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Angel Rocks Cottages

Client: Dan & Carol Thomas | Location: Cape Vincent, New York | Completion Date: 2012 & 2013 | Services Provided: Architectural, Engineering (Structural & Civil/Site), Land Surveying


Angle Rock Waterfront Cottages is located along the shore of St. Lawrence River. In 2011, the owners purchased an adjacent 3.9 acre parcel with the intentions to expand from 14 to 23 seasonal and year round rental cottages on 7.2 acres.   The expansion site was a vacant parcel which included an open meadow, a rock ledge, exposed bedrock, and a driveway. The Expansion included the construction of 9 units in four (4) phases. The Cottages range in size from 2 to 4 bedrooms, from 672 to 1,344 sf each. Site work expansion included access drives, parking areas, pool, water service, electric service, sanitary sewer collection, and on-site wastewater treatment system infrastructure.

Site/Civil design began with the boundary and topographic survey data collection and mapping of the existing and expanded 7.2 acre site. Utilizing the survey, a conceptual site plan was developed to arrange the buildings, parking areas, access drives, utilities, and amenities. Layout was critical to enable views to the river and site constraints such as slope, bedrock, size of units, and suitable land area for on-site wastewater treatment and stormwater management. Other site amenities included: pool, walking paths, shuffle board, open spaces, and landscape trees and plantings. Site Utility design for water, sewer & electric included water service connections, cottage water services, electric, telephone and cable connections to new cottages, on-site wastewater treatment system. On-site wastewater treatment design included four new on-site septic systems to serve each phase of cottage construction. The design is in compliance with the DEC Design Standards for Wastewater Treatment Works, 1988. Systems were designed as standard trench and shallow trench systems, with dosing accomplished by the installation of dual alternating siphons and a pump station. NYS Depart of Health design review and permitting was completed for the water distribution system, on-site wastewater treatment, and swimming pool. Stormwater design was completed in accordance with NYS DEC SPDES Stormwater permit requirements, including the development of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.

A&C’s Architecture Department completed the design services for the new cottages that are situated on the property. Four (4) different floor plans were utilized to construct nine cottages. Design of the commercial swimming pool was completed for NYS Department of Health permit compliance review and approval.

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Watertown, New York 13601


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