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Civil Design Concepts

A development project, whether it’s a new construction or changes and additions to existing property, all start with your brilliant idea. The right civil engineering firm turns that idea into a tangible reality through a complex, multi-step, and multi-disciplinary process. The foundation of this process is a civil design concept. These design concepts shape the future of a structure and understanding what goes into them can help you choose a civil engineering firm that will go above and beyond to create yours.

What is a Civil Design Concept?

Once a civil engineering firm has developed a complete understanding of your desired project outcome as well as budget and jurisdictional requirements, architects and engineers collaborate to move from the what of your project, to the how.

The design concept stage of a project is carried out to produce solutions that will turn ideas into structures while focusing on reducing the chance of error, maximizing cost-effectiveness, and assessing all associated risks. A wrong choice made during the concept design phase can have negative impacts on the overall project that cost you valuable time, money, and effort. That’s why a civil engineering firm that focuses on exceptional project management is essential in this and all steps of development.

A Combined Effort

Civil design concepts usually involve multiple solutions and alternatives that are assessed until the optimal solution is agreed on. This is where a civil engineering firm uses its diverse team of architects and various engineering disciplines to tackle the form, function, scale, mass, and aesthetics of a structure by combing science, mathematics, and art.

During this phase, architects consider the overall aesthetic design, specifications, and finished materials of a structure. And engineers step in and consider the structural, mechanical, electrical, lighting, and plumbing components.

Because this phase is the preliminary blueprint of the entire project and involves the skill and knowledge of an array of professionals, the list of factors considered goes on and on. Here’s an idea of just a few of the many factors considered by a civil engineering firm during this phase:

  • Foundation design
  • Structural grids
  • Frame systems
  • Loads
  • Environmental resistance (wind, fire, natural disasters)
  • Energy targets
  • Physical appearance

The Best Civil Engineering Firm For All Your Projects

At CenterPoint Integrated Solutions, we’re dedicated to reaching your goals. We make sure our architects and engineers are equipped with a clear understanding of what you want so they can collaborate to design and create structures that surpass your expectations. For a civil engineering firm in Denver and nationwide, contact CenterPoint Integrated Solutions today to see how we can help you reach all your development goals.

Land Development Process

All projects – from commercial businesses and residential areas to parks and recreational facilities depend on comprehensive land planning, design, and development. Without engineering and landscape architecture, the developments that make our communities the vibrant and functional places they are would be impossible. From private to public sectors, the future you envision depends on land development.

What is Land Development?

Land development is the process of altering a landscape so that it better meets the residential, commercial, industrial, or recreational needs that shape our world. It’s a detail-oriented process that requires tons of planning.

Land development requires the collaboration of engineering and landscape architecture to plan and design a land to meet development goals while also working with the natural environment, surrounding communities, and pre-existing nearby structures. And like many other components of civil engineering, the land development process involves strict rules and regulations and requires the acquisition of government approvals before the physical development can begin.

The Process

Land development varies slightly from project to project, but for the most part, engineering and landscape architecture are combined to follow a general process with the assistance of consultants and project managers. The process involves the main stages of a thorough site assessment, conceptual site design, town planning/development approval, and construction.

While the stages may not seem too complex at first glance, each stage breaks down into a series of more detailed steps that require the knowledge, experience, and skill of an array of professionals.

During the land development process, under effective project management, engineering and landscape architecture professionals perform a long list of services. Some of these services are:

  • Site planning, design, and layout
  • Site feasibility studies
  • Stormwater management, analysis, and design
  • Streetscape design
  • Recreational sites and trail design
  • Parking design
  • Utility coordination
  • Sewage facility planning
  • Floodplain analysis
  • Grading and earthwork
  • Erosion control

Successful Development With CenterPoint Integrated Solutions

At CenterPoint Integrated Solutions our projects are built to make lasting impressions, and we pride ourselves on successful projects that benefit our clients and communities. For your land development needs in Denver and nationwide, contact CenterPoint Integrated Solutions and see how the skills and superior service of our engineering, landscape architecture, and developing team can lead you to success in every service.

 

Civil Engineering Grading Design

When you think about your development plans, your main focus might be the structure to be built and not so much the ground to be built on. But, the stability and success of your development depend on the ground beneath it, and that’s where an experienced civil engineering firm steps in with a grading design. We understand how much time and effort goes into development, so to save some of yours, we’ve got the details on grading design for you, right here.

What is Grading?

Before you can understand the vital role a grading design produced by a civil engineering firm plays in development, you need to understand what grading is. Grading is the process of reshaping land to make it perfectly suited for each project. Grading is an essential step in the development process because it allows for the construction of a strong and safe structure that can withstand environmental conditions.

Without proper grading, your structure and the structures surrounding it can suffer from property damage, flooding, erosion, standing water, and more. All of these issues can lead to costly repairs like retaining walls, re-grading, and renovation, as well as the need for additional drainage systems.

Grading Design

As a part of the development process, a civil engineering firm will create a design that encompasses three main purposes:

  1. Reshaping the land to meet specific development goals.
  2. Establishing and controlling drainage patterns.
  3. Helping define the value and appearance of a development.

When creating a grading design, an experienced civil engineering firm will consider the existing topography and its relationship to the topography of surrounding developments. The civil engineering firm will also consider draining impacts, geotechnical information, erosion factors, environmental considerations, and more, all while keeping your end goal as their top priority.

Like in most aspects of development, the grading design has to be expertly crafted in order to achieve quick approval. As if there’s not already enough to understand and handle, design requirements vary state to state. With poorly planned designs, local municipalities will require multiple reworks, holding up permit issuing and slowing down the entire development project.

CenterPoint Integrated Solutions Always Gets The Passing Grade

You’ve got a lot to handle, so when it comes to developing your next big project, start on solid ground with the right civil engineering firm. In Denver and nationwide, for a civil engineering firm that can turn all your biggest development ideas into reality, contact CenterPoint Integrated Solutions today!

Commercial Real Estate Development Process

If you’ve found the perfect spot for your next big project, way to go! You’re about to add a huge investment to your life, but before you can get started you have to go through the complex commercial real estate development process. The path of turning great ideas into even greater developments can get bumpy, and there’s a lot to cover. Luckily, with the right team, your big ideas can become big things sooner than you think. To get you ready for your next project, here’s what you need to know.

The Process

Commercial real estate development is the process of taking land and conceptualizing, designing, and constructing the buildings that we live and work in. From apartments to business offices, a well managed and successful development process is vital for not only our daily lives but our economy too. This process can be broken down into three main phases, with each phase including many steps.

Site Selection and Assessment

The first step to commercial real estate takes a tremendous amount of research and analysis. Whether you’ve already picked your site or are looking to get help finding the perfect spot, there are many factors to carefully consider, including property size, visibility, traffic flow, demographics, surrounding infrastructure, accessibility, nearby competition, and more.

Once the location has been selected, this first stage of commercial real estate development breaks down into:

  • Due Diligence & Research
  • Site Investigation Reports & Feasibility Study
  • Municipality and Lender Required Reports
  • Preliminary Budget Establishment
  • Contracts

Development and Entitlement

Once an idea has been turned into a well-analyzed site with all risks carefully considered, it’s time to step into development. This stage includes varying skills and expertise, including that of civil engineers, architects, and consultants. It breaks down into:

  • Community Outreach
  • Municipality Submittal and Review
    1. Zoning, Site Plan, Design
  • Entitlement and Permit Process
  • Pre-Construction Planning
  • Construction Drawings/Plan Submittal
  • Budget Finalization

Construction

Once plans have been approved and permits have been received, it’s time to start building. In this stage, your big plans finally begin to take shape. The construction stage breaks down into:

  • Construction Coordination & Management
  • Survey Staking
  • Grading & Earthwork
  • Foundation & Pad Development
  • Building Construction
  • Interior Work
  • Inspections

Ready to Start Building?

A lot goes into the commercial real estate development process, but if implemented effectively, the end result is a lucrative, valuable, and beneficial commercial real estate property. To watch your development ideas turn into the real thing with ease, contact CenterPoint Integrated Solutions today. For commercial real estate development in Denver and nationwide, CenterPoint Integrated Solutions will have your back every step of the way.

Commercial Real Estate Due Diligence Checklists

Buying commercial real estate for investment or business purposes is a great move, and if done correctly can bring you wealth and success. But unfortunately, the buying process can be full of complications. There are so many details that if overlooked can leave you with a property that’s more of a mistake than a profit. To make sure that doesn’t happen and for a fast and effective purchasing process, it’s important to understand due diligence and the role it plays in a successful commercial real estate purchase.

Read on for how due diligence can make all your business or investment property purchases as risk-free as possible.

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Factors to be Considered on Site Layouts

With property development, everyone involved wishes that the process was as simple as picking a plot of land and starting to build. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. For a successful development project, before any construction can begin, the design of a thorough site layout is essential. A well-designed site layout leads to a productive, effective, and efficient construction process and ultimately leads to project success.

We understand how stressful and time consuming a new development project can be for the client, so we’ve got you covered on all you need to know about site layout.

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Zoning vs. Entitlements

Most people buy land for one main reason: to build on it. Buying land gives you the freedom to build your structure from scratch, just the way you want. But before you can start building your dream home or exciting new business you have to deal with zoning and entitlement.

In fact, zoning and entitlement are so important that they can completely put an end to your project, or at least press heavily on the pause button. Not understanding what these processes are can completely derail your big plans. Luckily, we’ve got the details on these processes and how you can get through them as stress-free as possible.

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Types of Civil Engineering

Civil engineers are a big part of the design of almost every man-made structure you see around you. Whatever big project you’re working on, having a great civil engineering company to guide you from development to completion can make a world of difference. But with so many different civil engineering branches, how do you know where to start?

Whether you’re looking for civil engineering in Denver or nationwide, understanding the different branches and the purposes they serve is essential. Here’s how the main types of civil engineering break down so you can make the best choice for your next project.

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Now Hiring: AUTOCAD CIVIL 3D Designer

Come join our civil engineering group in Denver West located near the Federal Center light rail stop.  Our ideal candidate must be able to use computer-aided design AUTOCAD Civil 3D, to provide engineering design support for land development and civil engineering projects. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Project Managers and Engineers to set-up and manage construction drawings
  • Prepare dimensional drawings, create and/or modify base drawings
  • Revise and update existing drawings to reflect design changes
  • Create and manage electronic document file structure, naming conventions in accordance with company standards.
  • Productive team member and AutoCAD user to work a typical set of project documents from beginning to end with professional quality output.
  • Work on multiple projects at the same time.
  • Works with project teams on drawings which meet and exceed the customer’s requirements (bid and submittal phase).
  • Serve as an information source during construction, and prepare as-constructed drawings
  • Maintain notes, design calculations and documentation for future reference and continuous improvement on future documents.

Requirements:

Associate’s degree of completion of a technical trade school in CAD, drafting or related field, plus at least two years of related work experience, or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Routinely uses higher-level commands, time-saving programs and routines.

Experience using advanced AutoCad functions including Sheet Set Manager, Xref manager, Palettes and Design Center.

Specialized Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Proficient in AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Excellent communications skills: Interpersonal, listening, oral and written
  • Skilled in PC usage and associated software including Microsoft Office
  • Able to generate layout drawings from sketches and specifications
  • Familiar with design parameters related to land development: Site grading plans, water line design, utilities location, sanitary and storm water, etc.
  • Knowledgeable of standard drafting practices and procedures
  • Able to work with minimal supervision, exercise independent judgment
  • Able to efficiently schedule and manage time
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member.
  • Must be able to achieve generally stated objectives and requirements.

If you meet the above qualifications, please send your resume to gtoler@centerpoint-is.com.