Columbia worked with the architect to design a new site for the materials management offices. The Columbia team was brought on board after the original design team failed to provide a workable design which addressed the project requirements. All existing access for driveways, delivery trucks and students was redesigned. The design was challenging due to the site location, which is on top of a ridge. Location required creativity in dealing with storm sewer, vehicular access and delivery circulation. Walls were required along with the design of a new access road. Coordination was required for fire protection and drinking water for the site as well as the sanitary sewer service. The site was located adjacent to a residential area with severe topography which required deliberate attention to the storm water management systems and careful land planning to meet the needs of the college within the limitations of the available land. The second phase of the project was redesign and conversion of the old materials management building into the Military Leadership Building. This included drainage revisions, a new parking area, changes to the pedestrian access for students, extensive landscape design and the redesign of the delivery area and truck dock. Challenges included saving old trees and maintaining the flow of water through a stream that flowed through the building area.
Columbia also designed the new “Promenade Vista”. Once constructed, the vista will be 600 feet in length and will provide safe and serene access from the Library Technology Center to the Dining Hall and to Georgia Circle Road. Design included upgrading several runs of undersized storm sewer, revising the existing storm sewer system to be more efficient in handling stormwater runoff from atop an adjacent hill which stands almost 40 feet above the proposed vista, and maintaining ingress/egress to the existing Dining Hall. The design provided conduit banks for future telecommunications lines and a future water main. Columbia also provided value engineering in the form of three deductive alternates which met the high standards of North Georgia College and State University which will allow them to expand the vista, as necessary, as enrollment and campus activity grows.
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