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Obernel’s civil engineering department specializes in site development for commercial buildings, retail buildings and housing developments. Site development connects utilities like domestic water and sewer lines to the building and provides on-site fire protection layouts, storm water management, finish elevations for the buildings and pavements, pedestrian accessibility and vehicular maneuverability.

Site Construction Phase Services includes:

  • Construction Bid Documents
  • Construction Cost Estimating
  • Construction Engineering Oversight and Observation

Obernel Engineering provides construction bid documents including construction drawings, construction details, and technical specifications for the contractor’s use in construction. Construction cost estimating is provided by evaluating costs by referencing cost information from comparable projects. Construction engineering oversight and observation services are provided, as requested, to monitor quality control and to ensure construction proceeds in accordance with the approved and permitted plans and documents.

Site Design includes:

  • Site Layout and Circulation
  • Site Grading and Drainage Design
  • Utility Infrastructure Design

Site design involves the coordination between the land’s natural characteristics, the regulatory restrictions and the proposed new development.  The civil engineers at Obernel Engineering develop a site layout relating the proposed building(s) to site circulation for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  Grading and drainage is determined to best fit the relationship between the existing land and proposed improvements, and a utility infrastructure layout is provided to meet the development’s needs.

Site Feasibility includes:

  • Zoning Ordinances and Municipal Codes
  • Conceptual Site Planning

The review of local land use ordinances, code requirements and engineering standards is necessary to assess any regulations or limits to the development of the property. Obernel Engineering identifies items such as flood zones, building and paving setback requirements, drainage and stormwater requirements, ingress/egress restrictions, and availability of utilities that could affect the cost and schedule of the project. Obernel provides conceptual site planning, including the relationship between the proposed improvements and the physical restrictions of the land in determining preliminary building locations, parking and site circulation, and utility infrastructure.

Storm water management design and permitting services includes:

  • Guidance through Local, State, and Federal Regulatory Processes
  • Surface Water Hydrology and Hydraulic Modeling and Documentation
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs) Utilization
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Preparation
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Support

Stormwater compliance is an essential element in the permitting process at the local, state, and federal levels for new developments and redeveloped sites. Obernel has years of experience in stormwater control and water quality treatment methods, which enables us to ensure the project will meet the regulatory requirements of the governing jurisdictions.

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