Site-Civil

Site-Civil

Stonefield provides comprehensive Site Planning and Civil Engineering Services for various types of land use development projects.  Whether a large-scale mixed use development project or a residential home addition, we are committed to providing the design plans that will ultimately serve as the construction documents for our clients’ development needs.  The process begins with Conceptual Site Plan drawings and ultimately evolves into fully engineered construction documents.  Site Plan sets are complete with all of the necessary facets of engineering and design – demolition, access and circulation, siting, grading, drainage, landscaping, lighting, and all other required details and specifications. 

Pavement Markings

September 14 2017
Topics:   Site-Civil
Pavement Markings

Simple, clear pavement markings can deliver important messages to educate drivers about the utility of a site.  For instance, when designing the loading area for our project in Fairfield, NJ, it is critical that motorists are aware of the one-way circulation aisle located towards the rear of the site.  Combined with signage, the markings convey with excellent clarity that this particular area is not to be entered by oncoming site traffic.  The importance of redundancy cannot be overstated here as lack of markings and signage could create confusion and inefficiency of flow on the site.


 

Historic Fill

July 12 2017
Topics:   Site-Civil
Historic Fill

Redevelopment sites are often underlain with historic fill, which can be unsuitable to support building foundations and heavily traveled parking areas.  Historic fill can also be costly to export, particularly if there is any preexisting contamination.  Stonefield provides value engineering as part of the grading design to provide a balanced cut/fill site and avoid excessive costs associated with large soil import and exports.

 

Warehouse Development

June 26 2017
Topics:   Site-Civil
Warehouse Development

The Stonefield team developed a plan for a new 295,227 SF warehouse facility in Secaucus, NJ. Since the site is located within the flood hazard area, the design required raising the site 5-6 FT in order to meet NJDEP requirements. In addition to the NJDEP, the project obtained Site Plan approvals from the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, the Soil Conservation District, and the Town of Secaucus. Other design challenges included improving the existing drainage system and providing an efficient layout for large truck maneuverability. Finally, the project has a robust landscape plan, including extensive buffer areas throughout the site. Construction is scheduled to be completed this fall.

 

Route 1 Highway Corridor Commercial Development

March 24 2017
Topics:   Site-Civil
Route 1 Highway Corridor Commercial Development

The Stonefield team developed a plan to bring new commercial development to Lawrenceville, NJ. The site plan required extensive environmental assessments in order to develop landscaping plans, soil erosion plans, as well as grading drainage and utility plans. Stonefield also conducted a traffic impact study in addition to designing electrical plans, signal equipment plans, pavement details and roadway widening plans. New traffic signal plans that meet MUTCD standards have been designed, as well as a new traffic signal timing plan that promotes both arterial flow and pedestrian safety.


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Urban Design in the Suburbs

November 03 2016
Topics:   Site-Civil
Urban Design in the Suburbs

The first project designed by our Royal Oak, MI office was constructed in the summer  of 2015, consisting of a 16,000 SF Retail Center on Baldwin Road, Orion Twp, MI developed by Alrig USA.  The development includes Potbelly’s, Sherwin Williams, Vision Works, SuperCuts, and Aspen Dental, from north to south.  The development was the first in Orion Township’s “Brown Road Innovative Zone” to implement an urban style double frontage facade building with public entrances in the front and rear, the building pushed up to the road and all parking out of visibility from Baldwin Road in the rear.  The site topography had an elevation difference of +/- 15’ from front to rear which required extensive planning to maximize building density and balance earthwork import/export.  The design accomplished the BIZ Overlay Zone goals by combining 4 lots to create a larger “shared development” and implemented the desired streetscape and cross access to provide interconnectivity to the north and south.  The project obtained Site Plan Approval from the Planning Commission, obtained 4 variances from the ZBA, Access and Stormwater Permits from Oakland County, and Soil Erosion/Sediment Control approval.


 

Pedestrian Connectivity

October 31 2016
Topics:   Site-Civil
Pedestrian Connectivity

Historically sites throughout suburban areas have not contemplated pedestrian accomodations.  As governing bodies more strongly advocate for pedestrian walkability and accessibility, the walking path does not end at the frontage sidewalks.  Stonefield works with developers and Municipalities to create connective routes from the frontage sidewalks to the walkways that continue into sites and ultimately bring the pedestrian to the front door.  A well-delineated path sends a clear message to all site users.  In Fairfield, NJ we have accomplished this throughout the site.

 

Project Limits

October 26 2016
Topics:   Site-Civil
Project Limits

The Stonefield team has extensive experience in designing around various environmental constraints that may limit areas of disturbance and development.  These types of constraints while limiting disturbance, also offer areas of protection and aesthetic appeal.  We draw inspiration from sites that are able to harmoniously balance the surroundings with modern development and convenience.  The types of structures can embrace certain design vernacular when the details are considered.  Every project has a different level of sensitivity and context depending on the limits.


 

Design Integration

June 16 2016
Topics:   Site-Civil
Design Integration

Stonefield recognizes that landscaping and drainage design often go hand in hand.  Whether it be during site or roadway design, the opportunities to blend these elements together makes for the most rewarding design.  Our firm gathers input from various professionals prior to finalizing design.  Engineering and design is more than simply achieving one goal on each design sheet.  It all needs to fit together in a more comprehensive and synergistic way to lead to a truly successful project.

 

Impervious Coverage

June 13 2016
Topics:   Site-Civil
Impervious Coverage

We recognize the challenges that can be created with impervious coverage limitations.  Site to site, zone to zone, and Town to Town these rules often change and in many cases require some creativity to overcome.  In Fairfield, NJ, we employed pavered parking areas to pave the way for approval as impervious coverage was a critical element during the review process.  Not only does the difference in paving materials help to meet the Township requirement, it also creates a visually appealing parking lot which discrupts the typical "black-top" look of a site.  It combines extremely well with the building and landscaping design to create a strong aesthetically appealing site design.

 

Levels of Design

June 01 2016
Topics:   Site-Civil
Levels of Design
Stonefield has collaborated with Site Engineers and other designers to assist in creating safe and efficient patterns of circulation between various elements of on-site design.  As an example, gasoline fueling and convenience stores have become a more profilic development project as these retail options combine number elements of convenience in one stop.  Vehicular and pedestrian connection between these two elements is critical for successful operation.
 

Site Circulation Design

May 25 2016
Topics:   Site-Civil
Site Circulation Design

Stonefield is extremely adept at balancing the various needs of retailers with the requirements of jurisdictional agencies inclusive of site circulation and access design.  Pavement markings, striping, as well as landscape and hardscape are all elements of the travel path for the Walgreens in Robbinsville, NJ that we designed and worked extensively to have approved and constructed.  Efficient site circulation and design is critical for the convenience of the users and viability of the retailer.  This particular project required the balancing of the needs of Walgreens, NJDOT, and the Township of Robbinsville to achieve an acceptable plan.


 

Flood Storage Areas

May 09 2016
Topics:   Site-Civil
Flood Storage Areas

In accordance with NJDEP requirements, our staff has carefully balanced site construction in Fairfield to provide the required flood storage areas to adequately account for raising the site out of the flood hazard area.  We have successfully worked through this process on numerous sites throughout NJ which allows us to gain a complete understanding of what is required - precise grading design, earthwork analyses, and as-built verification and sign-off.  Fairfield is an excellent example of detailed design can pave the way for efficient construction and ultimate sign-off.

 

Hackensack Streetscape Improvements

December 15 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Hackensack Streetscape Improvements

As part of an ongoing redevelopment project in Hackensack, Stonefield collaborating with John Olivo of Bosenberg and guided by the DMR Architects redevelopment guidelines has created a new design vernacular along Main Street that will raise the bar for streetscape improvements throughout the area.  Different colors and textures for crosswalks and pedestrian areas will be utilized to achieve a more walkable and aesthetically pleasing environment in the heart of the Hackensack downtown.  Street furniture and treatments along the sidewalk will foster walkability and a desire pedestrian experience. 




 

Local Jurisdictional Agency Coordination

August 12 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Local Jurisdictional Agency Coordination

As part of a project’s entitlements process, Stonefield coordinates with local jurisdictional agencies to ensure that their comments and concerns and factored into the layout of a site. In the photograph above the municipal engineer and environmental commission lobbied for the protection of the two large deciduous trees as they were the oldest trees left within the shopping center and slated to be removed during demolition activities. Stonefield coordinated with the developer and the municipality to devise a layout which allowed for the trees to remain while also producing a comparable design which still meet the needs of the project. 




 

Parking Lot Design

July 29 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Parking Lot Design

An often overlooked aspect of site design, parking lot layouts are an integral part of the functionality of a site, particularly commercial sites in which, outside of urban areas, vehicular traffic is still the main component of trips to a site. Stonefield works with developers and retailers to provide maximized and efficient parking to on-site facilities and emphasizes safety for customers whether they are pedestrians or drivers. 





 

Floodplain Management

July 21 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Floodplain Management

While at initial glance it may be mistaken as a stormwater management feature, this recently constructed floodplain provides the necessary floodwater volume compensation for the development at the foot of the photo. As development in the region intensifies, floodplain management is becoming more critical to Townships such as Fairfield in New Jersey which flood often due to landcover conversation on a large scale from farmland to commercial lots. In addition to the new floodplain, pervious pavement and an infiltration basin were installed to retain as much runoff on site as possible to decrease the impacts to downstream properties. 




 

Underground Infrastructure

July 03 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Underground Infrastructure

Limited site area is a common issue with land development where every square foot must be utilized and serve its purpose. Many times, developments go underground with site features and infrastructure to increase the efficiency of the site layout and increase the developable yield. For example, beneath this rear access aisle of the QuickChek in Fairfield contains all the utility lines for the building, a grease trap, roof drains, a stormwater detention system for runoff control, a stormwater infiltration system for groundwater recharge, a vortex system for water quality. 




 

Stormwater Bioretention Facilities

June 27 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Stormwater Bioretention Facilities

Stonefield is committed to the use of innovative stormwater technologies outside of the standard detention and retention ponds typically associated with commercial properties. The bioretention facility being constructed above was part of a project located on a small parcel which could not accommodate a typical detention pond. Rather than designing a costly underground detention system, a bioretention system was proposed to both filter and control stormwater runoff. Consisting of groundcover, shrubs, and trees the facility is a simple, cost-efficient, measure to provide stormwater management and fits within small areas on site that would have been landscaped or grassed anyway. 




 

Bayonne Fluitec

June 20 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Bayonne Fluitec

Always dynamic and true to Bayonne, Alessi brings Fluitec to a building that has been vacant since the time the Brass Foundry operation shut down along Fifth Street in Bayonne.  The site is well-served by the NJ Transit Light Rail and Route 440 making it an ideal location for Fluitec’s urban employee base.  The location will consolidate Fluitec’s NJ operation into one, integrated office and fabrication facility.  Peer out the front windows and you’ll see the amazing effort being put into the new Bayonne Bridge.  Beautiful concrete resurfacing work has been completed to bring the site up to a new standard and renovations are set to begin in Spring/Summer 2015. 




 

Gas Station / Retail Combinations

June 07 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Gas Station / Retail Combinations

Gas station / retail combinations such as QuickChek create large volumes of on-site vehicular and pedestrian traffic which more often than not overlap particularly around the fueling canopy. Stonefield works closely with developers to ensure that adequate vehicular and pedestrian traffic safety measures and circulation are implemented in the site design such as high-turnover parking space striping, crosswalks, traffic signage, and larger drive aisles. 





 

Curb Appeal

June 01 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Curb Appeal

This QuickChek development provided an opportunity to design some curb appeal outside of the typical landscaping beds found along the frontage of most commercial sites due to the location of the stormwater management basin which required the installation of a barrier around the limits of the facility. Rather than installing a standard chain link fence, an alternating screen of stone wall and three rail fencing was utilized to provide a visual disparity; this screening also provided a fantastic backdrop for the landscaping in front of the basin. 




 

Chase Bank Bernardsville

May 30 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Chase Bank Bernardsville

During the site design of Chase Bank’s first branch in Bernardsville, grading and earthwork were a major focus of the layout. Due to the desired size of the building and atypical parcel shape, the parking lot was minimized and a remote drive-thru was utilized to provide sufficient room for the tiered retaining wall wrapping around the rear of the site. Additionally, site access (both pedestrian and vehicular) was challenging as there was an elevation change of over 7 feet from the public right-of-way to the building’s main entrance. Stonefield worked closely with Chase to ensure that bank’s standards were met despite the atypical layout. 




 

Chase Bank Bernardsville

May 30 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Chase Bank Bernardsville

Assisting JPMorgan Chase Bank in expanding their services to the Township of Bernardsville, Stonefield was engaged to provided civil site design and traffic services for the new branch location. The site design was complex due to the steep slopes and poor soils across the site. The building was placed along the site frontage and a multi-tiered retaining wall was installed along the rear of the site to manage the grade change across the site. Additionally, stone swales and a comprehensive underground stormwater system were utilized to manage stormwater runoff as it descended through the site. 




 

Parking Lot Design

May 29 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Parking Lot Design

An often overlooked aspect of site design, parking lot layouts are an integral part of the functionality of a site, particularly commercial sites in which, outside of urban areas, vehicular traffic is still the main component of trips to a site. In addition to providing efficient and maximized parking lot layouts, Stonefield emphasizes a common sense approach to parking design which factors in desirability, accessibility, drainage, and safety of every single parking space onsite. 





 

Stormwater Management Facilities

May 25 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Stormwater Management Facilities

Stormwater management is an integral part of any land development regardless of size or density. While management of stormwater is unavoidable, the appearance and screening of these features does not have to detract from the development as or whole or feel forced onto a site. Stonefield emphasizes native vegetation, variable slopes, and alternating screening to provide a more natural look to aboveground facilities. 






 

Stylized Lighting Fixtures

April 10 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Stylized Lighting Fixtures

In keeping with the architectural style of the Township of Robbinsville, the lighting fixtures for the recently constructed Walgreens pharmacy were designed as lampposts. These fixtures, while more aesthetically pleasing than the standard wall sconces and “shoebox” poles, provided an interesting challenge as they were less efficient for area wide illumination. Stonefield coordinated closely with Walgreens’ professionals to adjust the site and building layout to accommodate additional lighting locations to ensure that adequate illumination was provided for vehicular and pedestrian safety.



 

Robbinsville Walgreens

April 06 2015
Topics:   Site-Civil
Robbinsville Walgreens

Expanding onto the ever developing Township of Robbinsville, this Walgreens development was slated as the first of a multi-phase commercial development located along the busy main corridor of the Township, Route 33. Stonefield worked closely with Walgreens and the municipality to provide a site layout that met Walgreens operation needs and the Township’s strict architectural standards including decorative lighting, ample landscaping, pavement treatment, and an electronic scrolling text sign to display Township upcoming events. The development also extended the Township’s local boulevard further south as part of the Town Center South Redevelopment Plan.