Site Development

Efficient Property Use

Our approach to site development is to provide all of your proposed improvements efficiently on the intended property. This approach is built on an extensive understanding of municipality requirements and well-balanced design teams that focus on organized, cost-effective site development plans. After an initial meeting with the client and jurisdiction, permit and zoning requirements are determined before a preliminary site concept plan is developed. This allows us to prepare a plan that meets the initial requirements early on in the process, avoiding delays in redesigning the project based on additional permit review comments.


Our Expertise Includes:

 

Maximizing Site Functionality

Site design that focuses on the proper circulation of pedestrians and motorists is key to a well-functioning site. Working closely with you and the project architect from the early stages of design onward, we will address common circulation conflicts and provide design efficiencies that help control development costs and maintain site function such as:

  • Separating pedestrian and motorist routes where possible
  • Minimizing motorist/pedestrian conflicts in crosswalk areas
  • Eliminating dead-end parking
  • Including double load drive aisles to maximize parking efficiency

 

Integrated Permitting Process

Existing relationships with jurisdiction planners and engineers gives us familiarity with the site planning process. By understanding the development schedules associated with each municipality, we can guide the project towards the most efficient permitting schedule.

 

Grading

To create a site that drains well and blends with the existing landscape, grading design and a stormwater management plan is established for the site development.  A 3D site model is prepared to determine cut and fill volumes and communicate effectively with contractors to determine earthwork costs and design alternatives.

 

Stormwater Management

We recognize communities have unique and varied water quality requirements. Our team of landscape architects and engineers collaborate on the grading design and stormwater management plan to create a site that drains and blends with its surroundings. Best management practices for routing and handling stormwater are incorporated into all projects constructed every year. Through experience, we identify cost-effective and efficient solutions for your project.

 

Landscape Design

Landscape design requires efficient use of space, the selection of low-maintenance plantings and site materials, and the proper design of functional planting areas to enhance the site. By involving one of our landscape architects early on in your project, we can integrate a well-functioning and aesthetically-pleasing site into the preliminary design.