Church Construction in Montrose

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Its a good feeling when going to a new job site to propose on work when another site is right down the street under construction that we provided the grading plans for. Christian Life Church in Montrose is coming along nicely. Main Entrance The main entrance to the Church was very difficult to design. The grading had to take into account the steep street along with the entrance being above the corner of the street. The rear of the building sits level to the middle of the property. To complicate things, the proposed structure ties… Continue reading…

Design Review Board for Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale

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We do not normally go to the CIty Hearings for our grading projects. But since I wanted to know what potential issues the Chevy Chase Country Club may have, I had to go. Great Design Review Board Hearing Turns out everyone was there to support the project. This is a first. I was expecting another Parks and Recreation tv show type of hearing. If you aren’t familiar with the show, they make fun of all the ridiculous issues the general public brings up. Look at above for what I mean. And yes I have sat through… Continue reading…

Proposed Grading Plan Model

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I always like to see what our plans look like in 3D, especially the hillside grading plans. A comparison between the existing and proposed hillside are below. As posted earlier, Grading in the Hollywood Hills, we build an existing and proposed model to get the earthwork. This also allows us to produce a nice map that shows the depth of cut and fill. I was working on a short deadline so I only had the existing model while I took a break from the grading plans. As I take another break from some other projects we… Continue reading…

Glendale Construction Continues as the Grading Plans Change

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As we start the New Year off with new projects one project in Glendale will undergo some changes to the grading plans. Phase 2 ties into Phase 1 as one large project and now we must make adjustments to LID. The City of Glendale says once the final project is larger than 1 acre, we cannot use raised planter boxes anymore. All other options to satisfy Low Impact Development (LID) cannot be used on site, except a drywell under the building. We are in the middle of figuring out the new design as phase 1… Continue reading…

Grading in the Hollywood Hills

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Another fun grading project has been thrown into our Civil Engineering gauntlet. This particular grading plan takes place in Hollywood Hills and is going to be something else. I will start in backwards order and show off the quick survey model that I built to get the earthwork number. The survey did a pretty good job of showing what is going on with the existing topography. A house is sitting on the side of a slope and cantilevers over the edge. For our purposes I need to figure out where the house on the ground starts… Continue reading…