LID Site Development

We incorporate LID (Low Impact Development) techniques for all our sites  and develop solutions that keep costs down while insuring long term  success and a speedy permit review.  Locating a building has many  constraints that must be taken into account to provide efficient use of  the site, maintain existing site characteristics and building  orientation to take advantage of the sun and weather patterns. This must  be integrated with public and bus access points along with on site  pedestrian circulation and service yard deliver and equipment.  We  employ strategies such as: 

  • Use existing site topography as much as possible to reduce the quantity of earth movement.
  • Minimize paved areas for vehicle access from the street to parking and drop off areas.
  • Utilize rain gardens for rain water collection and distribution.
  • Install UIC wells for storm water dispersal.  It is possible to eliminate all storm water runoff of on a 10 acre site and reduced the  impact on local storm water systems.  Our geotechnical engineers,  Associated Earth Sciences, has pioneered these types of advanced storm  water dispersal systems, has a strong relationship with, and the support  of local governing agencies.
  • Utilization of pervious pavement for fire loop, surface play and walk areas.
  • Maintain existing site environmental features where possible including trees, native growth, wetlands or creeks.
  • We consult our hydrologist, Ed McCarthy, during all phases of  site development to improves site and natural environment interaction,  and minimizes permitting process with accurate reports and extensive  knowledge of storm drainage systems.