Landscape Architecture & Civil Engineering

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Effective site planning blends the creative design of landscape architecture with practical considerations of civil engineering to create harmonious, resilient outdoor spaces. Our work at Honor begins with a through site analysis, identifying and investigating the physical characteristics of the site and locale, including topography, soil quality, drainage patterns, vegetations, micro-climate, existing structures, existing uses, zoning, and related regulatory requirements. Work progresses into developing brainstorming and conceptual design that apply activities and uses to spaces and site features—circulation routes, green spaces, recreation areas, stormwater management, building siting, etc. The design is then refined, adding the detail of specific spatial features, accessibility, and other code and permitting requirements, and finally the chosen elements, features, and finishes: site walls, earth form, drainageways, plant material, etc.

Site planning that will stand the test of time prioritizes resilient and responsible design choices that minimize and absorb internal and external influences on the surrounding community and ecology. This may involve partnering with neighboring communities, incorporating green infrastructure elements, using local and reclaimed materials, and designing for long-term maintenance requirements. Overall, good site planning involves our attention to blending creativity, technical expertise, and environmental stewardship to create functional and sustainable outdoor environments that enrich the lives and the overall community.

Stormwater management is a multi-disciplinary approach within landscape architecture and civil engineering that addresses the collection, conveyance, treatment, and disposal of rainwater and runoff to minimize flooding, erosion, and pollution. Landscape architects and civil engineers collaborate to design innovative stormwater management systems that blend with the natural and built environments. Such systems include green infrastructure design elements and strategies that help absorb, filter, and infiltrate stormwater on-site. Some of these include rain gardens, bioswales, permeable pavements, and vegetative buffers. Other systems treat stormwater after it is conveyed and collected to traditional stormwater management structures like retention ponds, culverts, and drainage that are designed to channel runoff away from developed areas. By prioritizing such practices, landscape architects and civil engineers can protect water quality and ecosystems and create resilient, responsible designs that benefit both human communities and the environment.

Erosion and sediment control design is a crucial aspect of landscape architecture and civil engineering aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of soil erosion and sedimentation on construction sites and surroundings by stabilizing soil, controlling runoff, and protecting water quality. It is a design process that involves prescribing a variety of measures and practices to manage the effects of wind, water, and human activities. Common tools include erosion control blankets, silt fences, vegetative buffers, and sediment basins. By integrating erosion and sediment control measures into site planning, landscape architects and engineers can minimize environmental damage, maintain site integrity, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

Permits are the products of essential regulatory processes that landscape architects and civil engineers engage in to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Permits such as National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) are obtained from governmental agencies and authorize the discharge of stormwater runoff from construction sites or developed areas into receiving waters such as rivers, lakes, and oceans. Landscape architects and civil engineers work closely to develop comprehensive stormwater management plans that meet the requirements outlined in the various permit requirements. These plans often include erosion and sediment control measures, runoff reduction strategies, water quality treatment practices, and monitoring protocols to minimize pollution and protect water resources. By obtaining and adhering to such permits, landscape architects and civil engineers play a critical role in promoting responsible development and environmental stewardship in their projects.

Project management for design projects involves the orchestration and coordination of various tasks, resources, and stakeholders to ensure the successful completion of a design endeavor. It encompasses defining project objectives, establishing timelines, allocating resources, and managing budgets. Project managers facilitate communication and collaboration among team members, including architects, engineers, and clients, to ensure alignment with project goals and client expectations. They oversee the development and execution of design concepts, monitor progress, identify potential risks or obstacles, and implement strategies to mitigate them. Effective project management involves balancing creative vision with practical considerations, such as regulatory compliance, quality control, and client satisfaction, to deliver projects on time, within budget, and to the highest standards of quality.

The technicians at Honor are highly skilled in the arts of survey and civil drafting with Civil 3D. But they are also very good with AutoCAD on a variety of applications. For instance, when the National Cemetery Administration needs updates to their headstone drawings, they turn to us.

We prepare design phase permitting, bid, and construction documents in our everyday work. But we also have experience creating shop drawings, easement plats, and as-built drawings for many applications.