Delray Beach, FL—February 18, 2016 — January 22, 2016 officially marked the completion of the Delray Beach Fire Rescue Headquarters Public Plaza. Awarded in 2015, the Plaza was part of the 2002 Downtown Master Plan which identified NW/SW 5th Avenue as the mid-point along Atlantic Avenue, between Interstate-95 and the downtown core. The plan recommended the creation of twin public plaza on the northwest and southwest corners of the intersection to serve as a new neighborhood center and gathering place for the community as a whole. With the Elizabeth “Libby” Jackson Wesley Plaza completed in 2010, the new Fire Rescue Headquarters Public Plaza makes it a reality.
Co-funded by the Delray Beach CRA ($275,000) and City of Delray Beach through its Stormwater Utility Fund ($45,195.36), the Fire Rescue Headquarters Public Plaza was designed by Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc. (CGA), and constructed by MBR Construction, Inc. (MBR).
As the lead designer, CGA was responsible for the design layout, pedestrian amenities, as well as pervious pavers of colorful terrazzo and keystone similar to the Libby Wesley Plaza across Atlantic Avenue. Additionally, Green building elements such as a rain garden with native vegetation were incorporated into the plaza design for aesthetic as well as drainage and water filtration purposes.
The design allows for seamless integration into the Atlantic Avenue corridor while still honoring the unique civic identity of the Fire Rescue Headquarters. Its attention to detail can be seen throughout and in public art elements honoring the Delray Beach firemen with four fire rescue motifs featured in bronze emblems that are integrated into the decorative pavers.
CGA is a multi-disciplinary professional consulting firm that offers a comprehensive approach to landscape architecture, engineering, land planning, government regulatory compliance, public sector contract services, data technologies, emergency management, and development issues. CGA, which is based in Fort Lauderdale, employs more than 300 professionals and has offices located in Jacksonville, Clearwater, Port St. Lucie, West Palm Beach, and Homestead. For more information go to CGA’s website at www.cgasolutions.com