Southwood Plantation is composed of oak-laced rolling hills and a strand of natural lakes and ponds that meanders through the landscape. Sasaki was engaged to create a master plan for a new community on the picturesque 3,200-acre site. The plan combines the conventions of traditional American town with deep respect for and integration with the natural environment.
Southwood's community framework focuses on the 123-acre Central Park. The land uses are arranged to draw together the activities of a traditional main street: a K-12 public school, the community recreation center, a golf clubhouse, and an adjoining neighborhood. The existing Satellite Office Complex of the State of Florida, which employs over 10,000 people, is integrated into the community, providing walk-to-work opportunities for the community's residents. The urban pedestrian neighborhood is comprised of a range of housing types, including moderately priced units. Townhouses border the streets close to Central Park while homes with broad verandas stretch along tree-lined roads and overlook the golf course. In order to preserve the landscape, land uses are assigned according to the ability of the landscape to absorb development. For example, the lowest-density housing was situated in forested areas to preserve the mature live oaks.
Sasaki developed a linear park and continuous trail system that embraces the existing lakes and streams. The plan preserves distinctive groves of trees and open fields in their entirety, and situates a large park around a large centrally-located lake.