This Building project consists of the renovations of six turnpike plazas throughout the state.
These plazas consist of a new 11,500 SF convenience store, new fuel canopy and fuel farm, new truck parking area, new impound lot, and various site/utility improvements. Contamination assessment and remediation was required at these plazas prior to construction of new structures.
West Palm Beach, Canoe Creek & Turkey Lake:
These plazas included renovation of the existing restaurant building in phases, construction of a new 3,500 SF convenience store, new fuel canopy and expansion of existing fuel farm, constructing impound lot, resurfacing of parking areas, and site/utility improvements. Contamination remediation was required at these plazas and removal of current remediation system.
Fort Pierce & Fort Drum:
These plazas will consist of a new 40,000 SF restaurant building, new 3,500 SF convenience store, new fuel canopy, fuel farm expansion, and complete site rebuild. Contamination remediation is required at these plazas. Additionally, the Fort Drum plaza will have a new water & waste water treatment plant.
Benefits for Society:
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise is a customer-driven organization that offers continuously expanding and evolving transportation products and services to ensure customer satisfaction. Eight service plazas are conveniently located approximately 45 miles apart along the Turnpike. Each has undergone major improvements, such as larger lobby areas, more food and merchandise offerings, and expanded restroom facilities. Also, many plazas have obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver and Gold certification in recognition of their energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. The expanded services have increased traveler duration at the plazas by 300%.
Florida's Turnpike Enterprise envisions using solar energy to potentially supplement energy needs of its service plazas. The Turkey Lake Service Plaza was selected for a case study to determine the feasibility of this initiative. A 112 kilowatt solar array (468 panels) was installed at the service plaza where the power generated currently provides the majority of electricity to run the convenience store. This solar array is a research project that will help determine the viability of future solar usage. In addition, wireless internet is currently available at the following service plazas: Okahumpka, Turkey Lake, Canoe Creek, Fort Drum, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach, and Pompano Beach.
- Renovation of the existing restaurant buildings in phases
- Construction of new 3,500 SF convenience stores, new fuel canopy and expanding fuel farms, constructing impound lots, resurfacing of parking areas, and site/utility improvements
- Contamination remediation was required at these plazas along with removal of the current remediation system