Sherman Oaks Grading Plans Approved


We had our grading plans approved for a larger single family house addition in Sherman Oaks. That’s two projects two days in a row that were approved. Draining the Stormwater to Where? What a wild ride these grading plans took us on. The original design didn’t change very much. I don’t agree that what the Sanitation section of LADBS wanted us to design is better than the original design. But we have to give and take whenever we can. There was a lot of giving on these grading plans. The original design had us draining… Continue reading…

Los Angeles Construction Boom Continues


“The Department conservatively estimates that this construction cycle will continues for years to come and be the largest the City has experienced in the past three decades,” LADBS Quarterly Issue 3, July 2014. To embed chart on your own site. <iframe width=”800″ height=”1987″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” src=””>

Los Angeles Low Impact Development Has Changed


I don’t know why this happened, but some of the finer points in LID or Low Impact Development have changed in Los Angeles. Even more hoops to jump through for Civil Engineering. LID Fact Sheet Originally as the code was changing in 2011, stormwater mitigation on small scale residential developments consisted of proposed roof areas. Meaning whatever new roof area is added we design the volume mitigated based on that number. But a recent project we just had approved through sanitation this number has changed. Now we need to account for the proposed roof and… Continue reading…

Construction Continues for Church in Glendale


I was driving all over Los Angeles County like gas was going out of style. Lots of meetings and phone calls this past week. Our Civil Engineering firm has started to take more shape over the last year. We mainly work through referrals.  And what a great way to start the week being referred to a new project in Glendale. I was attending a meeting for this new project in Glendale when Low Impact Development (LID) was brought up. The problem to solve on new projects is how to handle treatment of stormwater and getting that… Continue reading…

Rough Grading with Big Kids Toys


By some strange coincidence I was thinking of taking some time to gather my thoughts today and take a trip to Magic Mountain. And as I was trying to come up with a reason to not go, I got a call for some slight modifications to the grading plans in Santa Clarita for Enterprise Rental Car. I will say it again, I am a huge fan of cars and rollercoasters. What better way could I spend a few hours to give my brain a much needed break? I generally work seven days a week about… Continue reading…