Transportation Experience

Bath VA Medical Center Parking Lot Renovation, Bath, NY

This project’s scope was to provide design services to renovate a parking lot to include removal of a service ramp and provide an ADA-compliant parking lot design for visitors, patients, and employees.

The renovation will involve demolition of a parking area, ramp, lighting, service utilities, and select landscaped features. The parking lot renovation designs follow VA Guidelines and specifications. The design will result in a gain of fourteen parking spaces, including two which are accessible. Recommendations have been made for a storm drainage system which will result in minimal disruption of existing landscape.  Existing landscaping, pedestrian routes, and fire protection and life safety in adjacent buildings were taken into consideration for the design.  A thorough onsite utilities isolation plan was performed up to and including underground surveys where drawings and engineering documents are not available to ensure that utilities are not contacted or interrupted. Estimated construction budget: $350,000.

Community Bank, N.A. Design, Springville, NY

RJR Engineering prepared the conceptual, preliminary, and final design of the new Community Bank, N.A., building located in Springville, NY. The new building is located adjacent to both a busy main roadway and an existing parking lot.  Working with Duggan and Duggan Contractors, RJR performed the design and necessary calculations for the HVAC system, electrical system, roof drainage, plumbing system, structural load capacity, and parking lot. RJR also provided oversight as necessary for the duration of the project.

Municipal Parking Lot Renovation, Springville, NY

RJR Engineering was retained to design and solicit bids for the rehabilitation of an existing 100,000 square foot municipal parking lot. The $250,000 project required a boundary survey / topographic survey and title search to resolve property line conflicts for over forty parcels.  Existing drainage was evaluated and design modifications were made to ensure the proper handling of runoff.  Traffic, parking and flow patterns were analyzed to assure efficient use of the available space.  The design incorporated new site lighting, stamped concrete and grooved asphalt for pedestrian walkways.  As the area is located within the Lake Erie Snowbelt, provisions were made for specialty curbing to facilitate snow removal.  RJR was responsible for coordination with municipal electric and streets departments for the duration of the project; preparation of presentational materials for public comment and review; cost estimates; contract and specifications for public bidding; and project administration and negotiations during construction.

Akron Village Commons, Akron, NY

RJR provided complete project management, planning, and design engineering services for the development of a new $10.8 million subdivision to include 108 single family homes the village of Akron, NY. The project was unique in that the 49 acre parcel of land was previously used as a mining pit and contained extensive wetlands.  The wetland disturbance was minimized to less than 1 acre while also using the wetlands as an aesthetic feature of the project.  The remaining sand and gravel deposits were incorporated into the utility and road design as a cost saving measure.  The project was designed around a 4-phase schedule to accommodate the anticipated build-out, based on sales and utilities.

Working closely with local permitting and planning agencies, RJR created a design which met the Owner’s intent as well as the requirements of local agencies. This included limiting the disturbance of the environmentally sensitive areas wherever possible, and meeting the storm water regulation requirements with an integrated design.  All lighting and tree plans were developed in accordance with local requirements.

Project tasks included responsibility for providing permitting for working in wetland areas and water and sewer main extensions; civil/site grading plans, and management of all survey activities; design of sanitary and potable water systems to interface with village systems; design of storm water system to infiltrate water on-site where possible, with remaining water diverted to a detention pond; underground electrical utility design; design of a low-profile bridge to span large wetland areas; and provision of realty subdivision application to the county health department.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Parking Lot Redesign, Springville, NY

This project encompassed the detailed design of a 1.81 acre parking lot, including layout, lighting, drainage, grading, retaining structures, preparation of a storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP), and construction management. The design grew to include a Memorial Garden, which was installed in mid-2013.  As the hospital and parking lot remained operational during design and construction, all tasks were performed in such a manner as to minimize disruption to the operations of the parking lot and hospital.

Project tasks included site visits, data gathering, meetings with hospital personnel, development of Master Plan layout sketches, preparation of presentation drawings for fundraising and public relations purposes, and preparation of a preliminary site work construction budget for improvements indicated on the final Master Plan.

Good Times of Olean Civil Design Services, Olean, NY

RJR provided complete civil design services for the redevelopment of an existing miniature golf course site into a large 1,400 person entertainment and recreation center. The facilities include a 40,000 sf masonry and steel structure and surrounding site improvements.   Design was focused around the parking lot, drainage, and water quality runoff design.  Poor soils determined from bore hole testing required the design to meet specific water quality volumes.  With increased impermeable areas due to the 200-plus vehicle parking lot, design of green infrastructure, including vegetative swales, were utilized.

The project required designing around a very flat area located within a flood plain. Design included the use of pump stations and the use of a pond for water retention in order to meet all NYSDEC water quality requirements.  Total construction cost of the project was $5.7 million.

Specific project tasks included site investigations, percolation tests, and deep hole tests on-site; design of a new 200+ vehicle parking lot, including traffic flow pattern; water quality calculations; filing of all required permits with the NYSDEC; and drainage designs, including the use of catch basins, yard drains, and pump station.

Blue Seal Feeds Environmental and Site Improvements, Arcade, NY

RJR’s initial scope of work included the review and updating of a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan for the Blue Seal Feeds facility in Arcade, NY. This facility processes grains, animal fats, and vegetable oils to produce a variety of animal feeds.  During the course of the project, site environmental deficiencies were revealed which required mitigation and redesign.  Our scope of work was expanded to include the performance of a site drainage study and the design and construction management of a new secondary containment system in compliance with EPA and NYSDEC regulations.

The drainage study and parking lot redesign consisted of interpreting site topography maps in order to improve the area parking lots and associated drainage, while still maintaining the outlet from the facility. The facility required rigid pavement capable of handling the long-term wear from heavy trucks and equipment.  The design also added more impervious areas which required the flow of water to be directed differently.  Catch basins and yard drains were added around the facility in strategic locations to efficiently drain the area.  Drains were also used to collect runoff from roof drains, thus preventing water flow and ice concerns over the new pavement wherever possible.

The new secondary containment brought the facility into compliance in accordance with the EPA and NYSDEC requirements. RJR was responsible for completing an in-house survey of the area where oil-based products were being stored.  Based on this information, the design of a containment wall capable of containing a spill was completed.  The wall included a fencing system to aid in the security of the facility.  Pavement and drainage design, including the use of a pump station, was also completed to meet federal and local code requirements. The secondary containment project’s total construction cost was approximately $80,000.

Specific project tasks included construction management of the entire project; design of parking lot, drainage system, and secondary containment; inspection and supervision services during construction; testing of pavement materials; drawings and specifications for bidding; evaluation of bids received; and review of final pay estimates.

RORH Building Renovations, Springville, NY

RJR provided complete engineering design and construction management services for the renovation of an abandoned 75,000 square foot manufacturing facility located on a 4 acre “super fund” site in Springville, NY. The primary focus of the project has been the environmental remediation of the super fund site and conversion of the main 3-story brick building into varied tenant space.  To date, tenants have included a professional office, restaurant, athletic club, daycare facility, and dance studio.  Materials were saved and reused in construction as appropriate, and the total cost of the project, to date, is approximately $3.5 million.

During the initial phases of the project RJR worked diligently with the EPA to keep the site cleanup and environmental remediation efforts on schedule and under budget. RJR was also able to coordinate completion of the initial tenant build-outs ahead of schedule, thereby allowing the building to become a functional part of the community as soon as possible.  Our staff continues to work with the Client to reconfigure the facility as needed, and is currently planning to add new renewable energy elements including a solar electric (PV) system.

Specific project tasks have included the design of new power supply and distribution systems to include a new three-phase power supply with transformers, panel boards, step down transformers, and tenant distribution; environmental investigation and asbestos remediation through a Phase I and II study; structural evaluation of existing multi-story industrial buildings for future use; design of fire alarm and sprinkler systems to meet code requirements, with continual updates to systems as necessary; design of new personnel elevator for access to the second floor; site investigation including utilities using observation survey, ground penetrating radar, radio transmitter and video investigation to determine which utilities were usable and which ones needed to be replaced; new parking lot design, including traffic flow pattern; drawings and specifications for bidding; engineering design during demolition; preparation of material and construction cost estimates; and inspection and supervision services during construction.