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.