Pennoni Perspective Volume 23 • Issue 1 • Spring 2019 - Page 22

Lafayette College is a private liberal arts school based in Easton, PA. The campus is in Lehigh Valley, about 70 miles west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia, PA. Lafayette College guarantees campus housing to all enrolled students. To account for an increased student population, Lafayette began the process of developing a new mixed-use dormitory on McCartney Street. The new dorm will be four stories and home to 165 beds for students. The building will also feature a 5,000 sf diner, campus store, and residential support offices. Lafayette College has been a client of Pennoni’s for more than 10 years. For this project, Lafayette hired Pennoni to provide land development approval plans, and secure final approvals and permitting through the City of Easton. The proposed dorm is in a zone between Lafayette Campus proper and the College Hill district of Easton, referred to as the College Hill institutional Transitional Zone. Pennoni developed a scaled design visualization video to show city officials and the public what the completed building would look like. Pennoni’s in-house visualization team, Pennoni FX Studios, worked with the College and the project architect to develop an immersive 3D model of the proposed dormitory. To better show the proposed project in context with its surroundings, 250 acres of campus buildings, facilities and streets were also modeled and shown to scale. The visualizations, as we have experienced on many other Pennoni projects, were instrumental in securing public approval and facilitating key stakeholder consensus. With the initial approval complete, Pennoni provided site layout and grading, drainage and utility layout. Coordination was provided with the local utility companies as well as the consultants on the project: architect, AOS Architects; landscape architect, Ground Reconsidered; structural engineer, The Harman Group, and MEP engineer, Bruce Brooks and Associates. A stormwater management system design was developed to reuse water as spray irrigation. The underground rain tank is designed to dewater within 72 hours per local DEP regulations. Landscape Design was provided by Ground Reconsidered (GR) and lighting was coordinated between GR, Bruce E. Brooks and Associates, and Pennoni. Pennoni prepared documents for the approval of the Erosion and Sedimentation Control (E&S) permit as required during construction and earth disturbance activities, as well as for Post Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM). Attainment of the permit ensures there is no increase in the post-development total runoff volume, stormwater release rate and no degradation of water quality. A traffic impact and parking studies report was developed in coordination with Chance Management Advisors, Inc. The parking supply and demand analysis was compiled to illustrate that the new project would not have an adverse impact on the existing parking supply found both on campus proper and within the nearby commercial zone. In addition, Pennoni provided a geotechnical report of the site, a Phase 1 Environmental Site assessment report, and a hazardous materials survey. The dorm is expected to be open to students in the Fall of 2020. For more information on this project, please contact: James Illigash, PLA, LEED AP BD+C Senior Landscape Architect 610-422-2442 22 | P E N N O N I WATCH N https://www.yo