When is a California SWPPP or Bay Area Stormwater Management Plan Required?

218px-Silt_fence_EPA This December has been the wettest month for San Jose  in 60 years. What does that mean for you as a Bay  Area property owner who is looking to start your construction project, especially during the rainy season? Any active construction site that typically disturbs more than 1 acre of land is legally required to have a SWPPP, or stormwater pollution prevention plan. A property owner is held responsible for violations to stormwater pollution requirements and can be subject to substantial fees and penalties. Read more

Civil Engineering in Fremont: Features of New Thermo Fisher Building

Fremont_Thermo_Fisher2Secretly, you may want to add a few years to the projected completion date of a complex construction project, to account for potential delays. But this was not the case for the construction of the new 275,000-square-foot Thermo Fisher Scientific manufacturing facility in the Warm Springs Area of South Fremont. A little over two years after project design began, a sustainable and large-scale research and development (R&D) building now stands just south of Tesla Motors. We at Landtech Consultants (the Thermo Fisher project civil and structural engineer) are breathing sighs of relief. Read more

New Fremont Development Around Future Transit Site Becoming Reality

Fremont_Thermo_Fisher_aerialThis rare instance of open land in Silicon Valley is now closer to becoming the bustling transit-oriented employment center the City of Fremont hopes it will be. Lennar Corporation was selected as the developer of a 112-acre parcel of land (owned by Union Pacific) in the Warm Springs District (home to under-construction Bay Area Rapid Transit Station, or BART), and they will not only develop housing, but also commercial real estate for additional jobs. Another company who bought land from Union Pacific in the future Innovation District, Thermo Fisher Scientific, is completing their manufacturing facility in a southern parcel of the District, and is set to finish by the end of July. Read more

How a Civil Engineer Can Help You Plan Your Bay Area Project

Civil engineering planning of Fremont Thermo Fisher site You can fulfill your vision for a successful development project in the Bay Area through effective planning, and to begin, the civil engineer can help you determine the scope of the infrastructure that will serve the project. The infrastructure involves issues related to access, utilities, and drainage, as well as site and environmental constraints. While each project is unique and requires its own creative approach, the following are usually considered. Read more

Bay Area Future Buildings– Apple’s new “spaceship” campus and Oakland’s Coliseum City

The Bay Area has two up-and-coming building projects that will be quite the spectacle once they are finished. The first--Apple's new headquarters--promises to be the next home for the company for decades to come. The second, a planned massive redevelopment of East Oakland, Calif. called Coliseum City, claims to be the largest transit-oriented development project in California.spaceship-111206-9 Read more

Why You Should Really Consider Transit-Oriented Development

Let us face it...people are moving away (literally) from the idea of suburbs. Many Americans, especially young people, want to live where they can easily get to work, and have access to local hotspots and businesses. Therefore the idea of transit-oriented development (TOD) is very appealing because development near a transit station offers a mix of housing, employment, retail, and transportation choices.SF_transit Read more

5 Reasons Why Fremont is the Place to Build

1. Because the City of Fremont Wants You To Rendering of Fremont Downtown

Downtown Vision

Consider it an open invitation to you, from the City of Fremont. The City has a vision to build a vibrant downtown with new businesses and development, and to reward you, they have lowered the development impact fee by 50% for the downtown area (10% reduction in impact fees citywide), and they only collect impact fees at the time of occupancy, rather than at the time of building permit issuance. The Fremont Downtown Community Plan is focused on the area of approximately 110 acres that is located in central Fremont and bounded by Fremont Boulevard, Mowry Avenue, Paseo Padre Parkway, and Walnut Avenue. Read more