Developing a site design which, when constructed, will be a self-sustaining, natural environment, was one of the prime factors in developing the Hewlett Packard project. Originally master planned for one million square feet in 1978, John G. Crowe Associates, Inc. has had continuous involvement in all phases of development, which currently total 840,000 square feet.
The project was developed to consider all aspects of the site and the environment. The existing landscape was preserved wherever possible and views to the surrounding countryside and the Merrimack River were taken into account. Active and passive recreation, including tennis, basketball, softball, volleyball, walking and jogging trails, and courtyards for dining and sitting were developed. Ponds and other landscape features were developed to integrate the built development into the landscape.
An overall site water management system was developed to provide numerous functions. Site surface water and drainage systems discharge into ponds that were designed as wetland systems to attenuate diffuse pollution, peak storm water flows, and irrigation sources. The irrigation system is one of the largest in New England, supplying at peak demand over one million gallons per week.