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.

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Lerdo Justice Facility, Federal Firing Range & Staff Training Center

Federal Bureau of Prisons, Kern County, CA

Lerdo Justice Facility, Federal Firing Range & Staff Training Center

 

The Lerdo Justice Facility correctional institution and staff training center had to meet the needs of Kern County Sherrif’s Department and other law enforcement, as well as the inmate population. The design needed to accommodate for earthquake preparedness measures, which are extremely important due to the very poor soil conditions and shallow groundwater at the construction site.

QK worked on the design of site grading and paving, potable water, sewer, and stormwater systems as well as public utility coordination. Our engineering team executed an extensive soil and foundation improvement program as well as essential drainage and underground utility improvements to mitigate the danger of seismic activity. To address shallow groundwater problems, the building site was raised by five feet and was dewatered during construction.

The development of the $236 million prison complex design includes infrastructure, housing, and support buildings. QK also provided engineering design services for a federal firing range and staff training center.

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San Joaquin Cross Valley Transmission Project

Private Client, Tulare County, CA

San Joaquin Cross Valley Transmission Project

The Cross Valley transmission line corridor traverses approximately 11 miles of agriculturally developed land and 12 miles of native foothill grassland habitat that potentially contained a diverse group of threatened, endangered, and protected species. Federal and State permits for the take of species and wetlands delineation were a necessity. Project-specific information on the abundance and distribution of species and wetlands had to be documented at a high degree of specificity and confidence. The high project scrutiny required that the implementation of avoidance and mitigation measures be conducted efficiently, effectively, and with a high degree of documentation.

QK completed initial biological resource surveys including protocol-level surveys for special-status species, nesting raptors, and other birds, conducted wetlands delineations, and provided that information in reports for the client to use in obtaining project permits from the regulatory agencies (United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). QK conducted follow-up studies to provide the current information as the project progressed, implemented all permit requirements, conducted pre-construction surveys, and performed construction monitoring for the construction of this 23-mile transmission line.

QK worked with the client to achieve a performance schedule that was reasonable and met the needs of the client while allowing sufficient time for the completion of seasonally dependent studies. Follow-up surveys were conducted to provide updated biological information as site conditions changed, project designs were modified, and coordination with the regulatory agencies progressed.

A long-term program was established to train construction workers on the implementation of avoidance and minimization measures, train a team of biological compliance monitors, and implement all mitigation measures.
The transmission line construction project was completed on-time with no major compliance issues, despite a large diversity of biological issues and a complex mitigation and reporting plan.

Maricopa Sun Solar Energy Complex

Maricopa Sun Solar, Kern County, CA

Maricopa Sun Solar Energy Complex

 

The proposed site for Maricopa Orchards’ solar energy complex was composed of 6,000-acres of undeveloped agricultural land which potentially harbored a wide variety of threatened, endangered, and protected species. The large project size, broadly separated configuration of the project, and close proximity of existing wildlife populations created the potential for taking of species and affect a wildlife dispersal corridor. Impacts of the project needed to be identified and documented, avoidance and minimization measures developed, compensatory lands acquired, and permits from regulatory agencies acquired. Of primary concern was that the landowner, Maricopa Orchards, was not envisioned to be the developer, but rather properties would be pre-permitted for solar development, and then sold or leased to solar developing interests.

QK worked with Maricopa Orchards to conduct all studies required for the development of a 700-MW solar project on private lands without federal subsidies. QK conducted all required studies, coordinated and consulted with resource agency staff, provided all applications and plans for all project permits, and created the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MMRP) for the project. QK also developed management plans for the compensatory lands, which were also owned by Maricopa Orchards. Several unique and never-before-attempted solutions to agency concerns were developed including a “springing” conservation easement that was applied to solar lands and a phased approach to compensation and mitigation.

All project permits were approved, the environmental process completed, one 160-acre solar facility has been constructed, and nearly 80-percent of the land entitled for solar has now been sold or is in escrow. An extremely low mitigation ratio was negotiated, based upon site-specific conditions, that resulted in a compensation ratio of approximately 0.5 acres preserved for each acre of solar developed, plus the conversion of solar lands to conservation lands once decommissioning of the solar sites is realized.

 

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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.

Fancher Creek Subdivision

Pulte Homes Corporation, Fresno, CA

Fancher Creek Subdivision

Pulte Homes Corporation needed extensive entitlements including a General Plan Amendment, Environmental Impact Report (EIR), land surveys, civil engineering designs and multiple agency approvals to begin construction.
QK worked with Caltrans, Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District (FMFCD), Fresno Irrigation District (FID), City of Fresno, County of Fresno, State of California, and the Bakman Water District for project approvals. We also submitted permits to the Caltrans, FMFCD, FID, US Department of Fish and Wildlife (USFW), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the City of Fresno. As part of our surveying efforts, we provided the preparation of tentative and final subdivision maps; boundary, topographic, and ALTA/NSPS surveys; and construction plans for site preparation, landscaping, and utility services.

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Gossamer Grove Subdivision

Lennar, Shafter, CA

Gossamer Grove Subdivision

QK designed and prepared construction plans for the grading, sewer, storm drain, non-potable irrigation, potable water, as well as street and block wall improvements. We also designed two community parks for residential use. Our land survey services included the completion of boundary and topographic surveys, construction staking, tract maps, right-of-way dedications, and easements. QK continues to assist with the same services in additional phases of this multi-phase Master Planned Community.

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Sierra Meadows Senior Housing

Private Client, Visalia, CA

Senior Meadows Senior Housing

QK provided the design for civil improvements, landscaping, and irrigation while conducting construction staking and utility coordination services. To meet the needs of senior residents, the plan included lots of trees for shade, along with raised planters for community gardening and walkways that included gradual transitions to prevent trip hazards. The walks also connected to the adjacent dog park for easy access for residence. The design approach reduced the amount of turf by using larger planters with drought tolerant plants and passive landscaped Bio-Swales. The Bio-Swales captured a portion of the run-off to prevent having to pipe it to a city storm water system.

The Sierra Meadows Senior Housing facility met LEED standards in the areas of storm water design, landscape design, and landscape water usage and was awarded a LEED Gold rating by the US Green Council.

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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:

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