At 85,000 acres, the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve is Florida’s largest and least developed park. The park is made up of diverse, yet interconnected ecosystems including Bald Cypress Swamps, Marl Prairies, Cypress Domes, Hardwood Hammocks, and Salt Marshes.
Precast concrete panels and beams are used only at the floor of the interpretive pavilion as protective strategies against naturally occurring fires in the area. All structures will be supported by helical pilings driven by small machines that will do little damage to the preserves. The first phase of the improvements is expected to be completed in 2021.
Honor Award for Unbuilt Design Excellence – 2016
“This is a very important project in an extremely fragile environment, yet the project is innovative, educational and light on the land. The variety of experiences will make it informative, educational and fun to visit. Walkways have an interesting structure that will almost disappear into the natural environment.” – Jury Comment