G20 Site Improvements
- 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.
- Select traffic pavement type for specific soil conditions and anticipated loading.
Use Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) standard pavement
- Street and parking lot layouts shall comply with standards of municipality in
which project is located.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Typical width shall be 6 feet for minor walks and 8 feet for major walks.
- All walks shall be designed and constructed to handle light weight vehicular
- Selection of paving material shall be based on all of the following criteria as a
- Existing paving material in the vicinity.
- Cost and economic factors.
- Maintenance and durability.
- Aesthetic value.
- Concrete Walks
- Minimum of six (6) inches thick with welded wire fabric over 4 inches of
compacted gravel base over a compacted sub-base.
- Designed with subgrade conditions taken into account
- Light broom finished perpendicular to traffic flow.
- Joints shall be tooled. No saw cut joints allowed.
- No fibrous mesh.
- No patterned concrete.
- Bituminous Walks
- Utilize a ALDOT approved mix
- Typical bituminous walks shall be a full 2 inch compacted thickness on a
4 inch compacted gravel base.
- The base and the bituminous material shall each be compacted to 98% of
their test densities.
- Masonry Pavers
- 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.
- No concrete infill with masonry paver borders allowed for hardscapes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Site Furnishings
- Ornamental fencing to be specified as detailed below:
- 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
- Exterior benches to be specified to match the University standard as depicted
Victor Stanley, Inc.
Available in 4' and 6' lengths
'VS Bronze' Finish
- 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.
See Section G40, Table G40.1.7.
for standards on walkway,
parking lot, and roadway lighting.
- Exterior trash receptacles to be specified to match the University standard as
Victor Stanley, Inc.
Model SD- 42
'VS Bronze' Finish
S-2ASD 36 Gallon Formed
Dome Lid (Not Pictured)
- Tree grates to be specified to match the University standard as depicted below:
BarryCraft of Birmingham
Gray Cast Iron Tree Grate
60” x 60” with Type “L” Frame
- Emergency call boxes are provided by the University as depicted below.
Emergency phones must be handicapped accessible to adjacent sidewalks.
Model: 234 Stanchion
297-003 SMART Phone
234 WM Wall Mount Stanchion
- Cost of dumpsters, recycling containers, etc. shall be included in the movable equipment budget for major projects. Cost estimates will be available from
- 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.
- 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.
- The number of dumpster bays, need for compactors or other special
arrangements shall be determined in consultation with Facilities Division.
- Landscape design shall be coordinated to minimize the visual impact of
transmission boxes, transformers, switches, traffic signal cabinets, dumpsters,
and other exterior features.
- Landscape designer shall coordinate plant placement, particularly trees, with
lighting pole placement.
- Retaining walls shall be poured in place unless site conditions require other
methods be used.
- Landscaping and irrigation plans shall be reviewed and approved by Auburn
University’s Landscape Services Supervisor.
- Landscaping and irrigation plans shall be included in design package and budget
- Plans shall provide for irrigation water service taps including meter and backflow
preventer. The meter will be provided by the University.
- 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.
- 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.).
- Permanent lawns shall be sodded. Seeding is allowed only for temporary
- The areas to be grassed will be at finished grade prior to sodding and this
grade shall be maintained.
- Permanent grass shall be Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass or Emerald Zoysia
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Facilities Division will be responsible for mowing and watering but this
will in no way void the warranty.
- 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.
- Irrigation Systems
- Rainbird, Maxicom compatible, components.
- Drip irrigation to be installed in all shrub and tree areas of the landscape
- Fixed spray irrigation using standard 12” pop up sprinklers shall be
installed in all annual and perennial beds.
- 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.
- All isolation valves shall be full port brass or plastic valves located inside
a 10" valve box.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brass quick connects shall be placed around the property allowing for easy
access to water.
- All electric valves shall be installed in a 10” valve box
- Communication wire must meet all Maxicom specifications.
- Controller must have the ability to communicate with the Maxicom
Cluster Control Unit.
- Drip irrigation shall be staked to stable ground every 4'.
- Above ground irrigation line must be installed using Schedule 40 PVC.
- Any irrigation design must be completed by a certified irrigation
- Any Maxicom hardware must be installed by a certified installer.
- Install Schedule 80 PVC under roadways, walkways, etc.
- 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.
- AU Civil Engineer must approve all proposed traffic and pedestrian signage.
- Signs shall comply with Auburn University Signage Standards. Obtain latest
Standards from Office of Campus Planning & Space Management.