Fernbank Museum of Natural History ‘WildWoods and Forest Connection’

The WildWoods and Forest Connection is an outdoor experience at Fernbank Museum offering dramatic highline trails, elevated tree pods, hands-on exhibitions immersive nature experiences, and direct access to Fernbank Forest. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History WildWoods and Forest Connection won a Southeast Region American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award in the General Design Category. The jury consisted of invited members of the ASLA State of New York.

Long Engineering, Inc. provided the civil engineering services that included design of a 50,000-cubic foot underground stormwater management system, utility design, erosion control design, and permitting through the Corp of Engineers, State EPD, and DeKalb County.

Georgia Tech Living Building Challenge

The Georgia Tech Living Building Challenge is a $30 million, eco-friendly, structure on 1.44 acres that is integrated into Georgia Tech’s EcoCommons space on campus. This 42,500 square foot building will include a variety of innovative and state-of-the-art features with the overall goal of net-zero energy and water impact.  Long Engineering, Inc. worked in conjunction with the architect to prepare a site plan that met the goals for the project as well as preparing grading and drainage plans for the site including the design of stormwater management facilities.

This eco-friendly project includes design and implementation of 3 water pathway functions. The first water pathway function is the use of foam flush composting toilets with the compost used for the surrounding vegetation, the second function is rainwater, harvested from the building’s roof with filtration and disinfection for potable consumption, and the final is a greywater system that includes treatment for on-site use. A 1,000 gallon, primary tank will distribute greywater into a 375 square foot constructed wetland from which a 3,000 gallon irrigation filtration system will disperse flows to the irrigation system around the building. Stormwater management will replicate the hydrology of a natural forest utilizing rain gardens and infiltration ponds. This building is on schedule for completion in 2020.

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Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy Consulting

Long Engineering, Inc. was retained by the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management and the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy to provide technical input into the city’s approach to reducing sanitary sewer overflows, flooding and stream bank degradation within Peachtree Creek and Tanyard Creek that traverse the Atlanta Memorial Park property, including the Bobby Jones Golf Course.  The Peachtree Creek basin encompasses 94 square miles of urbanized portions of DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta.  This urbanization of time has continually taxed the aging infrastructure carrying sanitary sewer and stormwater through the basin.  LONG’s services included reviewing the city’s evaluation of alternatives to reduce wet weather sanitary sewer overflows within the Peachtree Creek basin, Capital Improvement Program priorities, combined sewer overflow treatment facility operations and basin hydraulic modeling.   The collaborative effort also included interfacing with City Council and the Mayor’s office.

 

 

Fernbank Forest – Wild Woods

Wild Woods is now open at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.  This all-new outdoor experience featuring dramatic highline trails, elevated tree pods, hands-on exhibitions, immersive nature experiences and direct access to Fernbank Forest.

Long Engineering, Inc. provided the civil engineering services that included design of a 50,000 cubic foot underground stormwater management system, utility design, erosion control design, and permitting through Corp of Engineers, State EPD, and DeKalb County.

To learn more about the new attractions of Fernbank, click here for a recent article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

 

GGC Building C Expansion Now Open

The Georgia Gwinnett College Building C expansion is now open.  The 54,000 square foot expansion includes 16 classrooms, 100 offices and numerous education/classroom support function spaces.  The main entrance opens to the campus Quad with connecting sidewalks to the Student Center, Library and Student Housing.

Long Engineering, Inc. provided civil engineering design services that included site grading, stormwater management, ADA access, utility services, erosion control, and permitting through the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the City of Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County.

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