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Phillips Community Aquatic Center, Minneapolis, MN
Working with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Steve Johnston was the lead civil engineer for the renovation and redevelopment of the Phillips Community Center. The project includes a 9,550 sf building addition to add a teaching pool, renovation of an abandoned pool, and all new parking lot to service the new entry and plaza. The site is designed to Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines B3 standards and will accommodate stormwater management with a combination of a surface infiltration basin and an underground detention facility. Steve worked closely with the Minneapolis Park Board to develop the plan to accommodate multiple building users, as well as pedestrians and vehicular traffic. The building housed the Community pool, but was also utilized by outside vendors, as well as Minneapolis Public Schools.
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Blue Line Blue Line Paver Replacement, Minneapolis, MN
Élan’s Marcie Weslock was the project manager and lead civil engineer on the Blue Line Paver Replacement project for Metro Transit. The original design on the platforms includes pavers that have not held up well to the Minnesota winters. The goal of this project was to replace the pavers with fiber-reinforced colored concrete. This project was distinctive due to the need to perform the construction over a single shutdown weekend. The construction logistics required many unique details and readily available materials to ease construction. Construction has taken place on five platforms. Three additional platforms were designed and built in 2015.
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Manning Avenue Park & Ride
Marcie Weslock was the lead civil engineer for the development of a 550-stall park and ride concept plan in Lake Elmo, MN. The site was part of a larger subdivision and Élan worked with Metro Transit to ensure the proper layout of the site for vehicle and pedestrian circulation, as well as the City of Lake Elmo zoning code. The plan included relocation of Hudson Blvd, as well as layout of a roundabout to provide access to future development. The site includes additional amenities for both the rider and driver, such as shelters and restrooms. Élan also performed preliminary hydrology calculations to ensure the project would meet local and state regulations for stormwater management.
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MN Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arden Hills, MN
Élan was the lead civil engineer for a 150,000 sf Readiness Center Complex for the Army National Guard. The site includes 512 POV parking lot that is designed to blend with the existing site topography, as well as the existing wetlands. In addition to the parking lot, the site plan included an access drive connecting the parking area to Hamline Avenue, sidewalks for pedestrian movement, a loading dock, service area within a secured fence, as well as proper fire truck access. A helipad was designed by Élan to be located north of the Readiness Center. The clearances and pavement design were in keeping with the Unified Facilities Criteria Design Guides for the Army. The project is pursuing LEED Silver Certification. The grading and drainage system was designed to work integrally with the parking lot layout and landscape design to give flexibility to earthwork and optimize the stormwater management features. The site had numerous wetlands on site and the site design worked with these natural amenities to ensure hard surface impacts to the wetlands were minimized. Additionally, the site layout utilized surface runoff and rock shoulders to reduce the amount of storm sewer piping. Utilizing the soil boring information, the team placed infiltration basins where the soils were amenable. Where the soils were not appropriate for infiltration, the design utilizes filtration basins. The basin design included forebays to ensure proper pretreatment and longevity of the of stormwater management facilities to ensure the goal of greater than 90% reduction of total phosporus and total suspended solids was achieved.
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Phase II Como Park Transportation Improvements, Saint Paul, MN
The Como Park Transportation Project includes renovation and expansion of a drop off roundabout, garden, pedestrian circulation, and Como Town entryway. The client was St. Paul Park and Recreation Department who was heavily involved in the design. Élan worked with the city to detail the design to ensure it met their budget. Design features included a gateway to the park involving stairs and hardscape to draw the users into the complex. The major concern was integrating stormwater management into the garden setting while maintaining the pedestrian movement. The goal was to enhance the user experience and draw them into the park. The stormwater was accommodated by incorporating 13 isolated infiltration basins versus one or two larger BMPs. Another design issue was sequencing and phasing of construction to keep pedestrian movements open and safe to allow the park to remain open. The resolution included timing of the contract to have the construction begin after school was back in session. Additionally, the design integrates with existing sidewalks and pedestrian walkways to allow the construction to work around these elements without compromising access to the park.
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