WINDMARK BEACH Town Center, Port St. Joe, Florida

Light pollution control and wildlife habitats

The 14-acre town center at WindMark Beach is an important focal point and gathering place overlooking the St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve. With over 200 acres of the overall master plan for WindMark Beach preserved for native turtles and other wildlife habitats, it was important to minimize the impact of the town center. As the master plan manager, Philip worked with the local planners, civil engineers and landscape architects to produce a town center land plan that addressed the sensitivity of the area. The plan included building design guidelines that called for sustainable construction materials and environmentally friendly technology to reduce impact on wildlife habitats. For example, tinted windows were required for buildings overlooking the water while low street lights and beach walk LED lighting reduced light pollution, especially on the beach and other wildlife conservation areas. Older environmental remedies were also used; several town center buildings and some single family homes included a ‘dog trot’ or breezeway to allow natural cooling. This design element reduced the load on the town center’s centralized cooling system, contained in the iconic tower that marks the entrance to WindMark Beach. In 2007 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission certified WindMark Beach a "Wildlife Friendly" community, the first of its kind in the state of Florida.

Project size: 14 acres
Completion: Phase I - 2008

Buildings were deliberately set back from the beach and its protective sand dunes.
A restaurant balcony at sunset
Low street lights and beach walk LED lighting reduces light pollution.
Careful detailing based on local architectural traditions.
Apartments with a view of the beach
Deep porches help reduce glare on the retail streets.
High ceilings and large protected balconies.

WINDMARK BEACH Town Center

Port St. Joe, Florida