Site Design for a Hotel on Pantops, Charlottesville; Divergent Paths to Construction Site Safety

Lystash, Caroline, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Heydarian, Arsalan, EN-CEE, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

How may the success of construction projects be improved? Essential considerations include sound site location and design, and responsible jobsite safety practices.
Given the requested parameters, what is the optimum site plan for a hotel located in the Pantops region of Albemarle County? Site development is critical in a construction project. Before a project begins, grading needs, stormwater drainage, assessment of soil conditions, transportation infrastructure, and utilities must be designed. For a private developer, the project team developed such design documents for a hotel in the Pantops area of Charlottesville, Virginia. The team developed a site plan consistent with local codes and other criteria and presented it to the developer.
In the US, how are construction companies, insurers, workers, unions, construction equipment companies, tech companies, and regulators (such as OSHA) competing to determine how workplace safety at construction sites will be improved? In the US, construction site hazards cause tens of thousands of injuries per year. Contractors and construction workers disagree about how jobsite safety is best pursued. Workers tend to favor safety training and human supervision; employers tend to prefer cost-saving automated systems

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Site Design, Construction Site Safety, Land Development

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Technical Advisor: Arsalan Heydarian

STS Advisor: Peter Norton

Technical Team Members: Coleman Boatwright, Charlotte Gillum, Henry Voter, Garrett Warren

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