The Florida Turnpike Service Plaza Project, a multiyear renovation program, directed by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, consisted of decorative concrete installations that included walkway and plaza areas outside service station and restaurant facilities that started with the original 1950’s Turnpike stations; Turkey Lake, Canoe Creek, Fort Drum, West Palm Beach and finally Pompano Beach. Bomanite Licensee, Edwards Concrete placed and finished imprinted concrete at the plazas, applied a variety of colors, and in some cases seeded recycled, colored glass into landscape borders. It was a major transformation in that the old concrete at the service plazas had been plain gray.
The turnpike, one of the busiest highways in the nation, is formally named the Ronald Reagan Turnpike. Brett Nein, manager of landscape architecture for Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. that provided design services for the service-plaza projects noted that the existing service plazas didn’t meet the standards of the traveling public of the 21st Century. Three primary design themes were created to connect all of the facilities; water, sun and earth (or land). From these themes, the designers and Edwards Concrete interpreted the conceptual vision of the architectural firm directing the total project, Zyscovich, using concrete colors and decorative patterns for the hardscape materials.
Turkey Lake, Canoe Creek, Fort drum, West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach
Florida Department of Transportation
Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. / Zyscovich Architects
January - November 2013
60,076 sqft and 20,684 lf
Imprint Systems; Bomacron
Exposed Aggregate Systems; Revealed Glass Series
Bomanite Patterns/Products: Bomacron Textures: 2 x 2 and 12 x 12 Slate, 2 x 2 and 12 x 12 Coquina,
Bomacron 6 x 6 GraniteSetts; Bomanite Soldier Course Brick - no texture;
Bomanite River Rock
Bomanite Color Hardener - Moccasin, Moss Rock, Steel Blue, Birch Bark,
Chargreen, Nickel Gray, Garden Slate, Beech
Bomanite Release Agent - Brownstone, Cobblestone