University of South Florida Tampa Library
Florida, Mixed-use developments, Sustainable urban development
This thesis is a continuation of my Engineering Capstone Design. The design itself involves the site plan of a fictitious mixed-use development in Polk County, Florida. The initial design was completed as a group (consisting of five people) under the fabricated engineering firm Lever Engineering, LLC and was completed as if it would be submitted to the County for actual approval.
The project was designed over a 20 acre site (with an additional 10 acres available for purchase) in Winter Haven, Florida that is currently being used as a neighborhood park with several youth baseball fields. Lever Engineering was given specific design requirements for the site that were deemed necessary to serve the area’s growing population. In the development, it was requested that the campus include a YMCA with an outdoor pool and children’s athletic field, an elderly assisted living facility, multi-family housing, a child care facility with adequate play area, a library and cultural center, a public health clinic, a passive recreational park complete with forested area and picnic shelter, and a paved walking trail throughout the development. The plans must also include adequate parking, utility layout and design, roadway planning, and a complete stormwater management plan. It was also asked that the development be an integrated site plan with the various components organized and situated in a logical and aesthetic manner, while providing preservation of existing trees and other amenities where practical.
Using the design developed, I have made recommendations to the “County” to develop this new neighborhood utilizing Low Impact Development (LID) technologies and practices. The LID proposal focuses on mimicking the natural hydrologic cycle of the area in an attempt to reduce environmental impact of development. Means of implementation include Bioretention swales, pervious pavements, and the strategized use of canopy trees. Each of these elements help stormwater to permeate into the soil as it normally would without development and reduce runoff.
The enclosed engineering report completed by Lever Engineering includes the feasibility research of the above project, the site plan (including structural layout, utilities, roadway and parking design, grading details, and an integrated stormwater management plan), required permits, and a cost estimate. Also included within the report are reasons, means, estimated additional cost, and application of incorporating the recommended Low Impact Development technologies into the site.
1 online resource (, 28 p.) : ill
Scholar Commons Citation
Risner, Allyson G., "Implementation of low impact development in modern urbanization as exampled through capstone design" (2009). Grace Allen Scholars Theses. 5.