Proper site design begins with an investigation and understanding of the sites history, obtained through public record and information provided by previous tenants and owners. This information allows us to be as prepared as possible and address issues related to the site before any construction takes place, ensuring the health and safety of the workers and inhabitants. Some sites have experienced contamination in the past and must be cleaned before the site can be considered suitable for new construction. The original site of the 802 Toyota project was heavily contaminated by previous inhabitants related to the auto industry. Armed with this knowledge, we were able to have the polluted environment cleaned and rejuvenated the site before any construction had begun. Wiemann Lamphere’s mission to provide creative sustainable solutions starts with the site keeping true to our values and our promise to provide healthy, environmentally sound working and living spaces for our clients, their stakeholders and the community at large.
Another important aspect of the site that’s imperative to consider is the orientation of the sun at different points of the day. Knowing where the sun rises and sets in relation to the site allows us to design the building to take advantage of as much natural light as possible. Using window design, sky-lights and daylight sensors, we can design buildings that utilize far less lighting energy. Knowing the orientation of the sun in context of the sight also allows us to determine the best placement for photovoltaic (solar) panels. Utilization of solar energy also allows for the building to consume less energy. The combination of sustainable energy and design techniques can even allow a structure to achieve net-zero energy use, meaning that it produces as much energy as it consumes.
Lastly but certainly not least, the reexamining of the site parameters including elevation, available space and existing facility conditions (not to be confused with existing site conditions) aid in the overall development of the structure(s) and site. Often, we find that we are able to develop a variety of options for facility design based upon the client’s site and the qualities of the existing conditions. We offer insights that allow for more sustainable design aspects, future expansion and utilization of site and facility conditions that could benefit the client beyond what they originally thought was possible within the site.