Hollywood Enterprise Almost Finished

img_20161019_110536-medium

After a good meeting with the City of LA for the 3rd of 4 apartment projects above Sunset near the Arclight Cinemas, I headed over to another project over there, the Enterprise Rent-a-Car on Gower. The office is scheduled to open next month so I got nearly finished pictures of the site. Starting off there was a gentle massage from our grading plans to remove a curbface being used for drainage. As soon as I got there, the project manager was running water down the area to make sure it worked. That’s a good way… Continue reading…

Ambition

b-w-engineering-logo

What a hectic last few months. I am not sure where to start, but we are still here going stronger than ever, hence the ambition blog title. One due diligence project we started in Glendale a while back is starting to go full steam ahead through engineering, as another project is finishing up the due diligence in Glendale. We are also getting our first taste of a new condo project about to shortly start construction in Torrance. With a few Hollywood Hills projects about to go under construction we are starting the grading plans on… Continue reading…

Rain Barrels and Raised Planter Boxes

rain-barrels-and-planter-boxes

As we start to produce the grading plans and drainage plans in Los Angeles under the new Low Impact Development requirements, we have a much better sense of what’s involved. While wrapping my head around the increased sizing for the different mitigations, I decided to take a rough size increase for planter boxes and rain barrels. For a 1500sqft impervious improvement (mainly new roof), we are sizing approximately 1.4 times the size of what these devices used to be. Previously we would be able to use 8 55-gallon rain barrels (440 gallons total), now we… Continue reading…

LA City Low Impact Development Changed in July

featured-image.jpg

LA City has changed Low Impact Development (LID) for Small Scale Residential Development as of July 5th. Below is the link to the calculations required and few more requirements we need to follow. Not too bad, but its yet another change. http://www.lastormwater.org/wp-content/files_mf/appxefinal.pdf The other change is that we now need to provide a plot plan with the maintenance covenant that shows the BMP’s location on site along with the sizing. Again not too bad, but this is more work for us. http://www.lastormwater.org/wp-content/files_mf/supplementalcovenantandagreementform.pdf Thankfully we are still not required to provide a hydrology report and/or show… Continue reading…

More LA City Changes Coming

b-w-engineering-logo

As we have more projects approved and more projects coming in, LA City appears to be changing a few things. Low Impact Development for small scale residential has a new corrections list. Or they now have a new corrections list based on a certain square footage of a proposed house. I am still unclear on what’s going on. For a house with over a 1500 square foot footprint, we now have to use LA County methods to calculate for LID. First time I am seeing it and their website has not been updated to show… Continue reading…