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Designing your site is like harvesting the productive use of your land resource. Increasingly, it also means managing the environmental resources that impact your site. From wetlands constraints to low-impact design (LID), from site layout to water and wastewater infrastructure engineering, and from on-site traffic management to green building design, each design element represents the management of resources in the built environment.

Woodard & Curran begins the concept planning stage with a site constraints analysis to provide clients with an opportunity to re-evaluate the feasibility and potential success of the project based on site-specific information. Our project teams are set up to deliver cost-efficient site designs by incorporating remedial strategies and permitting requirements to the design process. 

LID techniques are incorporated into the preliminary design process with a focus on creating sustainable stormwater management practices. Once the preliminary designs receive required approvals, final designs are prepared to add detail information that is necessary for construction.

Woodard & Curran’s in-house Quality Assurance/Quality Control program requires all design products to be rigorously reviewed by senior staff prior to issue. This step is critical to minimizing field changes, thus controlling construction change orders and costs.

Project Highlights 

Design and Permitting for New Culinary Arts Building
Johnson & Wales University

When building their new 82,000 square-foot Cuisinart Center for Culinary Arts building, Johnson & Wales University hired Woodard & Curran to provide the civil engineering design and permitting services. The site of this signature building is within the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood hazard zone so Woodard & Curran designed the first level of the building 12 feet above the existing grade with the lowest level limited to building core elements, access, and loading. The building is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold registered by the U.S. Green Building Council and includes capturing and recycling roof runoff in a 20,000-gallon storage tank for irrigation and non-potable grey water uses. The low impact development system creates a hydrologically functional and economical site for the university.

Affordable Housing Redevelopment
City of Portland, ME

To redevelop a shuttered elementary school located on an urban brownfield into affordable housing, AVESTA Housing, a regional affordable housing non-profit organization, hired Woodard & Curran to provide permitting, environmental consulting, and site/civil engineering design. The project involved the demolition of the existing Adams School building and site amenities, remediation of the environmental contamination, and development of a 16-unit affordable ownership housing complex, with public open space and playground area. Woodard & Curran provided local and state land-use/environmental permitting services and site/civil engineering and design associated with the placement of this project in a densely developed residential neighborhood. The engineering effort required balancing earthwork activities to control remediation costs and ensure adequate environmental protection for the residents and users of the open spaces. The site was designed with low impact development stormwater features to reduce the impact of runoff on the municipal combined sewer system.

Athletic Field Permitting, Design, and Construction
City of Stamford, CT

The City of Stamford, CT was embarking on a project to construct tennis courts, tracks, and grass and synthetic turf field on three properties within the city. Each property posed technical and environmental challenges with the key concerns including sensitive soil and stormwater management issues. Woodard & Curran and a New York-based construction contractor partnered to complete the work. Woodard & Curran developed stormwater and soil management strategies to mitigate the concerns and also managed the geotechnical studies, field design, permitting and regulatory compliance, materials management, and electrical design for all three sites. The new athletic fields are a benefit to City residents, and were awarded an Engineering Excellence Award from the Connecticut chapter of ACEC and an award from American Sport Builders Association.

Urban Hotel Development
Hyatt Place, Portland, ME

The site where the owners of the Hyatt Place hotel envisioned its newest development was a 20,000 square foot surface parking lot at a prominent intersection in the historic Old Port section of Portland, ME. The vision was to redevelop the parking lot into an 80,000 square foot, seven-story, 100+ key hotel. The owner hired Woodard & Curran, in collaboration with the architect and owner’s representative, to provide local permitting and site/civil engineering design associated with the project. The complexities of the project included private electrical infrastructure that crossed under the site, which required careful attention to design during and post-construction to maintain its integrity, avoiding conflicts with the extensive municipal utility infrastructure (storm sewer, sanitary sewers, and combined sewers) surrounding the site, as well as the City’s desire to have off-site roadway improvements incorporated into the project.

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