Auburn University
Auburn University
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Auburn University

G20 Site Improvements

  1. Paving

    1. Roads, parking, service courts, sub grade and related work shall be designed by a registered engineer and constructed by prequalified road building firms fully equipped to perform the total work.

    2. Select traffic pavement type for specific soil conditions and anticipated loading. Use Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) standard pavement specifications.

    3. Street and parking lot layouts shall comply with standards of municipality in which project is located.

    4. The campus has a handicapped accessibility route designated to provide access throughout the campus. This route will be augmented by new construction and must remain intact during construction work or an alternate route shall be provided.

    5. This is a pedestrian oriented campus and as such, designs will be prepared with pedestrian traffic (including those with mobility impairments) as the highest priority. Bike lanes shall also be given consideration.

    6. Depressions and abutments to existing pavement shall be repaired by cutting out the pavement to the base. The base shall be repaired and compacted. Tack the edges to join the new pavement with the old. Place pavement.

  2. Walks

    1. Typical width shall be 6 feet for minor walks and 8 feet for major walks.

    2. All walks shall be designed and constructed to handle light weight vehicular traffic.

    3. Selection of paving material shall be based on all of the following criteria as a whole:

      1. Existing paving material in the vicinity.

      2. Cost and economic factors.

      3. Maintenance and durability.

      4. Aesthetic value.

    4. Concrete Walks

      1. Minimum of six (6) inches thick with welded wire fabric over 4 inches of compacted gravel base over a compacted sub-base.

      2. Designed with subgrade conditions taken into account

      3. Light broom finished perpendicular to traffic flow.

      4. Joints shall be tooled. No saw cut joints allowed.

      5. No fibrous mesh.

      6. No patterned concrete.

    5. Bituminous Walks

      1. Utilize a ALDOT approved mix

      2. Typical bituminous walks shall be a full 2 inch compacted thickness on a 4 inch compacted gravel base.

      3. The base and the bituminous material shall each be compacted to 98% of their test densities.

    6. Masonry Pavers

      1. When pavers are used, it is preferred to have them on a concrete, mortar or asphalt substrate rather than a sand bed. Sand beds maybe used on top of these substrates in situations where bricks may need to be removed and replaced, such as when names are printed on the bricks.

      2. No concrete infill with masonry paver borders allowed for hardscapes.

      3. Large fields of masonry pavers with concrete borders are allowed to match existing hardscape and where approved on a site specific basis by the University Architect and Director of University Planning.

    7. When a curb ramp is built on one side of a street, a companion ramp is required on the opposite side of the street. When project limits would normally end within a street intersection, the limits must be extended to allow construction of a companion ramp on the opposite side of the intersection.

  3. Site Furnishings

    1. Ornamental fencing to be specified as detailed below:

    2. ornamental fencing

    3. Provide bollards where there are vehicular passageways i.e. loading docks, driveways next to building. This is to protect the building, dock, etc. from vehicular damage. The University standards bollard is a six inch steel pipe filled with concrete.

    4. bollard detail
    5. Exterior benches to be specified to match the University standard as depicted below:

    6. bench

      Victor Stanley, Inc.
      'Steelsites' Series
      Model RB-28
      Available in 4' and 6' lengths
      'VS Bronze' Finish

    7. Exterior lighting to be specified to match the University standard as depicted below. Fluted and smooth poles currently exist on the campus; new projects shall match which ever in the area of the project.

    8. light pole

      See Section G40, Table G40.1.7.
      for standards on walkway,
      parking lot, and roadway lighting.

    9. Exterior trash receptacles to be specified to match the University standard as depicted below:

    10. trash

      Victor Stanley, Inc.
      ‘Ironsites’ Series
      Model SD- 42
      36 Gallon
      'VS Bronze' Finish
      S-2ASD 36 Gallon Formed
      Dome Lid (Not Pictured)

    11. Tree grates to be specified to match the University standard as depicted below:

    12. tree grate

      BarryCraft of Birmingham
      Phone: 205-841-8725
      Gray Cast Iron Tree Grate
      Model: B-TG710
      60” x 60” with Type “L” Frame

    13. Emergency call boxes are provided by the University as depicted below.
      Emergency phones must be handicapped accessible to adjacent sidewalks.

    14. call box

      GAI-Tronics Corporation
      Phone: 800-492-1212
      Model: 234 Stanchion
      530 Becon/Strobe
      297-003 SMART Phone
      234 WM Wall Mount Stanchion

  4. Dumpsters

    1. Cost of dumpsters, recycling containers, etc. shall be included in the movable equipment budget for major projects. Cost estimates will be available from Facilities Division.

    2. Dumpsters and enclosures shall be located in close proximity to the service dock of each building. Paved access for staff to deposit waste and vehicle access by a 20 cubic yard front load refuse truck shall be considered in the location. Provide turnaround route or access without creating a traffic hazard. Allow for overhead clearance of 25 feet at the loading point. Locations shall reduce the visual impact of the dumpster. Masonry, wood or plant screening shall be provided for each location. Gates or other devices requiring operator time are not desired.

    3. Provide highway grade paving for the route that the refuse truck will take to service the container. A reinforced concrete pad shall be provided in front of each container to reduce damage from the front wheels of the vehicle.

    4. The number of dumpster bays, need for compactors or other special
      arrangements shall be determined in consultation with Facilities Division.

  5. Landscaping

    1. Landscape design shall be coordinated to minimize the visual impact of
      transmission boxes, transformers, switches, traffic signal cabinets, dumpsters, and other exterior features.

    2. Landscape designer shall coordinate plant placement, particularly trees, with lighting pole placement.

    3. Retaining walls shall be poured in place unless site conditions require other methods be used.

    4. Landscaping and irrigation plans shall be reviewed and approved by Auburn University’s Landscape Services Supervisor.

    5. Landscaping and irrigation plans shall be included in design package and budget for project.

    6. Plans shall provide for irrigation water service taps including meter and backflow preventer. The meter will be provided by the University.

    7. Planting and site irrigation are typically provided by Auburn University
      Landscape Services, however, this shall be verified on a per project basis due to scheduling and availability.

    8. Plant material selections must be made from stock indigenous to the specific locations where it will be placed. Persons selecting materials must be knowledgeable about the plants that will survive in the specific area. Refer to the Facilities Division for assistance. Plant lists shall contain both common and technical names, quantities and plant delivery method (B&B, bare roots, etc.).

    9. Lawns

      1. Permanent lawns shall be sodded. Seeding is allowed only for temporary purposes.

      2. The areas to be grassed will be at finished grade prior to sodding and this grade shall be maintained.

      3. Permanent grass shall be Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass or Emerald Zoysia grass.

      4. Fertilizer shall be a commercial fertilizer delivered in unopened original containers each bearing the manufacturer's guaranteed analysis. Any fertilizer which comes caked or otherwise damaged shall not be accepted. Fertilizer selection and application rate shall be determined by soil analysis. Lime shall be granulated agricultural limestone applied at a rate according to soil sample analysis.

      5. Mulch shall be weed-free grain straw. Quantity shall be 3,300 pounds per acre (approximately 75 pounds per 1000 square feet) or 65 bales per acre (1- 1/2 bales per 1000 square feet).

      6. Cultivation: Spread average 4" deep layer of topsoil after scarification to a depth of 6" minimum. Spread lime evenly at the rate determined by soil sample analysis, and work it into the soil by plowing and cross plowing all areas to a minimum depth of 6" including new 4" topsoil. Pulverize the soil with a roller type pulverizer with 4" tines. Hand rake the soil to level and remove loose stones and other debris leaving a smooth friable condition
        suitable for sodding.

      7. Fertilization: Apply fertilizer uniformly at specified rate with an approved distributor prior to seeding. Fertilizer shall be worked into the top three to four inches of the soil.

      8. Seeding: Shall be with soil moist but not wet and broadcast by means which will insure uniform distribution and thorough coverage of the entire area. Seed shall be covered lightly (1/4") and rolled with a light roller or cultipacker to firm the seed in the soil. Mulch shall be applied to the area evenly and lightly. Areas which do not show a prompt "catch" or have been washed shall be reseeded for thorough coverage.

    10. Maintenance

      1. Watering: Sufficiently irrigate sodded areas to maintain a continually moist condition until the sod has become established. Watering shall continue to assure maximum survival of grass till acceptance of work. One inch/week of water after grass is established is a minimum requirement.

      2. Mowing: Conduct mowing operations to keep the lawn in a neat and well groomed appearance. The lawn shall only be cut when grass and soil are dry. Not more than 1/3 of the total leaf surface is to be removed at one mowing. It is not necessary to remove clippings if grass is mowed according to these specifications.

      3. Responsibility of lawn care: The care of the lawn shall be the
        responsibility of the Contractor until the Project is accepted. Lawn care shall include watering, feeding, and cutting consistent with general practice of care for the type of lawn. The Contractor shall fully maintain the lawn throughout the warranty period except for mowing and watering.

      4. Facilities Division will be responsible for mowing and watering but this will in no way void the warranty.

    11. Submit soil analysis, seed and fertilizer data, and instructions for planting and care of the lawn for approval by Facilities Division, with copy to Landscape Services Superintendent, prior to purchase of material.

    12. Irrigation Systems

      1. Rainbird, Maxicom compatible, components.

      2. Drip irrigation to be installed in all shrub and tree areas of the landscape

      3. Fixed spray irrigation using standard 12” pop up sprinklers shall be
        installed in all annual and perennial beds.

      4. Gear driven rotor sprinklers shall be installed in all turf areas. Type of head depends on size of area. Fixed sprays in turf areas must raise 6" minimum above grade.

      5. All isolation valves shall be full port brass or plastic valves located inside a 10" valve box.

      6. Install within 10" of the main isolation valve, a dual check backflow
        prevention device (use International Plumbing Code to specify specific type) inside a 12" valve box or suggested size box.

      7. Master valve shall be installed after the backflow prevention device using a normally closed valve. This master valve shall be electrically operated with a minimum of #12 LJF wire, blue in color.

      8. Flow meter shall be installed after the master valve using the
        manufacturing installation recommendations. The type of flow meter shall be determined by the designer. Flow meter must have the capability to communicate with the Maxicom Central Control System.

      9. Brass quick connects shall be placed around the property allowing for easy access to water.

      10. All electric valves shall be installed in a 10” valve box

      11. Communication wire must meet all Maxicom specifications.

      12. Controller must have the ability to communicate with the Maxicom
        Cluster Control Unit.

      13. Drip irrigation shall be staked to stable ground every 4'.

      14. Above ground irrigation line must be installed using Schedule 40 PVC.

      15. Any irrigation design must be completed by a certified irrigation

      16. Any Maxicom hardware must be installed by a certified installer.

      17. Install Schedule 80 PVC under roadways, walkways, etc.

      18. Provide sleeves under roadways, walkways, (hardscape) to
        accommodate installation of sprinkler system piping and wiring. Provide stamped indicator where sleeve traverses hardscape to allow for quick identification and location of sleeves.

  6. Signage

    1. AU Civil Engineer must approve all proposed traffic and pedestrian signage.

    2. Signs shall comply with Auburn University Signage Standards. Obtain latest Standards from Office of Campus Planning & Space Management.
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