Great Oak Farm
Client: Summit Residential, LLC and the Tallman Brothers
Project Size: 200 Acres
Construction Value: $26 million
Completion Status: December 2001
DyMar Inc. was retained to create a Sturbridge early American community within a diverse landscape of sunny agricultural meadows separated by stone walls, hedgerows, and woodlands. The diverse character of the site with irregular topography, soils and ecology had to be fully respected in order to find a balance between preservation and growth. On site wastewater to serve the community required an enormous challenge to serve 150 home sites.
DyMar Inc. presented to the Town Land Use Commissions a design that responded to the site’s opportunities and constraints. The dedication of 92 acres to Wolfe Park provided a significant contribution to public lands, and a design to the client that fully addressed the market and vision. The project was organized in clusters of single family homes in the tradition of neighborhoods, each centered on it’s own center green. A community center included an indoor and outdoor pool, meeting rooms, kitchen and party facilities, is made available to the residents as a gathering place. The Great Oak concept is designed with the aura of a small, congenial town where your great grandmother may have lived. The site layout is very sensitive to the existing landscape, configured to follow the natural terrain, with homes nestled into the site. The wetlands remained relatively unaffected and protected the Pequannock River watershed. The project was serviced by a public water supply extension and seven on-site wastewater disposal systems with a total discharge of 58,000 gallons per day as permitted by the CTDEEP. The engineering of these systems included a comprehensive 6 week hydraulic load test and modeling.
DyMar Inc. developed a master plan, completed site civil, and wastewater engineering, design and permitting, including a CTDEEP discharge permit; provided construction inspections, a HEC-RAS river analysis, and a wastewater hydraulic load test. The project won “Best Cluster Land Plan” in 1995 by the Home Builder’s Association.