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Wal-Mart - Germantown, Wisconsin

Wal-MartR.A. Smith National used non-traditional, customized methods to design and build the infrastructure for a new Wal-Mart Super Center in Germantown, Wis. The 38-acre site includes a 200,000-square-foot plus building; nearly 17 acres of wetlands and prairie restoration; a parking lot that accommodates more than 900 vehicles; and three access drives.

R.A. Smith National used innovative and sustainable design approaches coupled with non-traditional construction methods to minimize the development’s environmental impacts and maximize environmental protection. Site engineering included:

• A custom-designed snake crossing built under the roadway for the protection of the endangered Butler’s Garter snake

• A sanitary sewer main constructed in a non-traditional method 20 feet below the surface, through 1,000 feet of wetland and underneath four high-pressure gas mains to protect the wetlands and ensure the safety of the construction workers

• Two large underground concrete chambers that hold approximately 662,000 gallons of water for stormwater detention to make up for the lack of enough available land to provide the volume of stormwater detention necessary to meet agency requirements

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