VHB is helping fast-track the completion of two new entry gateways to accommodate the University of Florida campus community. The Northeast and Newell Gateways serve as main entries into the campus, at an area where pedestrian safety has been a concern, as well as a link to the Innovation District in Downtown Gainesville.
VHB designers and engineers are working with the University, City of Gainesville, and Florida Department of Transportation on the enhancements, which include moving a gate house on the Northeast Gateway to allow for pedestrian and vehicular-friendly drop-off, adding bicycle and turn lanes, new hardscape with pavers, and a dedicated space for a future art installation. Two parking areas are being retrofitted with environmentally friendly stormwater treatment features via bio-retention swales which will collect stormwater runoff from the asphalt. The run-off will be treated within the swales before entering the stormwater system. The Newell Gateway improvements consist of closing the vehicular driveway at University Avenue and replacing it with a brick-paved plaza.
With features that elevate sustainability and pedestrian safety, The Northeast and Newell Gateways will serve as an important first impression for visitors and students and help orient parking and campus entry for both pedestrians and vehicular traffic.