Port Everglades’ property management took advantage of Bill Savarese’s mural project, Reflections, to rethink the Amman Building’s entire exterior, which was a dull, industrial beige. Savarese became involved in the process and gave advice for new paint colors based on the mural. Today, crisp white walls and blue trim stand out among the industrial buildings and cargo ships. The management also installed new landscaping at the site, using matching blue mulch to surround new plantings.
“One of the tenants said she feels like she’s in a brand new building,” says Port Everglades Property Manager Jay Windsor. The mural, fresh paint and new landscaping have not only boosted the building tenants’ morale, they have also added beauty to Eisenhower Boulevard, a main thoroughfare.
Port Everglades has an active Art in Public Places program, which designates 2 percent of all new building construction costs to art—its construction, maintenance and art outreach. To reflect the port’s Everglades name, most of the art works are water-themed by design. By and large, they are installed indoors in cruise terminals where they enhance passenger experiences.
Savarese’s Reflections will serve all the people who use the port, including its workers, as a much-needed addition to the Port Everglades’ landscape. Beautification of industrial areas certainly goes a long way.