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Community Design Assistance Center (Virginia, USA)

The Design Center (CDAC) provides planning and design assistance to communities and non-profit organizations throughout the Commonwealth that are unable to afford the services of a private consultant, or are not ready to hire a consultant. The underlying philosophy behind CDAC's work is Healthy Living by Design which means creating designs that take into consideration factors that help create healthy environments. This includes aspects such as the physical, psychological, and intellectual well-being of users as well as the health of the environment.

Project work is focused on planning and design assistance that affords healthy living opportunities such as conceptual open space master plans and greenway designs; creating landscape designs for outdoor learning opportunities; creating rain garden designs that reduce and filter stormwater run-off; and conceptual architectural designs that incorporate aspects of “green” architecture such as green roofs, daylighting, and recommendations for sustainable materials.

  • Greenways/Blueways/Trails
  • Parks/Recreation
  • Forestry/Urban Forestry
  • Open Space Master Plans
  • Outdoor Learning Landscapes
  • Rain Gardens/Storm Water Landscape Design
  • Design Charettes and Community Workshops
  • Corridor Studies
  • Streetscapes/Downtown
  • Site Master Planning
  • Planning
  • Architectural
  • Site Models
  • Interior Design
  • Miscellaneous