The Holman Highway 68 Roundabout was designed to help relieve existing and future traffic congestions and improve traffic safety and operations. Helping to minimize delay of emergency vehicle access to the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP), reduce bypass traffic through the Skyline Forest Neighborhood, and improve access to Pebble Beach, CHOMP and the Beverly Manor Development. Our land surveyors safely navigated the busy intersection of Holman Highway 68, Highway 1 off-ramps, and the Pebble Beach/17 Mile Drive main entry to provide construction related land surveying. This included verification of existing survey data, supplemental underground utility mapping, appraisal and Caltrans right-of-way mapping, and extensive construction staking related to the double roundabout. The project received several awards and recognition including: APWA Monterey Bay Chapter – 2018 Public Works Project of the Year, CSAC/LOCC/CEAC – Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Award, and CMAA Norcal – 2018 Project Achievement Award.
Popular with locals and visitors, Fisherman’s Wharf offers restaurants, shops and fresh seafood along with fishing, whale watching and Bay cruises. Our land surveying team used a hydrographic drone to complete a bathymetric survey (underwater topographic survey) near the Fisherman’s Wharf and Marina. This type of survey was performed before and after the dredging of the area. The survey of the sea floor and volume calculations determined how much material was dredged.
A new 400 car three-story underground parking structure was the first major construction deliverable for the Hospital’s Pavilions addition. The construction of the underground parking structure required the installation of an extensive soil nailed underpinning/shoring system to protect the existing hospital. Whitson Engineers provided daily surveying of the underpinning to monitor any movement of the construction and existing, working hospital. The below grade parking structure located adjacent to the hospital’s front entrance was excavated to a depth of 60 feet. Nearly 100,000 cubic yards of Monterey Shale was excavated and off hauled from the construction site. The design-build team of the parking structure, along with custom built CHOMP pattern light fixtures and the new Emergency Department entry, drew international design recognition. Whitson Engineers provide all the on-going construction staking and monitoring services related to the following Forest and South Pavilion projects.
During winter months, excess recycled water from the Carmel Area Wastewater District’s treatment plant is stored at the 325-acre-foot earthen dam for irrigation and firefighting during summer months. This reduction in the use of potable water also helps protect habitat in the Carmel River and ocean. Our team supplied land surveying services for the reservoir retrofit, which included topographic mapping, construction staking and as-built grade validation. We conduct annual subsidence monitoring surveys of the dam for Pebble Beach Community Services District. In addition, our land surveyors and civil engineers have provided services for many other PBCSD projects.
Photos courtesy of Pebble Beach Community Services District
In preparation for the 2010 U.S. Open at neighboring Pebble Beach Golf Links, Carmel Valley Ranch planned an aggressive schedule of facility expansions and upgrades to their resort, which features 181 guest suites, gardens, vineyards, hiking trails and the 18-hole Peter Dye Championship Golf Course. Our land surveying team began work in 2009 and helped the Ranch and the construction team meet their ambitious 2010 timeline by providing all of the topographic mapping and construction staking. Whitson Engineers closely worked with the contractor to provide the necessary staking on a timely basis and anticipate work flow at the various job sites to meet the schedule demands. Since then, Whitson Engineers has conducted multiple design surveys and two comprehensive ALTA surveys for the 470-acre property.
Photos courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
The urgent need for farmworker housing in the Salinas Valley put this project on the fast track, with concept, entitlement and construction completed in less than 16 months. For eight buildings consisting of 100 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units, Whitson Engineers, in addition to our civil engineering services provided land surveying services consisting of topographic surveys, story poles for county planning review and construction staking. This project set a “gold standard” for similar farmworker housing projects to follow.
Over the years, Whitson Engineers has provided land surveying services for the Laguna Seca Raceway and surrounding County Park. Land surveying services have included aerial mapping of the facility, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone mapping, topographic surveying and construction staking for dozens of infrastructure projects at the facility.
In this area filled with shops and services, an innovative design, years of planning and multiple grants addressed improved pedestrian and bicycle access on a three-quarter-mile stretch of North Fremont Street in Monterey north into Seaside and Del Rey Oaks. A separated Class IV bike lane constructed down the center median allows traffic in both directions, bicycle signals and four bike-protected intersections. Added pedestrian safety measures include curb extensions to reduce crossing lengths, audible crossing signals and ADA compliant curb ramps. As the project land surveyors, Whitson Engineers performed aerial surveying, control surveys, boundary and supplemental topographic surveys, utility mapping, and legal descriptions for right-of-way acquisition and temporary construction easements.