E04 - Enota: Atlanta’s First SITES Park

Thursday, November 21 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | B216 « Back

Abstract Text:

Much as LEED projects experienced 20+ years ago, the first hurdle to getting SITES v2 client buy-in is an understanding of what are the benefits and what are the costs. Learn how to address questions clients are asking about SITES and why the Atlanta BeltLine is the first municipal agency to include SITES in its current/future projects. The implementation of the design of Enota Park represents the first utilization of an Integrated Design Team (IDT) process in an Atlanta area park and has had real consequences for the members of the Design Team tasked with implementing this as part of the SITES requirements on their project. The talk will also delve into specifics, as the Project Manager and Arborist will discuss their process working with the IDT as related to Vegetation and Soil Protection Zones (VSPZ) on the site. From the project arborist point of view, a discussion of how the pre-design tree assessment (P2.2) provided the necessary input needed to redesign the path in order to save specific trees on the site. Innovative tree protection methods will also be discussed through relevant project experience. They will discuss the benefits of providing alternatives for tree and soil protection zones during the early stages of design. They will also discuss their respective views on their experiences with credits 2.1-2.3, 3.1, 3.5, 4.4,4.6, 8.1, 8.4, & 8.6. Through the presentation, they will explain how their intentions for addressing the credits adapted or held steady during the design and decision-making process. A PowerPoint visual aid presentation will include an active audience question and answer opportunities throughout.

Learning Objectives:

Learn why the Client decided to be the first local municipality in the country to require SITESv2 on all its park projects.

Understand the impacts for the Design Team of utilizing SITES for the first time and benefits it has experienced.

Learn multiple options for VSPZ and tree protection alternatives at the front end of construction v. trying to mitigate issues at the back end.

Understand the process and related challenges to 1) achieving specific credits, and 2) the costs and benefits of doing so.

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SITES Specific
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SITES Specific

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