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AEC, Inc. has been proud to part of the Sun Valley Drive Extension – Phase 1 project team. This project provides an additional route between Mansell Road and Georgia Highway 9 in northern Roswell, by connecting Sun Valley Drive to Warsaw Road. Our work on this project has included stream relocation and restoration planning, stormwater quality and hydrology design, existing pond rehabilitation, and landscape architecture services. The new route is now open to the public.
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Jacob's Ladder, the Roswell-based Neurodevelopmental School and Therapy Center, has recently expanded its campus.
In 2016, the residence next door was purchased and converted into offices and therapy stations. The campus desperately needed additional parking spaces for staff and parents as well as an access road from the main site to the converted offices.
AEC was charged with providing rezoning services and a site plan that met the demands of the growing campus without disturbing the surrounding tree save areas or the stream buffer backing the property.
With construction effort now complete, Jacob's Ladder occupies the renovated facility and enjoys the much needed on-site parking.
The Roswell Fire Station #4 opened it's oversized doors back in June of this year. The official "hose cutting" was attended by members of the public, Mayor Jere Wood, and Brad Riffel and DeChaun Adams-Lee from AEC.
The City of Roswell's commitment to raising water quality standards figured heavily in AEC's design. Setting an example for future projects, AEC took a stringent approach to erosion and sediment control. Multiple BMPs were implemented such as grass filter strips, grass channels, and bioretention swales in series.
The station's unique design also features total surface drainage to multiple bioretention areas, eliminating the need for an underground stormwater network.
AEC's final grading plan for the site.
In an effort to balance the site without costly haul-off, earthen mounds flanking the station were incorporated into the detention design.
The "before". It's amazing how much a site can change in under two years.
Last week, AEC had to send off one of our fantastic summer interns, Chen Qu.
Since coming on board with our landscape architecture department back in May, Chen worked her way across the landscape spectrum on several local projects. She helped develop tree protection and replacement plans, ventured into the field for tree assessments and punch lists, hand-sketched concept drawings, and even dabbled in grading for our civil side. She also beefed up her excel and AutoCAD skills by taking on several office standardization/streamlining efforts.
Chen will be returning to the University of Georgia to continue down the path of becoming a landscape architect.
We appreciate all her hard work and wish her the best with her studies!
For the third year running, AEC manned a booth at Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin'. The annual event was held in the scenic Roswell Town Square, just around the corner from the AEC office. Featuring live music, hundreds of homemade ice cream flavors, and sugar-hyped kids, the event raised roughly $50,000 for the Drake House--a local organization dedicated to helping families recover from financial crisis.
This year, AEC cranked out a mix of time-tested and nontraditional flavors. President Chris Finke delivered the classic "Cookies-N-Cream", while Victoria Myrick's "Cake Batter" was a hit with all ages. In addition to AEC's unparalleled signage, Landscape Architect Bradley Riffel whipped up "Blueberry Cobbler": a creamy mix of hand-picked blueberries and crunchy pastry bits. Keeping the team cutting edge, Eric Turner and his wife churned up a matcha-packed "Green Tea" ice cream. Sadly, Mark Van de Water's chocolate chip concoctions did not make an appearance as they have the previous two years.
Unlike in 2014, where we took home the prize for Best Chocolate (with the aptly named "Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate"), AEC left empty-handed this year. Now, if we can get our ice cream crankin' on level with our engineering, we'll sweep the 2017 awards.