Schwab Eaton assisted the project architect in the design of this sustainable project, located in the Miller Ranch Office Park in Manhattan, Kansas. The client requested that the project seek LEED certification, and Schwab Eaton implemented several sustainable practices to assist in achieving this goal. The site was the first project in Kansas to obtain a LEED Silver designation. Schwab Eaton provided surveying, design, and construction related services for the site infrastructure including stormwater management, water and sanitary sewer facilities, site grading, paving, and landscaping.
Seventy percent of the site was preserved as natural areas and open space. To minimize water use on the site, Schwab Eaton’s landscape architects specified native buffalo grass lawns and native shrubs for foundation plantings. No permanent irrigation system was installed. Other sustainable site design principles integrated into this project included maintaining natural wooded buffer strips and drainage areas, carefully planned grading strategies to minimize disturbance, use of native grass/wildflower mixes to reestablish disturbed areas, control of storm water discharges, and construction of a large detention basin.