Rain Barrels and Raised Planter Boxes

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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

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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

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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…

Construction Under Way on Gordon Street

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Going to a job site around the corner from another job site in Beverly Hills, I got yet another flat tire. I need to write this hint down, do not park next to a construction site when driving with high performance sticky tires! After getting that patched I was on my way now stuck in rush hour street traffic coming back. I haven’t had a chance to drive by this big hole in the ground, but glad I did to kill some time while waiting for traffic to let up. I will let the pictures… Continue reading…

Pattern

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Such a hectic start to the year, and we are already at the end of April. Not enough time to write blogs as I was either working some extreme hours or preparing for a little baby. Thankfully, baby was born last week and we are now back from the hospital and can get back down to business. The best part, was that everyone we work with was very understanding, though we did hit most deadlines still. Plenty of projects to get out the door, and am saving up some files to talk about when I… Continue reading…