Site planning typically begins by assessing a potential site for development through thorough site analysis. Information about slopes, soils, hydrology, vegetation, parcel ownership, orientation, etc. are assessed and documented. Going through a thorough analysis of the feasibility of developing a site allows the architect to determine optimal locations and design for a structure that works within the space. While conducting the site analysis the architect also needs to review zoning of the potential project site. These are the regulations that have been developed by the local municipality to separate the land into different use areas such as residential and industrial zones. This allows the town or city to not be over powered by one type of land distinction.
As the architect goes through the site planning phase they take into consideration and look at the surrounding buildings and adjacent sites to see what characteristics they have. They may use this information to help inform some of their decisions which will ultimately be used to grant them approval for their building and renovation projects. In addition to the general analysis that is done during this phase, details about where everything is located is also documented including not only buildings but water, sewer and power lines. This information needs to be taken into consideration when developing a new development project.
From single buildings to complex mixed-use facilities, feasibility studies can be conducted to produce site plans to evaluate land use and identify opportunities. Site planning is the unseen foundation of any land development project.
We understand the importance of creating an exciting, properly designed space, based on understanding the client’s needs and concerns and the nature of the site and surrounding land uses. The goal is to give each project a unique identity by finding the optimum balance between man-made and natural elements, and between aesthetics and economy. We help clients develop spaces that are both appealing and functional. Being skilled in all aspects of design from analysis and concept formation to imaginative detailing for paving, lighting, signage, furniture, retaining walls, shrubbery, trees, and small plants.
Delivering sustainable, context-sensitive solutions that meet the needs of our clients and their surroundings is central to what we practice. By employing an integrated, environmentally informed approach that helps to create a sense of place in the overall objective. The natural environment, the physical and built environment, existing vehicular and pedestrian circulation patterns, code and safety requirements and existing interests and structure are all carefully examined in relationship to each other. Existing architectural character is also investigated and evaluated, including materials, forms, articulations and building vernacular to street relationships. Infrastructure is examined to determine its impact on the overall plan.
LEED-accredited professionals prepare sustainable site plans that incorporate water efficient landscaping, water-use reduction, innovative stormwater management, reduced site disturbance and construction waste management to maximize green building potential. Our team also focuses on construction economics, zoning, environmental compliance, public involvement, and permitting as we shepherd each project through the local approval process.