With the strong housing market in the Grand Rapids area, the demand is high for apartments that are conveniently located close to main attractions. Holland Engineering is pleased to be involved in this exciting new project currently under construction, Heritage Place, located at 50 College Avenue SE.
We are happy to have teamed up with Concept Design Group for the design of this 86-unit apartment building in the beautiful Heritage Hills District of Grand Rapids. The site is the former home of a Social Security Administration office and includes two historic carriage houses that will serve as site amenities. Our team has been working on permitting and approvals, including approval through the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, and City’s permitting process. Construction kicked off Fall 2017 and is anticipated to be completed in Summer 2018. The owner of this building is Orion Real Estate Solutions, and the general contractor is Orion Construction.
Project challenges included designing around existing site features and elements to remain with significant grade change across the site, determining barrier-free access routes and design, and storm water management on a largely impervious site.
For more information about this project, please contact:
Ryan Ysseldyke, PE, Land Development Group Manager; (616) 392-5938
With the strong housing market in the Grand Rapids area, the demand is high for apartments that are conveniently located close to main attractions. Holland Engineering, Inc. (HEI) is pleased to be involved in this exciting new project currently under construction.
We have teamed up with Concept Design Group for the design of 601 Bond Ave., a 16-story high-rise on the site of a former factory in northwest Grand Rapids. Plans for the project include 202 market-rate apartments, 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a five-level parking garage. The team has been working on permitting and approvals for this project for a couple of years, and construction kicked off last August. The owner of this building is Time Equities, and the general contractor is Pioneer Construction.
The project offered some interesting utility challenges due to its size, the massive foundation required to support a building of this height, and the proximity of other structures. HEI led the efforts to obtain a Land Use Development Services (LUDS) permit through the City of Grand Rapids Development Center for this project.
For more information about this project, please contact:
Ryan Ysseldyke, PE, Land Development Group Manager; (616) 392-5938
*Photos courtesy of Pioneer Construction
Project Clarity Sites, Allegan County
Project Clarity/Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, MAAC
Project Clarity is a local organization whose mission is to remediate the water quality issues of Lake Macatawa and the Macatawa watershed. One of the ways that Project Clarity is doing this is working with farms within the watershed to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients that are washed off from the agricultural fields and into the drainage system.
Holland Engineering, Inc. (HEI) worked with the staff at the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council (MACC) to complete preliminary studies on several agricultural properties in the Macatawa watershed to determine if they were suitable for the installation of water quality measures to reduce sediment in runoff. HEI looked at Water And Sediment Control Basins (WASCOB's), grass waterways, two-stage ditches, or other water quality Best Management Practices (BMP's). Once the appropriate BMP was selected for each site, HEI prepared an engineered design for the site that was used for the construction of the BPM's.
WASCOB's are Water And Sediment Control Basins that are used to trap sediment laden runoff near where it originates and hold the water for a period of time. During that time, the sediments and nutrients that are contained within the runoff will have the opportunity to settle out and stay on the property verse washing down stream. The basin and outlet need to be sized to contain the expected runoff and hold it long enough to settle out the sediments, but not so long that the crops are damaged due to being submerged for extended periods of time.
Jubilee Ministries/Steve Grose
The Central Commons development was conceived as a community of six one-bedroom houses constructed on a city lot. Each “tiny home” covers approximately 600 square feet and comes with a covered porch, an outdoor storage shed, a communal area, and parking. The project was developed as a conventional condominium.
Working with the project team, we provided:
- site plans
- utility extension plans
- site grading plans
- stormwater management design
- condominium exhibit drawings.
We also performed all of the surveying and construction layout and provided as-built drawings.
Baldwin Lakes On-Site Wastewater System
Baldwin Lakes Condominium Association
When the Baldwin Lakes Condominium Association was originally developed in the early 2000's, an on-site wastewater treatment system was designed and installed to serve the initial phases of the development, around 25 residences. Today, there are 49 residences in the development and the on-site system is regularly being overloaded.
Holland Engineering worked with the homeowner’s association to first educate them about the wastewater treatment system and provide them with information on how they could reduce the load on the system and improve its performance. After the educational session, it was decided that the on-site wastewater treatment system needed improvement.
Holland Engineering worked with the local health department and the MDEQ to design and permit a system expansion to increase the capacity of the system to meet the current demands. We worked closely with the township to help set-up the special assessment district to fund the system improvements. Once construction was underway, Holland Engineering provided periodic inspection and final system testing and certification services.
Pilot Travel Center #1021
Pilot Travel Centers, LLC
The Holland Engineering team worked closely with Pilot Travel Center's internal design and construction group to develop plans for a new Travel Center in Holland, Michigan.
Pilot Travel Center #1021 was an interesting and challenging project for various reasons. The first was that the site was a unique shape. Secondly, it was in proximity to two MDOT controlled roadways with access limitations and was bisected by a county drain. Lastly, the City zoning had two different overlay districts that covered portions of the property, which regulated building and sign placement and landscape requirements.
Holland Engineering provided the initial ALTA/NSPS survey, wetland delineation, MDEQ/USACE joint permit application for a drain relocation and enclosure, construction plans in accordance with Pilot Travel Center's standards, and municipal site plan and special land use approvals. We worked with the City of Holland and MDOT to coordinate the project with the ongoing traffic safety project in the area. Additionally, we prepared local permit and approval documents, provided construction survey and layout services, construction support, and assisted with project closeout.
Retaining Wall Remediation
Michigan Gas Utilities
Holland Engineering, Inc. (HEI) provided Michigan Gas Utilities with surveying, civil engineering and construction services for a proposed retaining wall remediation project. The project entailed the removal of an existing 9-foot retaining wall extending over 160 feet between residential homes and a veterinary hospital located on property own by Michigan Gas Utilities. The existing wall had failed, and a new wall was designed and constructed. Slope stabilization and drainage measures were essential to ensuring long-term service and continued performance.
HEI services included developing a retaining wall remediation plan, coordinating with site geotechnical services, specifying materials for both site protection and aesthetic enhancement, permitting the new work, and providing construction phase services.
Midwest Construction Group
Holland Engineering worked closely with the Koops, Inc. owner, general contractor, and architect to develop a site master plan. The final plan fully utilized the property and maximized the building area on the site, while still accommodating the need for employee parking and delivery of equipment and raw materials. Once the master plan was completed, we assisted with the development of a phasing plan that kept the building projects to a manageable size. We were also able to create a plan that avoided significantly inconveniencing the owner during construction.
Once the planning phase was complete, HEI staff developed a complete site plan package, which was approved by the City of Holland. Due to the proximity of the site to the Tulip Intercounty drain, the storm water management system was designed in accordance with the Intercounty drain standards and was reviewed and approved by the Intercounty Drain Board. Additionally, the storm water outlet was located within a forested wetland which required review and approval through the MDEQ / USACE.
Phase II ESA Completed in Detroit, MI
Brownfield Redevelopment Site
Holland Engineering, Inc. recently completed a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (Phase II ESA) at a brownfield redevelopment site in Detroit, Michigan. The primary objective was to evaluate the potential presence of Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) associated with past uses of the Subject Site and adjacent properties.
Historic resources provided a plethora of information to the Holland Engineering, Inc. team about the Subject Sites’ background. Previous investigations documented the presence of railroad siding between 1926 and 1967. Historical maps and aerial photographs dating back to the early 1900’s indicated disturbed soils and material, equipment, and vehicle storage in the past. Releases of petroleum compounds were also present from two Underground Storage Tanks that were formerly in use. Prior inspections found concentrations of several compounds and metals above the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Part 201 Cleanup Criteria and default background values, and Part 213 Risk-Based Screening Levels. Contaminants of concern included: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Polynuclear Aromatics (PNAs), Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), chlorinated solvents, and metals above Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Part 201 Cleanup Criteria and default background values, and Part 213 Risk-Based Screening Levels. Historic resources also documented numerous off-site properties with known contamination that could pose a potential environmental concern for the Subject Site.
HEI advanced direct push Geoprobe® soil borings at fourteen locations to further evaluate current on-site conditions and the possibility of migration of contaminants from off-site sources. Soil samples were collected continuously from the surface to the maximum depth of each of the soil borings. Submitted samples followed chain-of-custody protocol to a licensed laboratory for the analysis.
Based on the findings of this Phase II ESA, HEI determined that the migration of contaminants from off-site sources didn't affect the Subject Site. Because of the nature and extent of contamination, data evaluation, and risk assessment, HEI was able to conclude that the measured contaminant concentrations were all below the applicable commercial and industrial cleanup criteria values.
Western Logistics Warehouse & Loading Docks
The complex Western Logistics project entailed the construction of a 30,000-square foot warehouse and logistics facility, complete with 15 loading docks and on-site tractor trailer parking, for a local logistics firm. The site was chosen for its proximity to the firm’s core client base and its access to the highway system.
Coordinating closely with the Ottawa County Road Commission, the City of Zeeland BPW, and Zeeland Charter Township, we:
- completed the master planning of an overall drainage project for the area
- transformed a local gravel road with no utilities to an all-season truck route
- extended public utilities to the site.
Spectrum Health Child Care Center
Third Coast Development
Holland Engineering, Inc. assisted Third Coast Development with site planning services for Spectrum Health’s new child development center on Michigan Street. The project combines Spectrum’s current child care centers located on Lake Drive E and the Blodgett campus in East Grand Rapids.
Engineering Services - included planning, utilities, stormwater management (with underground detention system) and landscaping design
Holland Engineering also assisted in obtaining the Grand Rapids LUDS (Land Use Development Services) permit.
“The Settlement” Housing Project
Gun Lake Tribe
Holland Engineering, Inc. assisted with engineering and site planning services for “The Settlement”, a 9-unit housing project for the elders of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians Gun Lake Tribe. The project became a 9-unit site condo served by a Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Reservation Road. The building sites are supplied by well and septic systems.
Design Services - included master concept planning, design of the site condominium, and township and county approvals
Holland Engineering also provided the design for stormwater management and roadway to meet private road and Indian Reservation Road requirements.
Green Valley Landfill
Waste Management, Inc.
Holland Engineering recently had the opportunity to provide the establishment of horizontal and vertical project control at the Green Valley Landfill in DuPage County, IL. The project control will be utilized for various on-site topographic surveys and construction projects.
Services included recovering published horizontal control monuments based on the Illinois State Plane Coordinate system, recovering published vertical control monuments based on the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 and establishing site control monuments and benchmarks based on the Illinois State Plane Coordinate System and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988.
Assisting with Area's First Flying J Truck Stop
Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J has opened a new Pilot Truck Stop on the south side of Holland, MI. Construction was completed late in 2015 with the new facility being located at the intersection of M-40 and I-196. It will be the first Flying J in the area.
Holland Engineering has worked closely with Pilot staff from initial site planning to survey, engineering and permit process and assisted with construction completion. HEI was able to successfully navigate Pilot Flying J through the approval process which was especially challenging due to the presence of overlay districts for both M-40 and I-196. the overlay of these two districts dictated many items on this project including building placement, window layouts, sign heights and landscaping.
An additional challenge for this project was the design and simultaneous construction of a traffic safety improvement project through this corridor. This project, which was completed by MDOT utilizing some federal funding, involved the realignment of roads and the installation of new traffic signals to allow tractor-trailers leaving a nearby facility and the new Pilot Travel Center to make left turns onto M-40 at a traffic signal with a dedicated left turn light. HEI staff was able to successfully work closely wit MDOT and the City of Holland Engineering Department in order to keep strong communication lines open throughout the project.
KL Avenue Landfill
EQ Industrial Services
Holland Engineering, Inc. provided assistance to EQ Industrial Services Inc. for the capping of the KL Avenue Landfill in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. The project involves the capping of a 60-acre dormant landfill with a geosynthetic liner covering the entire waste area.
Solid Waste Services – provided initial topographic survey, assisted with the horizontal and vertical control, proposed grade staking, grade certifications, volumetric calculations and recordation drawings
Revitalization Efforts for Michigan Street Coridor
Third Coast Development Partners and Concept Design
Holland Engineering, Inc. is pleased to be assisting Third Coast Development and Design Concept on a project along the growing Michigan Street Corridor. This exciting project utilizes both Brownfield Reimbursements and Community Revitalization Grants to turn an eyesore, plagued by vandalism, into a modern, aesthetically pleasing development housing medical offices, restaurants and retail space.
HEI has been involved with this exciting project from its concept initially providing surveys of the site and following with site planning and permit support. HEI will also assist with the construction phase services as this project moves forward. HEI is pleased for the opportunity to be involved with this exciting project and looks forward to the benefits this development will bring to the surrounding community.
Creative Fire Protection System
West Michigan Park Association
The cottage owners of West Michigan Park Association approached HEI about designing a fire protection system that would reduce response time for fire fighters and improve reliability of pressurized water supply in the event of fire within the limited access development.
HEI worked with representatives of Park Township, West Michigan Park Association, Ottawa County Parks and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment to design a "dry" fire protection system, which would be employed only during a fire event. The project includes construction a 6-inch fire line from the Association's parking lot into the cottage development with 4-inch service lines extended to stand pipes which are spaced at 200 feet or less.
During a fire event, Park Township Fire Department will use truck-mounted pumping equipment to supply and pressurize the normally-dry fire system from the parking lot, while at the same time fire fighters on foot traverse the 1/4 mile of boardwalk to the nearest stand pipe and set up for fire suppression operations.
The Arboretum at Pier Cove
Architect Dan Sutherland
As the housing market along the lakeshore begins to rebound, Holland Engineering has had the opportunity to assist with several interesting local projects. Most recently, HEI completed work on a new site condominium development near the small lakeshore community of Pier Cove. Our engineering services were provided to architect Dan Sutherland in support of his unique vision for this residential development.
The Arboretum at Pier Cove is a 62 acre recreational community nestled between the beach of Lake Michigan and the wooded Pier Cove Preserve. The development approach allows home sites to be placed in such a way that compliments the unique character of the site while minimally interfering with the surrounding natural beauty. Each home design will be artistic in nature using local artists, metal workers, masons, etc., to add unique character.
Collecting Digital Video Files with Integrated GPS Data
Holland Engineering is often required to perform pre-construction video documentation for various construction projects. Collecting video of project transportation routes or of linear projects can often be a mundane, time consuming task. HEI has recently implemented a solution to this task by collecting digital video files integrated with GPS data.
Most recently, HEI has a project involving approximately 30 roads which will be part of 140-mile transportation route through a select municipality requiring roadway condition documentation. For this particular project, 12 hours of video was collected. When paired with GPS data, the library of roadways traveled can be navigated through Google Earth applications to aid in locating specific points of interest. A roadway inspection vehicle was setup with a hood mounted high definition digital video camera. The collection of project pre-construction video can now serve as a project reference should an area of concern arise after construction.
The following video link shows a roadway inspection vehicle documenting roadway conditions with a hood mounted high definition digital video camera.
Bluestone Gathering System Mitigation Site
The Environmental Staff of Holland Engineering assisted DTE Energy with the creation of an 8 acre compensatory mitigation site associated with the Bluestone Gathering System, a 42-mile, underground natural gas gathering pipeline extending from Broom County, NY into Susquehanna County, PA. The mitigation site was planned, permitted and created with the oversight of our Environmental Staff and will provide wetland and wildlife habitat to compensate for wetland losses on the Bluestone right-of-way. Habitat structures along with bird and owl boxes were added to increase the ecological diversity and attract wildlife. The site was created through coordination between DTE Energy, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, US Army Corps of Engineers and Holland Engineering.