We were responsible for renovating the former Tokyo Electron site into Austin Energy's new operation control center. Improvements included a 36,000 SF building expansion, a new 11,000 SF vehicle service building, new service drives, an additional 150 vehicle parking lot, and restoration to existing parking areas. We provided all site/civil engineering design, permitting, and construction administration services. In addition, we successfully coordinated with the City's development review staff in order to retrofit the existing site to meet the Subchapter E Commercial Design Standards and worked with the project team through programming options. We also completed construction documents for all site/civil improvements such as ADA accessible sidewalks, parking and service drives, site grading, storm drains, water, wastewater, and the retrofit and expansion of an existing sand filter pond into a biofiltration water quality pond. The project included several pavement designs, restoration, and construction strategies to provide value and function to Austin Energy. We designed and implemented new concrete pavement for Austin Energy service vehicle areas, medium and light duty asphaltic pavement design sections for drive and new parking areas, mill and overly restoration on major existing parking and drives. To finish it off, we restriped all pavement that was in good condition for preventative maintenance and to give it a polished look.
The TCEQ Discharge Permit Application for public viewing can be found here: Brickston - Final Permit Application Brickston - NORI Amended Notice Brickston - Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision
The Capital Metro North Operations and Maintenance Facility is a 110,000 square foot bus and van transit operations center. The site is located on an 18-acre site just north of Hwy. 183 and east of Burnet Road (F.M. 1325). This fast-paced project required programming, design, permitting and construction to be completed in less than 20 months. Several major elements of the project included demolition of existing industrial facilities, solving the public water system's limitations in the area, permitting the site without on-site water quality and detention facilities, re-routing drainage conveyance, and off-site roadway improvements. We were the on-site civil engineer for the project and designed the grading, drainage, parking and drive, and the water and wastewater facilities. During the programming phase, we investigated the potential of using existing off-site water quality and storm water detention facilities. Because we were successful in documenting that the detention and water quality ponds already met City of Austin requirements, we did not have to build any new water quality and storm water detention facilities. This ended up being critical to facilitate the development needs of Capital Metro on the limited site. We also led a detailed study of the City's water distribution system to solve poor fire flow capabilities in the area. Upon systematically breaking down the water distribution system for analysis, we were successful in finding a broken valve on the major transmission main feeding this pressure zone. With the replacement of the broken valve, on-site fire pumps were not required and existing fire pumps and tank storage (supporting existing buildings) could be removed, providing additional use of the area and a tremendous saving on the construction cost. We designed all on-site water, wastewater, storm drainage, and parking and drive facilities and permitted the site through the City of Austin within the Capital Metro Transportation Authority (CMTA) required time frame.
We identified the existing utilities to determine whether the existing utility infrastructure had the capacity to serve the future TOD development in the three study areas. The utility information included water, wastewater, storm drain, electric and gas. We coordinated with utility entities and collected utility information from each entity. Afterwards, we delineated the utility information on the City of Austin GIS base map. Upon receiving future land use concepts for each of the three station areas, we coordinated with the City of Austin staff to determine the potential utility requirements for these areas. We then identified potential future utility improvements to meet the TOD development requirements. At the end of this project, we prepared an engineering report and exhibits (which was incorporated into the overall master plan) that documented the results of our findings.
We participated in the programming phase and schematic phase for this new Combined Emergency Communications & Transportation Management Center in Austin, TX. This regional 911 Center houses sophisticated electronic equipment and highly trained emergency communications personnel for the various City of Austin departments and Travis County agencies. The project site is approximately 13 acres consisting of a 72,500 square foot building, a parking lot that can hold 230 cars, and all drainage, water and wastewater improvements. Services included site selection, utility analysis, grading, drainage, detention pond, and water & wastewater improvements. Our role in the project's construction included obtaining the construction permit, performing construction phase services, and preparing construction documents for all the civil and site improvements. Our work required extensive coordination with various governmental agencies' staff. This project achieved the Silver Rating in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program.
Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center is located in a 95-acre City-owned park. The proposed project consists of an approximate 150,000 SF arena with associated parking, utility improvements and water quality pond. Primitive camping, hiking trails and a horse trail are included in the park amenities. The site is located in the environmentally-sensitive Little Barton Creek Watershed and is entirely in the Edwards Aquifer contributing zone. Portions of the site are within the FEMA 100-year floodplain. The earthwork will require cuts and fills of less than 6 feet. Most of the existing trees on the site are proposed to be saved. Retaining walls with the maximum height of 5 feet are proposed at two sides of the parking area to save the trees. On site excavated boulders are proposed to be used for the construction of the retaining walls. Water service to the proposed event center will be provided by the Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation. The site plan also includes extension of water service to RV sites. Wastewater service will be extended to the site from the City's existing service main. A 2,500-gallon tank dump station is proposed for the RV vehicles and trailers. Waste from the dump station will conveyed to the event center's discharge line.
We designed the grading, drainage, parking, and water and wastewater facilities for the George Washington Carver Museum and Library expansion project. The museum itself encompasses 30,000 SF and the library addition is 15,000 SF. Major elements of the job included designing a storm water detention facility and relocating 500 LF of the city's 24-inch water transmission main to facilitate placement of the new museum. We designed all specifications to adhere to the City of Austin's environmental sustainability building program. In addition, our staff also looked into options to obtain LEED credits for storm water and existing pavement material re-use. Other issues we encountered included inserting a stopping valve into the existing 24-inch line because of faulty valving on the existing system. We were able to coordinate with the city's water and wastewater department and the contractor to install the stopping valve.
This county project, which was completed under a Design-Build delivery method led by Broaddus & Associates and GSC Architects, consisted of two phases. The first phase was a temporary facility to house the Hays County Precinct 2 Offices during the completion of the permanent facility structure. Both facilities are located on the same parcel of land, approximately 3.5 acres, along FM 2770. Doucet provided site layout design, access driveways and pavement design, extension of both water and wastewater because utilities were not available onsite, dry utilities relocation and service extensions to the new facility, and design of the detention facilities. Doucet also coordinated with Hays County ISD and a local Homeowners Association for easements.
We provided planning, design, public facilitation, permitting, and construction administration services for a high profile LEED-certified office development incorporating Low Impact Development (LID) techniques. Working closely with New England Environmental, Inc. (NEE), our client for this project, we developed an innovative site design that featuring porous pavement, curbless parking areas that direct storm water to rain gardens located in interior islands, bio-swales to convey storm water in lieu of subsurface pipes, and a constructed bio-retention wetland area. Additional office tenant space and a residential unit are also associated with the overall development. Required permitting included Site Plan Approval through the Amherst Planning Board, which was granted after only one meeting. NEE encouraged public participation throughout the development process and called upon us to assist the project team with its extensive outreach and facilitation efforts. The project received the support of state legislators and local officials, and is widely viewed as a boon to the community. Not only were the LEED-certified buildings the first of their kind in the Town of Amherst, NEE announced in July 2011 that the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded its corporate office building a Platinum Rating, the highest level for sustainable design and construction.
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.
Doucet worked with Library Trustees and architects to create a site design that accommodates growing needs while also meeting the aesthetics goals set forth by the trustees for a 6,400 SF public library addition. Doucet created civil site drawings for permitting and bidding, and prepared permit applications. Site work drawings included the design of sewer, water system, grading and drainage systems including an onsite stormwater mitigation system, parking lot layout, sidewalk layout, landscaping, and site lighting. Doucet also worked with the City of Northampton Departments and Officials for planning and permitting of the project as well as coordinating the efforts of various disciplines for permit approvals. A final building and site design was achieved which compliments the historic integrity of the original structure. In addition, the completed project brings the library into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We provided design and permitting services to relocate a failed culvert under the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Prior to the project, impounded stormwater from the upstream wetland system was surcharging the existing bank, undermining downstream culverts and the rail trail itself. The initial project was designed and permitted for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), however it was later rolled into the MassDOT Norwottuck Rail Trail Rehabilitation project when funds became available. We generated construction documents per MassDOT standards, including Detail Sheets, Quantity Sheets, and Special Provisions.
Doucet has an extensive, reputable history of providing peer review services and construction observation services for municipalities and private sector clients throughout New England. For example, we have been assisting the Town of Hadley, Massachusetts Planning Board in this capacity for several years. Our extensive expertise with development of various scales is called upon for the purpose of reviewing and evaluating similar commercial and residential development proposals. Additional municipalities and businesses that have benefitted from our peer review and/or construction observation services include but are not limited to the Towns of Granby and Whately, MA, Country Nissan, Yankee Candle, and Gator Pearson. Our peer reviews have included zoning analyses, site plan review, and stormwater evaluation and design for a broad range of land uses. The final product is typically a detailed report which verifies compliance with applicable regulations and identifies any project constraints. The report may be used by the client as a guide through the remainder of the permitting process.
Working with New England Environmental and GDF Suez, we provided planning, engineering and design services for a solar array project in the Town of Northfield, MA. For this project, we identified potential candidate sites up to 15 acres in area for the development of the proposed solar facility. This work involved a review of property maps, existing survey data, topographic maps, aerial photographs, GIS data layers and other available documents. A detailed zoning and permitting summary was also prepared to identify potential constraints. The review resulted in a compilation schematic base map which identified the potential sites and showed their orientation. Site visits to each of the candidate sites were then conducted to evaluate solar aspect and suitability (available sunlight throughout the year), and to evaluate construction suitability, engineering feasibility, and environmental feasibility. The schematic base map and site visit yielded the recommendation of three top candidate sites for construction of the solar array. The completed solar farm is adjacent to the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center along Route 63. The 2 megawatt (MW) facility is comprised of 18,000 PV panels and is one of the largest solar installations in New England. The Green Communities Act, which passed the Massachusetts legislature in 2008, helped paved the way for this landmark project.
This $48 Million county project consisted of adding a new two-story building to the existing and functioning Travis County Correction Facility along with demolition of existing facilities and the relocation of infrastructure and utilities. The new building was approximately 260,000 SF and housed 1,336 inmates. Doucet provided site layout design, access driveways and pavement design, water, wastewater and dry utilities relocation and service extensions to the new facility. Doucet also provided a topographic design survey for improvements, the location of above and underground utilities, and the establishment of the site boundary. Doucet also coordinated with Austin Energy for an onsite Electric Easement, and prepared the easement dedications.