Awards

LEGOLAND® earns Landscape Architecture honors

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LEGOLAND® Florida has been selected as the winner of a prestigious Award of Honor from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The awards selection committee felt that the LEGOLAND® Florida project efforts stood out in exemplifying excellence in landscape architecture, and going above and beyond what would typically be thought of. Morris (MorrisTerra) along with ValleyCrest Design maintained 80% of the existing trees on site, often redesigning or relocating attractions and buildings to ensure that the trees would remain. In addition, the team relocated 20 mature specimens within the property, creating an instant “has been there forever” feeling in parts of the park, and improving the character of the spaces. The trees are one of, if not THE most important element in the feeling created at opening like no other park. The Landscape Architects, with the help of an arborist, studied each existing tree’s location, which were then documented and cataloged for its location relative to the conceptual masterplan, current health and appearance, expected viability during and after construction, and its ultimate value to guest experience. The Landscape Architects massaged, or in some cases redesigned the site plan many times over to minimize impact on existing tree canopy. Through those efforts, over eighty percent of the existing canopy on the property was able to be preserved in place. In addition, 20 large specimen trees weighing up to 78,000 pounds each were relocated by crane to strategic locations within the property, providing an instant character that many parks wait years and years to attain. LEGOLAND Florida is built on the former site of Cypress Gardens, Florida’s first theme park. The new park, designed to be a Park within a Park, is a place for families and kids 2-12 to enjoy together in a parklike setting with mindblowing LEGO models. Elements of Cypress Gardens were recycled for sustainability and budget including the majority of existing tree canopy, maintained or moved to create the “Most beautiful LEGOLAND in the world.” All existing concrete from Cypress Gardens’ non-ADA compliant walkways was recycled, separated, and ground for reuse as the sub-base for all the new hardscape areas within the park, substantially reducing the amount of material that would have to be sent to the landfill. Recycling old materials and reusing many of the existing assets of the historic Cypress Gardens gives LEGOLAND Florida a feel different than any other theme park. The intimate scale of the buildings, the extensive canopy of mature large trees, and the inclusion of the amazing LEGO models gives LEGOLAND Florida a genuine character unlike any other.

The Florida Chapter will celebrate all award winning firms and students during its Annual Conference being held at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida. The Annual Design Awards Gala is scheduled for 6:00 PM Friday, July 18, 2013 and attendance is open to all conference registrants and the general public.

LEGOLAND® Florida and MorrisTerra presented with Urban Forestry Award

LEGOLAND Florida and MorrisTerra are presented with a Florida Urban Forestry Council Award for stewardship of Cypress Gardens and conservation in park.
Awesomeness. The beautiful framed painting that is the award was presented by Kimberly Paulson representing the Urban Forestry Council.
The presentation to LEGOLAND® General Manager Adrian Jones along with representatives from MorrisTerra, ValleyCrest and LEGOLAND Landscape took place at the Banyan tree in the Botanical Gardens at LEGOLAND Florida. Check out the video
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LEGOLAND® named Outstanding Experience

“Unlike last year, there were so many unique experiences and great attractions, it was just really hard to pick just one. We thought that we had it nailed down to another attraction, then we walked through the gates of Legoland Florida. I was a kid again, squealing in delight at all the amazing Lego models, all of the great fun rides, and just floored by the way that the park transformed the old Cypress Gardens into an actual Theme Park that people lined up for! The beauty of Cypress Gardens was kept intact, while an all new park sprung to life with something to do for just about everyone. Sure, the park is aimed at little kids, and if you go without one you’ll be sorely disappointed, but with all the models, shows and coasters it’s a definite must see park. The “Model Citizens” are also very enthusiastic and extremely friendly, almost more than any other park we had been to this year. Plus the park has already announced expansion plans, has plans they haven’t announced and has been so successful over the holiday season that they had to close for capacity, and extend hours several times. This park has already done great things, and we feel that there will be many more great things to come!” - Behind the Thrills
Congratulations Legoland Florida!
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Legoland Florida website!

LEGOLAND® rakes in first award

LEGOLAND® Florida has been selected as the winner of the Florida Urban Forestry Council's 2011 Friends of our Urban Forest Awards Program in the category of OUTSTANDING PROJECT. The awards selection committee felt that the LEGOLAND® Florida project efforts stood above all other applicants in exemplifying excellence in Urban Forestry throughout the State of Florida. MorrisTerra along with ValleyCrest Design maintained 80% of the existing trees on site, often redesigning or relocating attractions and buildings to ensure that the trees would remain. In addition, the team relocated 20 mature specimens within the property, creating an instant “has been there forever” feeling in parts of the park, and improving the character of the spaces. The trees are one of, if not THE most important element in the feeling created at opening like no other park.

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2011 ASLA Florida Awards

We are most pleased to announce that MorrisTerra has won 2 design awards from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for 2011. An Award of Honor has been bestowed upon both Thornton Park Central (our office is part of this development) and Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
The Florida Chapter will celebrate all award winning firms and students during its Annual Conference being held at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. The Annual Design Awards Gala is scheduled for 6:00 PM Friday, July 14, 2011 and attendance is open to all conference registrants and the general public.

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Thornton Park Central, the first modern “New Urban” mixed use project built in Downtown Orlando, is a true trendsetting project that has become an Orlando icon and the catalyst for an urban transformation of the Thornton Park and Eola South neighborhoods. The Landscape Architect’s broad vision and approach fostered the creation of a memorable, lively, urban pedestrian environment with a strong sense of place, that is first and foremost, a place for people.

Marina da Glória is the key northern anchor to Landscape Architect Roberto Burle Marx’ famous Parque do Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. At the core of the solution is the creation of a place for people along the Rio waterfront respectful of Burle Marx’ iconic spiral marina. The concept unifies all design elements into a harmonious and elegant solution inspired by the works of the Brasilian Master and the unique landforms of Guanabara Bay.



LEGOLAND® FLORIDA Facebook page

If you are a fan of Facebook and are interested in developments at LEGOLAND® FLORIDA, they have created a page that you can Like and then follow along. Construction photos, discounts, ticket information and project updates are part of the page.

McCurdy Fellow Press Release

Morris Terra is proud to announce that Todd Marshall McCurdy, Principal, and Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning at Morris Architects | Morris Terra, has been selected for induction into the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) distinguished Council of Fellows. Fellowship is among the highest honors ASLA may bestow and recognizes the significant contributions Mr. McCurdy has made to the profession and the public through his exceptional accomplishments in planning and design demonstrating a mastery of the art, stewardship and the social responsibility of landscape architecture, with significant impact on the public and the profession.
The 2010 ASLA Council of Fellows investiture ceremony will be held on Sunday evening, September 12, in Washington, D.C. Following the investiture ceremony, the new Fellows may use the suffix “FASLA” to denote this high honor.
About Mr. McCurdy
Todd McCurdy was nominated in the Works Category by the Florida Chapter for his dedication to the art and craft of landscape architecture. He is inspired to preserve and integrate elements of local culture into his designs as he translates those stories into creative and responsible design solutions. By working closely with the client and community members, he takes the time to understand each project's goals and challenges so that his landscapes educate, generate revenue, and protect our natural resources. His is a landscape architecture that improves as well as beautifies the lives of people who experience his work. Mr. McCurdy has focused this passion in locations as diverse as Saudi Arabia, China, Vietnam, and the Americas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University.
ABOUT MORRIS
Established in 1938, Morris Architects is a 150-person multi-disciplinary practice with offices in Orlando, Houston, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong. The firm provides architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning services to a diverse national and international client base. More information can be found at www.morrisarchitects.com  & www.morristerra.com

2010 Florida ASLA Awards

We are most pleased to announce that an Award of Honor has been bestowed upon Tianjin Aviation City Central District Masterplan by the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
The Florida Chapter will celebrate all award winning firms and students during its Annual Conference being held at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida. The Annual Design Awards Gala is scheduled for 6:00 PM Friday, July 23, 2010 and attendance is open to all conference registrants and the general public.
The Announcement on the Florida Chapter website can be found here http://www.flasla.org/awards/2010/Tianjin.htm

2009 Florida ASLA Awards

We've just been told that we have won awards from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for two projects this year. An Award of Honor for the Bai Dat Do Masterplan, Phu Quoc Island, Kiên Giang Province, Vietnam; and an Award of Merit for the mixed use World Village of Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas. It is a great honor to be recognized - out of 70 total entries, 17 professional awards were given, and we are honored to receive two of them. Presentation of Awards will occur during the Florida Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo to be held July 23-25 in Ft. Myers, FL.