G&A routinely partners with architectural firms to aid in site planning and permitting their architectural design projects. Frequently, our clients have building footprints designed and they need assistance with placement on site, site grading, drainage, utilities and subsequent permitting. Often times, clients are from out of town or state and require assistance with the local bylaws, Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act or Title V.
Shown are two such projects. One illustrates the Williams College B&L Building on Spring Street in Williamstown. Completed in the summer of 2004, this project is a three story multi-use facility which contains a retail store, 75-seat café as well as the Chamber of Commerce information booth, College faculty offices and four apartments. Our responsibilities included working with the architect to configure a building footprint which preserved an existing elm tree and left room on site to accommodate required parking. Permitting required approvals from the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board, Conservation Commission and DEP, as well as MA Historical.
Also shown is one of the units in the Katywil Co-Housing project in Colrain, MA. This project entailed design and permitting for a very complex cluster residential subdivision, including road and utility design and lot layout conforming to complicated town requirements and meeting architectural requirements for accessibility and solar/view exposure. Intended to be an environmentally responsible development, units were sited to take advantage of solar orientation and topography.