CEE 4284: Advanced Land Development Design

CEE 4284

Advanced Land Development Design

Course Summary: CEE 4284 is unique in the academic community in that is coordinated by a tenured University faculty member, but taught exclusively by three teams of industry professionals. This arrangement ensures that course content and structure meets University requirements while simultaneously exposing students to front line issues facing the industry. This course is offered every other spring semester on alternating Friday evening/Saturday mornings, and expands upon topics introduced in the CEE 4274 (Land Development Design) course by providing more in-depth study of site grading, Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) site design requirements, erosion and sedimentation control, and stormwater management including application of water quality best management practices (BMPs). Re-design of this course is in progress for Spring 2013.

Smith’s Landing in Blacksburg – a construction site visited by students during the Advanced Land Development Design class. Course instructors from Draper Aden Associates provided site engineering services on the project.
Smith’s Landing in Blacksburg – a construction site visited by students during the Advanced Land Development Design class. Course instructors from Draper Aden Associates provided site engineering services on the project.

Course Objectives:

  1. Recognize and describe the politics involved in turning a land development concept into a constructed project.
  2. Develop grading and parking solutions for a development site.
  3. Design Erosion and Sediment Control structures for a site based on pertinent regulations.
  4. Create a full stormwater management plan for a site based on hydrologic and hydraulic calculations.
  5. Prepare a written report and an oral/visual presentation of the design project or one of its components.
  6. Work as a member of an integrated team to complete the project design, report, and presentation.

Field Visits: CEE 4284 includes a number of visits to sites under construction. At least one class field trip on a Saturday is required to tour sites hosted by Balzer & Associates, Inc. and Draper Aden Associates.

Derrick Cave (Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.) and Cameron Palmore (Balzer and Associates, Inc.) discuss the Advanced Land Development Course at an LDDI meeting.
Derrick Cave (Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.) and Cameron Palmore (Balzer and Associates, Inc.) discuss the Advanced Land Development Course at an LDDI meeting.