The Islands of Adventure is the second gate in the Universal Florida Resort. Dan Herman, as Principal in Charge for another firm, directed the detailed site design for all six lands as well as the overall project management for the entire area development design team. The six highly themed lands were all designed with different plant and hardscape palettes. Port of Entry was designed to resemble the worn interesting back streets found in the oldest port cities of the world. Seuss Landing used intense colors in paving and unusual formed/textured trees to reinforce the famous Seuss stories. Lost Continent used rockwork, evergreen oaks and palms to recreate the Meditteranean images in the minds of guests. Jurassic Park used abundant tropical plantings and simulated dirt for the paving. Toon Lagoon featured cartoon rocks and wood while allowing the landscape-planting fall into the background. Super Hero used trees clipped in tight forms, stainless steel rail systems and terrazzo pavement to simulate the desired comic book imagery.

Project management responsibilities included coordination with the six separate architectural teams, graphics, and lighting consultants and the daily management of civil, structural, MEP, garden architecture and costing consultants. The project has won numerous awards.

Location: Orlando, Florida


Port of Entry – VOA

Suess Landing – HKS

Lost Continent – Gruen

Jurassic Park – Svedrup

Toon Lagoon – Coleman Casky

Super Heroes – Spillis Candellas

Owner: Universal Studios

Implementation Cost: $74 million (area development)

Date of Completion: 1999