SNAPPER CREEK URBAN CENTER
Currently this site is the southern most rest stop on the Florida Turnpike and the headquarters for the Florida Highway Patrol in Dade County. The goal was to to activate the site to the neighboring communities as well as maintaining its current program as a rest station while keeping the site green. The FHP headquarters must remain where it is on site. There is also a fire station currently, but it can be moved.
I felt the overall distribution of program was sparse and poorly planned. There is potential for a system that allows the locals to access this site from several directions.
If the turnpike is raised towards the lower mid section, there could be pedestrian bridges from the East and West that could allow a flow of ignition for public events, and casual urban experiences. On the North West of the site there is a park that could continue onto the site. On the North East is Killian which leads to Miami Dade College. By creating a land bridge on the North end of the site, all of these areas can be linked and the experience of travel for drivers on the Turnpike and pedestrians using the bridge would be exciting.
GAS STATION / TRUCK STOP
The gas station was something of a fresh start. I felt it took up too much valuable real estate. By designing a 2 story ramping structure, land use is limited, and there is a opportunity to separate a truck stop and diner on the first story, and the food stop and standard gas station on the second. The 2 story complex would be connected internally so If the 2 axel vehicles wanted to park and go to the diner, they could. Both stories have a sufficient amount of parking (10 8-axel trucks, & 20 2-axel vehicles) so if the traveler wants to take a walk, It would be no problem.
FHP HEADQUARTERS / FIRE STATION
The FHP headquarters, as required, stays where it is. I did choose to consolidate the on site utilities to this central location, bringing the fire department to the center. This way, the civic services have access to all directions easily and quickly in case of an emergency.
URBAN CENTER / SHOPS / PEDESTRIAN CONNECTION
This area is where the East / West pedestrian connection is located. At this point the turnpike will raise 18'-0" giving the opportunity for the walkways. The transect model shown in the slideshow above (images 3-5) shows a cut through of this bridge and pedestrian walk section. This creates a massive three story open space for urban development including:
On the South end of the site, there is a great area for a public garden which could showcase South Florida's wonderful and exotic plants, trees, fruiting plants and trees, and wildlife. There is pedestrian access from the North, North West, and North East (a wonderful half mile over the pedestrian bridge, under the gas station though tunnels which are designed with raw limestone to give the feeling of our native limestone caves under Florida, though the dense forest of wild oaks, cypress, gumbo limbos, and more, and finally though the mall or roof park.)
SOUTH GARDEN BEFORE & AFTER
PROCESS MODELS & SKETCHES