The Fort Myers Broadcast Center’s landscape project started as a simple-enough refreshing to the sites existing parking lot and drainage facilities to what would ultimately become a study in modern plaza design.
The elevated and underscored entry to the broadcasting center was completely redesigned to remove the existing steps and accessible ramp that were added after the abutting roadway was widened and elevated causing circulation issues. The entry makeover focused on clean lines and colors that complement the existing building façade and brought order the confusing layout. To further enhance the connection to the building’s interior designs, shapes, materials, and finishes used on the interior of the building were brought into the plaza.
Accent lighting, pedestrian bollards, plank style pavers, vegetated greenscreens, and decorative concrete walls transformed the space into a welcoming, well-defined plaza that guides guests to the entry. The most notable difference between the before and after condition of the site is that in the after condition the site appears unified despite being constructed more than 50 years apart.