Kimley-Horn provided master planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, roadway design, and permitting services for the 18,000-acre Babcock Ranch community in Southwest Florida for more than a decade.
The Babcock Ranch community is nature inspired, energy conscious, purposely engaged, technologically advanced, and motivated by health and wellness. Roughly the size of Manhattan, the community is at the epicenter of Southwest Florida’s newest growth corridor, just 20 minutes east of downtown Fort Myers and 25 minutes from the Ft. Myers Airport (Southwest Florida International Airport). Babcock Ranch will be the home to more than 50,000 future residents and includes single-family and multi-family residential neighborhoods along with a mixed-use town center and additional commercial areas.
Kimley-Horn became involved with the project early in the due diligence and planning phases, and we continue to provide engineering and planning services. Our team provided the master planning for the overall project and individual villages, including the town center and first 1,000 units of development. We continue to provide the master planning, design, and environmental resource permitting of the surface water management system for the 26+/- square mile development of regional impact.
The design of the surface water management system includes created wetlands, an additional 50% water quality treatment, several water storage basins, control structures to enhance the hydroperiods of existing wetlands, and the addition of a conveyance to alleviate existing flow of SR 31 adjacent to the project. In addition, we provide civil engineering services including design, permitting, and construction phase services for the Babcock Ranch subdivisions, commercial sites, water and wastewater infrastructure, and roadways.
Lake Timber, Babcock Ranch’s first neighborhood, held its grand opening in early 2017.