Site Feasibility Assessment
Pinkham and Greer provides site assessments for many clients. Each client has a different risk tolerance requiring us to tailor our site feasibility assessment to match the client's needs. This is usually the first step in our site design process and guides the conceptual design. We utilize existing data as much as possible to minimize the upfront cost and then supplement the data with onsite surveys. Aerial photos, tax map boundaries, county soils mapping and municipal utilities maps are readily available to begin a project. This information coupled with zoning information and our clients' project goals allows us to assess a project's viability.
The key to our success is the guidance we offer our clients with the project development and site feasibility assessment which is critical to the process.
Conceptual Planning and Project Management
The conceptual planning of each project is the most fun and exciting phase. It allows us as designers and planners to be creative and to interact with our clients, allowing us to establish a firm relationship. It is during this phase that we learn how our clients want their money spent. Establishing the parameters of the project from our clients view as well as establishing the limits based on regulatory and environmental impacts. This phase is usually blended with the site feasibility analysis.
Site Plan Design and Permitting
Pinkham and Greer offers a wide range of site plan design and permitting services for a variety of commercial and industrial uses, on projects of many different sizes. We start by carefully listening to the vision and needs of our clients. We then guide them through the entire process, from conceptual layouts to presentations at planning board meetings to final construction drawings. Our extensive experience teaches us to seek imaginative and creative solutions on difficult sites, work closely with local and state permitting authorities and stakeholders, and to study ways to save valuable construction dollars.
State and Federal Permitting
Each project has a layered permitting process that can involve State and Federal permits as well as the local approvals. The coordination of those permit applications has a direct impact on project schedules. Pinkham and Greer typically push the State and Federal permits earlier in the project schedule due to their longer time frames. We utilize the same data to each agency to ensure each permit matches the final project design.
Client meetings with State and Federal employees are used to promote a better understanding of each project and to establish a good working relationship for the long term.
Permits typically involve the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, Army Corp of Engineers and FEMA. We have experience with each of these agencies.
Highway and Roadway Design
Pinkham and Greer's experience runs deep in designing roads and highways, from a rural country road serving a few homes, to complex street networks in large multifamily neighborhoods, to improvements on bustling town streets. Our talented staff draws on their vast array of experiences to provide thoughtful road designs that best fit our client's needs. Working with the latest computer technology allows us to swiftly work through several design iterations, which gives our clients the greatest flexibility in choosing the best design for a reasonable cost. We also partner with local firms that perform traffic engineering and traffic studies services so that we may best serve our clients.
Municipal Review and Design Services
Pinkham and Greer provides municipalities with engineering peer review of site, road, and stormwater management system designs for compliance with local ordinances, regulations and standards and generally accepted engineering practice. Peer reviews also check the apparent extent of environmental impacts with respect to thresholds under State Laws such as Site Law, Stormwater Law and the Natural Resources Protection Act. Peer reviews include written reports of our findings and opinions when requested.
Pinkham and Greer provides municipalities with engineering design services for design of roads, parking lots, building sites, athletic fields, gravel pits, culverts and bridges and stormwater management facilities. Design services include: site inspection; subcontracting boundary and topographic surveys, geotechnical and traffic engineering when necessary; high intensity soil survey; wetland delineation, function and value assessment; vernal pool identification, delineation and significance determination (April-May only); drainage analyses; site design and design of stormwater management facilities such as culverts, ponds, underdrained soil filters, rain gardens, closed storm drain systems, buffers, ditches, turnouts and selection of manufactured stormwater management devices and bridges.
Stormwater Analysis and Management Systems
Stormwater analysis is a field that is constantly changing, with new local and state regulations emerging regularly, and Pinkham and Greer is at the forefront. We educate our clients early in the design process that stormwater management can be a key enhancement to any project. Pinkham and Greer has had close relationships with local and state review authorities for years, and we pride ourselves on seeking creative solutions and obtaining timely approvals of challenging stormwater projects. Whether the stormwater issue is a small culvert design, a complex series of connected stormwater features, or a large watershed or floodplain analysis, Pinkham and Greer can help.
Utility Planning and Design
Water supply systems, wastewater and sewer systems, and stormwater systems are some of the variety of utility design services that Pinkham and Greer provides to our clients. Utility services are an important consideration in all projects, and careful, innovative designs can save money during construction and in terms of long-term maintenance and operation costs. We use our in-house site evaluator to design small and large wastewater disposal systems to save our clients time and money. We work closely with local utility companies and districts and keep abreast of the current design and construction standards.
Construction Administration and Observations
Pinkham and Greer provides municipalities and private developers with construction administration and observation services. Services include bid and contractor selection assistance, bid price evaluation, construction cost breakdowns (schedule of values), shop drawing review, construction observation services from full-time observation to periodic site visits to verify the status of work at specific milestones, payment request review, final inspection and punch list development and follow-up. Site visits to observe work in progress and site conditions include written reports.