sustainable site development

DK Pierce & Associates new office building  (under construction)
Zionsville, Indiana
2016 – 2017

Involvement:
Elements was the civil engineer on the project and collaborated with the architect to design a low-impact development and dog-friendly site for the owner, DK Pierce & Associates. The building is the first to be constructed in the Creekside Low Impact Development office park in Zionsville. The project included tree preservation, permeable pavement, bio-swales,  bioretention and native vegetation.  The building is integrated into the site to provide the occupants views to the woods surrounding it.  The land form and landscape was designed to allow the employees to safely walk their dogs who are welcome to join their owners in a dog-friendly work environment.

Architect: David Rausch Studio
Landscape architect: CONTEXT
Contractor: Brandt Construction

IMA Art + Nature Park – Car Park
Indianapolis, Indiana
2009 – 2010

Involvement:
Elements was the local civil engineer on the project and consulted with (the late) Ed Blake of The Landscape Studio (of MS) and (the late) Eric Fulford of NINebark to do the green infrastructure design and coordinate permits for the Car Park.  The project included bio-swales,  bioretention and native vegetation and is the main entrance to the Art+Nature Park.

The Nature Conservancy of Indiana Headquarters
Indianapolis, Indiana
May 2008 – May 2009

Involvement:
Elements was the sustainability civil engineering consultant on the team.  Elements assisted with design of green infrastructure site drainage improvements, permitting and LEED documentation.

Detail:
Elements was hired by Rundell Ernstberger to collaborate with EMH&T on the site design for the project. During the design process Elements assisted in the design of the bioretention and subsurface infiltration system. Having designed other projects using these features within the City of Indianapolis, Elements also assisted with the design and permitting process for green infrastructure.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana
February 2007 – May 2008

Involvement:
Elements volunteered the time to designthe site for the new offices of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) and was on their ‘green team’ to help them select a site and understand what green site features would work best with the selected site, which is located in a combined sewer area. The site in Fountain Square achieves their goals and allows for a demonstration facility for green site design elements which includes porous pavement, rain gardens and a cistern.

Country Trace Apartments – Palmyra, Indiana
January 2008 – May 2009

Involvement:
Elements was hired to prepare civil engineering construction documents for the 5-acre affordable housing (for seniors) project.

Detail:
Elements partnered with Living Spaces, LLP a landscape architecture company, to prepare a low-impact design for the project which included 6 apartment buildings. Approximately 0.2 acres of existing trees were preserved on the existing farm field site and the grading design followed the existing drainage patterns. A prairie, rain garden and tree trench were each used on the site to integrate stormwater management with the natural environment. The grand opening was held in June 2009 and the project is LEED-H certified.

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