We want a master-planned community to be something that performs ecologically as well as economically. The preservation of these conservation areas, not just for appearances, but also for the value of a community.

A trend now is the idea of being able to live healthier. The ability for people to be able to walk and engage with nature will continue to be important. We have incorporated in most of our communities multi-use trails. It enables people to experience their community in a whole different way. There’s also a movement in terms of fresh foods and gardens and this whole notion from Farm to Table. We are starting to see a need for space where people can grow their own food. Really, suburban development, which has in the past been looked at as a pretty consumptive, car-dependent lifestyle. I think that’s being replaced by a more thoughtful and intelligent way of planning where we celebrate a property's greatest natural assets. 

ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller welcomes new Marketing Manager

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville-based Ervin Lovett Miller architecture, planning and design firm recently added a new member to its Jacksonville office in response to the firm’s growth and new project opportunities.

Erin Weinberg is ELM’s new marketing manager, leading the firm’s marketing, public relations, communication and community outreach initiatives. Ms. Weinberg brings to the firm a combined experience in marketing, public relations and design to broaden and amplify ELM’s market and community presence. For the past several years she has contributed her expertise in a marketing role with an environmental consulting firm in south Florida.


“Erin’s background in marketing and design is unique. She understands the nuances of design and can articulate the added value in ELM’s multidisciplinary, client-oriented structure,” said ELM partner Steve Lovett. “We are excited for her to engage in the communities where we work, and amplify the firm’s value and benefits to our clients and those who experience our work.”

Ms. Weinberg, a recent transplant to Jacksonville from Tallahassee, earned her master’s degree in interior design from Florida State University and her undergraduate degree in geography from the University of Florida. Her unique background in marketing together with a strong literacy in design are well-aligned with ELM’s multidisciplinary firm structure and design process.


ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller team grows with new staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville-based Ervin Lovett Miller architecture, planning, and design firm recently added a new experienced member to its talented team.

Jason Tankersley is an experienced designer with more than a decade of professional experience spanning all phases of architectural project execution, from preliminary design to detailed design documents and construction administration. He brings extensive experience in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and a strong technical background, together with a collaborative spirit that will serve the firm well for the detailed coordination required among team members and consultants for the firm’s unique and often-complex multidisciplinary projects.

Jason earned his professional degree in architecture from Southern Polytechnic State University near Atlanta, Ga., and brings a diverse background of project types including hotel/resort, office, retail, government, industrial and more.

His passion for creative design extends beyond architecture to include film and digital photography as well as graphic design. He is also a member of the Jacksonville AIA Emerging Design Professionals.

Hurricane Irma Recovery

ELM's Jacksonville Studio experienced flood damage when high tides and storm surge from Hurricane Irma caused the nearby St. Johns River to flood Downtown Jacksonville and adjacent urban neighborhoods.

As you all know, Hurricane Irma affected virtually the entire state of Florida, bringing with it considerable destruction and loss of life and property. Jacksonville, in particular, suffered through an unprecedented flooding event that interrupted power for many and caused a great deal of loss of property. 

Thankfully, each member of the ELM Team is safe, however, our Jacksonville Studio in Downtown’s Southbank was not spared. The studio received flood damage from the St. Johns River’s high tides and storm surge that affected much of Downtown Jacksonville and adjacent urban neighborhoods. 

It will be several weeks before we are fully recovered and all building damage is repaired. However, staff has been relocated from the affected areas, and the office is essentially fully-functional. ELM is able to attend to the service of our clients and their work – our firm’s highest priority.

Despite this unexpected disruption to normal life and business, we will do our very best to remain responsive and accessible – and we ask for your forbearance in advance as we adapt through the next several weeks of repairs, ultimately with the hope to make the office higher-performing and more resilient to the effects of these types of ever-increasing events. 

Please feel free to reach out to our team via phone or e-mail if you have any questions. We hope this correspondence finds you safe and well. Collectively, we are grateful to be on the other side of this devastating storm.


ELM Partners & Staff

Russ Ervin – rervin@elmplan.com
Steve Lovett – slovett@elmplan.com
Tim Miller – tmiller@elmplan.com

ELM sets the vision for the first major community in the Waterside District in Lakewood Ranch

ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller is the planner, architect and landscape architect for LakeHouse Cove, a new community in the new Waterside District of Lakewood Ranch. The Waterside District marks Lakewood Ranch’s first major development in Sarasota County in two decades and is situated among numerous large existing lakes which define this landscape. 

ELM drew inspiration for the LakeHouse Cove community from the magnificent scale and peaceful setting of these remarkably large bodies of water - and positioned homesites, common areas, and the primary civic and recreational amenity in spectacular settings on the water.

The ELM team was responsible for the refinement of the overall master plan; planning, architecture and landscape architectural design of the major community clubhouse and adjacent amenities; front entry design and signage; and the trails, open space and pocket parks integrated throughout the community.

Construction is currently underway on LakeHouse Cove, with the Lake House and primary amenities expected to open summer of 2018.

Lakewood Ranch is the 31,000-acre award-winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida - and the 4th fastest selling community in the United States. Lakewood Ranch is already home to more than 30,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and more than four million square feet of commercial property.