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Lower Alum Creek Relief Pump Station/Force Main

DELAWARE, OHIO

Building Information Model of proposed structure
THE SEWER DISTRICT IDENTIFIED FLOWS EXCEEDING EXISTING CAPACITY DUE TO EXTENSIVE GROWTH IN THE AREA AND NEEDED ADDITIONAL SYSTEMS.
  • Architecture
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Planning
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Wastewater Systems Engineering
  • 3D Scanning + BIM
The Delaware Country Regional Sewer District Sanitary Sewer Master Plan identified wet-weather flows exceeding existing capacity in the Alum Creek Interceptor sewer and at the Alum Creek Pump Station. Due to extensive growth in the Delaware County area, sanitary and stormwater flows have increased causing the Alum Creek Interceptor sewer to be undersized. The Lower Alum Creek Relief Pump Station will provide additional system capacity by reducing flow through the Alum Creek Interceptor sewer.
INCREASING CAPACITY WITH A NEW PUMP STATION
The Lower Alum Creek Pump Station diverts up to 14 MGD off of the existing Alum Creek Interceptor Sewer through a diversion structure and 36-inch gravity sewer. Flows enter the station by passing through influent channel grinders to reduce the influent solids. From the wet well, flow is conveyed using up to 4 dry-pit submersible pumps through an 8,200 foot force main. The force main required a new connection to the pretreatment building. Along with the new connection structure, additional upgrades to the pretreatment building were constructed. These improvements included new influent sampling, a new odor control system, and new HVAC improvements to meet NFPA standards.   The dry-pit submersible pump station configuration with brick façade and electrical control room features: Four, vertical, dry-pit, submersible 250-horsepower pumps with variable frequency drives Influent grinders and an odor control system On-site backup generator Overhead door and hoist for pump removal Instrumentation and controls Photoionisation odor control system for the wet well   The discharge force main design includes: 8,200 feet of 24-inch force main of horizontal directional drill installation. A 14-foot-by-7-foot diversion structure to divert flow from the existing Alum Creek Interceptor to the new pump station. Replacement of an existing culvert with 80 feet of an 8-foot-by-6-foot box culvert, which runs along a hiking path in Preservation Parks. Modifications to the influent chamber at the headworks of the Alum Creek Water Reclamation Facility.
UTILIZING BIM
The Lower Alum Creek Pump Station was designed using Revit, a BIM technology, to model the proposed structure. Utilizing BIM technology, changes within the model are visible to all disciplines in real time, making conflict identification a seamless and instantaneous process. Using our Virtual Reality technology, the client was able to take a guided tour through the structure to provide live feedback throughout the design process.

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Program Management

Ohio

MWCD Program Management
Atwood Welcome Center
Tappan Lake Restroom
THE LARGEST CONSERVANCY DISTRICT IN OHIO WANTED TO ENHANCE ITS PARK VISITOR EXPERIENCE WELL INTO THE FUTURE.
  • Bid Assistance
  • Program Management
  • Project Management Consultant (PMC)
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Wastewater
  • Water Resources
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) is the largest conservancy district in Ohio. The district includes the Muskingum River watershed, encompassing more than 8,000 square miles statewide. The many MWCD parks, lakes, and recreation areas serve more than 3.5 million visitors annually.   To enhance the park visitors’ experience, MWCD developed a comprehensive master plan for facility improvements and amenities at six of its parks and marinas. The park master plan was developed with stakeholder and public input and included assessing current needs and trends.   MWCD turned to ms consultants, inc. to implement the plan. As the Program Management Consultant (PMC), ms is collaborating with the MWCD staff on 300 capital projects totaling more than $200 million. ms is helping turn MWCD’s vision into reality by taking their plan through to construction completion.
PARK UPGRADES
Six MWCD parks will be receiving upgrades: Atwood Lake Park, Charles Mill Park, Piedmont Lake Marina and Campground, Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Seneca Lake Park and Marina, and Tappan Lake Park. Each park will receive upgrades that align with its theme and its park visitor needs.   Upgrades include:   Modern, full hookup RV campsites with hard surface pads Utility and infrastructure upgrades New restroom/shower houses and common areas with shelters. New children’s play areas Wi-Fi internet access New cabin neighborhoods with lake views and boat dock access Tent campsites Marina improvements Space allocation for the possible addition of water spray grounds­   All upgrades will be performed while maintaining park operations during the summer camping and boating seasons.
ABOUT THE PARKS
Each MWCD has its own theme, incorporating the location surroundings and visitor needs. The project improvements will solidify the themes at each:   Atwood Lake Park. Featuring entertainment and event venues, the park is located in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Charles Mill Lake Park. The park has natural, tree-lined shores, and sits in Ashland and Richland Counties. Piedmont Lake Marina and Campground. One of the state’s top fishing lakes, Piedmont is nestled in a secluded cove on the lake and is located predominantly in Belmont and Harrison Counties. Pleasant Hill Lake Park. This park is the place for active and challenging recreation. It is located in Ashland and Richland Counties. Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on the lake. Seneca Lake Park and Marina. Focused on water recreation, visitors to Seneca can enjoy power boating, sailing, and other amenities promoting activities both on water and on land. The park sits in both Guernsey and Noble Counties. Tappan Lake Park. Tappan is located in Harrison County and capitalizes on the scenic views provided by a combination of steep terrain and long narrow valleys. It offers ridge-top or lakeside camping. Visitors enjoy the wooded hiking trails throughout the park.   Photos provided by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

Riverfront Park and Amphitheater Master Plan

Youngstown, Ohio

Aerial view of the riverfront park and amphitheater
Amphitheater entrance
View of the stage from the entrance
Seating area
TO ACHIEVE CITY GOALS, DOWNTOWN YOUNGSTOWN WANTED TO REVITALIZE THEIR RIVERFRONT BY CREATING A RIVERFRONT PARK AND AMPHITHEATER; DEVELOPING A MULTIPURPOSE COMMUNITY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER.
  • Architecture
  • Civil Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Cost Analysis
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Plumbing Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Utility and Civil Pre-Design
ms consultants, inc. was hired as a subconsultant to MKSK for architectural and engineering design services for the proposed Riverfront Park and Amphitheater Master Plan. The project site is adjacent to the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown, Ohio.   This project is part of the city’s goal of improving green space and riverfront sites within the downtown area.
Developing A Master Plan
The master plan includes sustainable infrastructure options and remediation efforts of the Wean slab. The Wean United Building, once a downtown eyesore, was demolished in 2014. The nearly 10.5 acre site was turned over to the city. This site will now be home to the Riverfront Park and Amphitheater including a connecting promenade to the nearby Covelli Centre for a complete urban entertainment experience.
Urban Entertainment Center Takes Shape
Upon completion of the master plan, the project quickly moved into the design phase. This brought great excitement to all those involved throughout the Mahoning Valley region. Once final design began to take shape, the main sponsorship was announced and the venue was officially, and proudly named The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater.   The design includes the proposed amphitheater with designated seating and lawn space for 4,500 people. The amphitheater also includes a space for winter time activities so the space can be used year round.   The amphitheater facility includes: A large concession and bathroom facility, dressed with signage for the sponsorships associated with the facility. A ticket building equipped with technology for ticket sales and a secure checkpoint. A large stage structure equipped with integral rigging points, lighting and technology attached to the back of house structures that contain offices, dressing rooms, bathrooms, and a loading area.   A paved seating area for 1,000 sits in front of the stage flanked by a VIP area on one side and landscape buffering on the other. A large beer garden sets the perimeter for the paved seating area with integral landscaping for the best views of Youngstown.   *MKSK provided all master plan renderings

The Iranian Room at the University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

THE IRANIAN ROOM
THE IRANIAN ROOM
THE IRANIAN ROOM
THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH WANTED AN AUTHENTIC IRANIAN CLASSROOM TO CONTINUE A TRADITION OF HONORING VARIOUS CULTURES.
  • Conceptual Design
  • Schematic Design
  • Construction Documentation
  • Construction Administration 
CREATING A CULTURED CAMPUS
The University of Pittsburgh has a long history of honoring cultures that settled in Allegheny County thanks to Dr. John Bowman, the university chancellor at the end of World War I. Dr. Bowman aspired to give students the opportunity to learn in culturally-significant classrooms, which would highlight the many nationalities that comprised the county, and that was done in the form of the Nationality Room Collection.   With the help of his program director, Dr. Ruth Mitchell, Dr. Bowman collected community members of varying ethnicities to help design cultural classrooms that celebrated their heritage. His and Dr. Mitchell’s efforts have enriched the university’s environment for generations of students.   As of 2019, the university has 30 Nationality Rooms total. Not only do the rooms pay homage to the county’s rich cultural fabric, but they also attract tourism, bringing in an average of 30,000 visitors annually.
A NEW ADDITION
ms consultants, inc. assisted the university in growing its collection with an additional classroom. ms has been assigned the job of designing a 750-square-foot classroom that will gracefully combine iconic Iranian concepts with modern classroom technology. The team is working with the Iranian Room Committee and the university to create a historically accurate room that depicts a period from or before 1787, the year the university was founded. The classroom will be on the third floor of the Cathedral of Learning building.
BRINGING THE ROOM TO LIFE
To make the space authentic, ms will be working with stained glass, woodworking, plaster, and tile artisans. A key objective of the project is to find the right balance between the artisan’s vision, the overall room concept, and the university-defined design requirements.   As the lead architect, ms is coordinating with Ardelan Associates, who has provided the conceptual design. ms assisted in the production of professional renderings depicting the schematic design which was completed early in 2018 and will be providing construction documentation and administration for the remainder of the project.

ODOT Stormwater Volume Reduction Research

Ohio

ODOT STORMWATER VOLUME REDUCTION RESEARCH
ODOT STORMWATER VOLUME REDUCTION RESEARCH
MONITORING EQUIPMENT
MONITORING EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION
ODOT needed a cost-effective, efficient, and successful, alternative to its post-construction, stormwater volume reducing best management practices.
  • Construction Inspection
  • Data Analysis and Research
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Highway Design
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Stormwater Flow Monitoring
  • Survey
  • Traffic Control
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Location and Design Manual specifies several best management practices (BMPs) that have been approved by the Ohio EPA (OEPA) for use on publicly-funded transportation projects. These OEPA approved BMPs are currently the only practices ODOT can accept for post-construction water quality and water quantity treatment.   Designing post-construction stormwater BMPs is particularly difficult for transportation projects due to their linear nature, restrictive construction limits, and limited right-of-way.   However, there are common features of roadway projects, such as grassed shoulders and medians, with modifications like soil amendments, may increase the infiltration capacity, promote evapotranspiration, and serve as a water quantity BMP.
IDENTIFYING ALTERNATIVES
To identify alternatives for stormwater volume BMPs, ODOT’s Office of Hydraulic Engineering Research, in collaboration with ms consultants, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and Stone Environmental is undergoing a research project for post-construction stormwater management.   The goal is to first determine the effectiveness of soil amendment as a stormwater runoff volume reducing BMP.   If found to be cost-effective, this potential new BMP may provide a new and improved alternative for post-construction stormwater management for transportation construction projects.
ASSESSMENT OF EXISTING AND POTENTIAL VOLUME REDUCTION
This research project focuses on developing OEPA-approved BMPs that use common features on roadway projects (i.e. grassed shoulders with amended soil) that are within the right-of-way.   The intent of these BMPs is to reduce runoff by infiltration and evapotranspiration to meet water quantity requirements per the Ohio EPA Construction General Permit. This will better enable ODOT to provide additional post-construction stormwater management options to meet regulatory requirements.   The research team has identified twelve sites across the state of Ohio to perform flow monitoring. The sites are located within the grassed medians of ODOT-maintained right-of-ways. The geographic distribution of the sites allows for data representative of varying weather conditions throughout the state. Site-specific flow monitoring plans were developed and equipment was installed to capture and record the rate, volume, and frequency of stormwater runoff generated from the roadway.   The soil amendment process consists of incorporating high-infiltrating soil materials into the top layer of existing soil along the sloped grass shoulder of the roadway. As the stormwater runoff sheet flows off the roadway, the amended soil is intended to decreases stormwater runoff volume by increasing infiltration, evapotranspiration, and initial abstraction of the grassed shoulder. Several soil amendment materials and amendment depths will be installed and analyzed to evaluate their performance.   After the soil amendment installations are completed, post-amendment flow monitoring will begin. The effectiveness of soil amendment as a stormwater volume reducing BMP will be evaluated by comparing the pre-amendment runoff volumes with post-amendment volumes.
THE PROJECT IN NUMBERS
$1.3 million research project 12 monitoring sites Across 5 Ohio counties 4 soil amendment alternatives 3 years of monitoring and data analysis

Bentleyville Interchange

Pennsylvania

Bentleyville Interchange
Bentleyville Interchange
Bentleyville Interchange
When interstate 70 in Pennsylvania had several safety and efficiency issues, PennDOT needed a cost-effective solution to overhaul the area roadways.
  • Bridge Engineering
  • Environmental Planning
  • Highway Engineering
  • Highway Lighting Design
  • Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling
  • Noise Mitigation
  • Right-of-Way
  • Stormwater Management
  • Streams and Waterway Mitigation
  • Subsurface Utility Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transportation Management
The Bentleyville Interchange project on I-70 in Pennsylvania was previously home to unsafe and inefficient travel conditions. Narrow shoulders on the median side, sub-standard horizontal curves, inadequate acceleration and deceleration lanes, closely spaced interchanges, and insufficient vertical clearance at underpasses are just some of the issues that travelers dealt with while traveling this portion of I-70.   PennDOT District 12-0 decided it was time to improve the area. PennDOT implemented a partnership between the district, Golden Triangle Construction (the contractor), ms consultants (the designer), and JMT, Inc. (construction inspection). This partnership would go on to provide efficient project delivery and clear lines of communication throughout the project.   The Bentleyville Interchange project included a number of innovative ideas, new technologies and cost-saving elements that led to a very successful project. The updated, safer, and more efficient transportation system, including the reconstruction of two mainline interchanges, was substantially completed in late 2018.
PROJECT DETAILS
The Bentleyville Interchange project is located in three municipalities: Somerset Township, Fallowfield Township, and the Borough of Bentleyville and includes:   Median and shoulder widening Curve realignment On- and off-ramp reconstruction Extension of acceleration and deceleration lanes Reconstruction and paving of over 9,000 feet of S.R. 0070 Realignment and reconstruction of nearly 5,000 feet of S.R. 2040 Addition of a center left turn lane and sidewalks to S.R. 2040 Reconstruction of nearly 1,200 feet of S.R. 0917 and realignment and raising over S.R. 0070 Removal of two interchange ramps Alterations to S.R. 2044, including a total combined reconstruction of 1,800 feet of local roads Replacement of the S.R. 0070 mainline bridge with a 3-span, 345-foot-long structure, carrying traffic over Pigeon Creek, S.R. 2040 and the Norfolk-Southern Railway Replacement of the S.R. 0917 bridge over S.R. 0070 Removal of two bridges Construction of a single lane roundabout Installation of traffic signals
2018 Project of the Year

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Southwest Penn Section

Project of the Year

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Northeast Region

Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station + Transmission Main

Powell, Ohio

Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station
Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station
Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station
Del-Co needed a solution to better serve Central Ohio residents for years to come with a positive social impact on the community.
  • Architecture
  • Building Codes
  • Distribution and Transmission Lines
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Facility Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Permitting
  • Plumbing Engineering
  • Pump Station Design
  • Regulatory Compliance Assistance
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Social, Natural, and Cultural Studies
  • Structural Engineering
  • Wetland Permitting and Mitigation
The Del-Co Water Company serves approximately 44,000 customers throughout eight counties in the northern area of the Central Ohio region. Their water systems have an operating capacity of 33 million gallons per day (MGD). Del-Co’s main water supply is the Olentangy River, which serves their Olentangy Water Treatment Plant.   In recent years, during periods of drought, Del-Co’s water source supply reached levels requiring Del-Co to use their reserve supply out of their above-ground reservoirs. In part because of this drought, Del-Co partnered with the City of Columbus to construct the Upground Reservoir project along the Scioto River. The completion of this project allowed Del-Co to access source water from the Scioto River, located approximately 3.5 miles west of their Olentangy Water Plant.   Through the Schreiber Pump Station project, Del-Co received 16 MGD to use as a redundant water supply for their water system. This allows Del-Co to better serve the central Ohio area for years to come—providing a positive social impact to the community.
Project Challenges
The project did not come without its share of design and construction challenges:   The pump station and 36-inch waterline were constructed in an area with difficult subsurface conditions. Limestone rock formations were approximately 2 feet below the surface, which slowed the project’s construction since the pump station was more than 25 feet deep. The station’s proximity to the reservoir made excavation/construction practices more difficult. The station’s intake system’s original design was to be an open-channel on the surface of the reservoir. This was cost prohibitive so the intake design was changed—from an open-channel installation to a subsurface steel pipe intake, which required microtunneling operations. It is rare to use microtunneling as the installation method in the Central Ohio area on water projects. Microtunneling is also innovative as it uses a laser-guided tunneling machine to pull a pipe through a newly dug tunnel.   In addition to the design and construction challenges, the project involved substantial coordination challenges between multiple entities, including: the City of Columbus; the Ohio Department of Transportation; Delaware County; CSX Railroad; multiple townships; the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; the United States Army Corps of Engineers; the State Historic Preservation Office; and almost 40 property owners for securing easements along the waterline.

ms Indianapolis Office Renovation

Indianapolis, Indiana

ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indianapolis moved into a new space, presenting an opportunity to incorporate the ms brand into the work environment while bettering the employee experience
  • Interior Design
  • Furniture Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) Coordination
  • Artwork Curation
  • Environmental Branding Graphics
When the ms Indianapolis office moved from the suburbs to the downtown area, it was a great time to refresh the space and better incorporate the ms brand into the work environment.
Branded Environments
The project included the interior design, furniture coordination, artwork curation, and environmental branding graphics for the 4,700-square-foot renovated space. Modern furniture was introduced to the front lobby to create an elegant but inviting experience. The company logo was incorporated into the reception desk with a new graphic display to emphasize the brand logo in a sleek and contemporary way.   Artwork for the office was selected with the intention of paying homage to Indianapolis and its surrounding areas, while instilling a sense of local pride among employees.
Evolved Workspaces
The workspace consists of a combination of private offices and open office workstations, promoting productivity and teamwork while still allowing for quiet and private atmospheres when needed.   The furniture chosen for both the private offices and workstation includes height adjustable work surfaces to promote movement and wellness. These surfaces give the employees the ability to adjust their posture in a variety of ways throughout the workday, improving overall work experience. The workstations also include personal storage units along with panel based whiteboards that create highly efficient work spaces in a footprint that is less than 50 square feet.   The finishes selected reflect the traditional but fresh and evolving nature that is the ms culture.

NC State Lake Wheeler Road Creamery Study

Raleigh, North Carolina

NC State Creamery Study
North Carolina State University wanted to add a retail and educational creamery associated with its agricultural outreach program.
  • Architecture
  • Cost Estimating
  • Site Civil Design
  • Site Planning
North Carolina State University’s (NC State’s) Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory is home to nearly 1,500 acres of teaching, research, and extension requests made by NC State faculty. The laboratory is home to numerous animal- and plant-related units for the university’s agricultural program.   To further encourage education and engagement, NC State sought out to plan and build an educational creamery on its Lake Wheeler Road facility. The site is located within their dairy complex and is anticipated to provide educational outreach and distribution modeling for the NC State University-owned “Howling Cow” ice cream brand.
LAKE WHEELER ROAD CREAMERY CAFÉ AND EDUCATION CENTER
This creamery is envisioned as not only a major community engagement gateway for the University and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to connect the public to agriculture and food systems, but also an agriculture destination point for North Carolina.   The planned 4,500-square-foot facility will accommodate school-age dairy tour groups as well as a retail sales outlet for dairy products. In addition, this facility will house the administrative offices, exterior and interior tour group gathering spaces, indoor restaurant seating, loading, and food preparation areas.   The operation will include educational and merchandising components available to neighboring partners. Site planning services will include on-site stormwater management, septic system, well water treatment, truck delivery/loading areas, school bus parking, public parking, and outdoor gathering for tour groups.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
ms consultants provided site planning, architecture, preliminary civil engineering, and cost estimating for NC State’s Lake Wheeler Road Creamery.   Work included:   Establishing the programmatic needs for a stand-alone creamery café and agriculture education center by identifying future space requirements, adjacencies, customer flow & merchandising placement, and estimated building size. Reviewing the site for the optimal facility location by analyzing the adjacency to the dairy buildings and pasture. The recommended location will be developed to address site access, circulation plans, biosafety boundaries (identification of physical separation and barriers needed to protect the animals), and environmental impacts (such as ground water detention and impervious surface area). Developing an order-of-magnitude cost estimate for the new building and site.

Hazel Storage Basin

Akron, Ohio

Hazel Storage Basin
Hazel Storage Basin
When Akron's long-term control plan was updated, a larger storage basin with a new location was needed to meet the community's needs.
  • Combined Sewers
  • Environmental Planning
  • Long Term Control Plan (LTCP)
  • Sewage Collection, Treatment, and Disposal
  • Structural Design
  • Wastewater
The City of Akron’s Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) update required the construction of a single storage basin (known as the “Hazel Storage Basin”) to achieve zero overflows within the adjusted typical year.   When the LTCP was updated, the minimum required storage volume to achieve this goal was approximately 2.5 million gallons.   Since the LTCP update, the recalibration of Akron’s hydraulic model of its sewer system has increased the required size of the basin to 3.6 million gallons.   After recent work with Akron’s Integrated Plan, the volume further increased to 4.5 million gallons. This increase optimizes the available capacity within the downstream Little Cuyahoga Interceptor (LCI).
DETERMINING THE HAZEL STORAGE BASIN LOCATION
Because of the size increase, the originally proposed area was not large enough to accommodate the increase in basin volume.   Seven locations were evaluated to select a new site. Alternative conveyance methods, such as gravity sewers, remote pump stations, siphons, and influent pumping at the basin were all considered. Each alternative configuration was then numerically rated to determine the best site for the project based on a number of factors. Considerations included impacts to local businesses, traffic and the community, as well as design, construction, and operational considerations.
SELECTING A NEW BASIN CONFIGURATION
Ultimately, a hybrid basin configuration was selected. The hybrid basin configuration allows the basin to partially fill by gravity for 27 of the 33 events during the Typical Year that the City’s LTCP model predicts that the basin will be activated.   Additionally, two 300-horsepower screw pumps have been designed to fill the basin completely during the larger storm events.
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS OF THE PROJECT
New sewers were also required as part of the Hazel Storage Basin project. The new sewers convey flow from the existing collection system to the basin, and eventually to the Little Cuyahoga Interceptor sewer. The new sewer system includes the construction of 78-inch, 48-inch, 36-inch, and 30-inch diameter sewers.   The Hazel Storage Basin project also includes rehabilitation of the existing sewers related to the Hazel Storage Basin and lining the Little Cuyahoga Interceptor sewer.   The Opinion of Probable Construction Cost (OPCC) for the Hazel Storage Basin Project is approximately $35 million and the project is on schedule to meet all of its Consent Decree milestones.
PROJECT PROGRESS
Want to see the Hazel Storage Basin progress?   Follow the Hazel Storage Basin (CSO Racks 10 & 11) construction progress via live webcam and construction photos.   Check out other construction updates at the Akron Waterways Renewed! website.

Parsons Avenue Rehabilitation

Columbus, Ohio

Parsons Avenue Rehabilitation
IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS, A SOUTHEAST COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOOD NEEDED STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS.
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Hardscape Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Public Art Coordination
  • Renderings
  • Streetscape Design
In Columbus, Ohio, the I-70/I-71 South Innerbelt project has encouraged a number of improvement projects in the surrounding neighborhoods.   The section of Parsons Avenue from Franklin Avenue to Broad Street is immediately adjacent to on-going improvements for City streets planned or under construction as part of the I-70/I-71 South Innerbelt project.   Given this nexus, the City wanted streetscape improvements to this section of Parson’s Avenue recommended in the Near East Plan (2005) and the Olde Towne Quarter Economic Development Strategy (2010). 
STREET IMPROVEMENTS
ms consultants, working with Woolpert, provided the planning and design for the improvements which included:   Addition of curb extensions, or “bump outs,” defining on-street parking areas and providing shorter crossing distances for pedestrians Wider sidewalks New streetscaping New street lighting New mast arm traffic signals Relocation of all overhead utilities to underground systems along with a new water line. New stormwater facilities Green infrastructure improvements   ms specifically provided the streetscape and landscaping design, decorative lighting, and signal design, along with graphic support.
INCORPORATING PUBLIC ART
A new planted median at the intersection of Broad and Parsons was created to provide an additional area to incorporate public art in the overall streetscape design.   The team developed a drive through rendering of the proposed corridor improvements to allow both the artist and the public to understand what the finish “look” would be for their community.   ms coordinated with the artist throughout the project to assist her with identifying locations for the artwork and provide her with an understanding the colors that would be used for brick concrete, tree grates, and other decorative items.

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