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WESCO Designs Water Features at the Mall at University Town Center

Dec 01, 2014 03:05AM

Building on Sarasota’s long-standing tradition of excellence in architecture, The Mall at University Town Center (UTC) was designed to be a beautiful, sustainable and high-tech addition to the Sarasota landscape. WESCO Fountains, Inc., of North Venice designed and installed the four fountains that add ambiance and beauty  to the upscale mall.

The water features include a 30’ x 10’ stainless steel basin with three light boxes that emerge from the Miami Beach pebble-filled basin. The 80’ perimeter of the Interior Entry Fountain, the smallest of the four water features, is a weir that spills over into a steel grate, creating an infinity edge.

A U-shaped basin surrounds the glass elevator in the Grand Court. Like the Interior Entry Fountain, this stainless steel basin is filled with Miami Beach pebbles and the perimeter creates an infinity edge, but what makes this fountain the undeniable focal point of the Grand Court is the six jets that “dance” to a choreography of color-changing LED lights.

An Elevated Reflection Pool has been installed outside Saks Fifth Avenue. This 5’x50’ stainless steel basin was welded onsite to create one solid piece and, like the two interior fountains, the 110’ perimeter has an infinity edge and the basin holds 1.5 tons of Miami Beach pebbles.

The elegant design of the exterior water features is made possible by two underground equipment vaults with paver set hatches that house the feature and filter pumps, filtration systems, dual-stage electronic water level controls and custom-built control panels. The interior fountains are controlled from a state-of-the-art equipment room that houses equipment similar to that of the underground vaults, and a chemical room where acid and chlorine levels are continually monitored and automatically adjusted.

Locations: UTC is located at I-75 and University Parkway in Sarasota. WESTCO Fountains is located at 3440 Technology Dr., North Venice. Call 941-484-8224 or visit

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