Permitting, civil and structural engineering services were provided for 40 independent living and memory care units at an Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities. The 41,800-sf two-story wood framed addition houses wheelchair-accessible studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and community spaces including living room, dining room, pub, salon, multipurpose activity room, fitness center and library.
Civil and structural engineering services for additions and renovations to the existing assisted living facility in Newport, NH. The addition consists of approximately 6,500-sf on each of the 3 floors and 2 smaller additions for the kitchen and dining expansion. Renovations include removing a wall near the main entry and construction of a new 3,000-sf courtyard to create an atrium. Construction cost of approx. $4.6M.
Civil and structural services were provided for a 32-unit co-housing project in the city, on a seven acre property adjoining Centennial Wood.
Services included permitting, gravity sewer, stormwater details, roadway layout, fine building grading, drainage attenuation, infiltration, treatment, and site grading.
An individual stormwater permit was received by designing a treatment and infiltration system for up to the 2 year flows.
ACEC 2009 Certificate of Merit
This 29-unit apartment complex is part of the Twin Pines Housing Trust portfolio and is the first Net-Zero multi-family housing of any significant size in all of Northern New England. The structural design featured tall parapets with cantilevered brackets to allow the solar array to be maximized beyond the area of the roof. EV worked closely with the design team in developing a building envelope capable of supporting the Net-Zero goals.
Seen from a distance, One Lakeview is an impressive structure floating above the tree line. It hovers over the ground on 50-foot angled steel columns. Nearly all of the apartment complex is elevated above grade, other than the lower edge of the structure that just touches the edge of the hillside.
The building has two stories of steel framing – a parking garage at the bottom and one floor of apartments – and two stories of wood framed apartments on top of that. The majority of apartments have a view of the lake and those lakeside apartments have balconies suspended from the wall framing. From the uppermost level, tenants will are as high up as 90 feet off the ground.
As one might imagine, this project was a challenge.
This project was a test of EV’s commitment to urban infill. Located at 85 North Avenue in Burlington, the 43-unit residential building is erected on what was believed to be an “unbuildable” steeply sloped lakeside site underlaid by poorly placed rubble fill ranging from 5 to 30 feet over the entire building area. EV structural project manager, Matt Ernst, P.E. said One Lakeview Terrace required a team effort. In the beginning stages, there was much collaboration with the Geotechnical Engineering firm due to the challenging site location. The contractor and developer helped to come up with a scheme that was within budget. Engineering Ventures civil engineering team also assisted with the site design and zoning.
Given its visibility from Burlington’s popular waterfront, the developer and architect proposed a bold design of canted – or angled – steel columns to support the apartment building. The columns tested the limits of blending creativity with stability. Engineering Ventures was tasked with making this scheme a reality.
“It was fun to figure out how to make the columns look somewhat random, but still function structurally,” Matt said. He mentioned that the round columns could have more easily been straight up and down, but our team committed to delivering the desired aesthetic.
In addition to the canted columns, the project site posed unique challenges. The columns are situated on top of concrete footings that are themselves sitting on top of steel piles driven into the earth. These piles are the key to making One Lakeview stable on the hillside. Our team of engineers designed this foundation system to support the weight of the 43 unit, 4-story complex.
The site also challenged our civil team. Stormwater runoff from the building roof and parking area was collected, treated, and delivered to a large infiltration system designed to also accommodate overflow from an adjacent parking area’s infiltration system. This system is designed to fully manage a 25 year storm event. Beyond the site itself, our team designed a stormwater system for the nearby auxiliary police parking lot, to be built by the City at a future date.
This unique building shows what can be accomplished by facing engineering challenges with a creative approach.
2022’s Vermont’s Greenest Building Award
2020 ACEC Certificate of Merit
White River Junction, Vermont
Winner of the 2022 ACEC Vermont Engineering Excellence Awards: Category E Land Development
This project was built to provide affordable workforce housing for the residents of White River Junction, paying close attention to detail and utilizing quality materials. It consisted of two buildings, the first is nestled in the woods below a cliff. A primary goal for this site was to preserve the forest, meaning we dealt with tight site constraints.
We incorporated parking below the building and our storm water tactic was to absorb water through an infiltration basin. The second building is just off Wentworth Avenue and is a town home style complex. This location was chosen for its close proximity to the downtown area and public transportation.
One factor that differentiates this project is the attention to detail. We know creating affordable housing is synonymous with sustainable housing, and we strove to curate residencies that feel like home for tenants. An example of this is that each unit has its own entrance, which enhances sense of ownership. Amongst many other accommodating features there are also common spaces like an elevated deck to enhance the sense of community.
We placed green infrastructure features in highly trafficked areas. These include permeable pavers on the patio, and an abundance of rain gardens. We opted for aesthetically pleasing designs to elevate the look of the site and garner appreciation from its occupants and visitors. The exposed timber of the buildings also brings attention to the level of mindfulness engineers put into their projects.
We wanted a sense of pride to encompass the greater community as well. This is illustrated through our careful coordination with the city and nearby residents. As stakeholders, we felt it was necessary to include them in the project development process. We coordinated our schedules with the city while they worked on improvements on the adjacent Sykes Mountain Avenue, and we consulted private residents during site development stages to accommodate their day to day.
Prior to this project the site was an unused meadow. Now there’s accessible, affordable, high quality workforce housing that will be available to White River Junction’s residents for years to come.
A unique problem we faced involved a major discrepancy between phases one and two. We had permitted both phases, but during the second phase the concept design changed drastically. Our firm had to quickly adapt to refit the plan to the new design. This was made even more difficult by the compact nature of the site, but we created a solution.
We actually ended up coming in under budget, and our client utilized the leftover funds to add additional amenities like landscaping to further enhance the overall quality of the site. We were able to create an affordable workforce housing development that did not sacrifice quality for cost, and complete the project on schedule.