Remember that one time when I was so excited to update the website with pictures after finding out a complex project will be approved, only to completely break the website? Not only break, but didn't do anything to break the site except logging in to start uploading construction images. Thankfully all it took was a server reset after I scrambled to download the last few backup increments. And others wonder why we have backups at multiple locations.
At least I can get back into posting picture mode. We had a meeting, supposedly today, to go over the project. With the meeting being cancelled I walked around the site and got some pictures on the perfect weather, Thursday, afternoon. The grading plans have been tentatively approved for a while, but the City was really crossing a lot of T's as we got the final blessing of the plans. A future street widening that will take place after the onsite improvements are completed are what caused a lot of back and forth. The eventual drainage pattern was tweaked back to the original pattern, once the street plans were about to be approved. A few other little funny things were found while the street plans were being designed by another Civil Engineer, and I will post about that once the LID mitigation goes in.
The site has been pretty much demolished with a couple of buildings and chimney left over. Early on I was told there would be a high chance this would happen, but could not believe it until I saw the site. Building a new country club, this would make sense. I like that the original chimney was kept, as that was the only real charming thing about the old structure. The current owners care quite a bit about this property, with the golf course still being taken care of through the transition, and I still see golfers every time I stop by.
Looking from the top of the old structure, well the old structure is gone. Minor excavation was done to dig out the new basement level area which will have the new pool on top.
The old stairs and trash area remain and this was one of the harder areas to tie into the new building. Some of these grades change and others stay the same. The contractor knows his stuff, so I have no doubt that this area will resemble our grading plans in about a year.
This area will have some changes. To the right of the walkway will be a new sitting area. This is very hard to visualize as the Architect is creating a beautiful Spanish looking building, and right now the site is a mess. Again the golf course looks really nice while this is all going on. I saw a Father and Son very eager to go golfing while I was leaving.
The final shot shows where the eventual drainage will flow to. All the new impervious areas are tied into a drainage pipe system. This pipe system gravity flows to infiltration tanks under the parking lot. From there the infiltration tanks gravity overflow to the existing catch basin that connects directly to the debris basin across the street. I wanted to originally overflow the tanks through the curbface of the new street widening that includes a new sidewalk. But the City did not want us directing that way as the street will still retain the crown of cross draining the street. Even with a new gutter they did not want this. In the long run what the City of Glendale wanted will be cheaper to construct and look better. The reason I did not go this way originally is if anything clogged up the system would have plenty of different ways to overflow. With the current method there is a chance to flood a little part of the parking lot. Not a big deal, but I don't like to flood anything in a big storm if we don't have to. It would take a massive storm to do this, but that's what we design for. Everything is already oversized so the chances of this are slim.
On that note there were a lot of people against this project. I was at the hearings, one which lasted until past 10pm on a weeknight. The owners went out of their way to try to improves everything they could outside of the new building. The old street has no sidewalk, so the owners proposed themselves without anyone asking, to slightly widen the street and add a sidewalk with ADA ramps connecting the frontage of the property. The Architect did an incredible job of creating a building that blends in well with Glendale as a whole. The City was rough on everyone through the plan checking process. We were not paid to go to the City hearings. The owners appear to love this property and will be making some other improvements after the building goes up. I will be posting more about this project throughout the year, until completion, as we took this on more for love of the City of Glendale, than to make money. Yet again we designed grading plans for a project that previously could not get built, and here we are plans approved, and construction ready to get going.