Cottages of Boone

Boone, NC
Civil Engineering, Environmental Services, Surveying, Soil Science Services

The Cottages of Boone project is a marquee project for BEA as they designed and/or managed all aspects of this one-of-a-kind project. The recent growth at Appalachian State University has left Boone with a shortage of student housing. A national student housing developer has undertaken a unique project to provide approximately 900 student beds in cottage style development, high atop mountainous terrain near Boone, NC. The facility is unique in that it is a cottage style student housing project, with incredible mountain views. It is all supported with onsite water supply and wastewater treatment systems.

This complex development project involved very close coordination with the land planning team, Land Planning Collaborative and Duncan-Nequette architects. The civil engineering team at BEA was challenged working with steep mountain topography while accommodating public transportation, safety and walkability. Balancing earthwork along with minimizing wall heights avoiding bedrock excavation also made for very challenging design constraints. Minimizing stream and wetland impacts and providing for environmentally responsible stormwater management were goals set and achieved by the design team as well. Onsite potable water supply and an onsite wastewater treatment system also added to the unique challenges of this project. All design and permitting for the project was accomplished in an expedited timeframe (approximately 6 months). BEA’s ability to provide all of the civil engineering services (as well as surveying and environmental services) is a testament to the diversity of talent in the firm and to the ability to work collaboratively within a larger design team.