Archive for May, 2011

Congratulations to Sarah Moore, P.E.!

Sarah Moore, P.E.

Seamon Whiteside + Associates is pleased to announce that Sarah Moore has passed the South Carolina Professional Engineers exam.

To pass the professional engineering test, a minimum of four years working under the guidance of a registered P.E. is required. The eight-hour exam covers all specialties of engineering and consists of design, analysis, application and economic questions. It is a significant accomplishment to pass the exam on the first try, which Sarah succeeded in doing.

Sarah is a 2006 Clemson University graduate and has worked for SW+A for the past five years.  She provided project coordination for civil engineering and construction administration services on several large projects including the Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant hospital and a new education facility and renovated laboratory space for the Clemson University Belle Baruch Institute at Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown.

Seamon Whiteside + Associates now has 12  Professional Engineers on staff.

Governors Park

Governors Park is located on a 40-acre parcel on Daniel Island, just off Interstate 526.  It is a community park owned by the City of Charleston with a program to provide both active and passive recreation opportunities to the public.  The Park will feature a dog park, playground, picnic areas, waterfront trail, two baseball fields, and a nine-acre grand lawn.

New Active Park on Daniel Island

The layout and design of the park is intended to fit into the landscape by minimizing impacts to existing tree canopies and providing homage to Daniel Island’s agricultural history.  The baseball fields are set into the curve of Fairbanks Drive so that existing vegetation will provide a buffer for neighboring residents.  To further reduce impacts to these residents the fields will incorporate high end lighting designed to minimize glare and eliminate spillover of excess light.  A concession / scoring facility is located between the two fields that will offer an agrarian appearance along the edge of the grand lawn.  The grand lawn will accommodate four full-size soccer fields as well as provide open space for public events and festivals.  The pedestrian trails will be field located to minimize impacts to the landscape while providing exemplary views of the Wando River.  A 10-foot wide boardwalk will cross the marsh to connect to the existing Daniel Island waterfront trail to the south of the interstate.

Construction of the park is currently underway and if you look down while driving along I-526 you will notice the grand lawn by the distinct white shade of its athletic field mix.  Construction of Governors Park is projected to be complete in early September of 2011.

Bee’s Ferry Landfill

Rain gardens are an increasingly popular low impact development tool and are a great way to address stormwater quality and quantity. Using plants to capture water and reduce run-off rates may seem an obvious solution, especially to the gardeners and farmers among us, but using them in a development scenario is a new twist on an old problem. Lowcountry civil engineers have long struggled to manage stormwater run off. Traditionally, detention ponds have been used to solve the problem but more and more civil engineers are incorporating plants into their stormwater management plans. Utilizing the unique ability of plants to absorb and filter pollutants, most notably in their capacity to reduce metals, phosphorous and nitrogen quantities in run-off, in the war against stormwater run-off has proved to be a boon to civil engineers.

Bee’s Ferry Landfill Entrance

For the past couple weeks we have been developing a conceptual design for the new entrance to the Bees Ferry Landfill that uses rain gardens to address stormwater. In addition, we hope to include other green development tools such as the use of low maintenance native plants, entrance signs composed primarily of recycled materials and an interpretive trail outlining the benefits of each. It may seem strange to decide to highlight the importance of green development at the entrance to a landfill, but in so doing, it serves as a reminder of the other earth friendly opportunities Charleston County offers in the same location such as recycling and composting services.

Even though most of us remember learning the water cycle in grade school, we often forget that there is a finite amount of water on earth. Water that is here today has always been here, in one form or another. Protecting, preserving, and conserving it in the best way we can and anywhere we have the opportunity is critically important, because it’s all we’ve got.

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