Landesign Inc. applied it’s creativity to an adaptive site reuse, including innovative stormwater
management design, and completed construction permit plans for the new First National Bank
located at 576 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. The bank building was oriented to take advantage
of an opportunity to have greater visibility than the neighboring businesses. “Before” and “After”
photographs document the dramatic improvements in presentation and visibility.
Washington, D.C.-based St. John’s College High School recently faced a storm water runoff
problem. An expansion at the school that included a new roof, patio and concrete service road
forced the school to find an innovative solution to remain in compliance with city stormwater
The school’s original runoff solution was based on a convey-and- detain design that incorporated
drains from the new additions and sent the runoff flowing over a conventional asphalt surface and
into an underground storage tank. This caused the storm water to be dumped into an already
St. John’s approached Landesign to investigate the innovative new PaveDrain system to help them
solve their runoff problems. Landesign engineers took the innovative approach of modifying the
clean cut stone base depth in different areas and modeling the storage capacity of the built-in arch of
the PaveDrain block. By using PaveDrain and taking these actions Landesign solved several of the
storm water issues and exceeded the client’s expectations. The Landesign solution meant that the
service road was able to infiltrate direct rainfall on the 8,000 sq. ft. service road as well as the rainfall
from the 16.500 sq. ft. of new roof and patio.
Through its PaveDrain solution, Landesign was able to save St. John’s College High School almost
$50,000, and due to the success of this system the school also converted a school bus round-about
with a 7% grade top the PaveDrain system, replacing the existing asphalt surface which required
Good planning and site design can be made better by incorporating Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) techniques in such a way that the elements do not detract from the overall “look and feel” of the community. CPTED is a multi-disciplinary approach to reducing the potential for criminal acts by influencing the decisions made by potential offenders in advance of crimes of opportunity. The safety of the residents, reduction in potential for criminal acts against persons and property, and a creating sense of community and ownership are important goals of CPTED. The goals are achieved by a variety of techniques including visibility, defensible spaces, lighting, access control, site hardening, and many others.
This site layout was planned from the start with CPTED in mind although sites may be retrofitted for CPTED techniques. Early in the design process Landesign, Inc. worked in coordination with the Annapolis Police Department to gain the benefit of their knowledge of the neighborhood and share ideas.