The Sunny Side of Life

Universal solar is the fastest and most cost-effective way to bring more solar to more Floridians. Prosser is nearing the completion of four design/build projects for one of Florida Power & Light (FP&L) Company’s contractors who are building zero-emission solar farms for power generation.

Prosser lent our talents to FP&L’s Coral Farms Solar Energy Center (Putnam County), Horizon Solar Energy Center (Alachua and Putnam counties), Indian River Solar Energy Center (Indian River County), and Wildflower Solar Energy Center (DeSoto County). Each of the farms consist of approximately 330,000 solar panels situated on 500 to 700 acres. Some are located adjacent to existing FP&L solar farms while others are completely new locations for the utility. Prosser received plans for the four farms and revised them to make them functional. These large-scale, universal solar energy centers will have a positive impact on delivering cleaner, more reliable electricity. Everything was pre-permitted when Prosser received it.

Ken Stewart, Ben Combs, and Ryan Stilwell faced repeated challenges not only because each farm is located in a different county with their own unique set of land development regulations (buffers, stormwater, roadway), but because his redesign was being conducted while the contractor was building the solar arrays. They are discovering things in the field that are not working and need Prosser’s help to quickly correct. Greg Will was able to meet the demanding timeframe offered to complete these four designs on schedule. Following these successes, Prosser was awarded the design of two more farms!

Prosser Engineers An African Forest at the Jacksonville Zoo

For nearly 15 years, Prosser has been providing civil engineering services to the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens. Beginning with a stormwater master plan that accounted for future renovations, Prosser Principal, Ryan Stilwell, has led the civil design efforts to construct several projects including a new Administration Building, the Asian Garden and Komodo Dragon exhibit, the four-acre Kids Play Park, Giraffe Overlook and Savannah Blooms Garden, Trout River Plaza, Manatee and Land of the Tiger exhibits. All projects adhered to the Zoo’s Master Plan objectives to ensure they remain a botanical garden. The new giraffe and tiger exhibits provide the animals choices by providing them the ability to retreat to an area out of view of spectators as well as offering them space to wander via a new trail system. These options for the animals contributes to their wellness – a benefit that is very important to directors and zoo staff.

The Zoo sought out Prosser’s help to provide similar design services to their gorillas, bonobos, siamangs and other apes as part of the African Forest project. Prosser’s Jeff Mason is shepherding the civil work for the new acre-and-a-half African Forest. Demolition on the $7 million project began in early July and is scheduled to continue until summer 2018. Mason is re-routing utilities and stormwater management to support the new layout. The long history of the zoo is providing some challenges, but nothing we cannot overcome. All animals will stay on-site instead of visiting other zoos, and the apes will have access to indoor and outdoor space during the renovation of their homes. The Zoo has experienced incredible growth in the past few years, now seeing 1 million attendees a year. The Zoo’s growth will continue as the 2017 Master Plan is realized, and Prosser is thankful to play a role in these exciting times at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Sidney J. Gefen Riverwalk Park
Jacksonville, Florida

Under Continuing Services Contracts (CSCs), Prosser, Inc. has been providing services at many City Parks for the City of Jacksonville for many years. One of the parks that we are currently working on under this CSC is the Sidney J. Gefen Riverwalk Park (Gefen Park) which resides along the North Bank Riverwalk.

At Gefen Park, Prosser prepared the design and permit plans for the demolition of a dilapidated wooden bridge, and has completed partial filling of an existing cove. Prosser’s scope also includes the installation of new, decorative Riverwalk paving and construction of a new kayak launch which is currently underway for future public use.

Beautifully landscaped, Gefen Park provides great views of both downtown Jacksonville and the St. Johns River, with benches and paths located throughout the park for the public to use and enjoy. The park is named after the late Sidney Josef “Sid” Gefen who passed away in 2015 at the age of 95. Gefen was a long-time resident of Jacksonville (75 years) and a well-respected businessman, community leader, and visionary leader for Florida’s growing tourism industry.

Prosser’s work at the park increases safety while providing additional features, and the new kayak launch will add to the benefits of the park for residents and visitors to our City. The paths are wide enough for both bicyclists and pedestrians to travel and enjoy, with plenty of parking available as well. The improvements taking place at the park are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

First Coast founds NDIA Chapter

On August 24, 2017, the First Coast became the 27th Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). The NDIA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded for the purpose of educating its constituencies on all aspects of national security. The NDIA First Coast Chapter (NDIA FC) represents Northeast Florida, Northern Central Florida and Southeast Georgia. For nearly 100 years, the NDIA has provided a platform through which leaders in government, industry and academia can collaborate and provide solutions to advance the national security and defense needs of our nation.

Pictured from left to right with NDIA FC Designation: Jason Hayes (Congressional Liaison), John Prather (Co-Director of Programs), Bryan Burt (Co-Military Liaison), Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04), David Holloway (Treasurer), Brett Ulander (Chapter President), Mike Chan (Co-Military Liaison), Jennifer Otero (NDIA FC Secretary), General Craig McKinley (Past President and CEO of National NDIA), and Prosser’s Elizabeth May (Vice President at Large) and Sarah King (Co-Director Programs)

To celebrate the new chapter, NDIA FC hosted a VIP Inaugural Reception at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club on October 30th. Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) served as guest speaker for the event along with special guest, General Craig McKinley who recently retired as the NDIA National CEO and President. General McKinley currently serves as the Chair of Employer Support for the National Guard and Reserve, and as Senior Advisor to the new First Coast Chapter. Prosser was represented by Elizabeth May and Sarah King (both serve on the NDIA FC Charter Board of Directors) as well as Brad Davis, Adam Kinslow and Katelynn Kinslow. Brad Davis gave the invocation and spoke to attendees about Prosser’s history and capabilities. Companies and agencies in attendance included Northrop Grumman, Rolls Royce, Amec Foster Wheeler, Raytheon, Andromeda Systems, USO, SBA, K-9 for Warriors, congressional staff, News4Jax, the Jacksonville Business Journal, and many more. Also in attendance were several military retirees, senior industry leaders, congressional staff, active duty military, and GS representatives for organizations such as NAVAIR’S Fleet Readiness Center Southeast and the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office - PMA272.

All speakers stated that the NDIA FC was long overdue in the Tri-Region and were very grateful to Prosser for the critical role we played in forming both NDIA FC and Women-In-Defense First Coast (WID FC is an affiliate of NDIA). Northeast Florida’s strong military presence has a significant economic impact on the region that provides stability and diversity within the local community. Area military installations such as Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, Kings Bay Naval Base, Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Naval Aviation Depot Jacksonville, Marine Corps Base Blount Island, Fort Stewart Army Base, Hunter Army Airfield, Moody AFB, Florida Army and Air National Guard and associated headquarters provide employment to more than 50,000 active duty, reserve and civilian men and women. Of the personnel who exit the military each year, more than 3,000 choose to remain in the region, with the collective number of retirees exceeding 150,000. These veterans provide a steady stream of highly skilled and disciplined workers for area businesses. The region’s military presence creates an economic impact of $11.9 million in Gross Regional Product, 108,901 Jobs and $791.8 million in procurement dollars. NDIA FC will liaison with all regional defense contractors and military installations.

True Blue 2017 Golf Fundraiser Scores Big for Navy Families

Ryan Stilwell, Shaun Fountain, and Michael Panczykowski represented Prosser in the True Blue Golf Fundraiser at the Sawgrass Country Club in early October. Elizabeth May was on hand (for her 3rd year) to photograph the event for the organization.

True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors, Inc. is the vision of Sharon Ellis, who helped establish this all-volunteer 501(c)(3)nonprofit in 2012.

Our ongoing support of True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors has enjoyed loads of gratitude from Sharon Ellis and team as we have supported the golf fundraiser as well as the work we all know and love: Lake Wonderwood! True Blue’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of our local Jacksonville Navy sailors and their families. To accomplish this mission, they will take on long-term projects that have a sustainable impact on their life experiences.

Since their inception, they have been hard at work on their first $1.4M major project approved by former Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. True Blue is gifting monies to turn Naval Station Mayport’s Lake Wonderwood into a recreational area.

In April 2014, Prosser was selected to provide Architectural Design of the Lake Wonderwood Multi-Use Trail. Envisioned to benefit 7,000 sailors and more than 800 families, Lake Wonderwood Multi-Use Trail will be a multifaceted recreational amenity that includes fitness, environmental, educational, family gathering opportunities and passive recreation. It will also serve as a safe passage route for families and children to access school. More specifically, Lake Wonderwood Multi-Use Trail will be a paved path, approximately one mile in length comprised of themed trailheads, sitting areas, parking areas, play and picnic areas, grills, fitness stations and lake access.

JBJ Partners in Philanthropy Award

Prosser was recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal for our support of charities and philanthropic enterprises.

During 2016, we provided over 1400 hours of volunteer time across numerous philanthropic efforts to include: assisting the needy, medical research, supporting the troops, STEM and Student empowerment projects, and professional development for rising professionals. Much of this donation of time was gifted after hours or on weekends. Peggy Szykowny, Tony Robbins and Elizabeth May accepted the award on behalf of all the wonderful volunteers at Prosser.

Prosser Takes a Swing at UNF's 4th Annual Build Putt Give Event

On September 20th, Prosser Staff participated in the 4th Annual Build Putt Give event at UNF.

This is a wonderful local event that raises both funds for UNF Student Scholarships, and food donations to feed local families in need through the Feeding Northeast Florida program.

The various companies that participate design and construct a miniature golf hole out of food donations from canned goods, to cereal boxes to pasta – a mini course designed of non-perishable foods that feed hungry families. This year, Prosser Staff built a Solar Farm Golf Hole . Golfers teed off against a series of solar panel rows which, if not cleared, rejected the ball back to the tee position. The putting green was comprised of donated food items which served as obstacles to guard the hole. Prosser’s entire office donated food items. The Prosser Team that designed and constructed the hole was comprised of the following Staff: Ben Combs, Jeff Mason, and Derek Kelsay (pictured), as well as, Sarah King, Jenny Urcan, Tony Robbins, Will Lyon, Francis Dobleo, Austin Chapman, and Rich Palmisano.


Prosser support for “Make a Difference Days”

Over the years, Prosser has supported numerous "Make a Difference Days" focusing on project areas as described below and we continue to look forward to these events and other projects in years to come!

October, 2016 - Make a Difference Day A pavilion shelter with BBQs, tables and trash receptacles donated by Taco Bell and Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF) is installed at Lake Wonderwood.
August, 2016 - Prairie Trailhead Pathway True Blue is selected as the First Coast News MADD Partner for the 4th Straight year! 
Volunteers cleaned up debris from Hurricane Matthew and re-mulched the playgrounds.
July, 2016 - A New Bridge Thanks to a generous donation from The Herbert and Gertrude Halverstadt Foundation, a beautiful new bridge was installed.
June, 2016 - Pavilion ready for BBQs A pavilion shelter with BBQs, tables and trash receptacles donated by Taco Bell and Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF) was installed at Lake Wonderwood.

October, 2015 - Make a Difference Day: Playground Installed

True Blue is selected as the First Coast News MADD Partner for the 3rd Straight year!
Playground equipment donated by Taco Bell and Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF) was installed at Lake Wonderwood.



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