Design and Planning Study

State of Michigan Capitol Complex Master Plan

The State of Michigan’s Capitol Complex in Lansing is the symbolic center of the state’s democracy. With over 1.5 million visitors per year and approximately 14,355 state employees, the desire was to develop a Master Plan that honors and uplifts visitors and employees, while also supporting state activities and programs.

NFE provided the State of Michigan’s DTMB with design and implementation of the Capitol Complex Master Plan. NFE’s design team used a creative approach for redeveloping the site, addressing elements such as pedestrian circulation, parking, irrigation and ornamental horticulture. In order to ensure the project would ultimately add value to the environment of everyday users, NFE’s team performed a user survey of employees and staff, gaining insider knowledge of relevant services.

Top priorities for the design and implementation was considering cost, functionality and sustainability. The project will create a safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing campus environment for government leaders, state employees and visitors.

Project Highlights:

  • Introduction of additional green space
  • Integrate systems and technology
  • Improved way-finding
  • Additional aesthetic characteristics
  • Simplify long-term maintenance
  • Improved lighting, security and ADA access

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Romeo Community Schools Barnabo Athletic Field Improvements

As part of the Romeo Community Schools’ bond proposal passed in 2016, NFE provided land surveying and civil engineering services for improvements to the Barnabo Athletic Field. NFE wasn’t new to Barnabo as we provided the same services back in 2008 when the field was first built.

NFE prepared engineering plans for demolition, site, grading, paving, storm water management, utility, synthetic turf field, paved track, soil erosion and sediment control, and site restoration. Improvements to the field area included:

  • Existing football and grass play surface replaced with synthetic turf up to the running track
  • Synthetic turf placed atop a layer of drainage stone and underlying drainage pipes to rapidly convert storm water from the playing field
  • New field with an underlying “shock pad” to reduce GMAX ratings and provide a safer playing surface
  • Below grade power and water sources provided at the 50-yard line for team use
  • Existing 400-meter asphalt track removed and fully reconstructed, including application of a black polyurethane coating and structural spray overlay to protect against future water penetration
  • New ADA compliant concrete sidewalks going to enlarge grandstand areas, field area and new concession building
  • A new shot-put area with a concrete pad, aluminum stops and landing zone
  • New discus area with concrete pad and discus cage with safety net
  • New long jump area with concrete runway, all-weather surfacing, 12-inch concrete curbing, sand infill and plywood take-off board
  • New pole vault area with paved runway of synthetic all-weather material and stainless-steel trays

Construction on the Barnabo Athletic Field was completed at the end of August 2017 just in time for the 2017-2018 school year and Romeo Bulldogs football season.

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