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Baha Mar landscaping firm wins design award for West Bay Street redesign

Landscape architecture firm Foster Conant & Associates recently received the 2013 Award of Honor in the commercial category from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), for the redesigned West Bay Street area around Baha Mar.

The ASLA is a premier professional association for landscape architects with members based in the United States and 42 countries around the world.

In a press release issued by Baha Mar on the award yesterday, the company noted that the Award of Honor, judged by industry peers, recognizes “inspired and imaginative landscape architectural design that adds to the body of work in the landscape architecture profession.”

The West Bay Street project, considered a “remarkable display of landscape architecture” by the jury that granted the award, utilizes environmental factors to engage the local community and to create a safe, unique experience for pedestrians and drivers.

Energy efficient lighting is used to light the roadways while large, indigenous trees such as coconut trees and mature Royal Poinciana, Silk Cotton, Ficus and Kammalamme trees, transplanted from the old West Bay Street Park, are arranged along walkways to provide shade and a “sense of park”. Local landscaping companies maintain the scenic area and its new features, including the boardwalk overlook at Hobby Horse Lake.

The park also includes “signature décor” such as coral pink sidewalks, crushed queen conch shells used in the five roundabouts and Casuarina tree benches designed and produced by Bahamian artist Antonius Roberts.

“The new design of West Bay Street has enhanced the quality of life in the area, evidenced by the location’s popularity with wedding photographers, as a favorite route for walkers and joggers and as a place for families to enjoy local flora and fauna,” said the Baha Mar release announcing the award.

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