Sustainable Site Design
Traditional building techniques and stormwater management practices have impacted the health of our nation’s water bodies and natural resources. Green infrastructure, as opposed to grey infrastructure (pipes and manholes), is an approach that can maintain healthy waters, provide multiple environmental benefits, and support sustainable communities.
At Nitsch Engineering we embrace the philosophy of Biophilic Design. We understand that part of providing life-changing designs is to think beyond our traditional work as civil and transportation engineers, and realize how innovative designs can improve everyone’s life experience. We pride ourselves as being a leader in green infrastructure design and understand the importance of a balanced holistic site design approach.
Nitsch Engineering specializes in managing stormwater using a water balance approach. By integrating stormwater with building and landscape systems, we identify comprehensive solutions to promote the filtration, retention, evaporation, infiltration, and reuse of rainwater, instead of allowing it to run off into our harbors and streams.
Biophilia is a term popularized by Harvard University myrmecologist and conservationist E. O. Wilson, to describe the extent to which humans are hard-wired to need connection with nature and other forms of life. "Biophilia . . . is the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms. Innate means heredity and hence, part of ultimate human nature."
"[The firm has] always been responsive and timely to any inquiry no matter how small… and the work product is well above what we receive from other consultants in this field."
— Facilities Planning and Construction,
University of Virginia