The historic Auburndale City Hall is getting a facelift.
Story and photos featured in The Ledger.
Improvements are now in progress with scaffolding surrounding the building as the construction team completely remortars each each brick of Auburndale City Hall. Built in 1927, the building has served as a library, fire station and municipal courtroom. The Lunz Group is the architect for the project, providing assessment reports, construction bid assistance and construction administration for this project. Peachee Construction is completing the repairs.
The iconic building was starting to show its age. Improvements were to include fixing the roof, replacing flashing and repairing any unassessed structural damage near the second-floor restrooms. Leftover budget would go toward repointing the exterior bricks, which involves digging out the old grout and re-mortaring it, a very labor-intensive process.
As work progressed, Hurricane Irma impacted the area, causing even more damage to the iconic building in downtown. In addition to the slated improvements, the City now was adding water damage, replacing the drainage system and additional roof upgrades. As work went on, more issues were discovered.
“Everywhere we worked, there was new challenge,” said Mike Feagle, Peachee Construction site supervisor in this article with The Ledger. But, he said, “I love to get creative. It’s a harder job but it’s always fun when you get to the top of the mountain.”
Photos by Ernst Peters, The Ledger.
The list is created by rankings from local architects in Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties. The list is comprised of several factors including number of local architects and technical staff, annual revenue, amount of local active projects, total project value and year established. Local technical staff and local revenue served as primary and secondary tiebreakers.
The Lunz Group was the largest Polk County firm to make the list. The firm ranked #2 among firms from Pinellas County.
On May 16th, 2018, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) celebrated the groundbreaking of its newest facility, the Ocala Cancer Center.
The brand new facility is a design/build project between Optimal Outcomes and The Lunz Group. This is one of more than 20 projects completed for FCS by the design team.
The facility will be the region’s first and only comprehensive cancer center. Patients will be able to receive a variety of services and treatments under one roof, including chemotherapy, radiation oncology, national clinical trials, radiology (PET/CT imaging), physician visits and laboratory services, providing unsurpassed convenience for cancer patients in Marion County. It will be located adjacent to the West Marion Community Hospital, just north for SR200.
The Ocala Cancer Center will be 21,000 SF and is expected to open in the summer of 2019.
Check out the video from the groundbreaking event:
The Lunz Group designed the Residence Halls in 2012. The halls were designed around a central purpose: to serve as a gathering place for students, faculty and staff alike. The halls unified the campus as well as provided housing for approximately 340 students. The buildings were also designed to LEED Silver criteria, using rapidly renewable and locally sourced materials, energy efficiency, thermal controls and water conservation.
Residence Hall 5 is specifically mentioned in the article, which features several amenities including:
- A central courtyard for outdoor activities (like intramural sports or grilling)
- Residence life offices
- A theater
- Instructional space and lecture halls
- Fitness room
- Relaxation room (which includes nap pods)
- Gathering spaces
- Game room
There is even a 2,100-gallon aquarium featured in one of the main gathering spaces that was featured on Animal Planet’s reality-tv show Tanked.
The Lunz Group, along with the City of Plant City Commissioners, unveiled the conceptual designs for a new building that will replace the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center at a public input session on Jun 5.
The center, 1601 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., sustained significant damage during Hurricane Irma. The Lunz Group was awarded the project April 2018. Because of the expedited timeline of the project, The Lunz Team hit the ground running, presenting five concepts over the course of two meetings to the advisory group.
The Community Center Advisory Group, consisting of citizens chosen by Plant City commissioners, provided input on the initial design of the new facility. The Lunz Team worked with the advisory group to capture their vision for the facility, eventually landing on the latest design presented at the public input session.
The session was open to all interested citizens for input on the design of the community center, which The Lunz Group will work to incorporate into future plans for the facility.
A preview of the conceptual design for the new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, designed by The Lunz Group, can be viewed below:
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In The Ledger article posted last Friday, Florida Southern announced the opening of Chris Bellotto Field at the recently-completed Barnett Field, designed by The Lunz Group. Pete Meyer, Florida Southern Athletic Director, had kind words for the design of the complex, stating “The quality of the facility assists in the recruitment of the top student athletes. We are a leader academically, and we want to continue to be a leader athletically. Now, when they walk on campus, they go, ‘Holy cow, this is amazing.’ And I don’t know that there’s a finer small college softball stadium in America.”
For more details on the ribbon cutting, pictures and more, visit TheLedger.com.
Photo Gallery: click here.
Recently, the Ledger wrote an article highlighting the first time Lakeland Linder cleared its US border crossing during the opening of its brand-new Customs facility, designed by The Lunz Group. The facility was originally an old hangar that was completely renovated into a fully-funcitoning customs and border facility for the Lakeland Linder airport. Design work included exterior repairs, window upgrades, ADA compliance, upgrades to fire sprinkler, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and interior renovations including ceiling, wall and floor finishes – among much more. The overall design was crucial to turning Lakeland Linder Regional Airport into an international one during its inaugural border crossing on November 16, 2017.
According to the article, “Lakeland Linder can now accept flights of fewer than 20 passengers direct from overseas, the first step in a broader strategy to make Lakeland a destination for international visitors and freight.”
Read more about the history-making flight here.
Photography credit: Ernst Peters | The Ledger
Walk around downtown Dunedin and you will more than likely see a lot of growth in the area. The revitalization of the area is on the rise, and with that comes more buildings, more business, and a stronger downtown.
One of the newest projects coming soon: The Courtyard on Main, being designed by The Lunz Group’s very-own Dunedin office as well as citizens and stakeholders.
The Big Idea
This project is a mixed-use building which will be located on the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue, right in the historic downtown area. The project will feature retail, dining, and public spaces, as well as 18 luxury condominiums and a parking structure. The overall design and layout includes widened sidewalks, open spaces, outdoor dining, and public areas, creating a walker-friendly environment while also inspiring shared community spaces. There is also a large, open courtyard area that will be intended for use among residents and shop owners for private, intimate events – or even gathering together in a communal space – all right in the heart of downtown Dunedin.
By developing this mixed-use building, a once-vacant lot downtown will become an opportunity for residents to live, work, shop, and dine within the heart of the city center of Dunedin. Mixed-use projects benefit communities by creating jobs, raising property values and enhancing livability, all while minimizing impact on existing infrastructure. Although far more expensive to design and execute, the benefits tend to weigh in favor of mixed-use design among city centers.
The Design Phase
Our design process began much the same way all our projects do at The Lunz Group: investigation. We presented a Mediterranean Revival style concept, which added visual character to the building, and incorporated a rhythmic facade, extensive use of balconies, a varying roof line, and lush outdoor courtyard space. We completed thorough research of the existing architecture and spaces in downtown Dunedin, sourcing inspiration from the downtown surroundings before looking elsewhere and pulling in concepts from other walk-able cities around the world. We wanted to solve the problem through conscious response to the community needs of today and tomorrow. Keeping with the Mediterranean theme, the project will utilize materials such as stucco and clay tile, as well as pastel colors to visually break up the building walls and make it appear as if it had been built up over time.
In February 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) received notice that they were to find a new location for the Aircraft Operations Center. On November 30, 2016 the decision was made official to relocate to Lakeland, Florida. The 10-year contract awarded to the city also required NOAA to design an operations center to house their office and laboratory staff, as well as their aircraft – including their largest and more popular planes, Hurricane Hunters. The Lunz Group was named the Architect on Record for the facility, which they broke ground on a week later.
The project was completed in 250 days, taking 72 days of design and 178 days to build the roughly 106,000 square fee, state of the art facility.
The project was Herculean in both scale and speed.
In the months following, Indie Atlantic Films captured the fast-paced and exhilarating day-to-day of construction on the facility, from ground breaking to open for business. Check out the video below or click on the link to view on Vimeo.