University of Vermont

New Essex Park & Ride Features Design by UVM Senior Students

Esses Park n Ride SignMonday, January 30, 2012 marked the official grand opening of a new ‘green’ Park & Ride designed by civil and environmental engineering students in the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Senior Capstone Design Course.  The students partnered with Town Engineer Dennis Lutz of the Town of Essex and completed an initial design in 2009.  The design was then fine-tuned and finalized by O’Leary – Burke Civil Associates.  The new commuter lot adds needed park and ride spaces within Chittenden County and demonstrates the ability to construct a usable end product utilizing many “green” elements.

“Linking UVM students to applying their knowledge to address real world problems of local communities and non-profits is the focus of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Senior Capstone Design Course,” say Mandar Dewoolkar and Nancy Hayden, associate professors and course instructors, in the School of Engineering.

The UVM student design team was comprised of: 

Jacquelyn Kline, BS Civil Engineering 2010, originally from Johnstown, NY;

RuthAnne Steger, BS Civil Engineering 2010, originally from Duxbury, VT;

Josh Tyler, BS Environmental Engineering 2010 & current MS Civil & Environmental Engineering candidate, originally from Arcata, CA; 

Ashley Walenty, BS Civil Engineering 2009, originally from Lake Placid, NY; and

Kelly Wasserbach, BS Civil Engineering 2009, originally from Durango, CO.

Both the Town and the student design team had the goal of incorporating as much recycled construction material as possible in their design. They created a design that allowed the subbase for the lot to be made of recycled crushed glass from the Chittenden Solid Waste District and recycled crushed asphalt stockpiled at the town landfill. They also designed the lot to contain a stormwater treatment system with a natural rain garden to treat surface water runoff, and used energy efficient LED lighting to illuminate the lot at night.  The new 19 space area is located on south side of Vermont Route 2A, at the 289 Essex off-ramp.  The project was made possible by a $75,000 grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation to the Town of Essex in 2007.

For more information on the UVM Civil and Environmental Senior Capstone Design Course, contact: Mandar Dewoolkar – 656-1942 or Nancy Hayden – 656-1924.