Baseline Hillside Ordinance First of Many

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I understand the general idea of what the New Hillside Regulations are. Lets stop building these monster structures, no more blowing up the top of mountains, and get back to single family houses that don’t resemble large subdivisions. We probably need a general pullback on huge development to help maintain some type of dignity for a neighborhood. Hillside Ordinance is too Strict But what are we really coming across in these new strict guidelines? If you want a larger addition or build a new home on a once unbuildable lot, you are going to pay… Continue reading…

Chevy Chase Country Club EIF Exhibit

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As we get the plans ready for the Chevy Chase Country club, we also got to add a cut and fill exhibit for the Environmental Information Form. The attached picture is the basic idea, and needs some cleaning up. Only if there was a common standard between all consultants for layer management. I have worked on plenty of exhibits for a wide scope of Civil Engineering projects. But this particular cut and fill exhibit will go in front of the HOA for review. The idea is to get the big picture of the project to… Continue reading…

Construction for Excavation Plans in Glendale

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I ask and ask and ask and still never know when the hole will be dug. Its not a game for me to figure out will I be able to get pictures of the beginnings of construction on our projects. This time I was able to catch my favorite part, digging the big hole in Glendale on the corner of California and Central for phase 1 of a mixed-use apartment. I am going to eventually try to get a shot once the underground parking is deeper and overlay our excavation plan in 3D over it.… Continue reading…

Glendale City Lights Construction Begins

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I had a chance to stop by our project, City Lights, in Glendale on Central and California today. The project site sits across from the Sears and brand new Lex on Orange. After driving by here since the grading plans were approved, finally construction crews and equipment have arrived. The shoring will be going up for the excavation. The big hole in the ground is my favorite part of any of our projects that have basements or underground parking. It also turns out that this will be phase one of a two phase project. Phase… Continue reading…

Technology Has Come a Long Way

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Taking a short break today as its just been hectic the last many months. The short story is when plans are not finished I can’t make sense of them. The long story is that after many hours of trying to align one of our newer projects together, I found out that the Architect wasn’t done with their plans yet. So much hair pulling and it was all for nothing. We were given a set deadline a few days ago, so why would I think they aren’t done yet? Just one of those days. I can’t… Continue reading…