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UCF STUDENTS’ SCULPTURE TO BE INSTALLED IN LAKE NONA

June 4, 2017, , — A team of University of Central Florida students who designed a solar-powered art sculpture celebrated this week after the Orlando Utilities Commission and Tavistock Development selected its project to be built in the innovative, Laureate Park master-designed Lake Nona community later this year.

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Four teams of senior-level undergraduate students in mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science worked with UCF art students to create four aesthetic solar-powered sculpture designs, the result of a year’s worth of work refining the concepts that began with hundreds of sketches, thumbnails and ideas.

The winning sculpture “Sundial” was praised for its combination of artistry and sound engineering.

“This beautiful combination of functioning solar and thought-provoking art prompts our customers to learn more about the innovative programs we offer. By bringing future engineers and artists together, UCF has done a tremendous job of giving us an opportunity to showcase the next generation of top talent,” said Linda Ferrone, OUC vice president of Strategy, Sustainability & Emerging Technology.

OUC sponsored the projects and competition to create a sculpture that would give the public an opportunity to learn about solar power and its importance as a renewable energy source. They wanted to give residents an engaging, beautiful, interactive community centerpiece sculpture that would contribute to a local power grid.

The winning team wanted to embody the spirit of Lake Nona – traditional and community-oriented, and at the same time modern and new. With built-in sensor plates, the circular sculpture features interactive LED lights and musical sounds. The sculpture also serves as a clock by casting shadows created by the gnomon (the triangular shape that rises from the circular base) and also with LED lights. Measuring 14 feet tall and 22 feet in diameter at full-size, the sculpture will generate the energy it requires with solar panels. It will be installed at OUC’s expense in ’s Village Center.

“It’s surreal to think that we won, after all the challenges we faced every day,” said Dominique Russell, a senior in mechanical engineering who graduates today. “We’d work so hard to refine a feature, but then the next day we’d have to change it. We had to remain flexible.”

Marie-Jo Gordo, a junior in studio art, noted the unique challenges that arise when artists work with engineers. “As artists, we often want to create things that are not physically achievable. We had many great ideas but the engineers kept bringing us back to reality.”

The Sundial teammates are: Gordo, junior, studio art; Daniel Schutt, sophomore, graphic design; Russell, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Peter Warren, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Graham Morgan, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Kevin Weng, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Julio Rodriguez, senior, mechanical engineering; Jade Sziros, sophomore, computer engineering; and Camille Van Atta, junior, studio art.

Four teams vied for the honor. The students presented their designs to OUC executives in March as part of their UCF coursework. Team members also delivered carefully prepared and rehearsed product pitches and presented small-scale prototype sculptures. Working from OUC’s ongoing feedback, the students refined their designs and showcased their polished prototypes during the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s senior design showcase on April 21. Two finalists were selected to move onto a final round of competition, which placed the finalists before OUC representatives and the design review committee Wednesday night.

“Tavistock Development is proud to partner on this project at the intersection of higher education and public arts,” said Jim Zboril, president of the Tavistock Development Company. “These sculptures are a reflection of what Lake Nona is about – innovation, sustainability, technology and education.”

The projects represent a culmination of work between the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Visual Arts & Design. Classes were held in SVAD’s AdLab. They also served as the engineering and computer science students’ final senior project, a requirement for graduation.

The teams incorporated sound engineering principles into their designs, such as the ability to withstand hurricane-force winds and optimize sun exposure to generate energy to power the sculptures’ electrical features and contribute to the grid. The sculptures use materials and convey art concepts – such as reflections and shadows – that recognize that it will be on display year-round outdoors in the bright sun.

UCF faculty who oversaw the projects include the engineering faculty Robert Hoekstra; Mark Steiner, Lei Wei; and Mark Heinrich; and the SVAD’s Robert Reedy.

JUICE BIKE SHARE OPEN TO RIDE IN LAKE NONA/ORLANDO

Brightly colored orange bikes will be on Lake Nona roads as Juice Bike shares their official launch. The popular program that has taken Orlando by storm officially opened the Lake Nona/Orlando site. Introducing Juice Bike Share to Lake Nona has been in the works for months with careful planning to identify heavily trafficked central hubs for bike exchange locations.  The program opened with thirty bikes across three stations.

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Lake Nona bike share locations include: Lake Nona Town Center, Laureate Park Village Center and Guidewell Innovation Center.

Biking is not only good exercise and a green transportation option, it’s also a great way to explore new areas in your community. Joining Juice Bike Share gives you access to more than 200 bikes across Central Florida. Since opening in Orlando, the more than 4,000 active members have ridden more than 23,000 miles. Wow. Now that is a lot of coverage. Let’s see how many more we can add in Lake Nona.

Using the bike share is easy. You simply reserve a bike at any of the Juice locations via a mobile app. Unlock your bike and ride away. Rental rates vary with options by the hour or monthly membership. To get started simply register at JuiceBikeShare.com.  And remember … you are always welcome to visit Allyn and Pam Maycumber, and their team, at the Keller Williams Realty Advantage III office  9161 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32827  Phone 407-251-1314.  Located next door to Tijuana Flats restaurant

New 120-room Holiday Inn Lake Nona

Pioneers USA, an Orlando missionaries organization, has filed plans with the state to build a new estimated $12 million-$20 million Holiday Inn Valencia College hotel on more than 6 acres it owns near Valencia College’s Lake Nona Campus and the future U.S. Tennis Association complex.

A four-story, 120-room Holiday Inn Express hotel is proposed for the land, which sits on a larger Pioneers-owned chunk of land that’s home to an existing KOA camp ground, a church and other structures. The nearly 100,000-square-foot hotel would take up 2.28 acres and may create up to 200 temporary construction jobs and nearly 100 hotel jobs.

Industry estimates would put the construction cost of a new 120-room hotel at about $101,000-$172,000 per room for mid-range to upscale hotels, or between $12 million-$20 million.

The contractor on the project is Lake Mary-based The Collage Cos., with Altamonte Springs-based Forum Architecture & Interior Design Inc. and Longwood-based Tri3 Civil Engineering Design Studios as the designer and civil engineer, respectively.

There already are several Holiday Inns and other InterContinental Hotel Group hotels near Lake Nona due to its proximity to Orlando International Airport.

This would be yet another investment near Lake Nona, which has been booming in residential, commercial and other real estate development like the USTA tennis complex and Vista Park, a new 4,400-home neighborhood in the pipe line for that area.

offices, homes, more in the pipeline

Looks like more development is on its way to to further grow a neighborhood and new sports district.

The city of Orlando on July 11 approved development plans in the southeast Orlando community for new , offices, showrooms, private athletic fields, mixed-use buildings, fitness centers and more. Lake Nona’s developer, Development Co. LLC, now can move forward with its plans that’ll create new construction opportunities, further develop a high-end neighborhood and develop land near the future U.S. Tennis Association’s 63-acre, $100 million campus that’s opening by year-end.

Here’s what’s coming:

  • Phase 7: Tavistock plans to expand its Laureate Park neighborhood by 54.8 acres that are between Tavistock Lakes Boulevard and Nemours Parkway. The property has 207 lots and will be used for more single-family homes and townhomes.
  • Laureate Park Neighborhood Center Phase 1: Tavistock will develop a 6,300-square-foot, mixed-use building; a 2,300-square-foot, multi-purpose building; a 3,000-square-foot fitness center; two swimming pools and neighborhood green space on 10.77 acres north of Tavistock Lakes Boulevard and east of Sachs Avenue. Later phases of the Laureate Park Neighborhood Center call for 141 housing units, including townhomes, condos, single-family waterfront homes and boutique apartments.
  • Sports Village at Lake Nona: Tavistock will develop 31.1 acres west of Performance Drive and south of the USTA facility where it plans to build up its 300-acre Sports & Performance District. An 18,877-square-foot office building, two 50,000-square-foot buildings with office and showroom space, six athletic fields with a 23,750-square-foot building for ancillary uses, and 700 parking spaces are plannorlando cityed for the property.

Tavistock announced last April it planned to develop a 50,000-square-foot office building in its sports hub. also announced earlier this year it’s opening a new 23-acre training facility next to the USTA campus in 2017. It appears the new development plans line up with these prior announcements, but it is not confirmed if they are related.

Meanwhile, Tavistock also recently filed plans in preparation for a new hotel or resort in Lake Nona. Tavistock seeks to combine three parcels between Lake Nona Boulevard and the Lake Nona waterway into a single designation to streamline development plans for a future hotel or resort, sources previously told Orlando Business Journal. It’s not clear if these plans are related to the sports district, but Tavistock leaders previously said a resort and spa is needed near the sports district to accommodate traveling athletes and their families.