Site Engineering & Developmentladams2018-03-01T14:48:03-04:00
Site Engineering and Development
Successful and sustainable site engineering is based on the knowledge and application of detailed design systems which are defined by the specific land use and environmental conditions present – Qk4 offers a complete understanding of these varied land use development systems:
Parks and Recreation Design is a specialized area where landscape architects and civil engineers work together in a coordinated team to produce sound solutions for the design of park roads, bridges and trails which are carefully tailored to respect and highlight the natural environment.
Industrial Development requires a “no-nonsense” approach to site design where basic layout and geometry is dictated by truck traffic and in some cases, access to railroad corridors.
Commercial Development is organized to take advantage of road frontages and visibility, where access and the focus on functional traffic engineering is critical.
Institutional Development includes the engineering of site infrastructure to support schools, churches, medical or municipal facilities, where careful considerations to separate pedestrians, autos, and service vehicles is critical.
Landscape and Streetscape Design demands an understanding of the urban environment and how to creatively blend the critical function of the pedestrian sidewalk with the unique aesthetic and character of the urban neighborhood.
Key to success is the application of safe, functional and proven solutions, with a complementary focus on creative designs and unique end results.
Modern successful industrial parks are designed to be flexible and allow for a broad multitude of potential development patterns, from large 20-30 acre distribution warehouse facilities to smaller 5-10 acre manufacturing support facilities. Because of this diversity in use patterns, the system of infrastructure (roads, drainage, water, sewer and other critical utilities) must also be designed to be flexible and capable of serving multiple patterns of use. In addition to park infrastructure design, interior industrial site design system is specialized as well, with overall site geometries dictated by the access and maneuvering of tractor trailer vehicles which transport the raw materials, finished product, or stored inventory to and from the industrial facility.
Industrial Development and Drone-Based Survey Technology
The accessible aerial data used by professionals today has been gathered by manned airplanes at high altitudes or by satellite imagery miles above the earth. The images provide a good idea of land use and coverage but are costly and limited to the season of the year they were collected and the high altitude resolution of the airplane.
Qk4 now has the capability to provide both high resolution color aerial imagery quickly and efficiently at a resolution less than 1” per pixel. These images then can be compiled to create a Digital Surface Model (DSM) of the ground, buildings, and roads. The information collected can be tailored to the specific season of the year or at particular intervals for monitoring construction phases throughout a project. You are no longer at the mercy of the high costs of manned aerial imagery and the static and limited data available from online aerial imagery.
Drone Based Technology
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Because parks are designed specifically for pedestrian use and recreation, the system of trail design becomes the most critical part of the design, as all elements within the park plan need to be linked in a safe and functional way. Qk4 has earned a strong reputation for recreational trail design, where functional connections from parking and trailheads are linked to featured design segments, where the user is connected with the natural environment. Shared use path alignments are designed to meet local and federal (ADA) design standards, with careful attention given to transitional areas where paths inevitably cross vehicular use areas, and specialized design systems are practiced to avoid conflict and yield a safe user experience.
From years of experience in the design development of neighborhood village centers and regional shopping malls, big box commercial anchors and small clustered outlots, Qk4 has maintained focus on the primary goals of commercial development: Visibility and Access. A successful commercial development must be sited and graded to be seen from the adjoining roadway corridors; and accessibility, both in and out of the commercial development, is a critical part of the design system employed. Anchored by in-house traffic engineers, Qk4’s multidisciplinary design team is highly qualified to understand and process the details related to effective site access, and the impacts of commercial development on the adjoining transportation system.
Universities have expanded their focus beyond creating strong learning institutions, and now must compete for attention in all facets of student-user experience. For this reasons, university campus design, and the creation of a safe and walkable facility, combined with the development of a unique campus character or “signature” has become a critical component of today’s institutional design challenges. A design system which combines the pedestrian focused strategies of parks and recreation design, with the visually focused principles of urban landscape and streetscape design, has become an important formula for effective institutional design.
America’s urban downtowns have experienced a resurgence in their level of community value and importance, with strong and consistent pattern of reinvestment in street and sidewalk infrastructure and the creation of new “streetscape” corridors. These public improvements are focused on enabling safe and federally compliant pedestrian mobility standards, while offering uniquely designed landscape and architectural treatments targeted to enhance “curb appeal” and encourage private reinvestment. Through the qualified application and management of federal transportation funds, Qk4 has earned a strong reputation for award winning streetscape design, which has help rejuvenate and transform local urban environments, which have, in turn, served as a public enticement for private property owners along the improved corridors to reinvest and redevelop to the overall community benefit.
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University of Louisville
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