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NYSDEC New Paltz Building


New Paltz, New York<br style='line-height:2px'>NYS 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 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. This included working with the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority and participating in its Energy Smart construction incentives program.

HAKS was responsible for designing the 195-car parking lot, grading plan and storm water management system in conformance with the new guidelines provided in the DEC’s Design Manual. Our ADA-compliant parking lot design details included sidewalks, ramps, and curbs. Planting areas 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 undertook hydrologic analyses of the various alternatives using TR-55 and HYDRO-CAD 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 obtained storm water permits and Notice of Intent filing with the DEC.