The Saudi Academy

Client(s): Trammell Crow Company

Location: Fairfax County, Virginia 

Project: The Saudi Academy

Description: Private School K-12

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