Concrete Pour as We Redesign the Grading Plans

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No one ever wants to hear that its time to revise the grading plans and drainage as Phase 1 is under construction. And that is the exact situation we are in. The developer decided to go forward with Phase 2 and Phase 1 was approved. The problem with this is that the City of Glendale wants to treat the entire site as one for drainage. Stormwater mitigation becomes much more tricky. Grading Plan Changes The grading plans change just enough to make this a completely new plan check. Yes, while the building is going up,… Continue reading…

Tedious Calculations are not Productive

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I sat down this morning at the PC and after phone calls, emails, and drawing plans, I saw the time flew to 3pm. I couldn’t believe it, and I am doing all of these tasks at the same time. Hmmm, something to help me be more productive would be very useful right about now. If its not clear by now we are getting more and more swamped by the week. We try to take on as much work as we are given, up to a point. We even have some clients that are okay with… Continue reading…

Church Construction in Montrose

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Its a good feeling when going to a new job site to propose on work when another site is right down the street under construction that we provided the grading plans for. Christian Life Church in Montrose is coming along nicely. Main Entrance The main entrance to the Church was very difficult to design. The grading had to take into account the steep street along with the entrance being above the corner of the street. The rear of the building sits level to the middle of the property. To complicate things, the proposed structure ties… Continue reading…

Design Review Board for Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale

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We do not normally go to the CIty Hearings for our grading projects. But since I wanted to know what potential issues the Chevy Chase Country Club may have, I had to go. Great Design Review Board Hearing Turns out everyone was there to support the project. This is a first. I was expecting another Parks and Recreation tv show type of hearing. If you aren’t familiar with the show, they make fun of all the ridiculous issues the general public brings up. Look at above for what I mean. And yes I have sat through… Continue reading…

Proposed Grading Plan Model

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I always like to see what our plans look like in 3D, especially the hillside grading plans. A comparison between the existing and proposed hillside are below. As posted earlier, Grading in the Hollywood Hills, we build an existing and proposed model to get the earthwork. This also allows us to produce a nice map that shows the depth of cut and fill. I was working on a short deadline so I only had the existing model while I took a break from the grading plans. As I take another break from some other projects we… Continue reading…