Category Archives: Sustainable Design
Posted in Codes & Regulations | Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Housing | Initiatives | Innovative Solutions | Leadership | Politics | Sustainable Design | Urban Development by Marty Muggleton (VP Client Development & Marketing) on November 15, 2013
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 Architecture | Building Systems | Energy Conservation | Innovative Solutions | Sustainable Design by Serena Wray, LEED AP+ (Brand Architecture) on May 30, 2013
With consumers increasingly buying into the green movement and making sustainable choices, there has never been a better time for companies to start to adopt green business practices. Companies are finding that their customers embrace shopping at stores or dining in restaurants that have proven environmental stewardship. People feel good about going to those places, and that can translate to more time spent shopping or more dollars spent at the register.
A company’s buildings can make a big impression on shopping habits. Perhaps even better is the advertising potential that can come from showing consumers firsthand just how sustainable your company is.
Through LEED certification, building projects receive an internationally recognizable, third-party verification that shows the world that a company means business regarding sustainability.No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Architecture | Building Systems | Energy Conservation | Innovative Solutions | Sustainable Design by Serena Wray, LEED AP+ (Brand Architecture) on January 3, 2013
When I was a little kid, I was a tree-hugger. Literally. My mother recalls that at age four, I occasionally wrapped my small arms as far as they could go around my favorite tree in the backyard.
As the years went on, I became enamored with recycling in elementary school, energy efficiency in high school, and building reuse in my college architectural classes. Now, with “green” as the buzzword heard on every TV channel and seen in every store, you’d think I’d be in my glory.Comments (2) | 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 |