Friday, March 18, 2011

#FLASLA Advocacy Alert

FL approved a Bill which seeks to deregulate landscape architecture. Get the latest updates and "Call to Action" at

Thursday, March 17, 2011

#WPi #Dave_Malcolm Quoted in Lake Tobesofkee Article

WPi is providing the Master Plan for Lake Tobesofkee.  Read the below article from to learn more about the plans for a water park, conference center and rental cabin at the lake.

Tobesofkee plan may have up to $51M price tag

A plan to expand the offerings at Lake Tobesofkee with a water park and a conference center weighs in between $38.7 million to $51.4 million, according to figures announced Tuesday.
Consultants said the lake’s master plan could be built in phases and begin with less ambitious additions, such as more picnic shelters and pavilions, then perhaps 10 cabins a year.
The plan presented Tuesday would improve the 1,800-acre lake’s five major parks. Sandy Beach Park, which is now open only part time, would get the biggest transformation and use a majority of the plan’s money. Sandy Beach’s water park would run $11 million to $15 million, according to estimates by Wood+Partners Inc. of Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The conference center would cost about $3.5 million, while some 42 cabins would cost about $5.1 million. The conference center could host three events at the same time, and the cabins would be needed for the conference center and other activities.
“To support the conference center, you have to have lodging,” said David Malcolm, a vice president of Wood+Partners Inc.
Total costs at Sandy Beach would run $26.7 million to $35.1 million, the estimates show.
Other parks would get more modest makeovers. Claystone Park would get $4.5 million to $6.2 million in work, including seven picnic shelters and three enclosed shelters, plus cabins. Arrowhead Park would get 31 more cabins, typically more rustic looking, plus other improvements to total $6.7 million to $8.7 million.
The area known as the Duck Ponds would stay largely undeveloped but would get a better bathroom to accommodate visiting Scout troops and other groups. That would cost roughly $300,000.
And Flint Rock, near the Lake Tobesofkee dam, would be transformed into a location that could be used for weddings or family reunions, including a gazebo on an island. Those costs would run about $561,000 to about $893,000.
Consultants said the plan could be funded through a variety of sources, from sales-tax collections to partnerships with private investors.
Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart said county commissioners likely would vote on the plan.
Malcolm said the county should take ownership of the plan and run with it. “This is your park, your vision, your dream,” he said.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

#ASLA's Call to Assist in Japan's Recovery Efforts

ASLA reaches out to the IFLA to identify areas where members can aid in recovery efforts of last week's Earthquake and Tsunami.