Élan’s distinctive forte is our seamless transition from conceptualization to design thru construction.  Our team of engineers with a passion for design, landscape architects with real world sensibility, and professional construction specialists are led by a single project manager throughout the life of the project solely focused on successful delivery of the client’s vision.

 

The breadth of our experience ranges from small infill sites, mixed-use developments, subdivisions, multi-family housing, assisted living, transit oriented developments (TOD), educational facilities, power centers, distribution centers, Air Force bases, and light rail transit (LRT) for landowners, developers, major corporations, colleges and universities, local, regional, state and federal government, and other design professionals.

  1. 1Site Analysis, Planning and Design

    Site Analysis, Planning and Design

    Élan’s first step for every project is listening, understanding and clarifying our client’s ideas and priorities for their project. When practical we walk the site with the client to fully appreciate their vision. To fully explore the site’s opportunities and constraints we gather data from public resources, review previously prepared reports, surveys and investigations, and coordinate additional survey, environmental and geotechnical investigations where warranted.

    Our talented site planners then, using this data, explore multiple design options for the site considering various factors including traffic circulation, grading and drainage, optimizing yield, utility access and visibility.

    • Document review
    • Zoning and Land Use Plan interpretation
    • Site Investigations
    • Soil and geotechnical assessments
    • Site constraint / opportunity analysis
    • Site visualization
    • Entitlement process documentation
    • Feasibility studies
    • LID programing and LEED Scoping
    • Master Planning
    • Development cost pro forma preparation
    • Project team coordination
    • ADA-compliant accessibility

  2. 2Civil Engineering

    Civil Engineering

    Our team of engineers is ready to move your project from concept planning into final design. We work from a holistic approach maintaining personnel throughout the life of the project. Decisions made early in the development of a site will be carried through by our engineers. Our team understands the complexities of a project and the need to collaborate with all design partners from the architectural team and building system engineering to the routing of the small utilities. Élan offers a full range of site and infrastructure civil engineering services including:

    • Site design
    • Street and parking lot design
    • Trip generation and site circulation analysis
    • Pavement design
    • Erosion control design and SWPPP plan preparation
    • Site grading
    • Earthwork balance analysis
    • Drainage analysis and stormwater management
    • Building utility system design
    • Infrastructure sanitary sewer and water systems
    • Spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) plans
    • Sustainable design
    • LEED documentation and calculations
    • ADA-compliant accessibility

  3. 3Landscape Architecture

    Landscape Architecture

    Our landscape architect is integral to the success of a project by marrying the artistic vision with the functionality of the site. Our engineers and landscape architect work together from the beginning of a project to ensure the end result is efficient, functional, and in harmony with the environment. Our professionals bring extensive knowledge of local plant material, site design, site amenities and environmental considerations to create projects that tie the human experience with the environment.

    • Urban design
    • Park and trail planning and design
    • Tree inventory, preservation and replacement plans
    • Planting plans
    • Irrigation design
    • Site visualization and presentation graphics
    • Streetscape design
    • Site amenity design

  4. 4Entitlements

    Entitlements

    Let our team of project managers help you navigate the permitting process on the local, state, and federal level. Our project managers have worked with numerous municipalities, watershed districts, state agencies, among other permitting entities in and around the Twin Cities. The team at Élan Design Lab offers the following services:

    • Public presentations
    • Presentation graphics
    • Advocacy
    • Permit facilitation
    • Wetland permitting
    • Stormwater management
    • Grant applications
    • LEED documentation and calculations

  5. 5Construction Services

    Construction Services

    Élan offers a comprehensive package of construction services including those typically performed by civil engineering firms, and construction managers. By combining these services the client gains higher degree of confidence that the construction conforms with the approved plans and specifications and that unforeseeable conditions are addressed in a manner that minimizes delays and cost. Élan’s construction services include:

    • Owner’s representation
    • Bid solicitation and analysis
    • SWPPP and NPDES plans, inspections and management
    • Construction scheduling and implementation
    • Field engineering
    • Construction Observation
    • Construction documentation
    • Construction contract administration

  6. 6Forensic Investigations

    Forensic Investigations

    Unfortunately construction is not foolproof and defects can occur. Élan’s engineers investigate and determine the causes of failures related to civil engineering and construction materials based on a combination of his or her background and years of hands-on experience in analysis, design, construction, testing, inspection, condition assessment, and/or trouble-shooting. After a failure is identified we conduct a thorough investigation of site conditions, review available documentation and interview knowledgeable parties, followed by analytical calculations and testing to confirm the findings of fact.

    These services, which are performed for insurance companies, contractors, owners and attorneys, often form the basis for or defense of a lawsuit. In collaboration with the legal team we prepare a detailed report, review the technical aspects of the opposition’s case, review depositions and affidavits, and if necessary provide expert witness testimony at trial.


  • Site Analysis, Planning and Design

    Site Analysis, Planning and Design

    Élan’s first step for every project is listening, understanding and clarifying our client’s ideas and priorities for their project. When practical we walk the site with the client to fully appreciate their vision. To fully explore the site’s opportunities and constraints we gather data from public resources, review previously prepared reports, surveys and investigations, and coordinate additional survey, environmental and geotechnical investigations where warranted.

    Our talented site planners then, using this data, explore multiple design options for the site considering various factors including traffic circulation, grading and drainage, optimizing yield, utility access and visibility.

    • Document review
    • Zoning and Land Use Plan interpretation
    • Site Investigations
    • Soil and geotechnical assessments
    • Site constraint / opportunity analysis
    • Site visualization
    • Entitlement process documentation
    • Feasibility studies
    • LID programing and LEED Scoping
    • Master Planning
    • Development cost pro forma preparation
    • Project team coordination
    • ADA-compliant accessibility

  • Civil Engineering

    Civil Engineering

    Our team of engineers is ready to move your project from concept planning into final design. We work from a holistic approach maintaining personnel throughout the life of the project. Decisions made early in the development of a site will be carried through by our engineers. Our team understands the complexities of a project and the need to collaborate with all design partners from the architectural team and building system engineering to the routing of the small utilities. Élan offers a full range of site and infrastructure civil engineering services including:

    • Site design
    • Street and parking lot design
    • Trip generation and site circulation analysis
    • Pavement design
    • Erosion control design and SWPPP plan preparation
    • Site grading
    • Earthwork balance analysis
    • Drainage analysis and stormwater management
    • Building utility system design
    • Infrastructure sanitary sewer and water systems
    • Spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) plans
    • Sustainable design
    • LEED documentation and calculations
    • ADA-compliant accessibility

  • Landscape Architecture

    Landscape Architecture

    Our landscape architect is integral to the success of a project by marrying the artistic vision with the functionality of the site. Our engineers and landscape architect work together from the beginning of a project to ensure the end result is efficient, functional, and in harmony with the environment. Our professionals bring extensive knowledge of local plant material, site design, site amenities and environmental considerations to create projects that tie the human experience with the environment.

    • Urban design
    • Park and trail planning and design
    • Tree inventory, preservation and replacement plans
    • Planting plans
    • Irrigation design
    • Site visualization and presentation graphics
    • Streetscape design
    • Site amenity design

  • Entitlements

    Entitlements

    Let our team of project managers help you navigate the permitting process on the local, state, and federal level. Our project managers have worked with numerous municipalities, watershed districts, state agencies, among other permitting entities in and around the Twin Cities. The team at Élan Design Lab offers the following services:

    • Public presentations
    • Presentation graphics
    • Advocacy
    • Permit facilitation
    • Wetland permitting
    • Stormwater management
    • Grant applications
    • LEED documentation and calculations

  • Construction Services

    Construction Services

    Élan offers a comprehensive package of construction services including those typically performed by civil engineering firms, and construction managers. By combining these services the client gains higher degree of confidence that the construction conforms with the approved plans and specifications and that unforeseeable conditions are addressed in a manner that minimizes delays and cost. Élan’s construction services include:

    • Owner’s representation
    • Bid solicitation and analysis
    • SWPPP and NPDES plans, inspections and management
    • Construction scheduling and implementation
    • Field engineering
    • Construction Observation
    • Construction documentation
    • Construction contract administration

  • Forensic Investigations

    Forensic Investigations

    Unfortunately construction is not foolproof and defects can occur. Élan’s engineers investigate and determine the causes of failures related to civil engineering and construction materials based on a combination of his or her background and years of hands-on experience in analysis, design, construction, testing, inspection, condition assessment, and/or trouble-shooting. After a failure is identified we conduct a thorough investigation of site conditions, review available documentation and interview knowledgeable parties, followed by analytical calculations and testing to confirm the findings of fact.

    These services, which are performed for insurance companies, contractors, owners and attorneys, often form the basis for or defense of a lawsuit. In collaboration with the legal team we prepare a detailed report, review the technical aspects of the opposition’s case, review depositions and affidavits, and if necessary provide expert witness testimony at trial.