Slope Analysis and General Thoughts

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One of the projects I was very excited to work on is finally going full steam ahead. After coming up with a rough street design, and now grading of the first of three houses, its time to start submitting whatever we have to get the permits process going. The slope analysis is first in the long line of submittals being prepared. There isn’t anything out of the ordinary with this plan except that normally the surveyors create them. I like working with surfaces and playing around with models. It breaks up the plan design quite… Continue reading…

Rain Garden Design in Los Angeles

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We have yet another small scale residential design ready to go into grading plan check at Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. The grading plan had some options for once, and at the end the client preferred the rain garden to the other alternatives. Rain Garden as an Option The idea of the rain garden is to bring all of the stormwater from the new impervious areas to the rain garden to saturate a portion of the yard. If the rain garden overflows, there are raised area drains to bring the excess stormwater into… Continue reading…

Our First Drywell Design Under a Building

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The blog has not been updated for a variety of reasons. One is that I went on a much needed vacation where I was told no working. I already need another one of those. I think some would be surprised just how many of these projects were being worked on while I was out of the country, either in a hotel room or while flying. But this biggest challenge since I got back was this redesign for a project in Glendale. The original project was a 0.76 acre mixed use building a couple of blocks… Continue reading…

Church Construction Continues

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Driving around the City has lead me to a few of the projects that I like to follow closely. The grading plan for the Christian Life Church in Montrose was our project that got us close to one of the plan checkers at the City of Glendale. In a very short period of time we have picked up quite a bit of grading of plans in the City of Glendale, as well as some structural work. The Church is really looking like a Church. From the Architect’s renderings, this building is going to look great.… Continue reading…

Parking Lot Loading Dock Filled

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I had a chance to check out another finished drainage project in El Segundo. The new portion of the parking lot looks great and ties into the existing really well. The original lot had another loading dock for trucks to back into. The client wanted to fill this area in to add more parking and to be able to back trucks into the warehouse. The new concrete area was tied into the existing in a way that would not require sump pumps for the addition. The existing grade of the parking lot left very little… Continue reading…