Healthcare campus is critical as the population of Panama City Beach, Florida continues to grow.
The increase in newcomers to the area is due to the nearby 3,500-unit Latitude Margaritaville residential development, currently under construction. In addressing the upcoming need for medical care in the area, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Florida State University College of Medicine, and St. Joe Company are partnering to develop a medical healthcare campus on approximately 87 acres, in Panama City Beach. The project includes a phased approach to development that will ultimately include a hospital and associated ancillary medical facilities.
The first development phase includes a master plan for an 80,000 SF, four-story medical office building. It will start with providing primary and urgent care, with the potential for ortho and cardiology with a surgery center.
As civil engineer on the project, Alliant’s master planning effort considers ultimate roadway expansions and growth projections for the next 10 to 30 years. This forecast shows that access, site circulation, and wayfinding are critical factors to patient and visitor satisfaction. The patient/visitor experience encompasses all sensory elements, from initial campus visibility on approach to the ease of departure following each campus visit.
Panama City’s vibrant bicycle and pedestrian scene infused with the need for emergency vehicle access are design components that will set the tone for this new corridor, as development expands to future parcels. Storm surge, flood resilience, and stormwater management in this area of the country have significant impacts on overall project cost. Alliant is maximizing stormwater efficiency to reduce the amount of fill required on-site to limit adverse cost implications while maximizing density and developable area.
“This project requires smart and ongoing collaboration with eight design firms, the owner-developer, and the end user – very exciting!”
– Joe Schofield, PE
Senior Project Engineer
When the new campus is complete it will provide ready access to medical care for the area’s growing population. Read more about this project here.