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10-08-20 | Feature

Firms of Florida - Jerry Pate Design

Pensacola, Florida

Community Maritime Park, Downtown Pensacola, Florida
The firm directed much of the design for the 32-acre site of the Vince Whibbs Jr. Community Maritime Park located on beautiful Pensacola Bay. The park was conceived as a mixed-use development with private development clustered in its northern half and the waterfront public park to the south. The magnificent centerpiece for the Park is the versatile stadium, home to Pensacola's Blue Wahoos. Hundreds of thousands of citizens enjoy the Community Maritime Park each year. The transformation of this once vacant parcel of land has been a resounding success for our community. It has enlivened the community and brought people to the waterfront to socialize and exercise. As a result, the downtown area is alive with energy. New businesses continue to develop downtown and on the park. The total market value of the City of Pensacola was $4.15 billion in 2012 and has steadily increased to nearly $5.05 billion in just four years since the completion of the stadium and amphitheater. The Community Maritime Park has not only increased investment and value in Pensacola, it reversed troubling trends and has lifted the spirits of the community. The completed project is an award-winning mixed-use development that has re-established a dynamic public waterfront on the western half of Downtown Pensacola.
Community Maritime Park, Downtown Pensacola, Florida
The firm directed much of the design for the 32-acre site of the Vince Whibbs Jr. Community Maritime Park located on beautiful Pensacola Bay. The park was conceived as a mixed-use development with private development clustered in its northern half and the waterfront public park to the south. The magnificent centerpiece for the Park is the versatile stadium, home to Pensacola's Blue Wahoos. Hundreds of thousands of citizens enjoy the Community Maritime Park each year. The transformation of this once vacant parcel of land has been a resounding success for our community. It has enlivened the community and brought people to the waterfront to socialize and exercise. As a result, the downtown area is alive with energy. New businesses continue to develop downtown and on the park. The total market value of the City of Pensacola was $4.15 billion in 2012 and has steadily increased to nearly $5.05 billion in just four years since the completion of the stadium and amphitheater. The Community Maritime Park has not only increased investment and value in Pensacola, it reversed troubling trends and has lifted the spirits of the community. The completed project is an award-winning mixed-use development that has re-established a dynamic public waterfront on the western half of Downtown Pensacola.
Southowne and Intendencia Street, Downtown Pensacola, FL
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Jerry Pate Design was the landscape architect for Southowne, a mixed-use multi-family development, which transformed an abandoned newspaper printing facility. This streetscape project reimagined how the city views streets. With narrow travel lanes, pedestrian scaled amenities creating edge friction, and a 40-foot-tall live oak planted in the middle of the street, Intendencia Street creates a new vibrant pedestrian zone in the downtown core. Southtowne is located just east of Pensacola's Palafox Street, the epicenter of its retail and entertainment district. Intendencia Street links Palafox east/west to Pensacola's Historic District through the new Southtowne development. With a multi-family apartment complex with ground floor retail, an urban state-of-the-art YMCA facility, and a new class-A office building with ground floor retail, Intendencia Street has become something special. Jerry Pate Design and the development team created Pensacola's first version of a "woonerf," or living street, where the sidewalk and street become one. The firm successfully challenged the city's very automobile-centric status quo with nearly every design detail. We narrowed travel lane widths from 14 feet to 10.5-11 feet, and used street trees, street pavers, rumble strips, and large planters to take the place of signage and flashing lights to signify the pedestrian zone. We reduced turning radiuses at the corners with curb bump outs to reduce pedestrian crossing widths and create corner plazas for outdoor seating and respite. The Intendencia Street woonerf is loved by the community and has changed the conversation around what a street can be. Many new projects including similar streetscaping, road diets, and tactical urbanism are being designed, permitted, and constructed today as a result of the Intendencia Street woonerf. Downtown Pensacola has never seen such vibrancy and pedestrian activity as it enjoys today!
Southowne and Intendencia Street, Downtown Pensacola, FL
Jerry Pate Design was the landscape architect for Southowne, a mixed-use multi-family development, which transformed an abandoned newspaper printing facility. This streetscape project reimagined how the city views streets. With narrow travel lanes, pedestrian scaled amenities creating edge friction, and a 40-foot-tall live oak planted in the middle of the street, Intendencia Street creates a new vibrant pedestrian zone in the downtown core. Southtowne is located just east of Pensacola's Palafox Street, the epicenter of its retail and entertainment district. Intendencia Street links Palafox east/west to Pensacola's Historic District through the new Southtowne development. With a multi-family apartment complex with ground floor retail, an urban state-of-the-art YMCA facility, and a new class-A office building with ground floor retail, Intendencia Street has become something special. Jerry Pate Design and the development team created Pensacola's first version of a "woonerf," or living street, where the sidewalk and street become one. The firm successfully challenged the city's very automobile-centric status quo with nearly every design detail. We narrowed travel lane widths from 14 feet to 10.5-11 feet, and used street trees, street pavers, rumble strips, and large planters to take the place of signage and flashing lights to signify the pedestrian zone. We reduced turning radiuses at the corners with curb bump outs to reduce pedestrian crossing widths and create corner plazas for outdoor seating and respite. The Intendencia Street woonerf is loved by the community and has changed the conversation around what a street can be. Many new projects including similar streetscaping, road diets, and tactical urbanism are being designed, permitted, and constructed today as a result of the Intendencia Street woonerf. Downtown Pensacola has never seen such vibrancy and pedestrian activity as it enjoys today!
Southowne and Intendencia Street, Downtown Pensacola, FL
Jerry Pate Design was the landscape architect for Southowne, a mixed-use multi-family development, which transformed an abandoned newspaper printing facility. This streetscape project reimagined how the city views streets. With narrow travel lanes, pedestrian scaled amenities creating edge friction, and a 40-foot-tall live oak planted in the middle of the street, Intendencia Street creates a new vibrant pedestrian zone in the downtown core. Southtowne is located just east of Pensacola's Palafox Street, the epicenter of its retail and entertainment district. Intendencia Street links Palafox east/west to Pensacola's Historic District through the new Southtowne development. With a multi-family apartment complex with ground floor retail, an urban state-of-the-art YMCA facility, and a new class-A office building with ground floor retail, Intendencia Street has become something special. Jerry Pate Design and the development team created Pensacola's first version of a "woonerf," or living street, where the sidewalk and street become one. The firm successfully challenged the city's very automobile-centric status quo with nearly every design detail. We narrowed travel lane widths from 14 feet to 10.5-11 feet, and used street trees, street pavers, rumble strips, and large planters to take the place of signage and flashing lights to signify the pedestrian zone. We reduced turning radiuses at the corners with curb bump outs to reduce pedestrian crossing widths and create corner plazas for outdoor seating and respite. The Intendencia Street woonerf is loved by the community and has changed the conversation around what a street can be. Many new projects including similar streetscaping, road diets, and tactical urbanism are being designed, permitted, and constructed today as a result of the Intendencia Street woonerf. Downtown Pensacola has never seen such vibrancy and pedestrian activity as it enjoys today!

We provide landscape architecture and irrigation design services and have created beautiful landscapes for nearly forty years. Our guiding design principle is to enhance quality of life by creating synergistic relationships between architecture, landscape, interior and exterior spaces. We create beauty on the outside for people to live better on the inside. We are firmly committed to the environment through the preservation of natural habitats, functions of the site and its surroundings, the enhancement of the aesthetic experience of the site, and the employment of sustainable design principles. Jerry Pate Design has five employees, including one principal, three landscape architects, and one support staff. We work with AutoCad 2019 with the LandFX add-on for most of our design work. We provide landscape architecture for all project types including streetscapes, hospitals, corporate campuses, office plazas, passive and active recreational amenities, and golf courses.

Editor's Note: With the ASLA annual meeting and EXPO in Miami canceled this year due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 health pandemic, LASN still wanted to highlight the landscape architectural work of firms from the southeast region. LASN asked the firms to send us a short biographical profile, plus photography from selected projects, with a brief description of the design work for each project. We let the firms speak for themselves in their profiles and in describing the projects, although some editing was required because of space restraints and not all photography and projects could be included. Thank you, firms of Florida and Alabama for participating!

As seen in LASN magazine, September 2020.

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