quot;The materials of planning are the sky, space,
trees, steel and concrete in that order and in that
Everyone sees things differently. With over fifteen years of experience, Craig R.
Thurmond & Associates, Inc. CRT, sees things others overlook. Like the visions of the
past, the reality of today’s complicated world and even the outlook for tomorrow. At
CRT, our goal is to work with the environment, learn from past visions and “envision”
the future. We are dedicated to solving the realities of today’s complicated and complex
world. And most importantly, our community and clients deserve nothing less than the
never-ending effort to plan for tomorrow. Through our “envisioning” and “planning”
process, CRT separates itself from other firms by not only creating the vision for the
project, but by creating a working plan that the design team brings to life. Our next step
in our process is “vision management”, here CRT makes sure the details of the vision are
carried out and the details executed to support the success of the vision and plan.
Envisioning Sketch Final Master Plan Rendering
We at CRT recognize that the success of any professional service firm is dependent upon
the satisfaction of its clients. We also recognize that successful developments demand the
expertise of more than one design discipline. In addition to our experienced staff, CRT
employs an interdisciplinary approach to its projects and often collaborates with experts
in other fields such as architecture, engineering, economic and market research, ecology,
historic preservation, golf course architecture, construction managers and media.
The diversity of the firm’s staff enables CRT to practice its expertise in many regions of
the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our knowledge of new technology,
quality and service to our clients is CRT’s commitment to excellence.
CRT’s Envisioning, Planning and Landscape Architecture projects vary from; town and
community planning, resorts and hotel planning, master planned communities, urban
entertainment facilities and neo-traditional neighborhood design. Our firm has been
currently involved with these significant projects: Rosemary Beach, Sandestin Resort,
The Village of Baytowne Wharf, En Soleil, Prominence Florida, Gulf Place, Martinique
and Harbour Village at Historic St. Andrews. Other projects Craig Thurmond has been
involved in include: Disney’s Westside and Animal Kingdom, Augusta National Golf
Club, Atlantis Casino and Resort, The Grand Casino, Hyatt Beach House and Sandals
Porto Saupie Resort in Bahia, Brazil.
At CRT, we are not a firm content to rest on our past achievements. CRT’s visions while
combined with the realities of today are the foundation for where our firm can go
tomorrow. CRT’s focus is on preserving the natural environment, while making sure that
our client’s goals are successfully achieved. By providing harmony from within a
projects natural environment, we at CRT feel that our visions can become a reality while
preserving even the most delicate balance between man and nature for tomorrow’s
“We see our commitment to the creation of quality oriented environments. CRT is a firm
whose goal is to create new places that rebuild a relationship between man and nature.
Places people want to live, work and play. Places where everyday you can experience the
visions, realities and the unfolding outlook of what tomorrow may bring. With these
Goals, we at CRT firmly believe that we will make the world a better place,”
Craig R. Thurmond
President / Planner
Craig R. Thurmond: President / Director of Planning of Craig R. Thurmond and Associates, Inc.
Craig Thurmond brings to the design team 16 years of professional experience in planning, project management, and
landscape architecture. As President/Creative Director, Craig is responsible for a variety of projects ranging from “New
Urbanism” master plans, village planning, resort condominium planning, amenity design, to detailed landscape architectural
construction documents and construction management.
Prior to 1999, Craig practiced planning and landscape architecture throughout the Southeastern United States with several
firms, including LandDesign Research, Inc. He was a principal with Tunnell-Spangler & Associates, an office director for
Reece, Hoopes & Fincher, Destin, Florida office, and an associate with Edward D. Stone Jr. & Associates (EDSA). His
background in construction management adds a unique dimension to his planning efforts and detail landscape architectural
As a planner and landscape designer, Craig has designed many mixed-use residential, commercial and resort projects in
twenty-one states, South America, Mexico and in the Caribbean. The following are recent or current projects in which
Craig is involved:
Porto Saupie condominium resort featuring a water feature
(Porto Saupie, Brazil) Master plan design and on- pool, a formal plaza with fountains and lush
site charette for four, five-star resorts and landscape.
Harbour Village (Panama City Beach, Florida) Master plan and
(Panama City, Florida) Located in the St construction drawings for an 85-unit Traditional
Andrews Area CRA, CRT provided Envisioning, Neighborhood Development on St. Andrew’s
Master Planning, and Construction drawings for a Bay.
116 residential unit mixed use development.
Features include garage terrace garden and International Harbor at Riviera Beach
12,000 square feet of commercial space. (Riviera Beach, Florida) CRT is working with the
Master Developer Group (Viking Yachts and The
The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Portfolio Group), the City of Riviera Beach, and
Resort the CRA to recreate Riviera Beach. Along with
(Sandestin, Florida) CRT and CPC, working with the redesign and redevelopment of the working
Stevenson & Associates from Vancouver, British waterfront, CRT has helped the City to envision a
Columbia, were responsible for the landscape and new mixed use village center, more traditional
hardscape design and construction administration neighborhoods and an additional large scale town
for this mixed use, urban entertainment and center.
residential resort community.
Hyatt Beach House
Gulf Place (Key West, Florida) A Hyatt Resort Time Share
(Santa Rosa Beach, Florida) Design of the with a native “Keys” look.
detailed working drawings for the new town
center component for this mixed use development Tallulah Gorge State Park
(Tallulah Falls, Georgia) A multi-use,
En Soleil interpretive trail for the State of Georgia Park
(Panama City Beach, Florida) Master plan and Improvements.
construction drawings for an 88 unit luxury.
Denotes projects done with previous firms
1990 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia
Matthew J. Thornton: Project Manager / Head of Production, Craig R. Thurmond and Associates, Inc.
Matthew Thornton brings seven years of experience in planning and landscape architecture. As Project Manager / Head of
Production, Matt is responsible for a variety of projects as well as overseeing day to day production of all designs and
Prior to 2004, Matt practiced planning and landscape architecture throughout the Southeastern United States. He was a site
planner at Greenberg Farrow Architecture and a principal at Insite Consultant Group, Inc. Matt’s computer drafting skills
and experience and customer service skills provide a valuable facet to Craig R. Thurmond & Associates.
(Bay County, Florida) Master plan, super pool Villages of Baytowne Wharf at
and amenity design, landscape design and Sandestin Resort
signage for a 35-story 270 unit condominium CRT and CPC, working with Stevenson &
resort for Sun America, Le Triomphe, North Associates from Vancouver, BC, was responsible
Florida Consulting. for the landscape and hardscape design and
construction administration for this mix used,
Gulf Place urban entertainment and residential resort
(Santa Rosa Beach, Florida) Design of the community.
detailed working drawings for the new town
center component for this mixed used Grand Sandestin Hotel and Conference
(Sandestin, Florida) Landscape and hardscape
En Soleil design and construction administration for 168-
(Panama City Beach, Florida) Master plan and suite hotel with 60,000 square feet of meeting
construction drawings for an 88 unit luxury space
condominium resort featuring a water feature
pool, formal plaza with fountains and lush Grand Boulevard
landscape. (Sandestin, Florida) Site Planning, landscape and
hardscape design as well as construction
Magnolia Plantation administration for a nearly one-mile long retail
(Panama City Beach, Florida) Master plan and development on the outskirts of Sandestin Resort.
construction drawings for an 85-unit Traditional
Neighborhood Development on St. Andrew’s Home Depot
Bay. (Florida) Responsible for Florida District, 75 plus
sites. Site planning for all new Home Depot and
Home Depot Expo stores.
Denotes projects done with previous firms
Education and Credentials
1998: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia
2006: Landscape Architecture License – North Carolina
2006: Landscape Architecture License – Mississippi
Steve Butler: Artist / Planner, Craig R. Thurmond and Associates, Inc.
Steve Butler brings to the team the capability of bringing design concepts to life through art. Steve has worked with
developers, land planners, and architects for over 21 years. As a key team member, Steve provides concept sketches and
color compositions to jumpstart the design process and produce final renderings and logos for early marketing. Steve is
involved with successful projects along the East and Gulf Coast.
Steve was an art director and lead concept illustrator for Applied Research Associates, Inc. He also worked for a nationally
recognized engineering firm for 10 years under a Department of Defense contract. He was awarded two Addy Awards for
illustration on regional projects and has had his fine art published internationally for the past 14 years.
International Harbor at Riviera Beach Magnolia Plantation
(Riviera Beach, Florida) CRT is working (Panama City Beach, Florida) An 85-unit
with the Master Developer Group (Viking Yachts Traditional Neighborhood Development on St.
and The Portfolio Group), the CRA, and the City Andrew’s Bay.
of Riviera to recreate Riviera Beach. Along with
the redesign and redevelopment of the working
waterfront, CRT has helped the City to envision Harbor Village
a new mixed use village center, more traditional (Panama City, Florida) Located in the St
neighborhoods and an additional large scale town Andrews CRA, CRT provided Envisioning,
center Master Planning, and Construction drawings for a
116 residential unit mixed use development.
The Town of Prominence, Florida Features include garage terrace garden and
(Walton County, Florida) A Nantucket-style 12,000 square feet of commercial space.
Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND),
with a central downtown commercial district and Candler Tower
a manmade waterfront. (42nd Street in New York, New York)
Remodeling and refurbishing of existing
Tapestry Park skyscraper in New York City.
(Panama City Beach, Florida) A Traditional
Neighborhood Development (TND) located in
Panama City Beach, FL.
Denotes projects done with previous firms
1985 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Auburn University
International Harbor at Riviera Beach
International Harbor is an urban mixed-use project in the Riviera Beach Community
Redevelopment Area (CRA). This blighted community located in the very exclusive
Palm Beach County has been at the center of controversy for several years. In a design
competition with many qualified development teams across the country, CRT and the
development team was selected as “Master Developer” for the cities Re-development of
the approximately 900 acre Riviera CRA.
CRT is the planning firm working with the master developer (Viking Yachts and the
Portfolio Group), the CRA, and the City of Riviera Beach to revitalize Riviera Beach.
CRT’s vision for the community includes a working waterfront, a new mixed-use village
center, more traditional neighborhoods, and an additional large scale town center. A new
harbor is being created to house large yachts, a charter boat fishing fleet, and other
additional marine commerce. Refurbishing existing housing for affordable housing has
been a major focus for the design team and the city. The creation of “school to work”
programs, no down payment financial assistance, additional parks, greenways and
community spaces also help to improve the “blighted” city and create more civic pride in
the area with great potential.
Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the Americas. The capital city of the
Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo boasts a population of over 3 million people.
Bisecting the city is the Rio Ozama, which outfalls into the Caribbean Sea. Sansouci is a
new mixed use development located on the eastern side of the mouth of the river.
Boasting a new port of call facility for Cruise ships, Sansouci will become a major
attraction for the city and country as a whole. The more than 100 acres of development
adjacent to the new port facility will have more than 3,000 residential units, 1 million
square feet of commercial/office space hotels, a casino and a welcome center for the
visitors to Santo Domingo. There are four general areas of development within Sansouci:
a Waterfront Condo Tower area, a Town Center, a Regional Mall and
Hotel/Casino/Conference Center area.
The 27 towers along the waterfront have been designed and located to create a
stunning skyline and still provide beautiful views for all the residents within the
buildings. The Town Center area boasts over 450 residential units above nearly 200,000
sq. feet of commercial space with parking garages and green roof terraces. The regional
mall will provide more than 1 million sq. feet of commercial/office space for the
surrounding community. The hotel/casino/conference center area will provide more than
600 rooms, 220,000 sf of conference space an 110,000 sf casino. An ultra high-end
luxury hotel is located on the site with all the necessary services for the six-star clientele.
The gateway building to the project will be a multi-use welcome center with retail space,
an amphitheater and music incubator to promote the local culture.
Prominence, Florida is a new town located on the Scenic 30-A Corridor of Walton
County. As town planners, CRT has created a Nantucket themed Traditional
Neighborhood Development (TND) that promotes a pedestrian friendly, “walkable”
concept. A central, commercial mixed-use downtown district was envisioned along with
a man-made waterfront and a variety of residential housing types surrounding the town
center. This town center has been designed to ensure the idea of live, work, learn and
play. Residents and visitors will be able to experience a charter school, shopping, dining,
theatrical events, movies, concerts on the green, fall harvest festivals and many other
commercial and civic activities. Prominence is a DRI (Development of Regional Impact)
and has required State level approval, as well as, local and county approvals.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is located in the Sandestin Resort just outside Destin,
Florida. CRT worked with an international team to create a 28 acre pedestrian oriented
village. CRT was responsible for the conceptual planning, landscape and hardscape
design as well as the construction administration for this project. This mixed-use village
has spurred an explosion of value to the entire 2,400 acre Sandestin Resort. The village
offers 420 condo/hotel units, a 168 suite hotel, approximately 60,000 square feet of
flexible meeting space, and approximately 60,000 square feet of village retail space. The
Village also offers a variety of shopping and dining experiences as well as a vibrant
nightlife that both residents and tourists can enjoy.
Harbour Village is located in the center of Historic St. Andrews in Panama City, Florida.
CRT envisioned and managed this mixed use waterfront development that boasts 116
residential units and 12,000 square feet of commercial space. This bay front re-
development project has become the catalyst for Bay County’s re-discovery of bay front
in town living. CRT and the development team voluntarily entered into negotiations with
the City of Panama City and St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership to develop a facility that
fit within the historical nature and density of St. Andrews while proving a financial
success for the development team. Harbour Village has become one of the re-
development landmarks on St. Andrews Bay with its high visibility from the city and
waterfront. Mr. Thurmond is now the President of the St. Andrews Waterfront
Partnership, which is the managing organization for the St. Andrews CRA.
Magnolia Plantation is an 85 unit neighborhood located on St. Andrews Bay in Panama
City Beach, Florida. CRT’s goal while envisioning this project was to coordinate a
development that would save and accentuate the majestic trees that populate this beautiful
property and fit within the existing residential neighborhood along Magnolia Beach
Drive. CRT has accomplished this goal by keeping these majestic trees and making them
the cornerstone of the design. This neighborhood concept boasts single family homes,
row homes, and the newly envisioned product the “Plantation Home”. The Plantation
Home is styled to appear to be a stately, three stories, single family residence while
housing six, multi-family residences.
Gulf Place is a community located on Scenic C30-A directly across from the beautiful
white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. CRT planned
this community and town center to be practical and functional while keeping the majestic
views of the emerald green water intact. This community houses a local bank, small
boutiques, quaint coffee shops, and a cozy inn while providing such amenities as tennis
courts, pools, playgrounds, and other recreational facilities. CRT also provided detailed
amenity design, hardscape, and landscape design, as well as construction management for
Gulf Place. With all that the Gulf Place community has to offer, there is no reason to ever
Bridge Harbor, located on approximately 150 acres of bay front property in the heart of
Callaway, Florida, is envisioned to be the new inspiration for Callaway’s booming
housing market. Using Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) principles, CRT has
created a mixed-use 525 unit TND of diverse housing types and neighborhood serving
commercial areas while working to preserve the beauty of this pristine waterfront
property on East Bay. The residential neighborhoods will surround a small town center
with a commercial district that will support the residents of Bridge Harbor as well as the
surrounding community. A proposed 120 slip marina will be located on Callaway Bayou
along with a waterfront restaurant, ship store and lighthouse marking the entrance into
Bridge Harbor’s protected harbor. Bridge Harbor has been designed to be a “walkable”
community promoting the idea of community interaction and the integration of nature.