City of Fort Myers Downtown Utility & Streetscape Improvements

The City of Fort Myers, Florida sought a firm to provide professional engineering services for the Downtown Utility & Streetscape Improvements. The project focus was on streetscape and utility improvements and upgrades within the downtown core business district.

Serving as the prime consultant and working under a direct contract with the City, DRMP oversaw infrastructure improvements to City-owned utilities (including water, wastewater and reuse water) and implemented a downtown master plan developed by renowned architect and urban planner Andres Duany.

DRMP provided design, permitting, and construction administration services for replacement of 9-miles of water, reclaimed water, and sewer mains in the crowded downtown right-of-way.  The design assumed that the existing water and sewer systems would remain operative until the new systems were completed allowing a quick switch over and minimal down time for the City’s utility customers.  DRMP also provided a utility master plan for the downtown Fort Myers area, which included hydraulic modeling and redesign of the existing Master Lift Station. The project involved coordinating with the 17 other utilities that had infrastructure in the right-of-way. 

The project also required a master plan for utilities for the entire downtown district, to accommodate future growth predicted along the Caloosahatchee River, as well as conceptual planning and design of new sidewalks and pedestrian amenities.  Permitting was completed for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), City of Fort Myers, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

In partnership with Andres Duany and Kraft Construction, DRMP designed and created a downtown area with updated infrastructure and utilities. These enhancements preserve the historical feel of the Fort Myer’s downtown area while promoting the city’s tourism.


  • 2010 Honor Award in Engineering Excellence from Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE)
  • 2010 “Project of the Year” award in the Historical Restoration/Preservation category by the Florida Chapter Awards Committee of the American Public Works Association (APWA)
  • 2010 Roy F. Kenzie Award for Best Capital Projects/Beautification, Fort Myers Redevelopment Agency (FMRA)




Key Facts




City of Fort Myers



  • Water, wastewater and reuse water

  • Paving

  • Drainage and grading plan

  • Roadway and intersection design

  • Traffic and signalization design

  • Traffic control plans

  • Stormwater management

  • Parking analysis

  • Permitting

  • Bidding and post design services

Services Provided:

Construction Services


Ecological Services

Land Development

Structural Engineering

Subsurface Utility Engineering

Surveying & Mapping


Utilities Engineering

Water Resources/Stormwater Management