Most projects receive the least amount of thought and consideration during the most important stage, before design. Once a master planned project enters design, changes of any kind can waste time and money. More frequently than not, overlooking key elements which impact the overall development may cause these changes down the road. Engaging your civil engineering partner during development planning can help prevent this.
Earthwork can be the biggest variable or risk to a development’s ROI. Conducting a Mass Balance Grading Analysis during the planning stage establishes an earthwork strategy to reduce the earthwork cut and fill, and saves time and money.
Utility design and stormwater management present great opportunities for employing good engineering practices and designing efficiently. Minimize wasted effort by having your civil engineering consultant master plan the utilities as soon as the master plan is in place, instead of designing it phase by phase. This will enable you to work towards a product where the completed system meets the needs of the overall site, not simply a select portion of the project. Consider utility design during planning to maximize ROI by eliminating inefficient and duplicative construction.
The entitlement process can be subjective and frustrating. There is tremendous benefit to working with the jurisdiction to determine the most effective submittal approach for each project. In certain cases, developing an overall site plan and issuing revisions as the project progresses may cut down review fees and jurisdictional review time. Bonding each phase separately could free up bond capacity and cash outlay. Your civil engineering consultant can outline a winning strategy for your project.
Considering these areas up front helps to position your development for success. Engaging your civil engineering consultant in the master plan process can minimize the need for costly redesigns later in the project and unnecessary work. It also offers the full design team an opportunity to understand your vision and provide innovative ideas in a collaborative environment.