As things beginning to really take shape at Hayes Park, our new mixed-use development in progress on Johns Island, we were excited to have some visitors out on site in October.
A group of high school seniors from Charleston Collegiate arrived as a part of their civil engineering class, and co-founder Adam Baslow toured the class throughout the job site. The students, who are designing a mock subdivision for one of their project-based learning classes, got to see first hand the work involved with such an endeavor, including reviewing the full set of blueprints for the development, discussing in depth the notations for elevation, drainage pipes, and roads, and more.
At this point, all the building pads are nearing completion at Hayes Park, the sewer is 90% complete and the waterline has just started. New Leaf is gearing up to start the 12 commercial building shells in mid January and get some of this construction done prior to the asphalt going down. It was the perfect opportunity for the class to see what lies just below the surface of the neighborhood.
“It was fun to include them in the process, get their feedback based on what they observed and answer questions for them to help clarify and guide them on their journey creating their own residential neighborhood,” says Adam Baslow.
For the students, this semester-long project allows them design their own conceptual 300+ acre residential community, taking into account a targeted demographic audience who might live there. This will include everything from the individual house plans, amenities buildings, and other community needs, which they will eventually draft into blueprints of their own. Finally, they will be displaying marketing plans to potential investors who will place bids to actually purchase their plans for future developments.
At New Leaf, a project like this is exciting for us as builders, because these are the real-world situations that we experience on a daily basis. We hope that the tour through Hayes Park was insightful, and can’t wait to see what the seniors come up with, eagerly awaiting what the future of this industry can dream up.