Condo Nearing Completion in Redondo Beach

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I got a quick chance to drive by another Condo in Redondo Beach that is under construction. Two separate units with underground parking is under construction. One unit will have a view of the ocean. This particular job has a lot that slopes down from the street. B+W designed the grading plan to collect all of the stormwater into a series of area drains, trench drains, and catch basins to a stormwater sump pump system located in the lower parking level. A stormwater sump pump was designed to convey the entire yard to a catch… Continue reading…

LA City to Limit Mansions

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I knew I was onto something with my rant about the baseline hillside ordinance.  Now the city is, “trying as quickly as possible to pass a citywide mansionization ordinance”, according to CBSLA.com. So even though the rules will go into effect in a select few cities in 60 days, they are going to try to put a halt to development by 2016 citywide. What this means is if someone doesn’t like a project, the project won’t be happening. Because as long as you are within zoning codes, that could still mean the project is out of scale… Continue reading…

Nice to See Grading Plans from Previous Jobs in the News

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As I got back from the job site of a new job, I kept thinking it would be nice to talk about it. But I will keep it to myself. Why? Because the street looked really familiar to me from reading LA Curbed articles. And of course it was the same street I drove to today. What are the odds on that? Privacy is sometimes a good thing right? But what I will mention is a project that sits pretty close to me. This particular project is right next to UCLA and is considered the… Continue reading…

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…