Briarhill Townhomes Neighborhood Improvements Project
College of Engineering
The Briarhill Townhomes Homeowners Association (HOA) in Boise, Idaho enlisted the services of SAAND Engineering to design a water catchment system, an irrigation system, and other best management practices (BMPs) to reduce the amount of runoff from the property. In addition, the HOA sought to implement a solar collection system and Firewise landscaping plan. Through extensive literature review, SAAND Engineering created a design for the proposed project. A landscaping plan using fire resistant plants was designed to create a 20 to 50 foot firebreak along Hill Road. To irrigate the landscaping, the amount of spring water runoff on the property that could be collected was determined. A storage tank, fed by the continuously flowing spring, is used to irrigate the landscaping. The cylindrical tank is made of corrugated galvanized steel and supported by a mat foundation. The pump to pressurize the irrigation system is housed inside an 8’x8’x8’ concrete masonry walled structure which is supported by strip footings with a wood frame roof. Assuming average power usage, the size of a solar system was determined and laid out in a site plan. This design has met the original objectives of the HOA while allowing for future capacity increases.
Newkirk, Kristy; Shoemaker, Sydney; Alarbash, Jaber; Alkhaldi, Hamad; and DeRossett, Dale, "Briarhill Townhomes Neighborhood Improvements Project" (2018). 2018 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. 39.