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Site design is crucial to any construction project. In fact, it is second only to the building itself. That's why it's so important to have a civil engineering firm you can trust and who has the specific type of experience you need.

Take a look at some of our site design projects.

Riverland Hills Baptist Church
Irmo, SC

RB Todd Project PhotoRiverland Hills Baptist Church was founded in 1968 and recently purchased new property to build a larger church since it had outgrown capacity in its former location.

Riverland Hills is built on a large hill overlooking 61 acres of wooded land. The hill itself posed an interesting challenge to the civil engineer, who designed it to be cut down by 16 feet and used the additional soil to balance out the earth work and fill-in needed across the entire site.

Overall, the civil engineering portion of the church project involved three parts: site design for the building of the new 118,000+ square-foot church facility, design and construction observation of the parking lot expansion, and development of a master plan of a future recreation complex consisting of soccer and softball fields and parking.

Parking is another interesting feature of the site design. Parking was designed to flow around three sides of the church building to limit walking distance. RB Todd kept in mind expansion plans of church leaders by designing and installing utilities to limit the disturbance of existing parking areas when additional buildings are constructed.

In addition, special attention was paid to the aesthetic appeal of the surrounding land. A unique design for the stormwater outlet control structures placed them inside detention pond berms so no structures are visible from the church facility. The two stormwater management basins were located in nearby woods to obstruct them from view, too.

University of South Carolina, West Quad Dormitory
Columbia, SC

RB Todd Project PhotoWest Quad Dormitory is a unique facility. It was designed and constructed as only the second college/university residence hall in the country to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. LEED is a process by which international standards are used to design buildings for energy and environmental efficiency. Proper design of buildings and the surrounding site using the LEED process has proven to reduce energy consumption, increase comfort levels of occupants, and reduce impact on the environment by using recycled/reusable building materials from local sources.

Civil site issues we addressed in this project include: