Amec Foster Wheeler Recognized for Construction Services at Cofrin Nature ParkJune 26th, 2016 by gainesvillechamber
Amec Foster Wheeler was part of the May 24 celebration, hosted by the City of Gainesville, to commemorate the reopening of Cofrin Nature Park. Cofrin Nature Park received an Excellence in Design award from the City for extensive renovations to the Park. Amec Foster Wheeler assisted the City with a major renovation – the restoration of Beville Creek which runs through the park. Amec Foster Wheeler was hired to develop engineering plans to reinforce the creek banks and improve flow. This included bank stabilization, slope grading, creek channel restoration, design of a pedestrian bridge crossing across the creek; landscape and tree removal/replacement designs; debris and blockage removal; associated construction plan preparation; and US Army Corp of Engineers and SJRWMD Environmental Resources Permitting. The site went through two iterations of proposed site designs based on client directives and revisions, and Amec Foster Wheeler was able to revise the site designs, plans and submit permit modifications to work with the City and reach their goals for the final design for the project.
Amec Foster Wheeler also provided construction phase services to the City of Gainesville during the bidding and construction portion of the project. This included preparation of the Technical Specifications, Bid Documents, review of contractor submitted shop drawings, review of contractor invoices, twice-weekly site inspections for the duration of the construction, review and approval of contractor submitted as-builts and permit close-outs.
Cofrin Nature Park serves as a natural buffer for the Beville Creek. The Park is bounded to the south by NW 8th Avenue, to the north by Suburban Heights subdivision, to the west by NW 50th Terrace subdivision and to the east by a church and NW 45th Terrace subdivision. A half-mile loop trail, complete with benches and interpretive signs, provides views of these natural features. This Park is managed for conservation, protection and enhancement of natural resources and for nature-based recreation and education.