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February 17. 2013 6:37PM

Engineers Week: Market Basket opens in Manchester with help from the engineering community

MANCHESTER - The Manchester Market Basket, located on Elm Street, two blocks from the Verizon Wireless Arena, converted the old Rockwell Automation plant and building site to a new, state-of-the-art, LEED-certified grocery store which has helped to catalyze more revitalization for this area of Manchester.

This new supermarket was the first newly constructed store in the state of New Hampshire to achieve Silver LEED certification, based upon the redevelopment of an existing parcel, proximity to downtown, innovative storm water treatment methods, energy efficiency, and lighting.

The site includes a 450-space parking lot, a bus stop for the Manchester Transit Authority, and a taxi stand. The property has sidewalks from both main entrances and a staircase tower to allow mid-block pedestrians to access the supermarket. These features make the property very accessible for customers with or without vehicles.

CLD performed the boundary and topographic survey, site layout, parking lot design, grading design, utility coordination, utility design, stormwater design, environmental permitting, landscaping design, and coordinated city and state approvals. Offsite improvement work included a traffic impact assessment, new traffic signal design, existing intersection signal reconfiguration, and sidewalk reconstruction. Many landscaped islands in the parking lot were incorporated into the design to provide a reduction in overall impervious area and to promote infiltration. The landscaping plan incorporated many trees to help provide shade and reduce heat island effect as well.

Elm Street also required some significant changes and included a new traffic signal at the site entrance, sidewalk reconstruction, landscaping, and restriping. In order to reduce speed of traffic traveling along Elm Street, northbound through lanes were converted to a left-turn lane, and left-turn lanes into the streets and driveways on the east side of Elm were added.

CLD Consulting Engineers, Inc. (CLD) has provided professional engineering services to communities, regional planning agencies, state and federal agencies, as well as industrial and private clients throughout northern New England since 1976.



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