Driving around the City has lead me to a few of the projects that I like to follow closely. The grading plan for the Christian Life Church in Montrose was our project that got us close to one of the plan checkers at the City of Glendale. In a very short period of time we have picked up quite a bit of grading of plans in the City of Glendale, as well as some structural work.
The Church is really looking like a Church. From the Architect's renderings, this building is going to look great. And in real life its going to add quite a presence to the street.
I can't wait to see the finished product this side street. The gap will have planters and tie into the sidewalk. Everything along the sidewalk will be changing which will create a new path. I can't explain this path until the project is finished. But this little design was what got us working closely with the City Engineers to bypass having to take the grading plans through the LA County plancheck. That plan check is at least a 6 month extra process along with added costs the client could not afford.
The rear of the building will tie into the existing mobile-like units that are housing the current Church. From the doorways there will be a ramp up that leads to the street or mobile-units.
Many tricks were learned to get around requirements with this parking lot. A new parking lot is going in along with landscaping, but the plans show the parking lot will just be repaved. This will also not be clear until its finished, but a before shot will set that blog post up nicely explaining what we did. In the end this area will not look the same.
Another area that we are tying into the existing is the playground towards the right side of the picture. The big challenge of this job was to create a current City standard parking lot, while creating proper ADA access parking stalls on a steep driveway, tying the existing building in, tying the existing playground in, and bringing this all together with the new proposed building that sits lower to the street. If that was a mouthful you can only imagine how complex the plans were to design.
Another picture showing how the proposed building sits inline with everything. This area will look completely different once finished, yet fit seamlessly into the existing areas we are keeping.
Besides the street sideyard area mentioned above, the front yard pictured above is the other area I cannot wait to see finished. We were able to hide the LID requirements into this area. Once completed the front lawn will act as a bioswale. The soil will be landscaped with a 100' long bioswale.