Project Wins TWO Awards!

Cottage Courts Gain Success in East Greenwich, RI

Jon Ford, P.E. Senior Project Manager

Jon has 20 years of experience as a civil engineer and neighborhood planning innovator, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in eight states. Jon is a recognized leader in the area of New Urbanist civil engineering and urban design.

 

“Cottage court projects typically feature energy-efficient homes with front porches clustered around high-quality shared plazas and green spaces, with parking areas strategically hidden.”

The National Association of Home Builders has announced the 2019 Best in American Living Awards winners. HW is proud to share that Castle Street Cottages, currently under construction by East Greenwich Cove Builders, won a ‘Best in American Living’ Award for both Single-Family Community Under 100 Units and Suburban Infill Community of the Year. We are  part of the team which includes East Greenwich Cove Builders, Union Studio, Traverse Design, and many other contributors who worked together to create the award-winning design. HW provided civil engineering services including site layout, grading, infrastructure design, stormwater management, permitting, and construction administration.

Around the country, the residential housing construction market has been slowly adjusting to meet the unmet demand for smaller residential units located within walkable neighborhoods.  East Greenwich, Rhode Island has emerged as a leader in New England encouraging unique infill (development of vacant parcels in a downtown context) for residential developments within the Main Street area. Castle Street Cottages is one of several innovative “pocket neighborhood” cottage court projects approved in East Greenwich in the last 10 years. Other notable projects in town include our collaboration with Union Studio on the CNU Charter Award Honorable Mention Cottages on Greene, which added 15 2-bedroom cottages on 0.85 acre in 2010.

Cottage court projects typically feature energy-efficient homes with front porches clustered around high-quality shared plazas and green spaces, with parking areas strategically hidden.  Reduced car dependence is a core benefit of downtown density, with some car trips replaced by a short and enjoyable walk to, in this case, East Greenwich’s historic Main Street and all it has to offer. The cottage court design scale typically blends new density more appropriately with the surrounding neighborhood fabric. Achieving a seamless blend of infrastructure into the site design is critical to a cottage court’s success but is no easy task, with small infill cottage court sites typically presenting challenges due to constrained and often sloping sites.

HW met these site challenges by designing stormwater systems not only to filter and infiltrate runoff to meet Town and state regulations, but also to employ green infrastructure as a visible and lovable part of the project’s identity and aesthetics. Our engineers integrated bioretention systems and infiltration practices throughout the site, serving as attractive buffers and transitions between parking areas, common areas, and semi-private front porches.

As demonstrated by the national attention, projects such as Cottages on Greene and Castle Street Cottages validate local implementation of cutting-edge planning and design practices. HW is excited to be part of it! Contact us today for more information regarding cottage courts, walkable neighborhood design, and green infrastructure!


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What’s Up RhodeIsland: Castle Street Cottages in East Greenwich wins ‘Best in American Living’ Award

East Greenwich Cove Builders

 

Haddam Plan of Conservation & Development

Congratulations to the team!

At a recent awards dinner, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) prefaced the award  announcement by saying how rare it is to even consider a Plan of Conservation & Development (POCD) for the Chapter Planning Award. The committee felt this document achieved everything the Town asked for and more!

HW planners worked with the Town of Haddam, CT  to update and improve its POCD.  A POCD is what other states think of as a “Comprehensive Plan” or “Master Plan.” The document provides a long-term vision for the Town and guides decision making relating to growth, development, and conservation over the next ten years. The Town hired HW  because they wanted “fresh eyes” and something different than the typical POCD. They specifically asked for a plan that is: 1) easy to read and navigate, 2) meaningful and educational to the average Haddam resident, and 3) straight forward to implement.

Under the leadership of our Senior Planner Krista Moravec, the HW team listened closely to how residents talked about their community and what they hoped for in the future. Our community conversations resulted in a document focused on “the places of Haddam”  specifically the village centers and surrounding rural areas. The plan opens with a bold statement of what constitutes “the heart and soul” of Haddam, then goes on to tackle issues one place at a time. This format allows the reader to understand how traditional planning elements like infrastructure, housing, and economic development work together in a New England Village.

Project Team: Liz Glidden, Town Planner, Town’s Land Use Department, POCD Advisory Committee, Planning & Zoning Commission, Conservation Commission, Economic Development Commission, Senior Center, Public Schools, and the Haddam Historical Society, Haddam residents

HW Team: Krista Moravec, AICP
Jeff Davis, AICP & Nate Kelly, AICP

 

Plan West Ashley, SC

2018 Public Outreach Award Winner

Plan West Ashley is the vision and plan for the West Ashley area of Charleston, South Carolina – home to over half of Charleston’s population. The South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association have recognized Plan West Ashley with their 2018 Public Outreach Award. As part of a team led by Dover, Kohl, and Partners, HW led the infrastructure, sustainability, climate resiliency, and open space elements of the plan. Plan West Ashley was unique in its commitment to public engagement, including multiple neighborhood scale community input workshops, 65 working group brainstorming sessions, and an extensive seven-day interdisciplinary planning and design charrette with over 1,000 participants.

The SCAPA Planning Awards recognize outstanding efforts and achievements that advance the art and science of planning in the Palmetto State. Each of the plans, projects and organizations recognized demonstrate a contribution to the improvement of the quality of life for South Carolinians. Awards are a valuable public awareness tool for local governments, agencies, and community organizations. SCAPA awards offer one of the few opportunities that South Carolina planners and communities have to highlight the virtues of planning and recognize those who contribute to the profession.