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Sustainable Site and Environmentally Sensitive Site Design

Many of our projects begin with site assessment and feasibility studies that address impacts on existing environmentally sensitive site systems, including wetlands, wildlife, vegetation, geology and other natural factors.  Since its founding in 1973, John G. Crowe Associates, Inc. has had a long history of applying the principles and methods of sustainable site design to environmentally sensitive sites as exhibited in the project samples below.  Low impact development design strategies, xeriscape landscape design (Landscape design that emphasizes water conservation through the use of drought-resistant plants) and smart growth ideals have long been at the root of our approach to site development, well in advance of these practices being recognized currently as invaluable to the preservation of our environment.  Our sustainable design approach over the past 36 years has utilized the integration of site design and civil engineering low impact development methods and management techniques to protect, replicate and enhance the natural environment, its functions and use, while still meeting and satisfying critical building program objectives.

With the firm's combined landscape architectural and civil engineering capabilities, our expertise in wetland identification and analysis, sustainable site design, watershed and water quality management, ecological assessment and environmental permitting has enabled us to develop innovative and self-sustaining approaches to projects that meet the Owner's needs as well as minimize environmental impact.  We have designed and permitted extremely large and complex projects in environmentally sensitive areas such as public water supplies, rare species, wildlife habitats and archaeological sites.

Dating back to one of the first projects in the State of Massachusetts to receive LEED certification, the Crowe organization has been a participant team member responsible for addressing site related aspects for many projects that have received or are currently seeking LEED certification.

Minuteman Park
175/185 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA
The Commons at Prospect Hill
Waltham Woods Corporate Center- Reservoir Woods West Campus
Raytheon Company / Hager Pond
Foxborough Business Center
Norton Elementary School
National Grid- Reservoir Woods East Campus