Location: Norfolk Naval Shipyard, VA
Owner: NAVFAC Mid Atlantic
This design-build project includes the construction a new 247,000 square-foot bachelor quarters (BQ). The project included connecting to existing underground utilities located on or adjacent to the BQ site, site preparation, grading, landscaping, sidewalks, curbs, parking lots, roadways, fencing and storm water drainage.
Challenges included a nearly 100 percent paved site, a high water table, low-moderate infiltration rates and existing grades 8-ft to 10-ft above mean sea level. As with all residential projects, the design had to include adequate parking to accommodate the high-density development. The team implemented a number of best management practices to meet all stormwater requirements, using pervious pavement wherever possible, and specifying that roof drains are not connected to storm drainage piping and, in most cases, flow across permeable pavers. This project is intended to mitigate or eliminate problems associated with nuisance flooding while providing a workable strategy with implications for wider use at other military installations.