The Society of the Four Arts

Conkling & Lewis Construction, Inc.
Palm Beach County, Florida

Project Description

The Society of the Four Arts, located on Palm Beach Island, offers a unique and quality cultural program to the resort community of Palm Beach. The campus is home to beautiful sculptures and botanical gardens, a library and children’s library, and a state-of-the-art educational facility. Each season, the Four Arts offers a dynamic lineup of cultural programing, including notable speakers, concerts, films, educational programs, and art exhibitions.

During the peak season, there is a shortage of parking to support the patrons attending the programs. WGI worked closely with the client and contractor to develop an innovative solution to help alleviate parking issues. The solution entailed modifications to the site to implement a stabilized sod parking area on the existing green mall area in the center of the campus, formerly utilized for valet purposes only during peak season. This innovative solution alleviates parking issues while maintaining the beauty of the existing mall space.

WGI was responsible for the development of all final site plans, site data calculations, and renderings required for Landmarks Preservation Commission and Town Council approval. One critical step in the approval process was obtaining approval of five variances due to existing site constraints. The landscape team at WGI worked with the client from initial concept through final construction documents to develop a strategy that would not only provide the parking needed, but also maintain the aesthetics of the existing mall area.

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