The Lagoon at Epperson
Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Award of Merit
Owner: Metro Development Group
General Contractor: B.T.G. General Contractors LLC
Lead Design Firm: Heidt Design
Lagoon Contractor: PCL Construction Services
Structural/Civil/MEP Engineer: Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.
The first man-made crystalline lagoon of its kind in the U.S. caused challenges for the local permitting agency, which had never permitted anything like it. The seven-and-a-half-acre lagoon features a beach, swim-up bar, water slide, climbing wall, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and an entertainment pavilion with an 18-ft by 12-ft LED screen. Monitored, controlled and operated by a cloud-based control center, the lagoon’s specially designed systems and sensors continually report physicochemical and other water quality parameters. Mechanical and hydraulic systems are activated and controlled, allowing constant monitoring and continuous operation of the lagoon, ensuring excellent water quality.