Balancing the needs of the community with the needs of the environment

Land Development

Land Development is about altering landscapes to create livable, workable, and inspiring places for our communities and families to flourish in. Our engineers are extremely well-versed in the balancing act of creating the clients’ vision and the natural world. We are your experts.
  • Master Planned Communities
  • Commercial/Retail/Offices
  • Land Development Engineering
  • Single-Family Residential Developments
  • Mixed Use Developments
  • Multi-Family Developments
  • MUD/Special Districts

Land Development

Projects

Browse various projects that fall within this division

99 Restaurant & Pub

Chicopee, MA

The 99 Restaurant and Pub was built in a stand-alone configuration on a 1.1-acre outlet of a deteriorating mall property. Doucet was the civil engineer for the overall mall redevelopment. A PizzaHut restaurant was demolished, and Doucet worked with the restaurant and the general contractor on the construction of a new building. Work on the project began from the very beginning conceptual stages through final permitting, out-to-bid documents and construction support for the project. Activities included civil engineering site design, demolition plan, layout, grading, utilities, stormwater management plan development and construction documents. Permitting of the site work included Chicopee Planning Board Site Plan Approval, Chicopee Planning Board Special Permit, Chicopee Conservation Commission Request for Determination of Applicability, Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, City DPW Sewer Connection Permit, and NPDES Stormwater Coverage.

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AutoZone

Various Locations

We have provided civil engineering, design and permitting services for various AutoZone retail stores in Massachusetts. In addition, we've continued to represent them through local Planning Board and Conservation Commission processes. We assisted the client in obtaining building permits for the following stores: Springfield, MA - 5,400 square foot store located along State Street. Rockland, MA - 6,100 square foot store located along Market Street. Our extensive expertise in providing national retail clients with a full range of services from the initial concept stage through exhibit preparation for lease agreements, permitting, out-to-bid assistance, contractor negotiations, inspections and signoff ensures an unmatched level of service.

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Baystate Medical Center Combined Heat and Power Plant

Springfield, MA

We provided full-service professional civil engineering, permitting and construction administration services to Baystate Health for their Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant. This project, once completed, will allow Baystate Medical Center to operate for thirty (30) days uninterrupted during a utility crisis, up from only 90 hours previously. We coordinated meetings with City Officials, SWSC, Eversource and other utility providers to discuss development issues and concerns. Phasing 1 of the project included the relocation of an existing historical house to another Baystate-owned lot on Pratt Street, coordinated in part by us. Other site improvements included relocation of existing campus electrical conduit banks, sewer and electrical services, design of subsurface storm water management systems, loading area, sidewalks, and parking lot improvements. This project is directly related to the City of Springfield's participation in HUD's National Disaster Resilience Competition. In the year-long 2-phase competition Springfield was up against 67 eligible applicants and was selected as one of thirteen (13) winners. This resulted in the City being awarded $17,056,880 in CDBG-NDR funding.

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Bulverde Retail Park

Bulverde, TX

Doucet was responsible for initial contract negotiations, client relationship management and design oversight on a multi-building retail development containing a Walgreen's store and a Starbuck's Coffee shop located on 5.147 acres in Bulverde, TX. Since the project site is over the Edward's Aquifer Recharge Zone, close coordination with TCEQ, GBRA, the City of Bulverde and TxDOT were key to the success of this project.

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Calabria Office & Retail Development

Bee Cave, TX

Engineer for the Calabria Office and Retail Development, which is part of the 26-acre Uplands Village development that provides over 30,000 SF of retail and office space. The site preserved large oaks and incorporates limestone rock walls and tree wells to blend into the landscape and courtyard area. This site is located in the Contributing Zone of the Edwards Aquifer, an environmentally sensitive area that is strictly regulated by both the State of Texas and the ordinances of the Village of Bee Cave. For this reason, the design included a low impact site with only a 58.6% impervious cover. A reirrigation system was designed to provide a high water quality treatment.

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Chili's Restaurants

Texas, California, Nevada, Oklahoma & Rhode Island

Since 2002, Brinker International has turned to Doucet to provide civil engineering and related professional services on over 80 Chili's Bar & Grill sites across Texas, California, Nevada, Oklahoma & Rhode Island. Doucet's Brinker Team has provided solid expertise in site selection, due diligence research, surveying, platting, zoning, public hearings representation, conceptual planning and layout,site utility design, paving design, detention pond and drainage design, site development permitting, construction administration, coordination with sub consultants, ADA compliance, project completion and final acceptance procedures.

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Complete Automotive Repair

Easthampton, MA

Doucet consulted services including conceptual design, planning, civil engineering, permitting, and construction administration for the construction of an automotive repair and office building. Projectpermitting included the City of Easthampton Planning Board, City of Easthampton Conservation Commission, and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. For this project, Doucet developed a stormwater management report and design in accordance with the MADEP Stormwater Management Standards and Guidelines. The best management practices implemented balanced the pre-development vs. post development peak runoff rates and provided groundwater recharge. Doucet staff worked closely with the Conservation Commission and performed on-site deep hole test pits in the areas of the proposed extended detention basin and subsurface recharge area. Doucet also provided construction administration and oversight services through project completion.

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Complete Streets and Downtown Livability Plan

South Deerfield, MA

We provided Civil Engineering and Planning Services to the Town of Deerfield for a Complete Streets and Downtown Livability Plan. The project was focused on the South Deerfield village center, and commenced with a kick-off meeting among the core team and Town Staff to determine a final work plan and schedule. This was followed by a Complete Streets Design Charrette which included site visits, developing graphic materials, transportation analysis, and sustainability design. The charrette was an intensive, multi-day planning process with various stakeholders to collect design and policy ideas. It involved break-out sessions, continuous design development, an open house, collaborative workshops, and public forums allowing stakeholders to participate in the evolution of an implementation plan without the need to attend the entire process. In addition, we prepared conceptual design plans and a cost estimate. The final product was a planning document that includes the final Complete Streets Conceptual Plan, Complete Streets Guidelines, a Livability Plan, and an immediate action plan with an implementable low-cost design alternative with sufficient engineering detail for the Town to implement it within one year.

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Creekside Plaza

Roseville, CA

This 7.28-acre development offers 28,000 SF of retail space on one of the busiest intersections in Roseville. The overall site characteristics were challenging, notably a 16 foot grade differential across the site. Doucet prepared construction plans and coordinated the different engineering sub consultant disciplines for the retail development project. Our scope of services also included public infrastructure improvements, specifically the widening of a peripheral roadway and the modification of an existing signalized intersection. Due to the number of easements present on the site, intense coordination with various utility providers was required on the project to ensure our construction documents would meet specific design requirements.

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Culvert Project, Fairway Village

Northampton, MA

Doucet consulted survey, geotechnical and environmental services to develop a base plan. Doucet's civil engineering services included drainage model, culvert design, headwall design, roadway design, project phasing, utility coordination and improvements. Permitting services for this project included a request for an emergency repair certificate from the City of Northampton Conservation Commission. Doucet provided construction administration to oversee culvert installation.

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Dam Engineering: City of Austin Stormwater Pond Safety Program

Austin, TX

The City of Austin owns and maintains at least 63 high hazard dam structures across the City. State and City dam safety criteria require these high hazard dams to be able to safely pass the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) without failing. Our project team performed preliminary design assessments of the 63 dams to determine whether or not the dams were capable of safely passing the PMF, and if not, to perform preliminary designs of mitigation efforts to allow the dams to safely pass the PMF. We provided the following services: Assisted in developing the hydrologic models for the 63 dams as part of the preliminary design services Calculated times of concentration for contributing runoff and developed HEC HMS models. Delineated drainage boundaries for each of the 63 structures based on available information and site visits Performed “peer review” of the proposed FNI methodologies for preliminary risk assessment from a theoretical breach and the overall structure ranking Provided input to the methodologies including technical publications on calculating breach width and breach side slopes, flowchart diagram to depict various evaluation steps, and a “sensitivity analysis” for dam breach velocity related to attenuation length Prepared memorandums summarizing the results of the peer review Under final design services, assisted the project team with developing hydrologic and hydraulic models for Pond Dams 26, 220, 267, 337, 581, and 726

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Dripping Springs ISD Tennis Complex

Dripping Springs, TX

Doucet provided the conceptual plan and engineering design for a nine-court tennis complex. Work included preparing construction documents and construction administration.

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FedEx Distribution Center

Zainesville, Ohio

We provided civil engineering services for the FedEx distribution center located in Zainesville, Ohio. We worked with Berkshire Development to develop mass earthwork and grading plans to balance the cut to fill earthwork on-site. The distribution center is located on the edge of a commercial cul-de-sac and approximately 90,000 cubic yards of material was quantified prior to construction. As a result, the project was value engineered so that no earthwork material was imported or exported during the site work phase of construction.

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Floodplain Management: 34th Street Reconstruction

Austin, TX

34th Street Reconstruction from West Ave to Shoal Creek Bridge Drainage Analysis and Storm Drain Improvements We provided preliminary and final designs of the storm drain improvements for the reconstruction of 34th Street from West Avenue to the Shoal Creek Bridge, a distance of approximately 2,170 ft. Our designs included the following: Design of approximately 1,950 LF of storm drain conduits (ranging from 18-inch RCP to 7’x4’ box culverts) A final design of the storm drain system improvements including coordination of horizontal and vertical alignments of the storm drain conduits with water and wastewater relocations, pavement reconstructions, and structural designs of the impact basin and retaining wall at Shoal Creek. Innovative combinations of storm drain conduit sizes, pipe classes, and alignments were used to minimize utility conflicts and relocations and to allow tunneling under Lamar Boulevard to install the 48” storm drain line without disrupting Lamar Boulevard traffic

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HEB Waco

Waco, TX

The HEB Waco is a prime example of the team approach here at D&A. A complex and highly involved project, HEB, Doucet, and team members were very thoughtful in the development of this site by focusing efforts on creating a positive, revitalizing community impact. With the help from Doucet’s Planning and Entitlements Group, the team coordinated with the City of Waco, local city council representatives, and surrounding neighborhoods to bring a new Class-A shopping center to the city as well as worked diligently to protect the buffering neighborhoods and environment. The project includes an HEB Plus, a retail shopping center, two pad sites, HEB Fuel Station, and an HEB Car Wash stretched across 21 acres.

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La Frontera

Round Rock, TX

This is a 328-acre Master-Planned development, including retail, multi-family, restaurants, office, and hotel. The public and private infrastructure were constructed simultaneously. As such, the site and street and drainage designs were closely coordinated with all facilities designed for the full development of the subdivision. This project was designed in accordance with the approved Planned Unit Development (PUD) by the City of Round Rock and was coordinated closely with TxDOT and TNRCC. Doucet was responsible for planning, land use entitlements and design and construction oversight of all phases of the project.

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Labrie Ballfield and Park Design

Southampton, MA

Working with William A. Canon Landscape Architecture, New England Environmental (NEE), and Heritage Surveys, Doucet provided planning, design, public facilitation, permitting, and construction administration services for three new high-end natural turf fields (two rectangular multi-purpose and one baseball field with associated parking, possible athletic field lighting and security fencing) at the Town of Southampton's 20-acre Strong Road site known as Labrie Field. A variety of additional amenities including a playground for children, public restrooms, and a concession were also constructed. The site is currently an agricultural hay field, and was previously part of an approved residential subdivision known as East Meadow Estates. The Town of Southampton purchased the property from the local developer with the goal of expanding the presently limited recreational opportunities in the community. The project involved extensive public outreach and participation, as well as state and local permitting through the Southampton Planning Board, Southampton Conservation Commission, and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for storm water management and wetland issues. Low Impact Development (LID) techniques and green design measures were incorporated throughout the site.

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Lone Star Circle of Care

Bastrop, TX

Lone Star Circle of Care is located on the northwest corner of the Old Austin Highway and Hasler Shores Drive in Bastrop, Texas. The development includes the construction of an approximate 25,000 SF Community Health Clinic building and associated paving, water, wastewater, storm sewer and other required site infrastructure on a 3.45 acres property.

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Mason Square Supermarket

Springfield, MA

We provided civil engineering and planning services to Develop Springfield for the anticipated redevelopment of several properties in the Mason Square neighborhood. We worked with the Develop Springfield project team and community members to develop a feasibility report along with conceptual site drawings. In addition, we established the subject property's potential to support the construction of an approximately 55,000 square foot supermarket building in addition to outlot buildings.

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Mixed-Use Redevelopment

Northampton, MA

Planning Team prepared a detailed site feasibility report regarding a 5.35-acre parcel of land at 171-187 King Street in Northampton to provide a professional opinion regarding the property's potential to support mixed-use development on a conceptual level. The report included an evaluation of available data and publications, consultation with local officials, and a site inspection to identify physical features and regulations that could potentially limit development. The issues addressed in the report include (but are not limited to) utilities, soils, wetlands, traffic, zoning, site design and permitting. The findings of the feasibility report demonstrated that the site could potentially support the proposed development provided that certain parking and building setback requirements were followed to create a "streetscape" appearance. Subsequently, Doucet worked closely with the client to develop several conceptual design options which incorporated smart growth elements.

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Olympia Oaks Affordable Housing Project

Amherst, MA

Together with Kuhn Riddle Architects, we provided conceptual site design and preliminary cost estimation services to the Town of Amherst for a proposed affordable housing development on Olympia Drive in Amherst. Upon completion, the conceptual site plan included proposed structures and site features such as building footprints, roadways, driveways, parking, sidewalks and drainage structures. Our responsibilities for this project also included a thorough due diligence effort. We conducted an independent review and analysis of physical conditions, environmental conditions, applicable zoning, permits and approvals and other development and legal considerations pertinent to the development of the subject property. Our services for the project have since extended to the preparation of final site development plans. Continuing to work with Kuhn Riddle Architects, the Town of Amherst, and now with HAP Housing (the selected non-profit affordable housing developer), we are providing complete design, engineering, permitting, and construction administration services for the project. With regard to local permitting, the Project Team received approval for a Comprehensive Permit under M.G.L. Chapter 40B, which allows for streamlined local permitting of affordable housing.

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