The Mosaic Company, the world’s leading producer of phosphate-based crop nutrients and one of Florida’s largest landowners, had a vision of showcasing the potential of previously mined land while creating needed job opportunities. The result of this commitment to environmental and economic sustainability is Streamsong Resort, a luxury golf, spa, and nature-based retreat nestled within 16,000 acres between Tampa and Orlando in rural Polk County, Florida. The project consists of a three-story golf clubhouse and a six-story, 305,000-square-foot lodge together featuring 228 luxury guest rooms, conference center, full-service spa, lakeside infinity pool, fine and casual dining restaurants, a rooftop bar, and outdoor amenities including guided bass fishing, sporting clays, tennis courts, and hiking and birding trails.
Streamsong Resort, a luxury golf, spa, and
nature-based retreat in Polk County, Florida.
Surrounded by nature as far as the eye can see,
Streamsong offers a golf experience like no other
resort in Florida.
WHAT LIES BENEATH
It’s not just the resort’s abundant natural beauty that makes Streamsong unique, but also what lies beneath the surface—literally. Visitors to the site would likely be surprised to learn of the area’s history as a phosphate mine given the verdant 18-hole golf courses and stunning resort facilities built on the previously mined site. The PCL project team worked hard to create a vacation destination, applying science and engineering to produce a work of art. If the landscape proved challenging, so too did the regulations and standards that governed work on the development. Mosaic’s mining activities are regulated under Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) safety regulations rather than those of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)—a regulatory regime with which PCL is far more familiar. The PCL project team was able to build a relationship with Mosaic by demonstrating the merits of PCL’s rigorous safety program, eventually winning the client’s trust and support for PCL’s safety policy as the governing safety program for the project.
A FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY
PCL helped execute Mosaic’s vision by creating a destination that celebrates the region’s ecology and heritage. Streamsong celebrates the “natural” Florida most visitors to the state never get to see. The resort is home to a rich assortment of wild animals, including deer, quail, wild hogs, otters, numerous species of birds, and—of course, it being central Florida—a few alligators. In addition to building a stunning, modern resort that invites guests to appreciate the impressive biodiversity of the area, the design and construction focused on sustainability at each stage of the build and throughout the project’s lifecycle, and factored in environmental beauty and economic viability. Support systems for the resort, such as its water and wastewater treatment plants, help minimize the impact of the development on the environment. Ultimately, Streamsong demonstrates the potential for smart, sustainable development to restore land to its natural state and PCL’s ability to make positive contributions to the areas in which it operates.