Category Archives: Site Design & Land Development
Posted in Codes & Regulations | Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Education | Initiatives | Networking | Site Design & Land Development | Sustainable Design | Urban Development by Keith Kuzio (CEO) on October 9, 2013
On October 2, 2013, we engaged our community to consider what it means and what it might entail to become a Strong Town. Charles “Chuck” Marohn presented his Curbside Chat in Williamsport, PA on the campus of Lycoming College. This candid presentation on the future of America’s cities, towns, and neighborhoods was well attended by state and local government officials, business owners, faculty and students of the college, and concerned citizens.
If you were unable to join us, we’ve posted the video of the day’s presentation for you to view. I’m sure you’ll agree that Chuck brings timely topics for our consideration as we endeavor to make our communities stronger. We welcome your comments.No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Initiatives | Leadership | Politics | Site Design & Land Development | Urban Development by Keith Kuzio (CEO) on September 11, 2013
We see it in the news all the time – cities and towns in decline or distress. Whether it’s Detroit being discussed on Nightly News, or Scranton, Reading, and Harrisburg closer to home here in Pennsylvania, it’s clear that it’s not easy being a small, medium, or even large city these days. So the question is – why?
Think tanks are studying this question and offering theories every day. Just yesterday, I received an email from McKinsey and Company announcing a new report titled “How to Make A City Great”. The study can be found at:No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Client Service | Innovative Solutions | Project Management | Site Design & Land Development | Urban Development by Justin Keister, PE, LEED AP (Director of Site Engineering) on June 4, 2013
At LDG, we are early adopters of software and technologies that assist our clients. We invest in the latest technology to offer value-added services to our clients that reduce project costs. This is a key differentiator of our firm. We stay ahead of the curve.
In 2008, we started using SiteOPS®, a web-based software program, to better engage our clients in the site design process during the conceptual design phase. This allows us to accommodate and visualize client requests from the very beginning. As questions arise, we reassign the variables in SiteOPS, and the client can see the impact to their budget immediately. It’s an iterative design process that allows decision making to happen early on in the project. Renderings are done in hours, instead of weeks.No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Architecture | Current Events | Site Design & Land Development | Sustainable Design | Urban Development by Andy Keister, PE, PLS (Chief Operations Officer) on December 12, 2012
The parking lot at Lycoming College before and after LDG’s redesign.
The rapid pace of change seems to affect everything in the engineering and construction world, even something as established as parking lots. First, let’s talk about design methods.
When I started doing retail/commercial site design 20 years ago, configuring a parking lot was a hit or miss process that involved analyzing multiple stall, aisle, and angle options in an effort to meet the client’s required stall count while complying with local zoning requirements. Once you developed a layout that met the numbers you needed, it was time to work around any stormwater and grading constraints that the site might offer, which may or may not require you to change your original layout.
Recently, AutoCAD introduced add-ons that allowed a designer to input all design variables such as stall size, angles, aisle widths, direction of travel, and boundary constraints. With a few clicks of the mouse, you could see several design options and stall counts. Now we’ve progressed to the point where our design software not only allows us to optimize our parking stall layout, but at the same time it can create preliminary grading and stormwater plans and estimate the cost for the site work.Comments (2) | Permalink |
Posted in Alternative Energy | Communities | Energy Conservation | Innovative Solutions | Site Design & Land Development | Sustainable Design by Jillian Ibbs (Marketing) on June 12, 2012
The Laurel Hill Wind Energy Project is a Duke Energy Corporation initiative, located along Laurel Hill Ridge in Jackson and McIntyre Townships in northern Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Upon completion, the facility will consist of thirty individual wind turbines within a seven-mile long lease corridor. Altogether, the turbines will produce 69 megawatts of electricity.
Larson Design Group handled the land development design for the project, including boundary and topographic survey, Geographic Information System (GIS) base mapping, zoning application preparation, construction observation, erosion control plans, post-construction stormwater management plans, water/wastewater design, permitting, site re-vegetation plans, and alignment studies. LDG is also assisting Duke Energy with full-time construction management tasks.
The turbines are impressive structures. Manufactured by Siemens, they measure 424 feet tall at their highest point and run at any wind speed between approximately 8 and 55 miles per hour. A new two-mile long, 34.5-kilovolt overhead electric transmission line will convey electricity from the turbine corridor to a new switchyard and substation, which was designed and is being constructed in accordance with PenElec’s specifications. The switchyard will be turned over to PenElec for operation and maintenance after project completion. The turbine blades, which are 163 feet long, are fitted with serrated edging to aid in noise reduction. Each rotor blade automatically pivots in its socket to ensure it will catch maximum wind power from any direction.
The wind farm is expected to be completed in October of 2012. The electricity they will produce has been sold to Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, which serves over 100,000 residents and businesses.No comments yet | Permalink |