In May of 2007, I began one of the more rewarding experiences of my career. I was offered an internship in the Land and Resource Development group at ARCADIS of Raleigh. The first project I worked on was Cary Streetscape, where I assisted in drafting and procuring plans for the design. I also established a photo record plan and took on-site trips to verify existing conditions.
I worked on numerous apartment complexes and shopping buildings (such as Walgreens). I learned basic grading techniques for parking lots and buffers, pervious/impervious concepts, and how to establish adequate flow to storm drains across parking lots and away from buildings. I also learned a great deal about the due diligence process and how to utilize municipality information to determine zoning, setbacks, landscaping requirements, and signage requirements.
After performing well in these areas, I was eventually granted my own project. The Town of Pinehurst NC was interested in building a new utility center on a unique but troublesome piece of property. My assignment was to analyze the topography, prepare a preliminary grading plan, and make the site work. I procured a few different options in terms of grading and retaining walls, established rudimentary drains, and analyzed the system in Hydraflow to create an adequate detention pond.