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NYSDEC Office Building

New Paltz, New York<br style='line-height:2px'>New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

HAKS was a member of the civil engineering design team for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s $8 million office building and parking lot in New Paltz. The 28,000-square-foot building is located on a 9-acre site with a 195-car parking lot. The overall objective of the design was to provide a high-performance building that incorporated green building technologies of the U.S. Green Building Council. 

HAKS was responsible for designing the parking lot, grading plan and storm water management system in conformance with guidelines provided in the DEC’s Design Manual. Our parking lot design details included sidewalks, ramps, and curbs in compliance with ADA requirements. Planting areas, which were part of the parking lot design, were designed as bio-retention basins. 

For the design of the drainage system, HAKS evaluated all acceptable storm water management practices such as ponds, wetlands, infiltration, filtering systems and channel systems. We performed hydrologic analyses of the various alternatives before proposing bio-retention, which incorporates shallow storm water basins or landscaped areas that utilize engineered soils and vegetation to capture and treat runoff. The bio-retention basins were located in the parking lot and areas adjacent to it. HAKS was also responsible for obtaining storm water permits and Notice of Intent filing with the DEC.