International Making Cities Livable Competition 2015 - Westmoreland Park in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

Project Goals: Develop the remaining ten acres of vacant publicly owned land along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River to enhance public access to a natural resource, provide cultural and historical links to the area’s past, integrate the project with the surrounding uses, and connect all 72 acres of publicly owned riverfront land via the extension of the a non-motorized multi-use riverwalk boardwalk to create an asset for present and future generations.

The Westmoreland Park project is the result of a community driven planning and visioning process that was facilitated by volunteers from the American Institute of Architects, Treasure Coast Chapter, on behalf of the City.   


Scott Hughes's Lecture - Sustainable Case Study

Scott presented the Stone residence, located on Jupiter Island about six miles south of Bridge Road, the imagined centerline of the island.

The home was for two lawyers who work primarily at home and their two children.  The home will be the first LEED certified home on the Island.  Jupiter Island has been on an active campaign to get a home certified and use the accolade to draw potential home owners to the Island.

The home faced some challenges that Scott is working on with Jupiter Island in regards to zoning and compliance with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  New regulations that minimal spaces (basic – non essential, non-living) spaces may not occupy the lowest level of an ocean-front home.  This forced the main living space to be elevated 14 feet above the high point of the sand dune.  Additionally zoning regulations of the Island restrict building height to blend into the natural landscape contained therein.  As a result of the two conditions, the home was essentially restricted to a single story home.

The lot is an ocean to river site. The design team first looked at the organization of the primary spaces to face the ocean.  That led the living | dining areas and master bedroom facing the ocean with the other spaces facing the river.  Since the couple works at home, two separate office spaces were developed. The husband had a dedicated office space between the living areas and the master bedroom.  He wife, preferred to have a portion of the master bedroom as her office space so that she could take in the ocean view.  The husbands view goes to both the ocean and river.

LEED certification is an issue for large homes.  This home is just less than 9,000 square feet.  LEED requires that large homes gain extra points beyond the minimum required for Certification.  In designing the home, the architects took advantage of the ocean facing views by have almost 100 percent of the walls as glazed.  A programmable glass product called View, adjusts to the amount of light hitting the glass.  It also complies with turtle regulations on the ocean.  The glass is mounted into a thermally broken aluminum framing system.  Specialty products such as a decking material made of rice was used for decks and exterior wall finishes.  A variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air handling system that required only two condensing units that the foot print is roughly four feet square.

AIA Westmoreland Park Master Site Plan Approval

Several AIA members and allied members accompanied AIA Treasure Coast President Raul Ocampo, AIA to Port Saint Lucie City Hall on October 26 to receive a plaque in appreciation for volunteering their time, professional  work and guidance in preparing the Westmoreland Park Master Plan. The plaque was presented by Mayor Oravec and Council members at the City Council Meeting .

2015 Les Larsen Service Awards

Call For Nominations

After a bit of a false start, we are rebooting our request to the members of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the AIA to nominate individuals for recognition due to their service to the community and the Chapter.  Please review the categories for recognition and consider who you would support as recipients.   All nominations should be submitted (through my email below) by OCTOBER 30 for consideration by the board.  Awards will be given out at the awards luncheon scheduled for November 20th.   Details to follow.

We have identified 5 categories for recognition:

1) Community Service Award
This award will be given to an architect whose leadership in community activities and service has been a direct benefit to the profession or community.

2) Chapter Relations Award
Awarded to a Chapter leader who has worked successfully to expand the recognition and influence of the Treasure Coast Chapter within Florida AIA as well as AIA nationally.

3) Advocacy Award
This recognition will be given to an individual citizen who is not an architect, and who by their interest, activity and concern for the profession of architecture, shall have advanced the cause of good design.  It is expected that this award would be given to a consultant, building official or contractor who has contributed to the dignity and value of the architectural profession.

4) Allied Member Award
Given to an Allied Chapter member who is not an architect but who, by their interest, participation and concern, has promoted and contributed to the dignity and value of the Treasure Coast AIA.

5) President’s Award
A recognition given out at the discretion of the Board  of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the AIA to an individual or organization singled out for its support for architecture and the community
Scott Hughes   
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Hughes Umbanhowar Architects
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Westmoreland Park Illustrative Master Site Plan

PSL City Counselor Workshop on Westmoreland Park on August 17,2015

City of PSL Design Charrette on March 13,2015

The City of Port St. Lucie held a hands-on public workshop on Friday, March 13, 2015, also known as a “design charrette,” for the purpose of creating conceptual design ideas for a 9.75 acre city-owned parcel (subject property) located on Westmoreland Blvd adjacent to the Botanical Gardens. The parcel is one of three city-owned parcels with direct access to the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. The purpose of the design charrette was to solicit public input on the future development of the site including public access, recreational opportunities, cultural activities, and commercial uses. Nine architect members of the American Institute of Architects Treasure Coast Chapter conducted the charrette on behalf of the City, pro-bono. 



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