Monthly Archives: April 2016

New Social Spaces Bring People Together

At David Conner + Associates, we create social spaces for people to use, experience, enjoy and value. Understanding these spaces is integral to how we work as they affect how people communicate, experience life, and grow.

At the University of Florida’s Gainesville campus, we redesigned the grounds of the student center, the J. Wayne Reitz Union, which includes a stunning outdoor amphitheater. Our primary goal: increase accessibility to the improved amphitheater and Liberty Pond – an area where students frequently gather for events. The resulting space integrates the new building with Liberty Pond providing more outdoor event opportunities for students, visitors, and staff in a beautiful outdoor setting. Today, all students can easily participate in events at the amphitheater, regardless of physical limitations.

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We love working all over, especially when we can create meaningful places people treasure. It’s always good to work in one’s backyard, so to speak. Over the past two years, we have been active in developing and implementing a streetscape plan for the beautiful, historic Hyde Park Village in Tampa, FL. This area is known for offering some of the best open-air shopping, restaurants, and food markets in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, including lululemon, west elm, Timpano Italian Chophouse, and CinéBistro (a premium movie theatre and dining experience). Our urban streetscape plan (expected to be complete Fall, 2016) involves renovating existing historic elements, hardscape design, and planting design that will revamp roadways and sidewalks into a premier social space, perfect for people to shop, dine, and live.

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At David Conner + Associates, we believe that lives are improved through interaction with quality outdoor spaces; we strive to present opportunities where people can experience outdoor environments with appreciation and enjoyment.