McMahon was retained by to provide engineering services for on-site improvements on the Bishop Feehan High School (BFHS) school grounds. Existing conditions were evaluated through on-site observations, parking lot inventories, traffic counts, accident analysis, and outreach with school officials, students and parents.
Concepts were developed for each project component; access improvements, increased parking capacity, site circulation, and campus and pedestrian safety, in an al le carte manner allowing BFHS to select and combine the best elements of each. Three parking alternatives were created providing different approaches in order to:
- Bring the existing school parking lots to current engineering design standards, including increased aisle widths
- Increase parking capacity by implementing angled parking and/or creating new parking areas/spaces
- Separate parking maneuvers from pick up/drop-off traffic and pedestrian traffic
Four site circulation alternatives were developed to improve traffic flow and safety on campus. The alternatives included features such as additional access to the school, increased queuing space, new circulation patterns, and infrastructure and policy recommendations to provide efficient pick-up/drop-off practices. Carpooling, transit options and pick-up/drop-off awareness ideas were recommended to decrease the vehicular traffic at BFHS. Pedestrian amenities were recommended at a number of on-campus locations.
McMahon also interacted with the BFHS engineering class on this project, working with students on data collection and the development of design improvements.