Category: General Civil / Municipal

The Detail Behind the Design – Creating a New Community Pool

By Katie MacDonald, PE When most people see an image like the one above, hopefully they see a fun pool and a cool place to take their family in the summer. An engineer, however, tends to see all the thought that went into the site layout and pool vessel and utility design. Pool Design Starts… Read More »

Best Management Practices for Stormwater Runoff Facilities: Detention vs. Retention

April showers bring more than May flowers. Snow melt and springtime rains also bring stormwater runoff pains. Why is stormwater runoff a problem? Stormwater runoff impacts two areas: water quantity and water quality. When vegetative surface cover is replaced with streets and buildings, the rate of stormwater runoff, which starts as precipitation (rain, sleet, and… Read More »

Campus Planning and Development: A Learning Experience

The buildings and grounds of any campus – educational, health care, governmental, industrial – vary widely in their plan and design. But campuses are similar in that each piece must function well as part of the bigger operation. Whether the campus exists to teach the next generation of scholars or to develop a product for… Read More »