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2023 | Alamo Colleges - Multiple Campuses Drainage System Analysis

Parra & Co was engaged by WestEast Design Group to provide comprehensive civil engineering services for drainage system improvements across three Alamo Colleges campuses: Palo Alto College, Northeast Lakeview College, and St. Phillips College. Each campus, underlain by expansive soils, has experienced ongoing foundation movements due to inadequate surface and subsurface drainage, leading to structural damage and differential settlements. The issues range from cracks in building foundations at Palo Alto, to ponding zones and differential settlements at Northeast Lakeview, and similar challenges at St. Phillips College.

Our team completed Phase 1 for all campuses, which included a Preliminary Drainage Findings reports based on a detailed evaluation of the construction documents and existing site conditions of each campus. Our reports outline prioritized recommendations to enhance stormwater management, including the installation of better grading, impermeable surfaces, and additional drainage structures designed to divert stormwater away from building foundations effectively. These strategic improvements are aimed at mitigating the impact of expansive soils and ensuring the longevity and safety of the campus infrastructures.

After completion of these reports our team was engaged once more in 2024 to prepare Stormwater Management Plans for Palo Alto College and Northeast Lakeview College, as well as Civil Design, Permitting and Construction Assistance for an academic building in Northeast Lakeview College.

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