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Springfield Station Public-Private Partnership Success Story

Project Description

At Springfield Station, the Homeowners Association (HOA) embarked on a remarkable project to remove unused impervious areas and renovate their tennis court while prioritizing environmental conservation. DeMarr Engineering was proud to be a part of this initiative, providing a range of civil engineering services to support removing the existing asphalt basketball court and the restoration of surrounding land.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Fairfax County, Springfield Station HOA, and DeMarr Engineering
DeMarr Site Plan view of Existing Asphalt Basketball Court and Existing Tennis Court
Figure 2: DeMarr Site Plan view of Existing Asphalt Basketball Court and Existing Tennis Court

To support the Springfield Station HOA in their endeavors, DeMarr Engineering provided a range of civil engineering services, including:

By documenting the pre-existing conditions of the site, the team created an accurate representation of the tennis court area, ensuring a solid foundation for the renovation project.

A detailed plan illustrating the proposed improvements and features to be removed was prepared, enabling effective project management and execution. Stormwater Calculations and Outfall Analysis: By conducting thorough calculations and analysis, the team ensured that stormwater management measures were implemented effectively, minimizing the project’s impact on the surrounding environment.

Existing vegetation was carefully mapped and inventoried, ensuring that tree conservation plans were in place. Furthermore, the team conducted a 10-year canopy calculation, providing valuable insights into the site’s ecosystem.

DeMarr Engineering handled the necessary permitting processes through Fairfax County, ensuring compliance with regulations related to land disturbance and stormwater management.

The expertise of the DeMarr Engineering team was utilized throughout the project to provide comprehensive design services, addressing various engineering aspects and environmental considerations.

To ensure the smooth execution of the renovation and restoration work, DeMarr Engineering provided construction administration and management consulting, overseeing the project’s implementation.

Land Restoration and Impervious Area Reduction

In alignment with sustainable land development practices, the project aimed to minimize impervious areas and enhance water quality. A portion of the existing asphalt, amounting to 0.10 acres, was removed from a Resource Protection Area (RPA). This area was then restored by implementing a compost-amended grass field, which not only improved water quality but also reduced stormwater runoff. By reclaiming land in environmentally sensitive areas, the project exemplified the responsible utilization of available space.

Renovation of the Existing Tennis Court

Adjacent to the restored land, the existing tennis court underwent a transformative renovation. The outdated tennis court was resurfaced and converted into multiple Pickleball courts, offering a fresh recreational opportunity for the Springfield Station community. This project marked a significant milestone as the first in Fairfax County to be partially funded through the county’s RPA Violations budget. By incentivizing the reduction of existing impervious surfaces in environmentally sensitive areas, the county aimed to encourage similar initiatives in the future, promoting sustainable land development practices.

Before Pictures of Site
Figure 3: Site Before Construction
Pictures During Construction
Figure 4: Site During Construction

A Successful Public-Private Partnership

The project gained recognition as a public-private partnership success story, symbolizing the collective effort of the community and modest government assistance. Through the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District’s (NVSWCD) Conservation Assistance Program (CAP), the Springfield Station HOA secured cost-share funding and technical assistance for their vision of converting the basketball court to green, open space. This endeavor was particularly significant as the community space fell within the Resource Protection Area (RPA), highlighting the project’s commitment to environmental preservation. Read more about this land reclamation project from Fairfax.

If you have a similar renovation and land reclamation project in mind, we would be happy to help guide you through the process and provide all the necessary services. Contact Us For a Quote on your next land development project.

Picture After construction and impervious area removal
Figure 5: Site after construction and impervious area removal