Site Research / Inventory

 Land-Use Neighborhood Diagram

Land-Use Neighborhood Diagram

Site Research

Site information is very important to design.  Here is some site research that we have gathered that we will be sharing with the students during our March Enrichment Sessions.

Location

Time Zone CST

Daylight Time Yes
Latitude (N) 30.266938, Longitude (W) 97.722139
MSA/PMSA 0640
Census Population 21334

Solar Angles

Here are our solar angles for the site
http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/grad/solcalc/

Site Inventory

We will also be engaging the students in the process of conducting site inventory as well prior to a site planning charrette.  We will be looking at the following areas.

Climate: annual temperatures, precipitation for different times of years, depth of frost, accepted plant hardiness zone

Microclimate: vertical and horizontal movement of sun (rise, set, high noon); year round sunny/shady areas, winter wind exposure, cooling summer breezes, areas that need protection from sun and wind, determine areas that need to be naturally protected

Geology: land formations: mountains, basins, streams, underlying geology; potential hazards (groundwater pollution, flooding); regional sources of inspiration (natural sites of beauty or cultural features of significance; view sheds (from site)

Topography: high and low spots, sink holes, problems like social erosion, poor drainage, slopes too steep for sheds, ramadas, walks, other features; avoid 20% greater slope for buildings,

Drainage: locate and note direction of water flow for drainage and surface water runoff, subsurface water, downspouts, standing water, wet spots; look for potential habitat areas along drainage ways

Soil: soil texture (sand, silt, clay, loam), pH; potential problems with caliche hardpan, poorly drained soil, soil fertility

Vegetation: all existing trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers; designate plant species, size, form, color, texture, and other features; plant conditions potential uses for wildlife and people like shade, views, scenic beauty ; problems with plant health, location, safety concerns

Wildlife: existing habitats in area and corresponding wildlife that uses those areas

Ecology: natural history of region including general ecology and plant/wildlife communities; dominant plant and wildlife species, location, health of populations

Site Context: natural and human-made features