The “Tier 2” park improvements project at Crown Valley Community Park in Laguna Niguel is essentially complete! GMU attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony as part of the project team, which included Hunsaker & Associates and Cho Design Associates. If you are in the south OC area, drive by and check out the new bridge, parking lots, and the new entrance sign (shown here behind the project team). GMU is looking forward to continuing to provide our services to the City of Laguna Niguel for the upcoming “Tier 3” project at the park.
Last week, our very own Director of Pavement Engineering, Roger Schlierkamp, M.Sc., P.E., received the Emerging Leader of the Year, Private Sector Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Roger is pictured below receiving his award from Chapter President Steve Marvin (left) and National President Ron Calkins (right).
Roger receives this award for his ability to deliver practical, innovative, and cost-effective pavement solutions to our clients. Congratulations, Roger, and we look forward to many more years of excellence!
Pavement engineering and construction is much more complicated that it appears. One of the methods used to improve an existing paved roadway is to use the existing pavement section, which is efficient and environmentally conscious. As shown in this image, existing aggregate base and subgrade materials are processed by the reclaimer to create a cement-stabilized pulverized base (“CSPB”) section prior to the construction of the overlying recycled asphalt concrete and new “AC” section. Significant savings are often realized when re-using in-place materials, on the order of 20 to 40% in many cases. This can equate to hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings!
For more information on our pavement services, visit our Pavement Engineering page here, or contact our Director of Pavement Services, Mr. Roger Schlierkamp.
The City of Mission Viejo has approved renovations to the Marguerite Aquatics Center, including a new dive tower, offices, and pool deck. GMU will provide geotechnical and special inspection services as well as materials testing for this new project to benefit the City.
La Pata Avenue in south Orange County was named #2 on the 2016 list of Top 10 Roads in Roads and Bridges magazine! GMU provided geotechnical design services that spanned from initial feasibility studies and project planning all the way through final project design. We are proud to be part of this landmark project.
Our client, Rancho Mission Viejo, has just opened the second phase of the Esencia Village in south Orange County. We are very proud to have been a part of the design and construction teams for this new residential project in south Orange County.
Check out this article about the Grand Opening in the Orange County Register!
This photo of the on-going project at 400 Spectrum Center Drive in Irvine shows the soil nail wall (construction photo posted here last week!) complete at the rear of the site. The top of the wall is adjacent to existing landscaping that borders Alton Parkway and Enterprise Drive.
In front of the wall, foundations for the new parking structure (underlain by Geopiers) can be seen under construction. In the foreground of the site, the steel for the mat slab is ready for inspection and the concrete pump trucks are setting up for the 5,000 cubic yard pour early the next morning. GMU provided design and inspection geotechnical services for this complex project in the rapidly growing Spectrum area of Irvine.
Stay tuned for more updates!
GMU is the Geotechnical Engineer of Record for the new development at 400 Spectrum Center Drive, including a new 6-level parking structure, 20-story office tower, and the first privately built soil nail wall in the City of Irvine. This wall, designed by GMU, is shown under construction below.
In addition to this soil nail wall, other innovative geotechnical foundation support solutions were used for support of the parking structure and the Class “A” office tower. Stay tuned for more images from this on-going project in the next few weeks!
The future Inn at the Mission in the City of San Juan Capistrano – this image captures the construction of wick drains designed by GMU as the project Geotechnical Engineer of Record. The wicks are intended to speed up consolidation time in order to meet construction scheduling deadlines and minimize surcharge requirements. Anticipated to be one of Marriott International’s “Autograph Collection” hotels, the Inn at the Mission is scheduled to open in 2018.
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GMU’s Dave Atkinson, Senior Engineer and Project Manager, and Dr. Ali Bastani, Director of Engineering, represented GMU at the recent groundbreaking for the new Lido House Hotel. Click here for the article on this exciting moment.