U.S. Army Engineer District, Norfolk CENAO-CT, Building 36 803 Front Street Norfolk, VA 23510-1096
DiGeronimo PC designed Spicer Village to provide a residential oasis within the Picatinny Arsenal Army Installation. The design calls for two-story residences to surround two generous, well landscaped courtyard drives. Adjacent is the DiGeronimo PA refurbished community building, revitalized children’s play area, bus stop, community church, jogging path and scenic reservoir.
The DiGeronimo PC design gives high priority to the safety of children and residents of Spicer Village. Once inside the courtyard drive there is no connection to the street or main road vehicular traffic. All residential parking is located in one area to reserve as much open space as possible and to separate vehicular main road traffic from internal circulation.
The two-story town houses face each other across a court. Front entrance patios give families added privacy. Low plantings also enhance residential privacy without obscuring the view of children playing outside. Parents of young children enjoy this arrangement as they can gaze out their window to keep an eye on the children providing a feeling of great security.
The play area for young children is purposely arranged snugly among old growth trees in the area of the community center. At the community center older children can “hang out.” Families can picnic.
This design build proposal required a team effort facilitating an interactive cost effective design approach. D&K are the contractors and the team lead. The DiGeronimo PC design concept would take final foundation locations at the site to minimize blasting which in turn minimized dollars spent.
The DiGeronimo PC design of Spicer Village would create a virtual ecosystem. The proposed sustainable system supports a diverse grouping of plant life, surface water, and human occupancy to provide a polycultural resilience necessitating little energy input, no chemicals and diminished car gasoline usage. Regenerative technologies function within the flow of nature, replenishing ground water through surface water holding swales; and supplementing home heating through solar gain from large, well sited house windows. Houses are designed for local mountain top climatic variations as well as for regional climate conditions.