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Riding the Wave of Impending Stormwater Regulations: Water Quality

Riding the Wave of Impending Stormwater Regulations: Water Quality

A paradigm shift is occurring in the way in which we control pollutants generated by stormwater runoff. This shift is evident by examining the existing and proposed stormwater regulations and design standards.  Read more »


Greening the Manicured Lawn

Greening the Manicured Lawn

Envision a new paradigm in site master planning where there is little manicured lawn. Native and adaptive trees and shrubs are massed as reforestation, placing a strong focus on healing the land with regional ecosystems. Knee high sweeping meadows require mowing only once a year. Design elements work to mimic or model the surrounding natural systems. Read more »


Urban Redevelopment and the Existing Conditions Constraints

Urban Redevelopment and the Existing Conditions Constraints

How do you engineer a grading plan with a cut-fill balance when designing a site around unearthed historic railroad tracks, existing active railroad tracks, existing high voltage transmission towers and two existing historic building structures? Read more »


Phase III ESAs – It’s not the end of the world…or the project…really…

Phase III ESAs – It’s not the end of the world…or the project…really…

A Phase III Environmental Site Assessment (aka a site remediation plan) can be accomplished in a streamlined process that often integrates nicely into the early phases of property development. Read more »


Urban Redevelopment – The Greatest LID Option

Urban Redevelopment – The Greatest LID Option

Sustainable…LEED…green…LID…these terms have become industry marketing buzzwords, but what are their true meanings? Read more »


Phase II ESAs – Investing In Your Future

Phase II ESAs – Investing In Your Future

Let’s revisit what due diligence is; yes, it’s required by the bank to make sure that the money they’re lending you won’t be at risk, however, and perhaps more importantly, jumping through the due diligence hoops also serves to protect you from incurring unnecessary liability. Read more »


Urban Redevelopment and Combined Sewer Systems

Urban Redevelopment and Combined Sewer Systems

Urban infill and re-development projects require special means of minimizing increases in stormwater flow is to implement innovative sustainable design techniques to increase pervious area and improve rainwater retention. Projects like Timmons Group’s LEED® Gold certified 1050 K Street project in DC use green roofs, planter beds and rainwater harvesting to meet city code and minimize impact to the combined sewer system. Read more »


Urban Stormwater Treatment Trains – Flow Through Planters as an Urban Mitigation Tool

Urban Stormwater Treatment Trains – Flow Through Planters as an Urban Mitigation Tool

The integration of stormwater treatment for quality and quantity is always challenging on an urban site where traditional treatments require acreage that is simply not available.  To meet current regulations, the design team needs to look at creative options for removal of pollutants and detention of rainfall within a restricted area. Read more »


What’s So Important About Riprap Outfall Protection?

What’s So Important About Riprap Outfall Protection?

It may not be glamorous, but erosion control design is a critical component to managing water quality both during and after site construction.  The transition between a manmade drainage system and a natural channel is one area of potential erosion that must be given special attention during design. Read more »


Environmental Due Diligence – Due it Right the First Time

Environmental Due Diligence – Due it Right the First Time

The completion of ASTM E 1527-05 due diligence requirements in property acquisition is a critical issue that is widely underrated and often overlooked in property development.  Read more »