It's the method of addressing all aspects of the environment and the surrounding physical attributes of a site during preparation of Site Development & Land Management Plans. It encompasses proven methods appropriate to the development of the human-designed environment, and is successful when synergy exists between a building, a structure or other entities, all integrated through ecological & sustainable design practices so as to function more effectively with minimal site damage and expense. and
Environmental Design... what is it?
Environmental Design practices serve as the template to unite the artificial built environment with the site's natural features in a manner that protects forests, wetlands, floodplains and waterways, aids in erosion and storm-water control, and preserves limited site resources. The ecological design process is a vital tool that minimizes environmentally-destructive impact by integrating itself with the site's natural resources, its bio-processes, and long-term sustainability of facilities and functions.
We combine design aesthetics with aspects of erosion/storm-water control and on site preservation to reduce the impact of harmful influences that may hinder the sustainability of the built environment.
We balance a project's development criteria, its facility capacity, and its man-made resources with protection
of the site's sensitive environs. The interaction between
the biological organisms and their on-site environment
is the basis for the project site's ecological evaluation.
A color-coded Physiographic Map of Oak Ridge Lab
The final stage of the Land Planning Process strongly relies on the use of creative concepts, effective design solutions, data reviews/revisions, and problem-solving.
We begin the process by thoroughly evaluating the project site, its environs and ecosystem, then we mesh the site's physical, aesthetic, and cultural attributes with the functional needs and the economics of the development market. Next, we develop preliminary design studies that graphically
depict the existing and proposed land uses, facilities, functions, vehicular and pedestrian circulation.