Emory Freshman Halls IV

UGA Reed PlazaUniversity of Georgia
Reed Plaza Improvements

  • Athens, Georgia

  • Surveying
  • Site/Civil Engineering
  • Development Permitting

  • Travis Pruitt & Associates provided civil engineering, surveying and development permitting services for this $6.5 million fast track, CM at Risk capital improvements project. Working interactively with the project team including landscape planners, architects, other engineering disciplines and the construction contractor, TPA’s engineering staff provided all civil engineering services and obtained the regulatory approvals required for the project to move forward. TPA’s survey division provided topographic and utilities surveys including coordinating underground utilities locating and marking, and provided construction staking for the sitework, utilities and building construction.

    The Reed Plaza project entailed the design and construction of a pedestrian mall from Sanford Drive to East Campus Road in the area bounded by Sanford Stadium, Memorial Hall and Reed Hall. The project demolished the existing asphalt paved driveway and lowered the grade of the plaza down to the Sanford Stadium 100 Level Concourse elevation―lowering the grade involved cuts of from 4 feet to 12 feet. The site improvements included three new restroom and concession buildings with a total footprint of approximately 8,700 square feet. The project required the relocation of existing utilities, and the construction of new sanitary sewer services, water service lines, and storm drains. The total project area is approximately 3.26 acres.

    This project was classified as a “redevelopment” project by the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Ordinance, which dictated one of the critical design criterion for the project―the completed facilities could not result in an increase in impervious area, and had to provide stormwater treatment for not less than 20% of the net impervious area within the project limits. Using an innovative context sensitive approach, TPA met this criterion by utilizing a combination of methods―a porous paver system for portions of the pedestrian plaza, pervious concrete pavement in the reconstructed parking lot, and stormwater treatment for runoff from the existing asphalt paved parking lot that was slated to remain. Stormwater treatment for the asphalt paved parking lot and a portion of the roof of Reed Hall is provided by a Contech Storm Filter unit and storage system. The Storm Filter unit is sized to provide 80% TSS (total suspended solids) removal and includes approximately 240 linear feet of 48-inch diameter pipe to provide temporary storage for 100% of the water quality volume upstream of the Storm Filter unit. Storage is provided based on the manufacturer’s recommended maximum flow rate through the filter of 1 gallon per minute per square foot of filter. The underground stormwater storage system includes an overflow weir to bypass flows larger than the water quality volume directly to the storm drainage system. Precast concrete manhole risers to finish grade provide access for maintenance.

    Design was started in December 2009. The Land Disturbance Permit was obtained on schedule in mid-March of 2010 and the completed project opened for occupancy on schedule with the first home game in September 2010.

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