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LAND DEVELOPMENT - REAL Multimodal Facility Civil Engineering 2

The Rural Economic Assistance League (REAL) currently provides bus service encompassing the counties of Aransas, Jim Wells, Brooks, Live Oak, Duval, Refugio, San Patricio, and Bee in South Texas. Real has a ridership of over 200,000 passengers per year, with a fleet of 66 vehicles. Current facilities are udated, and with the continued growth, they have become out of capacity. REAL is planning a new Multimodal Facility in Alice, TX, replacing the current one.

Parra & Co, after a successful completion of the project’s Phase 1 (Proposed Masterplan review), was engaged by Able City once more to provide Civil Engineering services for Phase 2 of the project, as now the funds for the facility have been secured.

The proposed facility includes a 16,964 sq ft Administration Building and a 11,589 sq ft Maintenance Building. The facility will include parking for 120 vehicles, 82 busses, and 22 bicycles.

Parra & Co received the Conceptual Design for the Proposed Facility from the Architect (Able City), and prepared the Site Civil Construction Documents, Stormwater Management Plan, and a Hydrology Report, including the detention basin design. For the Utility Plan, Parra & Co is designing a water line extension.

TRANSIT - El Metro Transit Tiger Grant 1
TRANSIT - El Metro Transit Tiger Grant 2

Parra & Co was engaged by the City of Laredo to prepare a TIGER Grant Application ($12.75M) to be used towards the development of the new Operations & Maintenance Facility of El Metro ($25.7M), located at the intersection of Jacaman and Barlett. Our team prepared a Conceptual Phasing Plan, dividing the proposed facility into 2 phases, as well as potential Cost Reduction and created a Phasing Plan for the overall facility in order to lower costs of phase 1. Using the data provided by El Metro, we obtained a projected cost estimate for the following year. (2017)

Parra & Co wrote the TIGER application on behalf of the City of Laredo and El Metro and tied the application into the City’s comprehensive plan and its coming updates. While this application was not funded, the package was re-purposed and submitted under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 5339(b) Discretionary Grant Program in FY16. This submission yielded a $9,875,083 FTA grant award for the construction of the new facility.

As the City was concerned the cash from the grant award may not be readily available, a revised facility plan needed to be considered in order to accommodate a reduced total project budget. The Parra & Co team prepared a scope of work to assist the City in the execution of the grant within the TrAMS system to include concurrence from FTA Region VI in a manner that projected all local investment in the project and maximized the use of the federal funding available.

This project allowed the adjustment of the City’s application according to the reduced amount received by the FTA, the potential land value increase for the facility, and the available matching funds from the City to obtain preliminary approval from FTA to move forward.

TRANSIT - El Metro Transit Google 1
TRANSIT - El Metro Transit Google 3
TRANSIT - El Metro Transit Google 4

Parra & Co provided Project Management and direction between the City of Laredo, El Metro Transit, Google, and the sub-consultant team. Along with the team, Parra & Co provided data creation and formatting services to prepare the GTFS files submitted to Google. Formatting was provided in accordance with Google’s GTFS specifications.

El Metro Transit provides bus service in the City of Laredo, TX. The goal was to have all 22 El Metro Transit Laredo routes schedules available in Google Transit. (Google maps and navigation apps.)

For final delivery, Parra & Co visited with El Metro Transit staff to collect current routes/stops, prepared the schedule, and stops data (GTFS format), and assisted in communications and submittal to Google.

2023 | Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College Drainage System Improvement Design - Phase 1

Over the years multiple foundation movements have occurred at Palo Alto College, as the site is underlain by expansive soils. Most of these issues were attributed to surface and subsurface drainage problems at the site and control measures were implemented, however the movement issues continue to occur, creating cracks throughout the buildings. Nine buildings were found to be having drainage issues throughout the Palo Alto campus.

Parra & Co was engaged by WestEast Design Group to provide Civil Engineering services to Palo Alto College in San Antonio, TX. Our team has recently wrapped up Phase 1 of this project with a Preliminary Drainage Findings report where we evaluated the construction documents and existing conditions of the site. 

Our final report provides recommendations (based on priority levels) to mitigate storm water approaching the subsoil in the vicinity of the structural foundation of the buildings by the means of better grading, impermeable surfaces, and additional drainage structures.

2023 | Alamo Colleges - Northeast Lakeview College Drainage System Improvement Design - Phase 1

Parra & Co was engaged by WestEast Design Group to provide Civil Engineering services for Northeast Lakeview College in San Antonio, TX. The campus comprises over 166.37 acres, and it currently presents drainage issues and differential foundation settlements in some of the buildings. The site is underlain by expansive soils and due to surface and subsurface drainage problems multiple foundation movements have occurred throughout the years. Some of the issues reported by Alamo Colleges representatives are drainage issues, ponding zones around campus, and differential structural settlement in one of the buildings.

Our team has recently wrapped up Phase 1 of this project with a Preliminary Drainage Findings report where we evaluated the construction documents and existing conditions of the site. Our final report provides recommendations (based on priority levels) to mitigate storm water approaching the subsoil in the vicinity of the structural foundation of the buildings by the means of better grading, impermeable surfaces, and additional drainage structures.

2023 | Alamo Colleges - St Phillips College Drainage System Improvement Design - Phase 1

The St. Phillips College campus in San Antonio, TX is underlain by expansive soils, which due to surface and subsurface drainage problems, have been causing foundation movements and presenting the need for an improved drainage system. The campus comprises approximately 60 acres and currently presents drainage issues and differential foundation settlement in two buildings within the St. Phillips campus.

Parra & Co was engaged by WestEast Design Group to provide Civil Engineering services to St. Phillips College. Our team has recently wrapped up Phase 1 of this project with a Preliminary Drainage Findings report where we evaluated the construction documents and existing conditions of the site. 

Our team provided specific recommendations to mitigate stormwater approaching the subsoil in the vicinity of the structural foundation of the buildings utilizing better grading, impervious surfaces, and additional drainage structures.

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