Transit/Utilities Projects

The success of a community depends upon its ability to move people and products as efficiently as possible. Transportation is key. ZHA has experience in a variety of transportation projects. Mass transit, including airport people movers and MagLev rail, is an example of transportation sector work that we have in our project portfolio. We've provided program management, and have been the owner's representative on several expressway projects in Central Florida. We have also contributed construction engineering and inspection services, and had a highway maintenance management contract with the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority.

Featured Projects


OOCEA Administration-Operations Center
Administration & Operations Center
Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority – Orlando, Florida

ZHA provided on-site construction administration and owner's representation services for the new OOCEA Administration and Operations Center building. Which will serve as the Administrative offices as well as the Operations Center for the Expressway Authority, including computer monitoring of the expressway's road system and toll collections.

This building includes:

  • Office areas with full IT capabilities; 14 conference rooms of various capacities; 1,500 sf computer room with a raised floor as well as stand-alone air conditioning, emergency UPS power, and fire protection; 350 kW Emergency generator with a 2,000 gallon storage tank; Board meeting room; and a fully ducted supply and return air distribution system
Turnpike Service Plaza Study
Turnpike Service Plaza Strategic Plan
Florida Turnpike Enterprise – Orlando, Florida

ZHA developed a comprehensive space program that promotes development of facilities that respond to the service demands of patrons using the Turnpike. A demand driven approach to develop space requirements was utilized to facilitate development that meets the needs of the Turnpike's patrons and takes into account profitability.

The Service Plazas on Florida's Turnpike evolved over time to meet the needs of the Turnpike's patrons. From the early rest stops to restaurant facilities with services, today's larger more inviting facilities have served the Turnpike and its patrons reasonably well in past years.

Much like the early rest stops evolved into service plazas, the new facilities or Travel Islands will provide goods and services that reflect current trends in the industry and provide adaptability for the future. The travel island concept provides patrons with more options and choices. The "Shops & Eateries" formalizes the marketplace concept of providing food/beverage and retail options along the Turnpike or "Florida's Main Street." The introduction of a convenience store or "Gas & Go" at each location provides a quick stop option that is not available to all of today's patrons. Depending on market potential, some locations should provide unique features such as a business center for commuters, hotel/meeting center, education and entertainment (edu-tainment) venues, truck friendly facilities with full amenities, and a welcome center. In all cases, the size, intensity, theme and presence of additional venues will be influenced by the surrounding market and patronage.

Port-to-Port Corridor
Port-to-Port Corridor Study
Orlando International Airport to Port Canaveral, Florida

ZHA was selected by the Orlando International Airport and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission to prepare an economic planning study for the corridor connecting Orlando International Airport and Port Canaveral. The purpose is to develop innovative themes for economic development that will complement both transportation hubs. The study will promote smart growth that protects the fragile environment along this corridor. It is a regional approach that combines presently fragmented public, private and civic sectors.

ZHA used its planning expertise, creative approach to problem-solving, knowledge of the area, and its NASA, USAF and OIA client experience as a solid basis for the study. The economic role of the port, the economic engine of the airport, and the high-tech operations at the Kennedy Space Center and the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing provide the starting point for the study.

FDOT Project Management Handbook
Project Management Handbook
Florida Department of Transportation

Because the Florida Department of Transportation executes numerous projects every year, it wanted to produce a handbook with managerial guidelines for both FDOT and consultant project managers.

Working with prime consultant LHS Consulting, ZHA contributed content and graphics to produce a comprehensive handbook that covers all FDOT project phases, from planning to maintenance. This resource provides an overview of the Department's project development and implementation process and outlines the steps that should be considered when managing an FDOT project.

The handbook is geared toward technically qualified project managers who are not familiar with FDOT procedures and practices; however, it also is a reference work that can benefit all project managers.

Part 1 of the handbook discusses issues common to all project managers; Part 2 addresses phase-specific project management issues.

Heintzelman Boulevard
Heintzelman Boulevard
Orlando, Florida

ZHA provided planning and design management for a new four-lane road and bridge project between the Bee Line Expressway (S.R. 528) and South Access Road. The project included six miles of roadway, two culverts, six bridges and a "top-down" bridge construction technique through wetlands.

I-Drive Study
Transit Assessment
International Drive District – Orlando, Florida

ZHA's assignment was to create a transit assessment for the International Drive district, which includes hotels, retail businesses, theme parks, the Orange County Convention Center, industrial facilities, and other private and public employers that operate on or near International Drive.

The area's transportation planning challenge is to improve mobility for the approximately 250,000 people who use the area each day.

The study's purpose was to provide information and facilitate discussions toward determining whether a consensus existed among business owners along International Drive that a fixed-guideway system may be needed to efficiently move people along the corridor.

ZHA conducted meetings with stakeholders to identify the goals a transit system should achieve and the criteria it should meet. We reviewed past plans and studies and provided assessments of fixed guideway technologies and identified and evaluated possible fixed guideway corridors.