Sarasota County, FL – Construction for the new South Sarasota Office of the Tax Collector is set to begin by fall of this year. Fawley Bryant Architects is nearing completion of the new facility’s design, and Tandem Construction will manage the construction.
The 10,750-square-foot facility will provide a full range of services for the community including driver’s license testing previously handled by the State of Florida. In addition to a modern driving test course, the 5.74-acre site, located south of Clark Road on Sawyer Loop Road, will feature extensive parking and a drive-thru service window.
According to Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates, “My staff and I are very excited about the efficiencies for customer service in this new building, especially with driving tests being closer to South County residents and easily accessible from I-75.”
The building’s contemporary design concepts will maximize the flexibility and convenience of services offered to the community. The new facility will include a customer-friendly waiting area, a modernized queuing system and up to 24 customer service stations. Multipurpose rooms will offer flexibility for administering driver examinations and processing concealed weapons permit applications. Additionally, property, business and tourist tax payments, vehicle/vessel titles & registrations, and hunting & fishing licenses will be processed at this location.
“The goal of the project’s design was to create a space that will enhance the experience for both customers and employees. By studying current trends, utilizing technological concepts, and ‘future proofing’ the building for potential expansion and change, the team was able to create design solutions that maximize the Tax Collector’s 21st century operation,” stated Jedd Heap, Project Architect.
The project has been designed to meet LEED Silver standards and the strict energy requirements of the County’s 2030 Challenge. To these ends, the utilization of proper site orientation, natural lighting, and deep building overhangs help the building to perform efficiently. In addition, the building’s mechanical and electrical systems will provide efficient use of power and resources.
Architect: Fawley Bryant Architects
Contractor: Tandem Construction
Civil Engineer: Stantec
Structural Engineer: Hees & Associates
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing: QDG Engineering Connections
For more information, visit www.fawley-bryant.com
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