The Audubon Center in Greenwich opened in 1942 and is the National Audubon Society’s first environmental education center. The reconstruction of the Nature Education Center on 287 acres included improvements to site infrastructure, parking, and drives in a manner that protected this sensitive site and showcased low impact development techniques to reduce the project footprint and potential impacts on stormwater runoff. Redniss & Mead’s design responsibilities included: several septic systems; restoration of Indian Spring Pond; conventional and grassed parking; stormwater management collection and conveyance systems for quantity control and quality mitigation including a water quality outlet, water quality swale, and stormwater pond; and sediment and erosion control plans and construction monitoring. The project required approvals from the Planning and Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency, and Army Corps of Engineers.
Addition to existing Westport Library Building and associated site work to library building. Surveying services included preparation of “as-built” Improvement Location Survey upon completion of construction. Engineering services included preparation of site development plans depicting the design of site grading, drainage, utilities and erosion controls. Services included coordination with design team and ownership as well as with relevant town land use officials. Services also included conducting soil test pies and percolation tests in support of anticipated, proposed stormwater infiltration facilities. Consulting services included support of project attorney in filing applications and attendance at public meetings/hearings to present elements of the site design and/or co answer commission members’ questions as they related to the proposed site work.
This library is situated in a floodplain and a Coastal Zone. A Flood Impact Study was required along with Site Engineering services. Permit processing assistance was provided for Wetlands and Zoning permits. The project shares a municipal parking lot with the Cos Cob Firehouse. The parking lot was designed to serve both uses as well as public parking.