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…

A Grading Plan Concept Challenge

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I like to think of all of our grading projects as a challenge. In the scheme of things I have to remind myself that what I talk about on here is minor. I try to keep the dialog non technical as I can. Minor meaning we can design whatever we are given if its possible. I have come to the conclusion lately that asking even more questions than I normally do upfront leads to less headaches as a project progresses. I got a little flack as I am working on plans for yet another rush project… Continue reading…

NOHO Mixed-Use Construction

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I took a drive today to check out some of our larger projects and was nicely surprised to see the Lankershim NOHO Mixed-Use, in North Hollywood, is coming along quickly. Pictures below.  

Infiltration Tanks and No Soils Report?

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Time to get back on track with some more grading plan designs. Before I jump into that, I got a chance to take a look at the approved grading plans for the new Trader Joes and Walgreens currently under construction on Brand Blvd in Glendale. Trader Joes and Walgreens in Glendale Wilson and I were able to walk the site as we will be connecting in a smaller site to this project and we, including our Architect, couldn’t figure out how their drainage was working. Sort of important since we are connecting a smaller parking… Continue reading…

Grading Plans Will Never Stop!

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We got caught in a funny spot recently. I was preparing the last year for some type of slowdown, and what do we have now? Quite the opposite. Our grading plans have been ramping up. Along with being offered more structural engineering work than we can presently handle. Not a bad problem to have, and I am not complaining one bit. We started mainly working on larger hillside custom homes and are now picking up larger commercial and multi-unit buildings. We no longer have bread and butter projects anymore, we just have a lot of projects… Continue reading…