Encore Urban Solar Park

Close up of solar panel surface

Cardno designs an urban pocket park that would function as a gathering space for the new neighborhood.

The park includes an educational component with plaques that offer descriptions of the sustainable design techniques used in the Encore project, including solar panels, reused stormwater for irrigation and the chiller plant. 

When the Tampa Housing Authority and Banc of America formed a public private partnership (Central Park Development Group, LLC) to redevelop Central Park Village, their goal was to revitalize a historic area that was in need of reinvestment. The Encore project (a designated Brownfield) is a 28-acre master planned development in downtown Tampa that will lead to the redevelopment of several city blocks as a sustainable, mixed-use, transit oriented community. The project received $28 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) – which Cardno helped secure – to design and construct the public infrastructure and create 11 buildable lots. 

The park includes and educational component with plaques that offer descriptions of the sustainable design techniques used in the Encore project.

The 18,000 square foot park is located on top of a stormwater vault providing stormwater treatment for the entire Encore project. It includes multi-surfaced pathways, site furniture, fountains for dogs and people, native plant species, educational plaques and ornamental solar umbrellas replicating large sunflowers used as shade features and artistic elements. 

Key services 

  • conceptual layout 
  • cost estimating 
  • schematic design 
  • landscape architecture 
  • stormwater grading 
  • irrigation design 
  • hardscape design 
  • LEED consulting 
  • construction documents 
  • permitting 
  • utility design.