Lesson 3.4 Site Considerations
In this lesson students will learn about the important factors to be considered in commercial site design. They will perform a land survey, conduct a soil analysis, and conduct a physical investigation of the site in order to gather information relevant to their commercial project design. Students will use the information they have collected to design and document appropriate site improvements to provide adequate parking and provide safe vehicular and pedestrian traffic access and flow. The site must also meet handicap access requirements and provide access for emergency vehicles and the movement of goods and waste. Students will also become familiar with the requirements related to storm water runoff and management and learn the calculations necessary to comply with building codes. Based on the knowledge they acquire during this lesson, students will design and document a site design for their commercial project. Their design will utilize low impact development techniques in order to incur minimal impact on people and the environment.
Video: Soil Classification Lab Demo
Video: Soil Classification (longer detailed lab, includes Atterberg limits)