A winner of Engineering News-Record’s Best of the Best Project Awards for Resorts and Hospitality, Streamsong Resort is a beautiful demonstration of how environmental sustainability and economic growth can work together.
Kimley-Horn provided site civil engineering services for this 16,000-acre, resource-based destination development in southwest Polk County, Florida. Streamsong includes two golf courses, Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue (designed by legendary golf course architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and Tom Doak, respectively) and an accompanying Clubhouse. The golf courses and Clubhouse opened in December 2012 and received outstanding reviews. The Lodge, with 216 guest rooms and suites, a spa, and casual and fine-dining restaurants opened in January 2014. In addition to golf, the resort caters to sporting and outdoor activities, including sporting clays, fishing, bird watching, kayaking, and canoeing, with numerous multi-purpose trails for hiking, running, and biking. Services provided by Kimley-Horn include preparation of preliminary design, construction documents, and permitting through Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Bureau of Mining reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Polk County. Streamsong’s Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) was one of the most complex and extensive ERPs approved by the Bureau.
Environmental Sustainability & Economic Growth
Natural and man-made reclamation created the towering sand dunes, expansive lakes, and dramatic shifts in elevation that have seamlessly been incorporated into the project’s drainage, grading, and stormwater plans, creating a resort like no other in Florida. In all areas of civil/infrastructure design, two distinct client requirements were honored and incorporated: the “green” theme of environmental responsibility and Mosaic’s desire to minimize intrusion into the guest experience. As an example, the resort’s water treatment facility utilizes greensand technology, reducing both the facility’s footprint and power demands. Additionally, the roadway design team incorporated the project’s distinct vision and, while doing so, sought a constant elevation for roadways to minimize the amount of fill that would need to be brought in or cut.
Streamsong has helped boost the local economy by adding hundreds of jobs during construction, and more than 200 permanent positions have been created since opening. In addition to being a model example for the long-term use of lands mined for phosphate, Streamsong is demonstrating how environmental sustainability and economic growth can work together.