POOLE DESIGN worked within a large multidisciplinary team to leverage architecture and traffic design efforts to create a more sustainable campus and to restore degraded habitats, all of which created environmental science teaching and research opportunities. Roads were designed to organize campus districts and double as stormwater management and as restored habitat. Pedestrian routes and lawn areas were replaced with native habitats of various types.

Habitat restoration was part of a larger effort to respect the history of the place. The original bequest of the campus was one of the historic bay front estates of circus pioneer Charles Ringling, and reestablishing the estate’s integrity was a key driver in the Master Plan’s landscape strategy. An ill-fitting 1980s grand, axial walk was removed. Mass plantings were used to articulate the historic property. And the historic bay front was treated as a restoration of the architecture and leveraged into a marsh regeneration that benefits the campus’s aesthetics and the larger ecology of the Bay.

CLIENT: New College of Florida
SIZE: 144 acres
SERVICES: Landscape Architecture, Conceptual Stormwater + Restoration Strategies, Public Presentations PARTNERS: Multidisciplinary Site Design Team Led by Moule & Polyzoides, Architects + Urbanists
STATUS: Dormitories Complete; Initial Phases Underway
IMAGE CREDITS: Perspectives (above and far left) by Xiaojian He / Moule & Polyzoides, Architects & Urbanists (

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