Especially as our region becomes more developed, large and unencumbered parcels of land for new or expanded facilities are now the exception. Renovations to existing buildings can be constrained because of current factors affecting a building’s site or surroundings.  Urban and suburban environments in particular present challenges.

Getting approval for a Site Development Plan can be one of the longer front-end elements before construction can begin.  Synthesis has aided its owner clients with the participation of civil engineers, architects and other project team members to overcome these many hurdles and make the sites “work.”   For example, we helped the Chesapeake Bay Foundation meet the requirements necessary to allow it to build its new headquarters within the Critical Area Zone of the Chesapeake Bay.

Increasingly stringent storm water management regulations have required more space on sites for these systems. Other environmental regulations, such as required setbacks from bodies of water or forest and wetlands protection, also place limitations on the use of space.  Brownfield sites (locations of former industrial facilities) have their own set of limitations that will impact a project.

Zoning regulations specify parking needed for each type of building use, which can sometimes be difficult to fit on the site.  Local codes also demand certain building setbacks from roads, edges of property and environmental elements like wells and water treatment areas, while other codes control how tall buildings can be. As a result, designers may not be able to add additional stories to reduce a building’s footprint.

Construction also needs staging areas for materials and places to locate cranes to place large equipment on rooftops.

Below are some of our Significant Site Constraints projects: