Commemorating the successful environmental design provided by the global, Florida-founded engineering firm of Amec Foster Wheeler, the City of Gainesville recently celebrated Cofrin Nature Park’s re-opening with a local celebration.
The city awarded the park an Excellence in Design award for renovations including the restoration of its Beville Creek waterway. Amec Foster Wheeler literally tackled some steep slopes to stabilize the creek’s banks and improve flow, installing a pedestrian bridge and seeing to general landscape needs.
The project was a complex one, and Amec Foster Wheeler worked continuously through several plan revisions to accomplish their final goals. As well as design and construction, the firm provided regular updates on plans, specs and associated documents. Additionally, it saw to all required permitting procedures with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and St. John’s River Water Management District [SJRWMD] Environmental Resources.
Cofrin Nature Park provides a natural buffer zone for the now-restored creek. It features a half-mile loop trail with scenic view areas for visitors to enjoy. Gainesville manages the park with an eye towards recreation and education.
Amec Foster Wheeler was founded by three civil engineers teaching at the University of Florida in 1965, undergoing several identity shifts to become known under its present name. The company was purchased by London-based AMEC in 2014. Its North Florida division encompasses offices in Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Pensacola.