The Florida Community Design Center is happy to announce Endless Summer 2018. The Endless Summer festival will kick off on Friday, August 24, and will continue Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26. The event is co-hosted by the Florida Community Design Center and Heartwood Soundstage. Taking place during the warmest part of the year, Endless Summer aims to provide a cool, enjoyable outdoor space and beach-like experience. People are encouraged to come and relax as they would at the beach. Sand will be placed throughout the alley and people will be encouraged to bring towels or beach chairs to relax on. Shade and mist will be provided in order to cool off.
Become a volunteer:
The Florida Community Design Center is a non-profit organization of volunteers and is looking for additional volunteers to help ensure Endless Summer 2018 runs smoothly. Email Program Officer Alexis Benton at AlexisBenton@flcdc.org for more information on how you can get involved.
Drop in, and ask questions about architecture & design. Co-sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gainesville Chapter, and the Florida Community Design Center (FCDC). Location: FCDC, 101 N. Main Street, Gainesville FL 32601.
Free on-street parking along N. Main St (between University Ave and 2nd Ave); along NE 1st St (between University Ave and NE 1st Ave).
Meter Parking only 25 center per 30 minutes along NE 1st Ave (between NE 1st St and N. Main St)
The Urban Design Studio in UF’s Department of Landscape Architecture will present their drawings for this innovative street solution at this month’s ArtWalk. Come learn about the emphasis of pedestrian safety that this Dutch “complete street” provides and see examples of what a Gainesville Woonerf would look like!
The Florida Community Design Center (FCDC) is excited to announce two internships now available through the Design Center. We are looking for two energetic and enterprising individuals with experience and education related to planning, sustainability, policy, and/or economics to join our team for the spring, summer, or fall semester. Interns will take on a semester project, as well as work as a team to create publications and media to support the FCDC efforts.
Take a look at these job descriptions. Community programs and projects serve the Gainesville, Alachua County, or other Florida community by providing investment and support for people who need it most. All too often, the projects and communities that need the most support get the least. If you have experience working at a local community level, let us know. We are happy to field any questions. Send us your application with attached resume, cover letter, and any other qualifying information. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Community Projects Intern
● This intern will be responsible for staying in touch with one or more community projects. They will need to stay on top of each project they work on, and develop and commit to a timeline for each project. Finding the resources for each project and supporting the project team will be crucial. Providing support and outreach for each project will help it succeed.
● This intern will be responsible for requesting assistance from local professionals, other interns, university faculty, city staff, and anyone that is willing to donate their time, money, or energy to help see the projects succeed.
● This intern will help support other intern’s projects and provide resources and assistance to the FCDC team when needed.
Community Programs Intern
● This intern will be responsible for keeping the FCDC in touch with the community programs that operate within the city and county and providing them resources and support to succeed in their goals.
● This intern will write grants to provide support for the FCDC, the projects that flow through the FCDC, and the community programs that support local people. Previous grant writing experience is a plus.
● This intern will keep the FCDC updated of important volunteer opportunities and provide the outreach and support for some of these programs.
● Knowledge of various outreach tools from social media to newspapers and publications will help this intern succeed and provide support for community’s programs.
The two internships being offered will encompass the following responsibilities within the FCDC:
● One spring or fall semester part time internship commitment of 300 hours. That’s approximately 20 hours a week, half of which can be on your own time, half at the FCDC.
● Interns will select between multiple projects to allocate their work and resources. These projects can range from design projects to community development programs. All projects that flow through the FCDC are sustainability related. Previous volunteers and interns have worked on topics such as tiny houses and affordable housing, park design, landscape architecture, downtown parking, local business advocacy, and bike trails, among others. Choose a project that YOU want to work on, and you get to form a team to work on that project. This will encompass the majority of the experience.
● Interns will collectively be responsible for planning, designing, and distributing a monthly publication that will be shared with leaders in local government, business, and other organizations.
At least two students will be selected for these positions. Again, these are unpaid internships. If you have an internship requirement within your college or major, we will assist you in seeking to structure the experience to count as practical experience. For example, the Sustainability and the Built Environment major requires either a 6-credit internship or a 6-credit Practicum course. These internships will satisfy the Practicum course for SBE majors.
Here is the Google doc application to apply! Download it, complete it, and return it to Info@FLCDC.org. Or print it out and drop it by our office at 101 North Main Street.
Please include your resume, a brief cover letter telling us why you would like this opportunity, and any other qualifying material you would like to include (such as references, or examples of past work you have completed).
Please feel free to contact us with any questions! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us during regular business hours.
Randy Wells, Executive Director: (352) 318-9410
Executive director of the Florida Community Design Center Randolf Wells has advocated for returning vacant property to a productive use for the surrounding neighborhood and the city as a whole for seven years. This year his efforts were successful as the city formally accepted ownership of the closed US Army Reserve facility in east Gainesville, and repurposed the building as the new home of a growing local manufacturing firm Phalanx Defense Systems. The grounds have been designated as a new community park dedicated to the reservists who served and trained on this site for 51 years.
“My passion is finding creative ways to build capacity within our community,” explained Wells. “I help facilitate this by bringing together different groups who can combine resources and complement one another to achieve a shared vision.”
Wells volunteers as executive director of the Florida Community Design Center, but also serves on the boards of Friends of GRACE Marketplace, Welcoming Gainesville and Bike Florida. He is a member of the organizing committee for Bulla Cubana, a Cuban cultural festival planned for Gainesville between January and March 2017. In November, he will be on the Gainesville delegation (for the second time) to visit our Israeli and Palestinian sister cities of Kfar Saba and Qalqilya.
Get to Know Randy:
What is your go-to coffee order?
Cafe con leche with plenty of sugar (my grandfather called it “kid’s coffee”)
Who had the biggest impact on your life?
As a child, the biggest impact on my life was my grandfather. As an adult, the biggest has been my wife, Ondine
I’d like to invite you to a public meeting on October 12th to discuss the coordination of the Depot Avenue/SE 7th Avenue and the SE 4th Street construction projects. There will be a brief presentation describing the scope of work, the anticipated schedule, and temporary traffic control being considered. I hope you can attend and please help spread the word to any friends and neighbors you think may be interested.
What: Public Meeting about Depot Ave/SE 7th Avenue & 4th Street Reconstruction
Location: Historic Depot Building
Hosted by: City of Gainesville Public Works Department
If you have any further questions for me in the interim or would like to meet on site to discuss project specifics, please let me know and I’d be happy to meet when convenient for you.
Stefan Broadus, PE
Project Engineer IV
Public Works – City of Gainesville
Come join us to celebrate Gainesville’s historic Cotton Club, where Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington once performed! Learn about the history of the space and see artistic representations as well as the architectural drawings for the current renovation. We will be open from 7-10pm!
For August’s downtown Art Walk, the FCDC will feature drawings, photographs and memorabilia from the various partnerships involved in Depot Park’s fruition. We will be open from 7-10pm!