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The Saudi Academy


The Saudi Academy


Trammell Crow Company


Private School K-12


Fairfax, VA, USA


Project Elements:

Working for Trammell Crow, Urban provided civil engineering services for the design of all site-related improvements for the new Saudi Academy a 325,ooo square foot, K-12 private school currently under construction in Herndon, Virginia. Urban's land planners worked with the client, the end-user and their architect to prepare a layout for the site that met the needs of all involved while honoring all applicable state and local regulations. Urban was then responsible for preparing full civil engineering documents for the site, to include grading plans, the layout and design of all wet utilities, design and analysis of all stormwater management facilities including above ground ponds and below ground vaults calculations of adequate storm drainage outfall erosion and sediment control plans, and landscape plans.

The site included a synthetic turf athletic field, a running track, and several athletic fields that are also typically found on public high schools. Urban was able to successfully prepare designs and specifications without the use of an athletic subconsultant for the synthetic turf field and running track. Our success in this effort was based on our experiences in other public school jurisdictions and by working closely with synthetic turf manufacturers and the end-user during the design process to understand their specific capabilities and requirements. Although the site is still under construction and the athletic facilities have not yet been completed, Urban will also be providing Construction Services related to this specialty work.

The site was located adjacent to existing floodplain and Resource Protection Areas (RPA) in Fairfax County. Urban prepared the necessary floodplain encroachment requests and RPA Exceptions to allow for minor disturbances to these environmental resources associated with trails and utility outfalls. Although RPA is not explicitly codified in Loudoun County, Urban applied the same level of care for the Saudi Academy that we do for LCPS in honoring site constraints to develop a project that balances the fine line between maximizing developable area,minimizing costs, and respecting environmental features.

Engineering Tasks:

Site Layout
Site Plan for School
Site Plan for Office
Roadway Design
Athletic Consulting
Stormwater Management
Private Utility Coordination
Erosion and Sediment Control

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