Today, this once-distressed area, now called Encore, is a revitalized master planned, urban mixed-use community thanks to the vision of the Tampa Housing Authority, financial support from corporate partners and grants, and a group of dedicated experts that included Oldcastle and its Belgard® Hardscapes team. “Encore has been transformed.
This blighted area is now called the ‘Crown Jewel of Tampa’ and it’s a well-deserved title,” said Belgard’s Bill Megrath, who was working with Encore’s engineers at Cardno, an international, professional infrastructure and environmental services company, on a different redevelopment project for the city of Pinellas Park in Pinellas County when this project got underway.
Cardno asked Belgard to help with the plan to create roadways that tied into the architectural design, created a pedestrian-friendly pathway, and could withstand the impending vehicular growth of Encore.
Mega-Bergerac’s classic, hand-cobbled appearance, Mega Arbel’s flagstone look of irregular shapes and textured surfaces, and Urbana’s vintage cut stone look were well-suited to the project’s architectural and design demands. The broad crosswalks create a scenic and safe area for pedestrians as vehicular traffic slows to look for walkers.
At completion, the project will include more than 2,000 residential units, 50,000 square feet of commercial retail space, and nearly 60,000 square feet of office space including a hotel, supermarket and town center. Based on the diversity of residences and businesses, road planning had to consider the range of vehicles that would traverse its surface -- passenger vehicles, garbage trucks, single unit or van type delivery vehicles, as well WB-50 type vehicle, or 18-wheel tractor trailers.
As a result, the pavers resist cracking. In an instance where a paver is damaged, the roadway or sidewalk can be repaired by replacing the individual damaged pavers rather than a complete removal and reinstall like would be required with asphalt or concrete. This flexible pavement solution is ideal for a development expected to handle significant traffic.
in the state of Florida thanks to green building solutions such as a stormwater management system. The stormwater system was designed as part of a 10,000 square-foot “Town Green” area and was created by Oldcastle Architectural’s sister company, Oldcastle Precast.
The system features Belgard Eco Holland® permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) in Harvest Blend on the surface, with its joints and subsystem of aggregate filtering the water before it reaches the storage area underneath. The stormwater system’s 18,000 square-foot vault system retains33,000 cubic feet of stormwater runoff.
Owned by the Tampa Housing Authority, Encore was recognized by the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission with an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community in the Master Planning & Urban Design category at the 29th Annual Community Design Awards in April 2014.