Sarah bartlett

Staff Scientist

Sarah Bartlett has joined our planning team as a Staff Scientist. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science from Saint Anselm College. Her experience includes water quality work with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services conducting inspections, collecting samples, and database management. Sarah has always wanted to work and live on Cape Cod. She can’t wait to hit the beach with her dog and a good book – We are thrilled to welcome her to the team!

Sarah can be reached in our Sandwich office.

sarah bartlett sandwich

 

lucy nisbet

Design Engineer

Lucy Nisbet has joined our engineering team as a Design Engineer. Lucy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with focus work in Hydrology, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She has over five years professional experience spanning water and wastewater engineering and planning, as well as residential and light commercial structural design. In her free time Lucy enjoys spending time by the water with her two daughters in her hometown of Scituate. Welcome to HW!

Lucy can be reached in our Sandwich office.

lucy nisbet sandwich

 

mike demanche

Environmental Scientist

Recently, Amanda Converse at Ebb and Flow interviewed Mike Demanche who started here as an intern, and joined us full time last year after graduating from Brown University. Mike enjoys the varied tasks of an environmental scientist, especially when it gets him outdoors. An avid hiker his experience on the Appalachian Trail led him to discover his strong interest in environmental science.

“HW projects range in scale from local to national. On any given day I can be involved in projects which stay within the Town of Sandwich or reach out to federal agencies on national issues. Because HW is involved in such a variety of work, we’re able to approach problems in house in a well-rounded fashion. We have scientists, planners, engineers all working in the same space and bringing their perspective to the tasks at hand. These different foci aren’t relegated to specific departments, so most teams within the company involve colleagues with varied backgrounds.”

-Mike Demanche

 

sharing Stormwater benefits

BSLA Conference, Northeastern University

We had a great time at the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Conference! There were many thought-provoking topics covered throughout the day. The unique conference space in the architect studios at Northeastern University created an intimate setting for in-depth discussions with presenters and attendees. Leading a session entitled, “The Wet and Wild World of Constructed Wetlands.” HW’s principal landscape architect Brian Kuchar and water resource engineers, Jennifer Relstab and Michelle West, enjoyed spreading the good news about the benefits of constructed wetlands for stormwater management. They highlighted lessons learned, and success stories of a variety of wetland designs in a range of settings, hoping to inspire more green infrastructure designers to incorporate wetlands into their projects. There was a strong turnout for this session, with standing room only, so hopefully we will start seeing more of our favorite GI practices popping up throughout New England!

 

Chattanooga, TN

Horsley Witten Group is collaborating as part of a team led by Dover, Kohl and Partners and others to develop a Master Land Use Plan for Chattanooga’s West End. Comparable in size to other well-loved urban places such as Boston’s Back Bay or downtown Savannah, Georgia, the West End consists of 95 acres of industrial-oriented land with over ¾ mile of frontage on the Tennessee River.

A truly interdisciplinary effort, the team analyzed the site’s existing conditions and context in great detail, and used this information to conceptualize a unique, new neighborhood. This project considered all levels of site design; from historical context, to environmental and stormwater integration, to human interaction and placemaking.  The result is a vision for a one of a kind place that reuses old steel structures, provides a car-optional mobility network, and utilizes stormwater as a public amenity in the form of a central canal. HW staff led infrastructure design and public realm elements of the plan.

 

More information:

Learn about  the project , view designs, and a brief project video (6min) here.

 

Project Team:

Dover, Kohl & Partners
VHB Engineering 
Hall Planning & Engineering
Partners for Economic Solutions

 

West End Concept plan

Dover, Kohl & Partners

 

Fabiola  Alikpokou

MCRP, Staff Planner

Fabiola Alikpokou has joined our planning team as a Staff Planner. Fabiola has a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of NE-Lincoln. She earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in political science and international studies, as well as a certificate in public management from the University of NE-Omaha. Fabiola has experience in both the public and private sectors gathering research and providing analysis for comprehensive plans, corridor studies, and bicycle and pedestrian master plans. Her plate is already full here at HW with assignments related to the Sudbury Master Plan Update, the Canton Master Plan Update, and housing diversity work in Exeter, NH. Fabiola can be reached in our Providence office.

 

March 6-7, 2019

UMass Amherst, MA

Sustaining the Living Landscape

We look forward to presenting at the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) Conference  on March 6th. Several staff members will be presenting in the Form, Function, and Flow: Managing Stormwater Naturally category.

Brian Kuchar, RLA, P.E., Jennifer Relstab, P.E. and Michelle West, P.E. will present The Wet and Wild World of Constructed Wetlands March 6th at 2:00pm. Please join them to find out why these multi-faceted yet underutilized beauties (constructed wetlands) have become our favorite green infrastructure practice!

 

Workshop Description:

This presentation will focus on three main topics:  an overview of constructed stormwater wetlands including their many benefits and when to use them, New England case studies constructed over the past five years, and lessons learned during the various phases of those projects.  We will also have time for an open discussion with our panel to dig deeper into specific topics or projects. Learn more at the ELA site.

constructed wetland in milford with sign

 

March 2, 2019

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

 

HW STAFF and WORKSHOP TOPICS

Common Woody Plants of Massachusetts Freshwater Wetlands

Amy Ball, PWS, CWS

This workshop will focus on the most frequently encountered trees, shrubs, and woody vines of swamps, bogs, marshes, and other freshwater wetlands in Massachusetts. This two-block session will include both hands-on identification and presentations that will cover characteristics used in field identification and photo descriptions of each plant.


GI Goes Mainstream: Benefits and Applications

Rich Claytor, P.E., and Geoff Glover

This two-part workshop will include a presentation to update participants on the benefits, costs, design requirements, and applications of the latest advancements in Green Infrastructure practices. The second part of the workshop will include a hands-on interactive exercise. Learn more at the MACC site.


As an exhibitor, sponsor, and presenter we look forward to meeting conservation professionals at the MACC Conference.

 

stormwater Master plan

 Sewanee – The University of the South

Sewanee: the University of the South owns more than 13,000 acres called the Domain located on the Cumberland Plateau, more than 90 percent of which consists of Southern Appalachian forest. This is among the most diverse forest types in the United States and one of the largest unbroken expanses of hardwood-forested plateaus in the world. As an academic institution devoted to learning and knowledge, the University has committed to act as a model of environmental sustainability – including stewardship of natural areas, promotion of environmentally sensitive landscaping practices, and use of Smart Growth land use planning techniques as described in detail in the University’s 2013 Sustainability Master Plan.

Sewanee Village currently consists of a retail and office strip on University Avenue connecting the University campus to US Route 41A. The Village has been designated by the University as one of three future development focus areas in the Campus Master Plan, also including the Core Campus and the School of Theology. The University envisions redevelopment of Sewanee Village as a mixed-use, walkable, vibrant place, with better connections to the Core Campus. The Village Implementation Plan, completed by Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative (TPUDC) in 2016, produced a design framework for the Village Core.

The 2016 Sewanee Village Implementation Plan builds upon the Sewanee Vision Plan and the Sewanee Action Plan and provides specific planning interventions and strategies to guide redevelopment of the Village and the greater Domain. The goal of this Plan is to enhance connections between the University of the South and the Sewanee Village, and to ensure the long-term viability of the Village by creating a mixed-use environment that integrates new businesses, civic spaces, and housing into the existing Village fabric. The Implementation Plan seeks to make the Sewanee Village a regional model for sustainable redevelopment.

The directive of this project is to evolve the 2016 Village Implementation Plan to the next level of detail, melding a more detailed assessment of on-the-ground existing conditions with the University’s sustainability principles as well as the vision for Sewanee Village as a vibrant, mixed-use center. The University convened a stakeholder group including TPUDC, University subject matter experts, and local business owners to provide input and guide the project throughout.

 

Guiding Principles

The University and stakeholder group collaborated to develop the following guiding principles as an overarching framework for evolution of the Village Implementation Plan:

 

Filter + Store

To mitigate the effects of additional runoff resulting from proposed development, demonstrate the application of Light Imprint site planning techniques and green infrastructure BMPs to naturally filter, infiltrate, and store runoff.

 

Balance

Provide a range of land planning and stormwater solutions calibrated to the Domain’s natural context, “softer edge” aesthetic to artfully compliment the urban design vision for Sewanee Village.

 

Beautify

Artfully incorporate environmental design into Sewanee Village respecting the area’s built and natural character. Utilize green stormwater infrastructure as placemaking elements and educational amenities.

 

Innovate

Encourage implementation of highly visible, forward-thinking approaches as a demonstration of the University’s commitment to sustainability and learning.

 

Be Realistic

Demonstrate realistic, cost-effective, and constructible nature-based solutions with a focus on long-term maintenance requirements.

 

RI State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

In late 2018, HW Planner, Craig Pereira took on the role of managing public engagement for the RI Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (known as “the SCORP”). Our friends at Weston & Sampson invited us to design and deliver the public process. Time was short and Craig needed to cover the entire state. The logistics were daunting to say the least. Between October and January, Craig managed to convene 11 public focus group meetings, all in separate locations, featuring a dozen different recreation topics. He also deployed a map survey tool that has collected responses statewide. 

The 2019 SCORP will outline the existing status, current needs, and future vision for outdoor recreation. It will include public input from the growing and changing population and will set concrete goals and strategies for improvements and additions to the state’s infrastructure, programming, and resources. Check out our progress to date and, if you enjoy the outdoors in Rhode Island (regardless of where you’re from) feel free to fill out the survey!

 Another survey is on the way, and will mark the final push for public input before the plan is drafted.