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Aerial Site Rendering

Bridge Student Housing Zone Landscape (professional rendering)

Upperclassmen Student Housing Zone Landscape (professional rendering)

Douthit HIlls Student Community Overview

Located along the entrance to Clemson University, the Douthit Hills Student Community project sits on over 65 acres of former suburban housing development along SC Highway 93. The project contains eight buildings, seven student housing, and one HUB building containing a residential dining facility, a campus bookstore, a fitness center along with other services for residents in this part of the campus. The Douthit Hills Project is Clemson Universities largest ever construction project.

The site contained two types of housing, conventional upperclassmen suites, and transitional (bridge) housing for students transferring in from the local community college. This arrangement stressed the importance of creating a landscape that linked the upperclassmen with the campus they have come to know, and introducing and connecting the transitional students with their new environment. This was accomplished through the central location of the HUB building, as well as ensuring that both the upperclassmen and bridge students had exterior spaces to come together. 

 

Central HUB Building (professional rendering)

Roles and responsibilities

Beginning in 2012, the Douthit Hills project began before my tenure at Ayers Saint Gross. Quickly adapting to an in-progress project, my first major role in 2014 for the Douthit Hills project was to restart the design process after the project went on a year-long hold. Adjusting the design based on budgetary constraints and shifting program from the University, I worked to both advance the construction documents as well as develop presentation graphics and diagrams for meetings with the client and larger design team. These design studies included modifications to the pool landscape, HUB surrounding Landscape, and all of the ADA accessible walkways, and a central pedestrian bridge connecting the west housing to the HUB building. 

In addition to working on design studies, I oversaw the documentation process from design development through 100% construction documents. This included tree preservation, hardscape, landscape, soils, elevations, details, and FF&E. The final document set was over 50 sheets in length, all organized and developed utilizing a documentation system developed specifically for the project by myself with guidance from senior staff. The organization and sheet structure was unique as it was the largest project ASG-Landscape had undertaken, thus detail references, callouts, and planting plans were necessary to be parametric, and dynamically linked to ensure accuracy across the document set. This documentation methodology was then rolled out to all projects under construction at ASG.

My role continued through construction administration as I oversaw and was the first point of contact for RFI's, submittal's, and ASI's. The project is currently still under construction with a completion date set sometime in late 2018. A construction webcam is available below.

Construction Administration Site Visit. HUB Building tree protection inspection.

Project Location

 

midtown circuit

The ULI Hines Student Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The competition engages multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data. All graphics are my own work unless otherwise noted.

 

Metro Park and Plaza.

design and development

Midtown Circuit is a healthy, innovative community where the technologic, artistic and civic-minded residents of Atlanta come together to build a brighter future.  Posed as a central node in the burgeoning multi-modal circulation system of Atlanta’s metro area, Midtown Circuit offers an environment where residents and visitors are empowered to make healthy choices. The neighborhood is built on the concept of perpetual change, where the built environment can accommodate the changing needs of the businesses and families that call the community home. Similarly, the built environment reflects the health of the community, using technology to artistically communicate environmental and social achievements and goals.

Conceptual Site Plan (others)

The journey begins to the east connecting the North Ave Streetcar, bike lines on Ponce De Leon Ave, and the North Ave MARTA station to the development proposal. The metro station provides a public park with native tree and shrub plantings neighboring the historic Station 11 and a new hotel. The walkable development progresses toward the west across integrated complete streetscapes, which provide shaded sidewalks and prioritize pedestrian right-of-way.  The park-like environment extends south and north to the Bank of America and AT&T Building street frontages.  The Hub, Midtown Circuit’s largest mixed-use development project acts as the motherboard for the community and the most striking vertical way-finder.  The street front retail on Ponce De Leon Ave and Spring Street provide ample space for local businesses to take root including a local grocery selling fresh produce.  The Hub also harbors open building concept style residences with floor plans that can change and grow in square footage to meet the needs of the owner, as well as a childcare center and a ¼ mile public running track.  This intelligent building harvests solar power on the southern facades and uses roof gardens to retain and filter water.  The building also contains a Silkscreen, or digital façade, that displays real-time energy and water usage in the community as well as information such as ‘community miles run’ to promote public awareness of all aspects of sustainability. The concept of adaptability crosses the street to the lab and office facilities that border Georgia Tech’s Technology Square.  These lab spaces are modeled to grow with the startups and mixes technology and art providing open access studios and prototyping spaces.

Teammates: 

  • Alyssa Tope
  • Miguel Garcia
  • Carlin Tacey
  • NoeLani Gaylord

 

Proposed Phasing Plan

Phasing

 Midtown Circuit phasing will begin by connecting to the existing Technology Square by extending its corridor to the south with flexible Wet/Dry Lab office space. This office space will act as a financial stepping stone to the high density mixed use project proposed as “The Hub” of the development. 

The larger deal dubbed “The Hub” will contain close to 2M SF of mixed-use areas to create an elevated level of convenience to all of the residents. With over 900 residential units, 200K SF of office, 40K SF community center space and retail at the base of the building “The Hub” will serve as an example of community high-rise living. We have allocated and encourage The Partnership to include twenty percent of all residential and retail units in key locations as affordable housing and retail to boost equitable growth in the City of Atlanta. In return, The Partnership would structure leases to absorb the Work Opportunity Tax Credit from local retail tenants and give jobs to over 200 employees in the development. Construction loan payments will be decreased by subdividing construction into phase II.A. (The Hub) and II.B. (North Ave. Marta Station Park and Hotel). The hotel will provide crucial accessibility to the existing MARTA station by purchasing the air rights above the station and leasing the ground floor from The City of Atlanta. With cooperation from the city, additional exit points could be incorporated around the adjacent street corners of North Avenue Station. During phase II The Partnership would reclaim the impervious surfaces of the MARTA station and extend the urban design elements across West Peachtree toward the All Saints Episcopal areas. This urban design scheme will make “The Hub” community more accessible to the public and improve quality of space, maximizing the tax credits provided by the Community Improvement District (CID). Finally, the value of properties will be solidified by the inclusion of a Civic/Cultural Center that will foster heritage and engage the community as a whole.

Sustainability Diagram

SUSTAINABILITY

The west edge of Midtown Circuit celebrates the legacy Olympic torch as a focal point for community awareness and a beacon for the community’s largest park. Torch Park runs between the Civic Center and the Downtown Connector uniting William’s Street with North Ave at The Varsity via pathways, recreation space, gardens, and bike paths.  The development is seeking LEED Platinum certification, but the intention for sustainability does not end there.  The community offers a holistic approach to new development in Atlanta. It recognizes the need for continuous, visual community engagement and spaces that can change over time to incorporate new technologies. The development’s foundation is community involvement, which will ensure the community continues to grow, produce new ideas, and provide safe, healthy spaces for the people of Midtown to call home.  Later stages of the development could include a new elementary school and additional mixed-use retail and residences in neighboring parcels.

Construction Documentation

The following drawing sets were developed during my time at Ayers Saint Gross. As all projects go, not all the work in these sets were developed by myself. These drawing sets represent the three projects I was most intimately involved with, thus much of what you see was developed by myself.

Clemson Student Housing(2014-2016)

 

 

rochester housing (2015)

 

GOucher College Housing (2016)

 

Network analysis of reachable corridors within a 250' radius.

Analysis of potential route through building between two points.

Urban and Network Analysis

In late 2015, a colleague and I began investigating the efficacy of urban network analysis on both building and campus design. Through two investigations, one building focused, and one campus focused we sought to better understand path utilization on campuses, and potential routes through a mock hospital corridor to improve crisis response. Utilizing the tools developed by the City Form Lab at Harvard University, we leveraged both GIS and Rhino modeling programs in our research. 

3D Urban Network Analysis - Building Network Analysis

The first study we undertook was to better understand the theoretical paths that may be traversed during an emergency - from doctors location (random) to patient care room. The two images above illustrate two separate operations, the left illustrates the reachable areas within 250' of a potential doctors route. The second graphic to the right illustrates the potential routes between two points within the hospital complex. The alternate routes are based upon research that indicates humans typically vary +/-10% off of the fastest path. Further research into these two metrics could lead to modifications of building layouts to either ensure the fastest routes or encourage them.

Potential routes through Johns Hopkins Campus between two points.

campus network analysis

Similar to the above study, a 2D version can be adapted to investigate path networks throughout a campus or urban setting. For this study, the Johns Hopkins Campus was used to study the fastest routes between two points. What is dissimilar between the building and campus setting is the larger variety of paths that a student could potentially take. Understanding what these routes are can help us better understand how the campus is being utilized, or, how the campus is inhibiting student movement. These inhibitors could be geographic, architectural, or site design based. If networks are longer between student housing and dining or emergency services, or between student housing and specific academic facilities, how could a campus restructure student locations in the future to enhance or improve student movement throughout the campus? What portions of the campus are the most heavily trafficked, and how could that prioritize master planning implementation strategies?

Though the research was never completed, the next steps of the research were to incorporate slopes and stairs into the equation to study the movement disabled students and visitors. How does the experience of a disabled person relate to an able bodied person? Further on campuses or urban areas where there are a lot of steep slopes, how do current transportation networks respond?

Potential LID Improvements

Conceptual Site Plan

project details

Working in conjunction with the District Department of the Environment, AECOM, and Limnotech two project sites were selected to be target neighborhoods in evaluating the effectiveness of Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure technologies in both the combined sewer system (CSS) and the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) areas of the Piney Branch Watershed in Washington, DC as part of the Long Term Control Plan Modification for Green Infrastructure. The project site presented here is located in a primarily single-family home neighborhood adjacent to a public school.

As a member of this project team, I was tasked with assisting in locating and designing the LID facilities. Tasks included preparing graphics, modeling stormwater retention in ArcGIS, and construction drawings. 

Modeling

The project site was modeled and monitored for the months preceding the project to get baseline flow data for the green street improvements. In the graphic above, the green infrastructure practices are added to the baseline model to be analyzed for water quality and quantity calculations.

Graphics

An integral part to the project was to develop graphics illustrating how the green infrastructure improvements would look upon completion of the project. This phase of the project was influenced by community input. 

implementation

Since completion of this preliminary study,  DC Water, along with several other agencies, has moved forward with an official modification to the Long Term Control Plan to incorporate Green Infrastructure Technologies. The report linked below, outlines the modification to the Long Term Control Plan Tunnels partly based on work completed through this project. The beginning pages discuss the modification and its component parts. On page 304 of this document is our published report entitled "TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM NO. 4: THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA’S EXPERIENCE WITH GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE."

Installation Photos

 

Proposed Wildlife Boardwalk

Wetland Site Plan

Project Description

The Neosho Green Infrastructure Guidebook was a project administered under contract with Tetra Tech and EPA to provide Green Infrastructure technical assistance to various communities throughout the nation. The Neosho project included code revisions and planning approaches for the integration of Green Infrastructure into community development. The project included the development of master plans, standards, and design concepts. 

Boardwalk / Stream Crossing Section


Highlighted here, are two project sites along the Neosho River, one located adjacent to a large regional park that integrated green infrastructure practices along an extension of a nature trail that included water access, birdwatching pavilions, and wetland remediation sites. 

High School Stream Remediation

Student Parking Lot Improvement Section

The second, traverses a small stream that runs behind the high school and athletic fields. The site of major stream bank erosion, the parking lot and other porous areas are pulled back from the stream edge to allow for a vegetated filter strip to slow and capture stormwater before making its way to the stream. The high school is proposed to be retrofitted with a green roof to further reduce the stormwater impacts, while street trees and other plantings are placed to aid in further retention within the parking lots.

 

Metro Connector Road

Capitol Heights Metro Entrance

Project Description

The Capitol Heights Green Infrastructure Plan developed a vision for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and transportation corridor linking the Capitol Heights Metro Station with downtown Capitol Heights. Supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trusts Green Streets Green Jobs Green Towns Initiative, the project focused on integrating stormwater management and low impact development wherever possible. 

Stretching from the Capitol Heights Metro Station, south along Capitol Heights Boulevard to downtown Capitol heights, the corridor is heavily trafficked by commuters and residents to reach points throughout Maryland and Washington DC. 

This project explored integrating green infrastructure into TOD from the very beginning. Starting with the street and right-of-way infrastructure, we hope to set a precedent for future development within this corridor.
 
Beginning with community input, we investigated what a comprehensive redevelopment project might look like along this corridor including mixed income housing, commercial space, green infrastructure, trail connections, parks, and the daylighting of a stream that runs north-south alongside the corridor.

Green Street

The residents were polled to determine which type of street infrastructure they liked best. In the end, two types were selected, the south section of the roadway would integrate sharrows due to width restrictions, making medians impossible. To the north, a large median would be introduced with street trees and wider sidewalks to improve pedestrian connections,and reduce traffic speeds. Sidewalks along the entire corridor were widened to include safe accessibility for wheelchairs, and ample space for street furniture, lighting, and stormwater management features.

Parks

Capitol Heights, although not in full build-out conditions, has a lack of park space, with much of the undeveloped land either in disrepair, or fenced off. As such two parks were developed on plots of land that would have required extensive earthwork and stream relocation to develop upon. Linked by the green street corridor, these parks would serve future residents as well as serve as a gateway to the city. 

Davey Street - Metro Section

Project Update

The Capitol Heights Green Street Master Plan was one of seven finalists for the American Planning Association Maryland/Delaware Chapter’s 2012 Planners’ Choice Award and took home second place under the “Great Plans” category.  This award was created to highlight people, places, and activities that increased the public’s awareness of the role of planning within the state of Maryland. The Planners’ Choice Awards give recognition for exemplary planning to individuals who provided leadership and innovation, locations that are the result of excellent planning, and the process that results in best practices that can be replicated elsewhere. 

The complete report can be found at the link below.

 
 

Additional writing samples

The following is a list of additional reports, studies, plans, and papers.

 
 
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Protracted Growth: incremental development in a fast paced luxury market (georgetown 2016)

This report was written while at Georgetown University as part of an Urban Lab class investigating solutions the myriad of problems facing the communities east of the river. The paper focuses on a theoretical framework for how incremental or small development may improve current living conditions east of the river prior to the redevelopment that will almost certainly take place in the coming years.

 

Eidetic elasticities (georgetown 2016)

This report investigates Fresh Kills Park in Staten Islan, New York. Written as a case study, it compares the challenges faced by NYC during the construction of Fresh Kills with those of the Anacostia River Environmental cleanup movement. 

 
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sprawl-onomics (georgetown 2016)

This research aims to explore the hypothesis that the suburban sprawl economic model fails to adequately pay for itself past its first lifecycle. Further the research will look specifically at residential sprawl markets that have subsequently seen little development pressure since their initial construction.

 
 Anacostia Plunge day at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

Mt. Rainier Green INfrastructure Plan (LID Center 2013)

Similar to the Capitol Heights and Neosho reports, the Mt. Rainier Green Infrastructure Plan addressed a small communities desire to become more green. For Mt. Rainier, we developed a strategy that systematically looked at all their land use types and developed recommendations for stormwater infiltration per land use to aid them in attaining stormwater neutrality. My role in this project was both writer, researcher, and document production. I worked collaboratively with other staff writers at LIDC on this project.

 
Guideline Final Document Cover

New York Avenue Green Infrastructure Assessment (LID Center 2012)

The New York Avenue Green Infrastructure Assessment, from North Capitol Street, NW to Bladensburg Road, NE in Ward 5, provides an assessment of opportunities to improve public space and the pedestrian realm along the corridor through low impact development (LID) and transportation improvements. My role in this project was both writer, researcher, graphics, and document production. I worked collaboratively with other staff writers at LIDC and several outside consultants on this project. Not all graphics are my own.

 
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NCHRP 25-37: A Watershed Approach to Mitigating Stormwater Management (LID Center 2013)

The LID Center was the Primary Investigator for a National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board National Cooperative Highway Research Program research team that developed a watershed approach for state DOTs to help them achieve compliance with water quality permits that are based on watershed-based Total Maximum Daily Load limitations and receiving water quality standards. The document has not been released to the public, however the link below has a further detailed description. My role was to assist in graphic production and assist in the research and documentation of the watershed toolbox.