Rolling Hills Estates Grading Plans with Horses

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I had lunch with my nephew who is applying to Med School shortly, and we got into the conversation of what a Civil Engineer does that designs grading plans. My best description is that an Architect paints a pretty house and we come in to make that house sit on the ground in real life. A splash of drainage design, a dash of walkability, and like magic we have a grading plan. The conversation was much more complex and he seemed interested enough to keep asking questions. Any Architects reading this I do know what… Continue reading…

Beverly Hills Hillside Grading Plans Begin

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Lately I have been in a rush to get out to job sites to take pictures of construction and haven’t been posting about any of our designs. Talking about the design process keeps me more motivated than anything to come up with elegant grading plans. Seeing them in real life puts a huge smile on my face. As the year is closing out we have been in rush mode getting new projects out before the holidays. And since I am not in a rush rush rush work all day and night mood as I need… Continue reading…

How Our Project Drains During the Big Storm of the Year

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I know, it never rains in Southern California, but when it does rain, it pours. And today it poured. Cats, dogs, cars, whatever you want to call it, today the sky doused the Los Angeles area with much needed rain. Even though a less focused amount of water would be better, we will take whatever we can get for the severely drought stricken State of California. I always want to see new projects and how the drainage works in real life. Starting off the day waiting and waiting, watching Weather in Motion until I realized the… Continue reading…

Glendale Excavation Gets Deeper

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We are paying closer attention to this project in Downtown Glendale near the Americana and Glendale Galleria because we will be revising the grading plans as the building is under construction. Not the best time to go about this, but nothing can be done with the situation. So onto some construction pictures for our grading plans in Glendale. As you can see the excavation has reached the lowest elevation of the underground parking. The shoring is up. And now what will happen is that the City wants us to revise our Low Impact Development design. Because… Continue reading…

Santa Clarita Enterprise Rent-a-Car Construction Complete

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Nothing makes us more happy than to see one of our projects completed, getting the grading certification, and about to be occupied. The finished product, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, came out great. The outside of the building has the Enterprise Rent-a-Car look. The deep setback is for a possible but not likely future street widening. That street widening dictated quite a bit of how the grading plans were designed. There is a future right of way around the rear of the building that would connect Magic Mountaing Parkway and Bouquet Canyon, making this lot of Enterprise and the… Continue reading…