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Bronwyn McNully, Allison Daniel Civil Engineering and Architecture A-3, B-7 April 3, 2013

Landscape Plan The property for our commercial plan is located at 1 Library Plaza, Noblesville, Indiana 46060. The property is 10.5 acres, and the parcel number is 2351747. The soil is 55% Miami silt loam, and the average temperature range in Noblesville is between 17-84 degrees Fahrenheit. There are currently no existing trees or bodies of water on the lot. The nearby roadways are Cumberland Road, a two-way street with a central turn lane, Connor Street, a four-lane road, and Highway 37. The adjacent buildings are a CVS to the Southwest, residencies to the West, a construction machinery supply store to the North, and a small complex with shops to the South.

(Site Location)
Site Information

(Site Location with Boundary Lines)

We researched for important maps to tell us what the area is like around our location. We looked up the topographic map, the zoning map, and the flood map. There was not very much of a flooding issue. Any close rivers were far away enough not to cause a problem. The contour lines on our topographic map show that the elevation is not very high, and okay to build on. Our zone map shows all the different zones surrounding our location which zone our location is in.

Zoning Map 1

Topography Map 1

Flooding Map 1

Traffic Flow

No property is perfect. Our property, while of a more than adequate size, is of a slightly off-kilter shape more of a trapezoid than a square. This may lead to potential problems regarding parking lots. The soil quality is reasonable. The lot is very near a highway and a construction machinery supply store, which leads to unwanted noise. The landscape plan may have to be slightly adjusted to create a sound barrier for the bookstore. The road adjacent to the property is a two-lane road with a central turn lane, creating ideal access to the lot. However, across the street from the lot is a set of houses, which means numerous driveways to build our entrances and exits around. The traffic flow on the road seems to be relatively steady, with extra congestion in the mornings and evenings as the owners of the homes across the street come home from work.

Architectural Style

Our bookstore and tea shop are intended to be an art deco style. We plan on bright, warm browns and burnt reds to make up our color scheme. We plan on having geometric shapes create the focal design for the building, with a central vertical emphasis. As for the landscaping, a relaxed flow and regular rhythm give a nice and calming offset to the bright and vertical look of the art deco building. We plan on including large trees along the west side of the building to provide shade. Such trees we could put in are trees native to the area like the Red Maple and the Red Bud. These trees not only will provide shade but the rustle of their leaves will provide a nice calm sound for people sitting on the green roof. We will insert small shrubs and bushes in the front and along the sides of the sidewalks of the south side of the building. Some shrubs we are looking at to put in are the Spice Bush, Ninebark and the Virginia Sweet spire. We tried to choose plants with color that would not attract pests that might be nuisance to our guests, such as bees and wasps.

The lot requires a minimum of 49 parking spaces according to the formula found in the Code of Ordinances. Two of our spaces must be handicapped and wheelchair-accessible. We decided to add two more spaces to err on the side of caution, and ended with a total of 51 parking spaces. Our lot has a row of parking in front of the building with a ramp for handicapped customers, two islands, and a row of traffic to the northern end of the lot. All of our parking is at a 90-degree angle in order to maximize use of space and minimize the size of the lot in order to prevent further runoff problems. The islands in the lot contain sidewalks and there are crosswalks to the building in order to prevent pedestrian traffic through the lot. The lot connects to the road at two separate points, both of which are two-way ingress and egress. The loading area is easily accessible to large trucks and wide enough to provide space for the truck to turn around as it prepares to leave.

Because of drainage issues we included multiple green spaces around the parking lot in an attempt to collect runoff. We also will insert a retention pond close to the outdoor amphitheater, 53 feet across on all sides and 4 feet deep. This covers the excess runoff that was displaced by the addition of our building and parking lot. We plan to include fountains around the retention pond to make it more appealing and relaxing to customers. Our runoff calculations are presented below: Q= Peak runoff rate (in ft3/sec) Cf= Rainfall coefficient (for a 100-year storm) C= Coefficient for material type (documented on a chart) I= Rainfall intensity (in in/hr) A= Acres of land in question Conversion Feet Acres Qpre = 55,000ft2/ 43,560= 1.26 acres Qlawn = 24,925ft2/ 43,560= 0.57 acres Qparking = 26, 175ft2/ 43,560= 0.6 acres QIn/Egress = 1000ft2/ 43,560= 0.02 acres Qbuilding= 2900ft2/ 43,560= 0.06 acres Formula: Q= (Cf)(C)(I)(A) Qpre =(1.25)(0.15)(3 in/hr)(1.26 acres)= 0.567 ft3/s Qlawn =(1.25)(0.15)(3 in/hr)(0.57 acres)= 0.321 ft3/s Qparking =(1.25)(0.825)(3 in/hr)(0.6 acres)= 1.856 ft3/s QIn/Egress =(1.25)(0.825)(3 in/hr)(0.02 acres)= 0.062 ft3/s Qbuilding=(1.25)(0.875)(3 in/hr)(0.06 acres)= 0.197 ft3/s QPost=( 0.321 ft3/s)+( 1.856 ft3/s)+( 0.062 ft3/s) + (0.197 ft3/s)= 2.436 ft3/s Q= (2.436 ft3/s) - (0.567 ft3/s) = 1.869 cfu

As the calculations state, the runoff rate tripled after the parking lot and building were added. Thus, our retention pond was needed. We discovered the size our retention pond needed to be by using the following: The rule of thumb is to take a fifth of the acreage of the runoff in question as the volume necessary for the retention pond. This put our retention pond at needing to contain 0.252 acres of water. By making the pond four feet deep, 0.063 acres were needed as the area for the pond, or 2744.28 ft. We intend to make the pond relatively symmetrical and square in shape, so we took the square root of the feet required and discovered our pond needed to be an estimated 53 feet long and wide. We will place this near the amphitheater to provide aesthetic qualities.

Green Roof

Our green roof will consist of 7 layers. Those layers are: Plants, Growing Media, Drainage Layer, Insulation, Waterproof Membrane, Roof Membrane, and lastly the Structural support. Our plants we have chosen for the green roof include potted flowers, ivy, and ground cover. We will also incorporate grass on the green roof.

Outdoor readings and performances are something we would like our guests to have access to. So we plan to design and build a small outdoor amphitheater located on the east side of the building. It will be a round shaped made of stones with trees surrounding the circle for shade. We will include a grass create walkway and fountains to practice LID certification. These pathways to will lead to the small outdoor amphitheater and from the parking lot to the entrance of the building. Along our green roof we plan to have ivy growing. We looked up native ivy in Indiana and plan to use an assortment of English Ivy, Trumpet Creeper, and Virginia creeper. We would like to grow the ivy along the railings of the green roof. We will also put some hanging plants and potted plants along the green roof to minimize runoff. Our landscape plan will provide a nice calm atmosphere for guest to relax and feel at ease.

Bayberry Bush: We chose this bush because of its easy upkeep. English Ivy: We chose the English Ivy because of it is native to the area and easy to maintain.

Red Maple: We chose the red maple because of its large size for shade and its brilliant color.

Virginia Sweet spire: We chose the Virginia Sweet spire because its pleasant smell and unique look.

Red Bud: We chose the Red Bud because of the pink color and small size.

Trumpet Creeper: We chose the Trumpet Creeper because of its beauty and because it is a type of Ivy.

Buttonbush: We chose this bush because of its beauty and that it attracts butterflies.

Sweet gum tree: We chose this tree because of its size and availability in the area.

Virginia creeper: We chose this because of its red color and its availability to spread. Witch Hazel: We chose this bush to add some contrast to our other trees and bushes, because of its yellow color.

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