Clark | Azar & Associates team members provided site design and permitting services for 12 McDonald’s restaurants in Maryland, Virginia. Services included full site design services from the Initial Site Selection phase through Construction Administration.
During the site selection stage, we prepared “toe-dip” reports that included research on zoning, permitting requirements and fees, development schedules and environmental constraints. The toe-dip also included rudimentary site sketches to determine site orientation and layout configuration in a general sense. It also aided the McDonald’s real estate team in the decision whether to pursue the site.
Site Design services included a formal conceptual layout that allowed McDonald’s to fine tune the site design for optimal traffic circulation for the drive thru and inside patrons. We assisted in obtaining zoning approvals, special exceptions and entitlements. Final design included stormwater management plans, sediment control plans, water and sewer plans, landscape plans, lighting plans, relevant site details, and grading plans. We processed all site related permits and bonds, as well as building permits and utility services for the store.
During construction, we provided on call services including inspections and/or supervision of site construction items. We also prepared record drawings for site features such as storm drain and stormwater management facilities and upon final completion of the site, we assisted in obtaining use and occupancy permits and bond releases.
The CAA team provided site design and/or permitting and bond services for more than 500 7-Eleven convenience stores and gas stations in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. CAA’s principals have provided full site design services from the Due Diligence phase through Construction Administration.
The Due Diligence phase includes preliminary research on zoning, permitting requirements, and environmental constraints. The results of the finding are summarized in a brief report and executive summary suitable for the real estate division to make its final determinations on moving forward with a site.
Site Design services start with a conceptual stage, where the CAA team provided preliminary layouts, coordinated ALTA surveys, and prepared development schedules. Staff assisted in obtaining zoning approvals, special exceptions and entitlements. Final design included stormwater management plans, sediment control plans, water and sewer plans, landscape plans, lighting plans, relevant site details, and grading plans. Our staff processed all site-related and building permits and bonds and coordinated all utility services for the stores.
During construction, the team provided on-call services including inspections and/or supervision of site construction items. Record drawings for site features such as storm drain and stormwater management facilities were prepared.
CAA designed a new Home 2 Suites Hotel near the Potomac Mills outlet mall. The existing site was a single family residential house surrounded by forest. The site is narrow and long, with a steep drop off towards a stream at the rear of the property.
CAA provided site design and permitting for a turn lane and the expansion of Telegraph Road, a commercial entrance, parking and pedestrian access, a parking deck, site lighting, landscaping, grading, retaining walls, domestic water and fire line design, sanitary sewer connection, underground stormwater storage and treatment, and stormwater outfall improvements.
The project required rezoning and a site plan process to allow a hotel on the formerly residential site. Part of the proffers of the rezoning was to provide several sustainable features as well as expanded pedestrian connection. The hotel provides an underground rainwater harvesting cistern for reusable water for landscape irrigation.
The existing stormwater outfall on the site was heavily eroded, as was the stream itself. To assuage these issues, two underground storage and treatment systems were designed to reduce the post construction flows below the existing 2, 10, and 100-yr storm flows. A series of rip rap plunge pools were added to further reduce any possible erosion.
CAA designing a subdivision consisting of 179 single family homes, 74 townhomes and 17 duplex units on 110 acres of vacant farmland in Berkeley County, West Virginia. The project consists of grading, paving and utilities installation. The proposed subdivision conforms to the requirements and methodology of the State of West Virginia and Berkeley County regulations.
Through the implementation of low impact design measures such as reducing the width of the roadways, open section as opposed to curb and gutter, and the use of grass shoulders rather than gravel, the team was able to reduce the proposed impervious area by 20% from the concept design. The result is a development which meets the environmental intent of the county and the state.
Stormwater Management for the site was achieved via grass swales and 15 micro-bioretention areas. The outfall pipe for the subdivision is only 18” which required stormwater management quantity control via 5 detention ponds, one of which is over 7 acres in surface area. There are 3 miles of 8-inch gravity sewer and a pump station
The CAA team is designing a subdivision consisting of single family homes, townhomes and duplex units on 200 acres of vacant farmland in Berkeley County, West Virginia. The project consists of grading, paving and utilities installation. The proposed subdivision conforms to the requirements and methodology of the State of West Virginia and Berkeley County regulations.
New 15-unit senior housing facility; Washington, DC
ADA improvements; Olney, Md
Design for a new commercial development; City of Gaithersburg, Md.
Drainage improvements; Silver Spring, Md.