Bonita Springs Utilities

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The Bonita Springs Utilities Operations Center will be a 22,420 square foot facility designed to serve as the administration, training and warehousing center for BSU’s utilities, maintenance and distribution functions.
The unique blend of purposes under one roof calls for the design of state-of-the-art office and training space which will also serve as the utilities emergency operations center during storm events. It also is the location of warehousing of new water and sewer equipment as well as maintenance and repair of equipment already in the field It has been designed to withstand category V hurricanes, thus protecting the personnel and assets required to respond to the needs of the community after a storm.

Bonita Springs Fire Station #1

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The Bonita Springs Fire Station No. 1 project converts the long standing district headquarters into a new neighborhood station. The existing apparatus bay wing is being re-roofed and structurally retro-fitted to comply with current codes. The office and staff quarters wing will be demolished and replaced with an 8,800 square foot fire and EMS station. It will contain sleeping accommodations for twenty, a training/conference room and typical administrative and living support facilities.

Quarry Golf Lodge

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The Golf Lodge is a full-service clubhouse, serving as the centerpiece for The Quarry, a gated golf course community in Naples, Florida. The Adirondack-inspired architecture is positioned on an elevated plateau which allows views over the golf course and lakes from the dining room, lounge, broad terraces and the pro shop. Golf cart storage and maintenance spaces are located beneath the main level, giving immediate access to the courses while being concealed from the entry approach. Other amenities designed by Gora/McGahey include a lakeside dining room, pool, beach and fitness center, gatehouse and golf course buildings.

Bonita Springs City Hall

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The new Bonita Springs City Hall is an adaptive re-use of an existing 8,000 s.f. bank building into a new 13,000 s.f. government building. Although the building enjoys an excellent location on Bonita Beach Road, the entrance is on the side opposite the public’s initial orientation onto the site. The challenge was to create an appealing, dignified appearance from all vantage points as well as throughout the interior of the building.
The building includes all City offices plus City Council chambers capable of multi-media presentations and meetings for gatherings of up to 115 people.

The program called for a comfortable waiting room for 50 patients, 10 spacious exam rooms with large windows, two centrally located open nurses stations, and a stress lab complete with treadmills, nuclear camera, hot lab and Echo rooms.

Soothing comfort and a friendly and accessible interaction between patient and staff dictated the openness of the layout and the warm hues selected for the décor.

St. Michael Lutheran Church and School

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Saint Michael Lutheran Church and School hired Gora/McGahey Architects to master plan their site to accommodate new buildings, additional parking, divide the vehicular traffic into safer, more efficient loop systems and finally create a sense of campus and harmony on the site.
The multi-phased project included three new buildings: a multi-purpose building, a day care center and an administration building. Phase I concentrated on unifying the campus, constructing the sports fields, renovating the arts and sciences rooms in the existing school, and construction of a new 21,000 square foot multi-purpose building.

The multi-purpose building was designed to accommodate a wide range of programs all cloistered to use the large gym as required. The high school sized gymnasium is surrounded by large music and band rooms, a kitchen and cafeteria, a dance room, locker rooms, a raised stage, multiple storage rooms and offices for their youth programs. The cost effective metal building was clad in durable stuccoed masonry with emphasis on colorful detailing and brick details to match existing buildings. Playful medallions also grace the exterior. The interior of the building features a stage, a floating wooden gym and dance floor, and acoustical treatment in the music rooms, providing sound separations between rooms and appropriate sound quality for rehearsals. Two lobbies were designed for display of both school and church achievements. New walkways were built to connect the school and church via the multi-purpose building. The walkways, which cross the two driveways, become gateway features that herald all that enter into the core of the new Saint Michael campus.

Pine Ridge Government Complex

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The principal objective of this master plan proposal is to establish a dynamic safety quarter’s a place for the fire/EMS station, sheriff substation and tax collector office. The proposal utilizes the land resources available to establish the new hub including secured and public areas. The unique complement of uses on the campus required careful land planning to account for the separation of public access and emergency response traffic. The plan endeavors to create a sustainable design founded on environmental principles, supported by architecture, landscape and site planning.
Due to the unique requirements of each individual building the nine acre site is not planned according to a single geometry and makes no attempt to refer to a perfect order. The plan incorporates varied building size, open space configuration and landscape typologies hereby creating a variety of experiences and spaces for the employees and visitors.

As the new public service hub, the campus will accommodate a 9,000 Sq. ft sheriff substation, a 15,000 Sq. ft fire and EMS station and a 10,000 sq. ft. tax collector’s office facility. It will incorporate tree-lined boulevards and open spaces.
The master plan will also accommodate a future
two-story, 20,000 sq. ft. office building for the
County use.

The unified architecture is a blend of signature Lee
County building materials with forward thinking building
forms and systems, designed to create a distinctive campus which will stand the test of time.

Crown Colony Clubhouse

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Crown Colony is a golf course residential community in the Fort Myers area. Gora/McGahey designed the clubhouse, pool and fitness building, cart barn, course maintenance facility, starters/turn around grille building, and on-course convenience facilities.The clubhouse is a 15,000 square foot, full service facility which includes administrative offices, pro shop, locker rooms, grille room, bar, formal dining room, private conference and meeting rooms and full kitchen.

The design features a covered porte cochere entrance leading into a dramatic two-and-a-half story lobby. The clubhouse also includes extensive outdoor terraces and divisible spaces to accommodate a large variety of private and open club functions, which can occur simultaneously.

Crown Colony Clubhouse is a recipient of the 2002 Aurora Award given by the Southeast Building Conference.

Alliance Of The Arts

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The Alliance for the Arts is a 14,300 sf building sited on 10.35 acres on the corner of Colonial Boulevard and McGregor Boulevard. The center includes an art gallery, administrative offices, three art studios, gift shop, theater and outdoor amphitheater. It is the site of art classes, children’s arts camp, theatrical performances, community festivals and art exhibitions.

Guadalupe Family Center

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Guadalupe Family Center is a child care center which also offers life skill training to parents in economically challenged Immokalee, Florida. Immokalee is a diverse multi-cultural community which has historically been populated by migrant agricultural workers. As the town matures, more families have been putting down roots by living and working full time in the community. Second and now third generation children are being taught and cared for at the center.
The mission of Guadalupe Center is to promote self-sufficiency, opportunity and community stability. The organization is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty. The family center focuses on the very young child and their parents, by advancing early education, parenting skills and English as a second language.

The building project is currently in it’s second and final phase of development. Phase I is a 17,945 s.f. building which includes ten classrooms, administration offices, expandable meeting rooms and outdoor play space. Phase II will be a 14,275 s.f. building replacement of the original 10,000 s.f. facility. It will include eight additional classrooms, a new commercial kitchen, dining facilities and addition office/planning space.

The design of the building provides playful references to the alphabet, numbers, crayons and identifiable school building forms. Interior and exterior windows are placed for viewing by adults and young children. Daylighting is introduced into the interior of the building by insulated skylights, located strategically in high volume spaces at the center of classroom clusters, thus reducing the feeling of long corridors.

Guadalupe Family Center is appropriately located on "Hope Circle".