Fallen Heroes Park

City of Porterville, CA

Fallen Heroes Park

 

Fallen Heroes Park includes youth soccer and softball areas, a pre-teen and tot playground, two picnic shelters with Bar-B-Ques, a lighted basketball half-court, a splash pad, lighted loop walking trail and trailheads to the future Tule River Parkway trail system, a central community plaza, restroom facilities, and parking.

QK’s landscape architecture team reduced the overall turf area by using drought-tolerant planting, and the water-efficient irrigation system is connected to the City’s central computer and weather station. In addition, the site slopes to a north-west corner bio-swale designed to capture run-off and prevent it from entering the Tule River on the north end of the park.

The park has received multiple awards, including the 2015 “Public Works Project of the Year” from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Cen-Cal Chapter as well as the 2015 “Arbor Day Award” from Tree Fresno.

Downtown East Precise Plan

City of Hanford, CA

Downtown East Precise Plan

The primary focus of the City of Hanford Downtown East Precise Plan was the China Alley Revitalization Plan. China Alley was identified in 2011 as one of the most endangered historic places in America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Other issues included the need to revitalize and attract new businesses in an area that had remained stagnant for new economic development for years.

The extensive Plan document includes an economic study and fiscal impact analysis, zoning for mixed-use, permitted land uses, a form-based code for frontage types for multiple building types, development regulations, landscape guidelines, street improvements, traffic calming guidelines, parking policies, a focused Environmental Impact Report (EIR), and concept studies that depict how the area could potentially develop. Since its adoption, new businesses have sprung up on China Alley including new multi-cultural restaurants and a tea house.

The plan was given the 2014 Award of Merit for “Comprehensive Planning: Small Jurisdiction” by the American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter, Central Section.

Mountain Road 319 Bridge Replacement

Tulare County Resource Management Agency, Tulare, CA

Mountain Road 319 Bridge Replacement

 

Working closely with Tulare County Resource Management Agency (Tulare RMA) and Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, QK served as the primary consultant in the preparation of the field review and Preliminary Environmental Study (PES) for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance through Caltrans for the project area that included a rural bridge site, equipment staging areas, and temporary water crossing accessed through the riparian habitat.

Throughout the project duration, our team actively managed the environmental permitting and compliance process including the completion of environmental studies and consultation with regulatory agencies. QK biologists completed field surveys for sensitive wildlife and plant species, and habitat. Technical documents included a Natural Environment Study (NES), water quality technical memorandum, cultural resources report, hydrology report, and restoration plan for riparian habitat as required for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and NEPA compliance. Federal and State permit applications were also submitted and approved, and QK provided biological monitoring in compliance with California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) requirements during construction to ensure no impacts occurred within the river or sensitive riparian habitat.

During construction, a temporary crossing was erected downstream from the new bridge for County residents and emergency vehicles. To mitigate construction impacts on the Kaweah River, QK’s environmental team recommended alternatives to some work within the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM), and revisions to bridge design to reduce the number of trees that required removal and trimming.

The Mountain Road 319 Bridge replacement was awarded 2013 “Project of the Year – Large” by the American Public Works Association (APWA) Cen-Cal Chapter and a 2014 Engineering Excellence “Award of Merit for Small Firms” by the California American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC California).

Golden State Corridor

Fresno Council of Governments, Fresno, CA

Golden State Corridor

QK was selected to create a comprehensive design to improve the Golden State Corridor area that runs through the Fresno County cities of Kingsburg, Selma, and Fowler. Public input was vital to the planning process and QK organized, publicized, and led community meetings and facilitated discussions during Plan visioning workshops. Stakeholder meetings involved feedback from decision-makers in each of the affected cities including Fresno County officials, bicycle advocates, and railroad specialists.

While planning, our firm focused on design improvements and streetscape enhancements, expanding economic development, improving the flow of transit, and improving safety for motorists and bicyclists. One key feature was a street realignment in Fowler that creates three new urban blocks for future downtown commercial development.

The final package of construction plans included a topographic survey, urban design guidelines manual, 30% engineering plans set, utility report, pavement rehabilitation report, detailed cost estimate, and environmental analysis for future compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The completed package enables the Fresno Council of Governments (FCOG) to continue to move forward with their design plans on all or selected portions of the Corridor.

Pump Station & Odor Control Facility

City of Atwater, CA

Pump Station & Odor Control Facility

The City of Atwater’s existing lift station and alternative site were analyzed to accommodate a short timeline for bidding, equipment delivery, and construction needed to meet a deadline imposed by the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB).

Ultimately, the existing wastewater treatment plant was replaced by a new tertiary treatment plant. This new treatment facility is located 5.7 miles to the south of the community and provides additional capacity for future growth. The new site location was chosen to provide avoidance from existing and future commercial development adjacent to the site and the new lift station was designed to handle the existing flows along with growth up to a flow of 12 million gallons per day (MGD).

The pump station and odor control facility was completed prior to the RWQCB’s deadline and within the funded budget, and our design strengthens the reliability of the facility by adding a generator, improved electrical service, and odor control facilities.

T-4 3MG Water Storage Tank & Booster Pump Station

City of Fresno, CA

T-4 3MG Water Storage Tank & Booster Pump Station

The City of Fresno designed its $10M T-4 3MG water storage tank and booster station to address water availability issues within the downtown area and increase water flow to accommodate future redevelopment needs. With extensive redevelopment projects planned for Downtown Fresno and existing land barriers limiting available water during peak times, the new water storage tank and pump station were needed to meet peak-hour demands.

QK worked with the City and stakeholders to design their water storage tank and booster pump station. Environmental permitting and final plans included a three-million-gallon (MG) water storage tank, an operations building, appurtenant exterior facilities including a surge tank and emergency generator, miscellaneous yard piping and site improvements, site landscaping, and architectural treatment of the new tank and operations building.

Water Systems Improvements Project

Frazier Park Public Utility District, Frazier Park, CA

Water Systems Improvements Project

QK assisted the Frazier Park Public Utility District as they applied for American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding; prepared plans, specifications, and estimates; and provided construction management for water system improvements including new mains, water tanks, control valves, and motor control centers. We were also able to obtain an emergency permit from the US Forest Service (USFS) to begin construction while the district processed their regular operating permit. QK consulted throughout the project’s development and construction, primarily for engineering, funding, planning, and managing construction renovations.

Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project

City of Woodlake, CA

Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project

The City of Woodlake’s Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project provides a more pleasing entrance into the downtown business district. The downtown has gone through a complete transformation, fulfilling the City’s master plan concept to provide pedestrian, bicycle, and transit connectivity to shopping, living, office, and recreational destinations in the downtown area; and improves the aesthetic appearance and usefulness of downtown.

The $13.4 million-dollar multi-phased project involved the design and construction of pedestrian-friendly decorative sidewalks, ornamental street lighting, decorative benches, trash/recycling receptacles, landscaping, bicycle lanes, ADA compliant ramps, and bulb-outs that maintain traffic at safe speeds through the downtown area. The addition of decorative crosswalks, ADA accessible ramps, and drive approaches was installed to give drivers and pedestrians visual cues that encourage safer vehicle speeds and pedestrian activity. The Downtown Plaza provides a venue for community events such as music, plays, and other outdoor activities. The new Whitney Transit Center provides connectivity to the Tulare County transit system which allows residents to travel to additional destinations that were not available previously. The single lane, urban Roundabout located at the intersection of Valencia (State Route 245) and Naranjo Boulevards (State Route 216) improves safety, accessibility, and aids traffic management, mobility, and connectivity through the City’s downtown business district. A much-needed Class II bike lane and multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path were included through the Roundabout to increase safety and transportation choices for the citizens of Woodlake.

In total, these projects installed 6,209 lineal feet of curb and gutter, 104,746 square feet of decorative sidewalk, 3,536 square feet of city standard sidewalk, a stage at the plaza, a kiosk building with 2 wood awnings at the transit center, 4,760 lineal feet of bicycle lanes and another striping, 39 decorative crosswalks, 32 bulb-outs, 91 of ADA compliant ramps, 103 of tree wells, 32,425 square feet of landscape planters, 41 benches, 46 trash/recycling receptacles, 10 bicycle racks, 45 drive approaches, 66 of street lights, 108 of lighted pedestrian bollards, 3,220 lineal feet of the storm drain pipe, and 130,255 square feet of paving.

Each phase of the Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project provides a need to the community where it was previously lacking. Being a disadvantaged community, most residents walk throughout the City and use the bus system since they do not have their own vehicular transportation. The downtown enhancement improvements have resulted in an improved downtown climate, the addition of new businesses, and several safety-related improvements. These projects provide pedestrian, bicycle, and transit connectivity to shopping, living, office, and recreational destinations in the downtown area and outside City limits.

The Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project received multiple awards, including: