DAN MARINO FOUNDATION CAMPUS: Urban Design | Fort Lauderdale, Florida
SCOPE OF SERVICES | Visioning and Conceptual Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation and Administration
PROJECT STATEMENT | The Dan Marino Foundation renovated 0.6 acres and a 16,000 gross square foot, 3-story building in downtown Fort Lauderdale as a campus for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Youth are engaged in academic preparation and on-the-job training and apprenticeships to gain skills necessary for competitive and sustainable employment. Based on individual preferences, opportunities for training included the Hospitality, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship industries. Cadence provided Master Planning services for the campus as well as Design Development and Construction documentation for the exterior of the site. Elements include a street-front park, student drop off space and 1,100 SF campus courtyard space that is fully integrated with the campus’ educational program. Cadence collaborated with PowersSchram Architects, occupational therapists and the student population to further understand and design to the particular sensitivities of the student population. 46 trees and 50% native plants were added to a site that zero landscape and 7,500 square feet of pervious landscape surface prior to redevelopment. This space now engages with pedestrians and is an attractive and functional space for staff and students to enjoy. Lastly this is an example of utilizing site design and landscape to invigorate under utilized and fragmented parcels of land in the urban core of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Our team is proud to be part of a project with such a positive impact on both the redevelopment of downtown Fort Lauderdale, and the independence the students will gain by being a part of this urban campus.