Aug. 21, 2015 - Atypical Wetland Delineation - In the spring of 2013 Davel Engineering & Environmental, Inc. began working on a residential subdivision in the Village of Ashwaubenon, Brown County, Wisconsin. The land was presumed to be all buildable with minimal environmental concerns due to soil mapping units and other preliminary investigations. The Wetland Inventory did not reveal any mapped wetland or hydric soils in the area intended to be developed. As we proceeded, a formal site evaluation was conducted to verify wetlands or other environmental concerns did not exist. Much to the surprise of our staff and the developer, we discovered an area that appeared, based on vegetation and hydrology indicators to potentially be wetland based on a preliminary investigation. This unforeseen revelation gave reason to doubt the subdivision was even feasible!
Aug. 21, 2015 - Civil Site Design for Commercial Projects - Commercial developers rarely set aside adequate land for the required storm water control practices. Considering the price of commercial land, the reasons are obvious. Many times the civil engineer has to be creative to find ways to meet the storm water requirements for a site when very little land has been side aside for this purpose. When Anduzzi's wanted to duplicate their Green Bay sports bar in Kimberly, Davel Engineering and Environmental was faced with that exact challenge. With every parking space at a premium value, how can both peak flow control and water quality standards be met with no land area available for a wet pond?
Aug. 21, 2015 - Stream Restoration - The stream, wetland, and prairie surrounding the Roehl Transport terminal in the Town of Menasha, Winnebago County, WI appear pristine as a native stream corridor and upland prairie. It wasn't always this way; a misinformed individual prematurely cleared these lands composed of over 35 acres, filling wetland and displacing the small stream before any site evaluation or design professionals were involved. Once site development began for the development of the new terminal, site investigations revealed the stream and wetland filling that had occurred prior. Permitting agencies required a restoration plan.
Nov. 19, 2014 - Woods Edge, Village of Ashwaubenon - Typical subdivision design starts with raw vacant land. Because of the housing crisis starting in 2008, many properties came on the market via foreclosure, which was an opportunity for some. With the housing market collapse have come many changes in the finance industry making it quite difficult to obtain financing for land development, especially condominium developments. In this case, the developer was interested in a parcel where development began and progressed through plat approvals and the installation of some infra-structure before being halted by the economic downturn. To further complicate the project, the developer intented to create a condominium style development with ponds, a club house and other common amenities. Read more to see how Davel Engineeirng & Environmental responded to the challenge.