West Palm Beach Waterfront Environmental Design Elements

  1. Living Docks: The central dock is designed with in-water planters that have native mangroves, spartina and a visible oyster reef set into the dock. Perhaps the first of its kind in the nation, the boat dock and promenade actually functions as a living system- filtering water and providing small pockets of habitat within an estuarine man-made structure.
  2. South Cove Ecological Regeneration: Acres of planned intertidal mangrove edges, seagrass regeneration and oyster reefs planned with the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resource Management (PBC DERM) for the South Cove area of the site. This major urban ecological regeneration initiative was started by Michael Singer Studio in 2005 and is in ongoing PBC DERM fundraising in 2010.
  3. Lake Pavilion: First green building built by the City of West Palm Beach, will be USGB LEED Certified. Includes a 17KW solar pv array (equivalent to the energy use of 2 to 3 homes), low water fixtures, passive ventilation, and the use of recycled and local materials.
  4. Multi-modal Transit: The site design promotes existing public transit, biking, walking, boating and water taxi within the downtown and regionally.
  5. Enhanced Landscape: The landscape greatly increases tree canopy and shade and utilizes a large proportion of native and low water plants. Low water plant zones are also established. Sod is minimized (except where required for large event spaces) to reduce mowing, maintenance, and waste.
  6. Tree Preservation and Reuse: Dozens of existing trees on site, specifically near the old Library and South Clematis, were carefully relocated on site thus saving trees, reducing cost, and retaining the tall beautiful sculptural trees.
  7. Recycled Material Use: All gravel sub-base material on-site (everything added under pavers, paths, planters, and buildings) is 100% recycled concrete. Much of the concrete on site also utilizes recycled concrete aggregate. Mulch selected for the site is 100% melaleuca mulch, which promotes the destruction of this invasive tree species in Florida. Some of the materials used in the Lake Pavilion have recycled content, most notably the steel and concrete. Even trash/recycling cans are partially made of recycled materials.
  8. Local Contractors / Social Equity: 87% of the contractors are based within Palm Beach County. Over 20% of the subcontractors are small local businesses. Bench elements and Trellises are custom made by local businesses.
  9. Local Materials: Most notably, 100% of the paving is manufactured in Broward County or made of recycled local concrete. All plant material, mulch, aggregate, concrete and other sourced material are from South Florida.
  10. Site Permeability: The overall site design decreases impermeable surfaces, allowing storm water to be collected and filtered through plant beds and permeable paving. Permeable stone fines used at the beach, overlooks, and select paths are also made of 100% recycled concrete.
  11. Green Walls: Both the Pavilion and the Visitor’s Center buildings have exterior green walls of vines which help reduce heat gain, filter air, and provide habitat.
  12. Recycling of Demolition Materials: As of December 2009 the recycling percentage of demolition debris, including the old Library, is approximately 85%, a very high percentage for a public park project.

LED Lighting: In several locations low energy LED lighting is specified for lighting.