Ardmore Reserve is a residential community consisting of a resort style amenity center and 674 single family homes, converted from an existing 250 acre cattle farm in Minneola. Appian provided a large scale Comprehensive Plan Amendment, Master Plan Design with a regional lift station, and more.
For this project, Appian Engineering led the development team consisting of surveyors, environmental scientists, geotechnical firms, transportation engineers, attorneys, and landscape architects through the entitlement process. The existing cattle farm had an uncommon topographical change of over 200 vertical feet, a rarity in Central Florida. Prior to our involvement, another engineering firm was unsuccessful in presenting a feasible design due to lack of experience with such elevation changes.
A key advantage of Appian Engineering is our ability to leverage the latest technology to produce sound engineering solutions at a lower cost. Modern computer processors, graphic cards, and software capable of modeling complex three- dimensional surfaces enable our staff to solve complex design issues. This technology allowed Appian to grade the challenging site quickly, evaluate the cut/fill, then fine tune the design, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in site work.
The surrounding roadway network consisted of old clay orange grove roads that had been overlaid with asphalt. Appian worked with the geotechnical engineers to evaluate which sections of road could be upgraded and which portions required full replacement, reducing site development costs. In addition to the existing roadway improvements, the project included a new arterial roadway connection providing access from US 27 to the turnpike. Engineering the connection required extensive coordination with the City of Minneola, St. Johns River Water Management District, the Florida Department of Transportation, and Lake County.