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Waterfront Recreation Repurposing

aec  Big idea exploration, ideation, and preliminary conceptual design, for redevelopment (regeneration) of major waterfront recreation district in Toronto, Canada.   The unusual setting and waterfront access provided opportunities for real submarine tours of a faux sunken city, along with dive experiences and training.   The submarine experience is based on an old aec concept explored for an offshore platform in North Miami.

 

 

 

Harbor Park Ideation & Master Planning

aec   Providence Partnership LLC  |   Ideation and conceptual master planning for mixed-use gaming destination at Harbor Park, Virginia.  The entire project site is situated within a Federally-designated Opportunity Zone.    Harbor Park is situated along the Elizabeth River (Norfolk harbor) – a working harbor featuring shipbuilding, refitting, etc., and associated with the largest naval base in the world.

 

Infrastructure issues include rerouting E. Water Street to connect directly with Park Avenue, and possibly rerouting Tide light rail line to follow a new E. Water Street / Park Avenue alignment.   Power lines of Dominion Energy are the main power source serving downtown Norfolk and would need to be rerouted.     As well, the entire site would likely need to be raised to meet 100-year floodplain issues, with the existing seawall rebuilt.

 

Illustration work shown here is a product of aec‘s Rapid Prototyping Unit, combining feasibility results with preliminary project scaling, layout, and overall guest experiential design – created to assist Ownership group in confirming design intent and project budgets.

 

 

One Marine Drive Accra

aec   Conceptual exploration for coastal pier district adjacent Accra’s government center and central business district, prepared for investor group evaluating the project’s potential.  Much of the effort involved acting as a retail-entertainment consultant to determine how to activate a critical mass of retailers, attractions, and entertainment for this destination place.

 

Illustration work shown here is a product of aec‘s Rapid Prototyping Unit, combining feasibility results with preliminary project scaling, layout, and overall guest experiential design – created to assist Ownership group in confirming design intent and project budgets.

 

Confidential – At client request, the rapid-protoyping image shown here includes limited details only.

 

 

Tongue River Reservoir RV Campground

aec   North Cheyenne Tribe  |  Feasibility study and rapid-prototyping conceptual design for RV park section of planned adventure park, exploring recreational vehicle amenities associated with the park.   Situated in a portion of a major tribal landholding at or about the Tongue River Reservoir.

 

Illustration work shown here is a product of aec‘s Rapid Prototyping Unit, combining feasibility results with preliminary project scaling, layout, and overall guest experiential design – created to assist Ownership group in confirming design intent and project budgets.

 

 

 

Mercado del Lago Shopping Center

Santa Margarita Co.  |  Leasing plan and financial analysis for planned shopping center in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

 

Extensive financial analysis was prepared in collaboration with client organization’s CFO, in tandem with ongoing land use master planning and experiential design efforts for this town center facility in the heart of this highly-successful master-planned community.

 

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is a result of a handshake land deal where James C. Flood and Richard O’Neill, Sr. purchased the property and later, O’Neill deeded his land holdings to his son, Jerome, under whose leadership the ranch grew to 230,000 acres and spanned three counties. The holdings later become home to such communities as Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. The Rancho Santa Margarita landholding traces its history to the Shoshonean Native American Indian trible known as the Acagchemen. The community is situated along the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, master planned as an urban village.

 

Nalubaale Resort at Lake Victoria

Initial feasibility and site plan for destination resort on the shores of Lake Victoria, near where Owen Falls existed in Uganda.  Facilities to include main hotel building, garden attraction, marina on Lake Victoria, a cultural venue, and other venues. “Nalubaale” is the Uganda name for Lake Victoria.  Interesting site design issues include significant elevation changes between the lakeshore part of the site and the upper site hilltop.