In the shuffle of daily life, it’s easy to overlook the impacts modern infrastructure has on the world around us. For the most part, we don’t stop to think about it until something goes wrong or hinders our routine. But from wastewater treatment systems to roads and bridges, infrastructure is the unsung hero of community livability. It protects us from floods, provides us with clean drinking water, and allows us to travel safely and efficiently.
A thoughtful approach to infrastructure planning is what keeps our communities resilient and running smoothly. As environmental, social, political, and financial factors grow increasingly complex, balancing a community’s needs and desires requires strategy. We see this challenge as an opportunity to problem solve and guide community growth. With a multidisciplinary team of planners, engineers, landscape architects, environmental scientists, and land surveyors, we bring a fresh perspective to the development of complete solutions. Taking your timeline and budget into account, we’ll help you explore the possibilities and reach informed decisions that will serve your community’s best interest long-term.
We’re passionate about serving the public and making things better through infrastructure improvements. We begin each project by gathering an understanding of the issues at hand through fact-finding exercises and collaborating with users. Community input provides the primary foundation for improvement purposes and resulting solutions. To develop an infrastructure plan unique to your community, we’ll follow a process specifically designed for your project and the complex nature of the issues at hand. Plan implementation is the ultimate goal, so every step of the way our focus is to create a plan stakeholders will embrace.
Simply put: regardless of what you’re facing, we’re committed to seeing you through it and serving you as best we can.
We provide facility planning for drinking water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater systems that guides communities to achieve compliance and adopt a strategic approach to developing and expanding infrastructure. The DNR requires specific planning and reporting processes for water and sewer projects that takes detailed coordination and collaboration. To assist with land planning and decision making, we’re able to develop all types of water system models. For water distribution, these models can identify pressure and flow distribution throughout the pipe network, while sanitary and stormwater modeling provides insight on the overburden of peak events on downstream infrastructure.
Funding is a critical aspect of infrastructure planning because infrastructure improvements can’t happen without fiscal resources. We have extensive experience with providing rate recommendations where they relate to specific project needs or long-term community planning goals. While it’s typical to collect water and sewer revenue to cover the expenditures of these well-established systems, in recent years, many communities have begun collecting stormwater revenues to finance increasing stormwater management issues that are becoming more prevalent.
Transportation networks are a vital component of community infrastructure. As stewards of the infrastructure network, we improve the movement of people and goods while being mindful of environmental and social sensitivities. With every transportation project, our infrastructure planning team considers land use, link building within the network, and multimodal accommodation. Every step of the way, we strive to enhance network efficiencies and safely accommodate all users regardless of how they travel. This collaborative approach results in a strategic transportation infrastructure plan that accounts for the technical and social impacts of community corridors.
A detailed analysis of your community in terms of regional connectivity and destinations is the first step to appropriately accommodating multimodal transportation users. Following our review, we’ll provide you with data-driven recommendations to improve community connectedness and empower decision making.
Unique, inviting parks and plazas that complement and enhance the surrounding environment are made possible through thoughtful planning and collaboration. After investigating the existing resources of your public spaces, we’ll seek community input to identify under-represented amenities and develop plans that citizens are eager to implement.
When it comes to infrastructure planning for a downtown or neighborhood revitalization, we start by investigating why we’re at that point. Understanding the past is important to creating a more resilient future, so we’ll evaluate market trends and solicit feedback from citizens and business owners. If a change of land use is needed, we’ll work with the city to develop a transition plan that addresses those changes and help you create guidelines for redevelopment.
From simple site plan reviews to complex subdivisions and specialty projects, we tailor development reviews to each client’s unique needs. Close attention to community code requirements elicits recommendations that represent core community values without negative impacts to adjoining properties.
Planning for infrastructure maintenance and improvements can be streamlined by using a GIS database. These cloud-based systems provide a central location for data development, maintenance, organization, and analysis. Data commonly stored in the database ranges from storm and sanitary sewer details to water mains and trees. In addition to database development, we’ll provide training for your staff, so they’re able to maintain the data and utilize it with ease.
For a plan to be successful, it must be something citizens will embrace and be proud to implement, which is why community engagement is important. Building community support and addressing legal requirements are simplified through web-based and personal engagement strategies tailored to unique community needs and desires. We’ve found that when the process to provide input is simple, feedback is more robust. We’re able to keep the engagement process simple through the use of online engagement tools and communication plans that we intentionally design for each specific audience.