The 48,000-square-foot Health Department headquarters—housing four bureaus and a public health laboratory—was constructed adjacent to the existing headquarters to eliminate the need for interim office space. Our team supplied civil engineering and land surveying services for the new facility parking, utility and drainage improvements. The multi-level building design worked with existing topography to minimize building mass. Existing asphalt from the former parking lot was ground up and recycled for use as the base rock for the new site improvements.
With 133 vehicles on 58 routes serving Monterey County and points beyond, MST was ready for an expansion of its existing five-acre bus yard and Operations and Maintenance Facility, including a 31,600-square-foot building remodel and addition. Our engineering design team services covered pedestrian safety and accessibility; expansion of the existing bus yard and parking study; new emergency vehicle access to a neighboring property; entrance improvements for improved turn movements and security; pavement evaluation and value engineering; storm drain improvements including biofiltration planters and a 63,000-gallon underground stormwater retention structure; utility improvements; potable water use and water balance calculations to comply with regulatory requirements; and construction phasing.
Once nicknamed the “Broccoli Capital of the World” and home to many vineyards, wineries and cannabis-related industries, this Salinas Valley city has seen rapid population growth. To address this growth, a new city hall and police station was proposed. Whitson Engineers provided civil engineering and land surveying services which included topographic surveying and boundary mapping, along with design of site work that included on-street and off-street parking, site accessibility and frontage and storm drain improvements.
Built to serve the 1,400-unit master-planned East Garrison community on the former Fort Ord Army base, the East Garrison Fire Station is the seventh station of the Monterey County Regional Fire District. The fire station provides emergency response for 86 miles of trails within 7,200-acre Fort Ord National Monument and a portion of the California State University Monterey Bay campus with 1,253 housing units. Our team provided civil engineering and land surveying services, including construction staking. As Whitson Engineers attended the traditional ceremony in 2018, we noticed the impact the public amenities bring to the community.
Rendering courtesy of LCA Architects
Development of the new 80-acre cemetery on the former Fort Ord Army base was funded by donations organized through the nonprofit Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation. Whitson Engineers provided civil engineering and land surveying services for the cemetery’s master plan. Our infrastructure assessment included analysis of the off-site utility main extensions required for water, reclaimed water, sanitary sewer, gas, electric and communications systems, as well as grading and drainage (preliminary stormwater retention facility siting and design), road right-of-way and public street improvements, and preliminary construction cost estimates. Our land surveyors completed all the topographic and boundary mapping for the property. Our team assisted the Department of General Services in completing the construction documents for all the off-site improvements.
Since opening in 1996, the Materials Recovery Facility or “MRF” has diverted more than 1.6 million tons of recyclable and reusable materials from landfills, complying with the California mandate to reduce waste by 50 percent by 2000. For the new diversion target of 75 percent by 2020, the MRF was expanded to meet or exceed the goal by recovering more of the mixed-waste stream from both commercial and multi-family sources, single-stream recyclables, as well as construction, demolition and self-haul loads. Whitson Engineers completed plans for the original MRF construction—and also provided land surveying and civil engineering services for the MRF expansion in 2018. Improvements included expanding the work areas around the facility, treatment and retention facilities to meet the current storm water requirements and accessibility improvements to meet standards.
Photos courtesy of Monterey Regional Waste Management District