Beverly Hills – Complex Hillside Grading

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Hillside grading is my favorite type of plan to work on. And I don’t mean a house sitting in the hillside. I mean a lot that has been sitting unbuildable for forever, and someone needs a creative type to come up with a solution to make the lot buildable. Something that I can’t repeat enough, if you have a complicated hillside project, please consider contacting us. I found out a few years ago that my Aunt, not by blood, has family members who were the Civil Engineers for John Lautner. I found this out while watching… Continue reading…

Glendale Mixed-Use the ADA Ramp

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As we get closer to finalizing our plans for a new mixed-use project in Glendale, near the Americana and Glendale Galleria, this felt like a good time to update the blog. The project has gone through slight modifications as we go through the plancheck process. But the biggest monkey with a wrench throwing things into everywhere was an unknown street widening on Central Ave. When everyone found out about this near the ending stages I had to ask some people who drive on Central daily. Did you notice the street became wider? No one knew.… Continue reading…

To Pump or Not to Pump in Glendale

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We are starting a new grading plan in the City of Glendale for a single family residence that will be adding a pool. I was a little confused speaking to the owner about this property over the phone so I took a quick drive over to see this in person. The owner wants to dig a hole for a new pool and use that dirt to fill up part of the property to make the backyard more level and larger. The trick is that the garage sits lower so a small wall will be built to retain… Continue reading…

Santa Clarita Grading Plans Approved

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Great news that our project, Grading Plans, for Enterprise Rental Cars in Santa Clarita was approved. The final step is bringing the original mylars to the Public Works department for the City’s records. From the original design to the final design there wasn’t too much change. We had to reroute a swale to stay out of parking spots. We also had to add an infiltration tank system to capture the first 3/4″ storm. The City also wanted us to format the SUSMP or as they call it USMP, or as every other City calls it,… Continue reading…

Thomas Guide and Santa Clarita

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We are at the final stages with our grading plans in Santa Clarita. The last round of corrections are minor and I am double checking all of the correction notes and I still see that dreaded add Thomas Guide Grid Number to plans. The Grading Plan check is basically done with some minor changes to our USMP report. And yet my problem is that we don’t have a Thomas Guide. Well we do but it went into storage many many years ago. That one was given to me by an old employer as a gift… Continue reading…