I have been pretty right about this year so far. We have been swamped with new work that I don't see an end to that for a while. I will continue to say this is a great problem to have. But as the days go by fast I forget to update the website. We have some interesting projects coming up, but i can't talk about those just yet.
I dropped off some grading plans and sump pump design for a new single family residence in Redondo Beach in Glendale earlier today and decided to swing by the Church in Montrose. Finally the outside looks like a Church. The above picture shows the frontage along Montrose which will be flush to the sidewalk. Stairs will lead up to the front and rear entrance.
The front entrance is sloped for now, but this will have a set of stairs. On either side of the stairs will be catch basins that handle almost the entire sites water to discharge out to the street. To the left will be the location for the bioswale. The entrance should look very inviting.
To the right of this entrance a short retaining wall will split the two levels. The lower level will have stairs leading up to the front entrance. Also coming off of the steep street an ADA access ramp will lead directly from the street corner to the front entrance.
The building fronting Montrose will soon have landscaping.
Another key area that was somewhat tricky to get approved through the City was the sidewalk leading up and down the street. A new sidewalk path will lead pedestrians through new sidewalk landscaping. Also the front of the building will flow much better with the existing street. The old building was more blocked off and separated from the sidewalk.
Wrapping around the rear sideyard this entrance is about to be put constructed. A series of ADA ramps will lead to this level from the sidewalk. Making sure the storm water flowed around the building without using an excess of amount of drainage pipes took a lot of time. Also getting this level to tie into the sidewalk under ADA requirements was awkward, but ended up working out.
This area breaks up the entrance levels. The entire building looks so much better compared to what was there before.
Besides the bioswale watching how the new parking lot is tied into what's existing is high on my list of things to observe. To the left of the picture is an existing structure. To the right is an existing driveway entrance and parking lot. In the middle we ended up tying a new retaining wall and a new flat rear area to the structure. When I say this wasn't clear what was going on here, when I first saw the siteplans is an understatement. So much new right in the middle of existing. This theme continues towards the front yard play area, which hasn't been touched yet.
The parking lot is getting a makeover. I still find it odd to redo so much of parking lot with new drainage requirements, yet keep so much existing from older requirements. Our project in Glendale for Enterprise Rent-a-Car is also following this, which will be starting construction in the near future.
As construction finishes this sidewalk is going to appear very different from what is being shown now. The driveways will stay in place, but the pedestrian path will have added landscaping.