Indian Harbour Beach Police Station
1835 South Patrick Drive, Indian Harbour Beach 32937
Designed By: Susan Hall Landscape Architecture, Inc.
Installed By: LSP Landscape, Palm Bay.
Started: Fall of 2020
Percentage of Native Plants: 85%
Unique Features and Animals: Wildlife consists of lizards, hawks, wax myrtles/birds, Coonties/endangered Atalya Butterfly, Live Oaks/birds.
Landscape Description: In September of 2020, the City of Indian Harbor Beach voted to proceed with the construction of its new police headquarters located at 1835 South Patrick Drive. The new 13,000 square-foot building and a new stand-alone storage building were constructed by local general contractor, W&J Construction. A special emphasis was placed on energy conservation, with a design and construction goal to qualify for a GREEN BUILDING Certification. This extended into the landscape design for the overall site, as well.
Native trees and palms, including Florida Thatch Palms, Gumbo Limbo Trees, Live Oaks, Sabal Palms, Seagrape Trees and Slash Pines make up the majority of the plant palette. Native shrubs and groundcovers included the use of Spider Lily, Florida Coontie, Silver Saw Palmettos, Silver Buttonwoods, Wax Myrtles, Ilex and Pink Muhly Grasses. Some drought-tolerant non-native selections were also incorporated into the site landscape design providing pops of color and further interest.
A young specimen Royal Poinciana Tree was selected by the Police Department to be placed in the front of the building as a memorial tree for a fallen officer.
This project has weathered well since completion and plant materials have thrived in the beachside soils which tend to be drier throughout the year. Shell was used as a mulch material to compliment the architecture, paint color selections and provide a coastal theme.”