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Master Planning

Lendon, Jones Valley
Traditional Neighborhood Development
Huntsville, Alabama


Jones Valley’s first Traditional Neighborhood Development, Lendon, is the inspiration of long time Huntsville developers, Peter Lowe and John Blue. 4Site is honored to be included as one of the hand-picked professionals on the development team of Lendon with John Blue Realty, Lowe Investments, Land Innovations and Smith Gee Studio.

The community combines traditional styles and values of the past with the conveniences of today.

Features of the neighborhood include a village style commercial center with shops and restaurants, The Lendon House at the heart of Lendon, designed for hosting events for friends and family, swimming pools, green spaces,and access to walking trails, nearby golf courses, and a major retail center.

Details on house plans, builders and other amenities can be found on Lendon’s website.

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Master Planning
McClellan Research & Technology Park and
Industrial Park
Anniston, Alabama


4Site was hired to provide design development plans for a new industrial park and a new research and technology park on the site formally known as Fort McClellan, in Anniston, Alabama. The McClellan Industrial Park (MIP) and Research and Technology Park (MRTP) design and construction plans provide choice and flexibility, while designating "shovel ready" development sites and the necessary infrastructure needed to support any development that will occur over time. Working with existing infrastructure, environmentally sensitive habitats, and natural elements, the plans provide organizational structure that seeks to optimize employer development needs.

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Master Planning
The Ledges Master Plan
Huntsville, Alabama


Partnered with Laquatra Bonci and UDA, 4Site was commissioned to design the Master Plan and design guidelines for this 400 acre mountain top community. Reminiscent of traditional southern villages, the plan called for a relaxed twist to a typical New Urbanism approach by designing simple, curved streets with broad lawn verges that fit the topography, preserving the many large mature trees. Required landscape details, such as picket fences, help evoke a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.

The Ledges contains a mixture of housing types, from town homes at the village green, to large estate homes that surround the beautiful golf course. Houses are detailed to emulate the historic examples found in adjacent towns, and all are within walking distance of the many community green spaces. The plateau is defined by rugged, rock escarpments that provide a breathtaking setting . This unique landscape, combined with a relaxed southern design philosophy, give The Ledges a unique charm.

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Master Planning
A New Community for Gadsden
Gadsden, Alabama


This development project was driven through a cooperative effort by the City of Gadsden and the Airport Authority Board.

For several years, the City experienced an out-migration of it’s population in addition to significant reduction in new home construction. The city set out to develop a plan to provide new residential opportunities. The goal was to create a public-private partnership to develop a new mixed-use community based on the principles of smart growth, sustainable development, and traditional neighborhood design (TND).

4Site and the design team were commissioned to create a master plan and development guidelines for 397 acres located near the Gadsden Airport. The result was a community that capitalized on the beauty and character of the site. The design, governed by existing ponds and mature tree stands, offered residents a variety of economic and residential housing choices, as well as, a village center, community center and civic area. The entire community is linked through an extensive pedestrian network of parks and open spaces.

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City Planning/Design Initiatives

City Planning/Design Initiatives
The City of Center Point Master Plan
Center Point, Alabama


The City of Center Point, Alabama is a young community steeped in local history but striving for a sense of community. Grappling with issues of the 60’s outward migration from Birmingham and a built-out landscape, city officials struggle to maintain their current population and quality of life.

4Site and the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham were commissioned by the City of Center Point to implement a comprehensive planning and design initiative. Conscious of the ecological considerations and the necessity for a safe, multi-model transportation network, 4Site was able to arrive at these solutions. The plan established a new town center, the redevelopment of several commercial brownfield sites, the redesign of Reed Harvey Park and connectivity to the Five Mile Creek Greenway.

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City Planning/Design Initiatives
The City of Chelsea Master Plan
Chelsea, Alabama


Expansion of suburban growth is creating strangling congestion, a loss of sense of community and irreparable ecological damage for many municipalities throughout Central Alabama. Land is being deforested, streams are being replaced by pipes and open space is rapidly being depleted.

Recognizing the potential threat of this type of growth on their community, the city of Chelsea commissioned 4Site and the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham to assist them in designing a plan that would establish a central community core, while embracing the best natural features of their surrounding landscape. By establishing a core village center and smaller neighborhood centers that reinforce transit options, the new master plan for Chelsea is a first step towards fostering a new sense of community and providing the city with a positive direction for future growth.

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City Planning/Design Initiatives
Midfield Master Plan
Midfield, Alabama


The City of Midfield is a small suburban community located outside Birmingham, Alabama. Due to the sprawling outskirts of the Birmingham Metropolitain Area, it is hard to tell where one community ends and another begins. Lacking a sense of place, the city was looking for ways to distinguish itself and create a sense of community that the citizens could take pride in. 4Site was brought in to participate in a charrette with members of the City Council and the community. The charrette set out to identify short and long-term goals and objectives for the city to make improvements.

Following the charrette, 4Site developed a conceptual comprehensive master plan for the city. This, along with other illustrations highlighting key improvement areas of the city, help to identify and provide design solutions to solve them.

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Engineering

Engineering
Northrup Grumman, Aerospace Systems
Cummings Research Park, Huntsville, Alabama


4Site worked with developer Colonial Properties Trust to provide site design and construction implementation for an $80 million project for Northrop Grumman Corporation. This is Phase I of a five-building complex located in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville. The facility is home to over 1,200 local employees and provides laboratories, integration labs and research development centers for the Kinetic Energy Interceptors and mobile, land-based missile defense system divisions of Northrop Grumman.

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Engineering
Timbers Edge Master Plan
Huntsville, Alabama


4Site was commissioned to design the planned development and construction documents for the 32 acre community located in eastern Huntsville. The goal of this project was to provide Huntsville’s retirees an opportunity to live in a well-appointed community with convenient access to nearby areas of entertainment and shopping. Timbers Edge consists of a condominium community of 47 homes, a club house and open green spaces along a public greenway.

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Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture
McMillan Park
Huntsville, Alabama


4Site, in partnership with Fuqua & Partners Architects, was hired to design a campus quad for Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology (HAIB). HAIB is founded on solid ideas regarding how research and academia should interface with real world technology and industry to improve life. The McMillian Park has been designed to provide the framework for this interaction and the future buildings and outdoor spaces where it will occur.

McMillian Park encompasses over 10 acres of green space that runs on axis, from north to south, for over 3000 linear feet. It is a public park, providing visitors of all ages with safe areas for walking and biking, open spaces for meeting and lounging, and lakes for fishing.

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Landscape Architecture
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Huntsville, Alabama


In 2008, 4Site was commissioned to provide an update to the 1991 Master Plan for the Huntsville Botanical Garden. The design team at 4Site site discovered that the site of 110 acres has enjoyed dramatic change over the past 20+ years, and the time had come for a look towards future opportunities for planned growth. Significant success has strained the existing parking facilities, the existing entrance and ticketing is inadequate, and necessary changes from the previous plan required rethinking the location of several major planned Garden features.

4Site was faced with finding a successful fit for growth and planned new facilities, while maintaining the history, quality and character of the existing Garden. We redesigned an existing pavilion, locating a planned new major entry with formal Gardens and gift shop. 4Site developed a plan for new traffic control measures and a large new parking area, and relocated the Celebration Garden to southern portion of the Garden.

The challenge of how to sensitively utilize the historic Courthouse columns was resolved by designing a new Greek Pavilion / Astrological feature in the southern Gardens sited in major seasonal drifts of trees, grasses, water feature and new Lake. The plan was adopted in the fall of 2008, and work is underway on the provisional entrance.

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THERAPEUTIC GARDENS

Therapeutic Gardens
Courtyard Garden at Redstone Village
Huntsville, Alabama


Located at an independent living/retirement village, The Courtyard Garden at Redstone Village is not just a therapeutic garden in name only. Working alongside our talented friends at The Fockele Garden Center from Gainesville, Georgia, 4Site created the garden to be a place of respite where residents can reconnect with nature. It offers easy pedestrian access, the soothing sound and sight of moving water, places to sit and rest, places for solitude, and space for gatherings with family and friends. Most importantly, its plant mix includes both familiar plants that everyone loves along with unusual plants that add interest to the garden.

It has always been commonplace that a beautiful garden restores the body and the soul, but now that proposition has been proven empirically in many rigorous scientific studies. If any further proof is needed, it can be found at the Courtyard Garden at Redstone Village.

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Parks / Open Spaces

Parks/Open Space
Blue Springs Nature Preserve
Ragland, Alabama


The Blue Springs Nature Preserve will be a place where building and site are integrated, with no distinction between the land and the built environment. With the help of Overland Partners Architects, 4Site was able to develop a plan for the 600 acre preserve that maintains the environmental legacy of the site, while still taking into account the visitor experience, the mission statement of the developer and the abundant natural resources.

Commissioned by National Cement, this project has set in motion an unprecedented effort to return the land to an appropriate natural state, and furthermore insure that it is managed to reflect its many irreplaceable environmental messages.

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Parks/Open Space
Trails, Greenways & Open Spaces
Chelsea, Alabama


The Trails, Greenways and Open Spaces of Chelsea have many different designs and many different looks. The Greenways are designed where the land would add a new look for the property.

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Parks/Open Space
Reed Harvey Park
Center Point, Alabama


After careful analysis, the Center Point Comprehensive Plan provides future opportunities for many features that make city living more enjoyable: pedestrian and bicycle-friendly connections, recreational and gathering areas, and open green space. The historical Reed Harvey Park, with its proposed walking trails connecting to street sidewalks, is the link that will connect Civitan Park to the north with the Land Trust site to the south. This site, which is connected to the Five Mile Creek Greenway, has been proposed as a recreational park of trails and open spaces.

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Low Impact Development

Low Impact Development
The Huntsville Botanical Garden
Parking Garden and Entrance Design


In 2010, 4Site was hired by the Huntsville Botanical Garden to design a new master plan for future garden growth, garden revisions and new feature opportunities. From this design work came the need for a new entrance, visitor center and associated parking. Botanical gardens have always been important centers for environmental education and in recent years there has been a growing interest in education on sustainable practices.

With this in mind, the Huntsville Botanical Garden challenged 4Site to design a parking lot that would not only provide an inviting sense of arrival to the Garden, but would also educate visitors on best practices for stormwater management and the use of plant materials in challenging conditions.

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LEED Certified

LEED Certified
Raytheon Warfighter Protection Center
Cummings Research Park, Huntsville, Alabama


In cooperation with Fuqua & Partners Architects , 4Site provided site design and construction administration for the new Raytheon Warfighter Protection Center located in Huntsville, Alabama’s Cummings Research Park. 4Site was particularly drawn to the project after learning of the clients interest in pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED certification.

Since its completion, the project has been awarded the prestigious LEED Silver Certification by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council. In order to obtain the Silver certification, the Raytheon facility had to earn points using the council’s stringent criteria, which included reducing operating costs, providing a healthier and more productive environment for occupants, and conserving natural resources. 4Site was pleased to have participated in a design process that allowed this project to become the first official “green” facility in the state of Alabama under the newer, more stringent standards set by the LEED program.

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Why Green

The U.S. green building market is accelerating at a dramatic rate, according to McGraw Hill Contruction’s “Green Outlook 2011: Green Trends Driving Growth Rate” report. Energy Star buildings are selling for an average of $61 dollars per square foot more than their peers, while LEED buildings command a remarkable $171 more per square foot.

What is LEED and why is it so important?

  • LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design that is developed and administered by U.S. Green Building Council
  • LEED is a recognized standard for measuring construction sustainability developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. It promotes building practices that increase profitability while minimizing environmental impacts thereby improving occupant health and well being.
  • There are four LEED certifications that a project can be awarded: LEED Certified (26 – 32 points), LEED Silver (33 – 38 points), LEED Gold (39 – 51 points), and LEED Platinum (52 – 69 points).
  • LEED projects will exhibit a substantial reduction in energy consumption, protect and restore habitat, reduce pollution and consumption of natural resources.

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