community

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Building Education

Atwell is part of a team selected to perform multi-year improvements for an Arizona school district. One significant project for which we are providing civil design, land surveying and environmental consulting services is the community development of a new home for an innovative college preparatory academy delivering tailored curriculums for students graduating out of a K-10 program. Other current projects include upgrades to several elementary schools and improvements to one of the district’s high schools.


Avian Inventory of a Forest Preserve

Atwell’s avian specialists were selected by a suburban Chicago county to compile a comprehensive list of bird species utilizing its forest preserve, with a particular focus on threatened and endangered species.

To achieve this, Atwell performed intensive breeding bird, migration and nest surveys within five forest preserves; developed survey protocol; and conducted diurnal and nocturnal bird surveys through the spring and summer months. Serving as an on-call consultant, Atwell continues to conduct activities related to species-specific sightings and habitat needs.


Community Center through Conservation

Partnering with a local architect, Atwell brought sustainable site design solutions to the development of a new YMCA facility in suburban Cleveland. Green building techniques used to contribute to the facility’s LEED® certification included:

  • Bio infiltration swales
  • Creative stormwater management
  • Naturalized landscapes
  • Exterior design to reduce heat islands
  • Integration of local and recycled materials

Atwell also developed landscape plans featuring plant materials to minimize water and irrigation requirements for the project.


Historic University Museum Expansion

A Big Ten university set out to reimage its historic art museum, adding more than 50,000 square feet of space to accommodate more than 18,000 pieces of art in a visionary “town square” setting.

To create the community feel the client wanted, Atwell worked with architects and university facility managers to provide the necessary demolition planning and topographic surveys. Atwell also provided civil engineering support including sanitary sewer design, stormwater drainage design, site planning, a soil erosion control plan and utility coordination.