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.

Understanding Your Project Goals

The civil engineer should obtain as much information as possible regarding your goals, schedule, and budget because the success of the project hinges on a complete understanding of your vision. Initial goals serve as reference points that may ultimately change as the project moves forward, but having them is an important starting point.

Understanding Your Project

Also, if you have a proposed initial conceptual design, the civil engineer can review and analyze it with respect to available infrastructure. We at Landtech recommend the site plan be integrated with a topographic survey, to strengthen the project design and analysis, and understand how the conceptual project fits on the actual site.

A conceptual site analysis should consider the following at minimum:

  • site access and circulation,
  • utilities,
  • drainage/storm water management, and
  • other constraints, such as easements, encumberances, and enviromental.

Submitting a Preliminary Application

It is crucial at this stage to reach out to local jurisdictions and utility companies for their preliminary input, to understand necessary issues that must be addressed, as well as the time frame for project approval. This will allow better coordination of the project’s permitting process and better understanding of the scope of needed infrastructure. Bay Area City and County governments typically encourage project applicants to make preliminary applications because they recognize the mutual benefit of this process to streamline a project application, and to possiblly prevent future surprises.

You may be wondering what the financial cost of all this infrastructure will be, but at this stage only rough cost estimates can be derived from the determined scope. However, these estimated costs can be firmed up after an official response from the lead agency is received about the preliminary application. You will also be able to develop a project schedule after gathering this input. And you will be well on your way, to fulfilling your vision for a successful development project in the Bay Area.

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