Sustainable Sites: Four Case Studies
This presentation is designed to provide architects, landscape architects, and urban designers with information about sustainable sites. Attendees will learn about basic terminology and various sustainable site strategies, providing them with information about how to apply sustainability to sites as well as buildings. This knowledge will allow them to more easily discuss the issues with prospective clients!
Low Impact Development and Best Management Practices for Sustainable Sites
Low Impact Development (LID) is a multi-step site planning process that involves preserving sensitive resources, implementing better site planning techniques to minimize adverse environmental impacts, and incorporating a series of decentralized Best Management Practices (BMPs) that mimic natural systems. This course reinforces the principles of site sustainability by presenting design strategies and techniques that respect the natural balance of water and mimic the pre-developed hydrologic regime. Attendees will learn the benefits of integrating stormwater close to the source (particularly as part of the landscape design) as an alternate to conventional "end-of-pipe" solutions. They will also learn about a series of BMPs that are effective at controlling the peak rate of stormwater runoff, promoting groundwater recharge, and providing water quality treatment. The course also covers the construction, maintenance, and cost data associated with each BMP.
City of Boston Permitting Process
This presentation addresses the site-related permitting hurdles for building projects in Boston, including an overview of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston Water & Sewer Commission, Boston Conservation Commission, and Boston Public Improvement Commission site-related permitting processes. Attendees will learn how to identify potential site and building design, permitting, and project schedule issues early in any Boston project, making everyone look good!
Land Surveying and GIS
This presentation will educate non-surveyors about different survey services and how they should go about acquiring those services. Perhaps you didn’t quite get what you thought you were going to get based on your survey request? There are some pitfalls in acquiring these services – be prepared to ask the right questions! Attendees will learn the common areas of confusion when requesting survey services, how to better get what they want, what GIS is and how it works with survey and CAD based applications, and how surveys and GIS can benefit you and your clients!