Engineering Project Case Studies | Erdman Anthony

Utility-Infrastructure Design

The Global Village in Henrietta, New York, is an internationally inspired, LEED®-certified sustainable residential community and commercial complex on Rochester Institute of Technology’s campus. To make way for this $50 million project, which is open to both the public and the RIT community,  portions of RIT’s 669-bed Riverknoll apartment complex were demolished.
Erdman Anthony provided layout and design of the utility infrastructure for this project, including:
  • Electric
  • Telecommunications
  • Natural gas
  • Domestic water 
  • Hot and chilled water piping 
  • Sanitary sewers 
  • Storm drainage systems 
  • Stormwater management
A major challenge was rerouting the complex network of existing utility infrastructure to provide uninterrupted service to the remaining Riverknoll apartments, the University Commons development, and several other campus buildings, while providing new utility service to the Global Village. Extensive survey and analyses of existing utilities were required in order to locate and map the existing facilities. 
Consistent with the multiple phases of the design team’s Global Village Master Plan, Erdman Anthony developed a utility master plan and a phasing plan for installation. The established utility corridors avoided pristine areas of the village and areas of future development, thus maximizing land available for equitable uses. 
Timed with the completion of the schematic design phase, Erdman Anthony was required to have a complete utility package ready for bidding by the construction-management team partner. This aggressive schedule was necessary to accommodate the target completion date of September 2010 for the Global Village's opening. 
In addition to utility design, Erdman Anthony was responsible for the design of the village's roadways, which were developed with three primary uses in mind: emergency vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, and utilitarian purposes.
Roads intersecting Global Way, students’ daily travel corridor, were designed to be concrete pavement with joint patterns interspersed with colored concrete pavers. Utilitarian roads serve as the back door to the village, accommodating maintenance vehicles and move-in-day activities, and were constructed with asphalt concrete. 
Erdman Anthony was also responsible for the design of the much-needed four-tier 312-space parking facility for the Global Village. Elements for this phase included a surface sand filter for stormwater quality and a dry pond for water-quantity control, utility relocations, site lighting, and sidewalk connections to the Global Village.

Martin Willix, PE
Martin Willix, PE
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