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  • Stearns Associates LLC

    Stearns Associates LLC

    Sustainable Design Qualifications

    Land Planning

    Landscape Architecture

    Real Estate Due Diligence

    Stearns Associates LLC PO Box T

    12 Seabrook Road Stockton, NJ 08559-0993

    609-397-1880 x 203 Fax 609-397-0899

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    Sustainable Design

    Sustainable Design

    Tom Stearns as many landscape architects has been practicing sustainable design for the last 30 years and has advocated sustainable design for the owner and the design team. In the beginning of his career in the mid 1970’s he was pursuing a masters landscape architecture with a focus on alternative and renewable energy and architecture at Ball State University. His studies focused on wind, solar and underground applications for single family homes, but did not complete his studies.

    His sustainable approach has typically included conducting a site analysis on a project site to identify and preserve environmentally sensitive portions of a site, and in detailed design solutions such as using low impact development techniques to using recyclable materials such as stone and concrete pavers to using native plant species.

    Stearns Associates LLC recognizes our opportunity and responsibility to contribute to sustainable design awareness and implementation. We have worked toward integrating sustainability into our practice by providing sustainable design for our projects. We are conversant in the history and theory of sustainability. Stearns Associates continues our commitment to “Green Design” by educating our staff on the latest sustainable building practices, such as Green Roofs and low impact development and we will continue to research new Green Building technologies and educate our clients on the benefits of sustainable design.

    Most recently Stearns Associates LLC has focused on best management practices for storm water runoff. We have been involved in designing constructed wetlands, rain gardens and bio retention for storm water detention facilities working in conjunction with civil engineers. We are currently working on some corporate and institutional projects that are pursuing LEED Certification, and has worked on integrated design teams to think and work across disciplines on sustainable solutions.

    Many of Stearns Associates LLC recent projects have been on urban infill, Brownfield and redevelopment sites versus green field sites. Some have involved adaptive reuse of existing buildings.

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    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

    Stearns Associates LLC is corporate member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). We are also members of the New Jersey Chapter and the Delaware Valley Chapter (DVGBC) of the USGBC.

    The U.S. Green Building Council's core purpose is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

    LEED® Accredited Professional

    Tom Stearns is a LEED® Accredited Professional (LEED® AP). based on LEED NC Version 2.2.

    He has additioanlly taken two classes thru the DVGBC at University of Pennsylvania that review the New Construction version 2.2 of LEED.

    This course provides a standard for professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high performance, healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings.

    LEED Accredited Professionals facilitate the LEED certification process and help building, project, and property owners achieve their performance goals. LEED Professional Accreditation establishes a critical link between LEED standards and professional practice.

    Tom also served briefly on the DVGBC Educaton Committee in 2007.

    Tom has recently attended seminars on LEED for Neightborhood Development (LEED ND) and is familiar with the LEED ND criteria.

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    What is LEED®

    The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole- building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

    LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. USGBC's members, representing every sector of the building industry, developed and continue to refine LEED. LEED addresses all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell, operations & maintenance, homes, neighborhoods, and specific applications such as retail, multiple buildings/campuses, schools, healthcare, laboratories and lodging.

    LEED Projects

    Rider University, West Village Student Apartments, LEED Silver (anticipated) Burlington County College, Culinary Arts Center, LEED Silver (anticipated) The Lawrenceville School, Health & Wellness Center, LEED Silver (anticipated) The Lawrenceville School, Carter House – Girls Residence Dorms, LEED Silver (anticipated)

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    Sustainable Design Solutions

    Sustainable aspects on various projects include:

    Adaptive reuse of existing buildings (Waxwood & Moore Street)

    Low maintenance water efficient landscape with native plants (Many Projects)

    Use of captured rainwater for irrigation supply (BMS/RCN)

    Reduced heat island effect with Intensive Green Roofs (Palmer Square)

    People places, parks & plazas (Palmer Square)

    Reduced site disturbance with Habitat Preservation & open space protection (UMCP and Coventry Farm)

    Reduced heat island effect with vegetated pavements and low solar reflecting paving (Palmer Square)

    Implementation of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for Storm water management working with civil engineers:

    Bio-swales as part of storm water management (BMS New Brunswick) Constructed wetlands in storm water detention basins (Montage & Rosecliff) Rain gardens as part of storm water management (Rosecliff) Rainwater collection cisterns for groundwater recharge (Montage) Riparian restoration (Honda of Princeton)

    Alternative transportation with Bicycle storage (BMS/RCN)

    Native stone and other local & regional materials (most projects)

    Reuse of materials (Brick pavers from Kansas City Stockyards for pedestrian pavers on Sprint Campus)

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    Stormwater Best Management Practices

    Stormwater and Best Management Practices

    Tom Stearns is familiar with the The New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual (BMP manual) and has recently designed the landscape for a constructed wetlands, bio-retention system and infiltration basin with Van Note-Harvey Associates PC.

    Mr. Stearns is familiar with Chapter 7 Landscaping of the BMP, which provides information on vegetation and landscaping for stormwater management measures, as well as the particulars in Chapter 9 dealing with each particular management measure.

    Mr. Stearns has also attended numerous seminars dealing with the new regulations by NJDEP and the Best Management Practices Manual.

    Tom Stearns has a 20 year working relationship with Van Note-Harvey Associates. He has worked with them on a number of corporate office as well as other projects types in Mercer County and Central New Jersey.

    Mr. Stearns has worked on the following BMP projects with Van Note-Harvey Associates:

    Pine River Village, Lakewood, NJ - Infiltration Basin.

    Cedarbridge Office , Lakewood, NJ – Infiltration Basin

    Bristol-Myers Squibb, New Brunswick, NJ - Bio-retention

    Sharbell Development, Hamilton, NJ – Constructed Wetlands, & cisterns for roof runoff

    Rosecliff Independent Living , Lawrenceville, NJ - Constructed Wetlands and rain gardens.

    Gillespie Office , West Windsor, NJ - Constructed Wetlands.

    Health & Wellness Center, The Lawrenceville School (Rain Garden)

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    Green Roof Experience

    Green Roofs

    Tom Stearns is a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the green roof industry association.

    Tom has taken the two design courses for Green Roofs including: Green Roof Design 101, and Green Roof Infrastructure 201, which focuses on design and installation.

    Stearns Associates has been working on an urban infill project with an intensive green roof as part of the connecting courtyard network of the project. Palmer Square is 100 units of luxury market-rate housing built as part of mixed use development over an existing parking structure.

    Green Roof Experience