St. Augustine Study
We developed a strategic plan for the use, management, and maintenance of 33 state-owned parcels with 34 separate buildings located in the nation’s oldest continuously occupied city, St. Augustine, Florida. The plan sets a framework for a unique visitor experience centered on the city’s multiple “layers” of historic periods and themes. Final recommendations of the plan called for:
- Development of a new Interpretive Center
- Restoration and rehabilitation of existing buildings
- Implementation of public infrastructure improvements and wayfinding elements
- Organization of a framework for the visitor experience
- Operation of a direct support organization
The concept design for the new 17,000-square-foot Interpretive Center included site planning for maximum visibility and pedestrian accessibility, massing studies for compatibility with the surrounding context, and exterior material selection. In addition to the University of Florida, stakeholders included the National Park Service, Flagler College, the City of St. Augustine, and St. Johns County.