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October 20, 2010

HUNSAKER & ASSOCIATES-LOS ANGELES COMPLETES
TWO NON-PROFIT INFILL PROJECTS

LOS ANGELES – Hunsaker & Associates-Los Angeles (H&A-LA), a Valencia-based civil engineering firm, completed two infill projects — Crossings at North Hills and Crossings at 29th — for the non-profit developer, Urban Housing Communities LLC. Both developments are small apartment complexes for low-income residents of the North Hills community in Los Angeles.

“In a time when many projects are at a standstill, it’s exciting to be able to overcome many economic hurdles and wrap up work on both developments,” commented H&A-LA Principal Jeannine Giem. “It’s also rewarding to be part of projects which will ultimately benefit local residents in need of affordable housing.”

H&A-LA worked with numerous City of Los Angeles departments and agencies providing civil engineering services for both projects, including:

Crossings at North Hills

• Precise grading plan—Building and Safety.
• Demolition plan—Building and Safety.
• Sewer availability requests—Bureau of Sanitation.
• SUSMP plans and report—Bureau of Sanitation (Watershed Protection Division).
• Water plan—Department of Water and Power (DWP).
• Processing of soils reports—Building and Safety (Structural).
• Building code variance—Building and Safety.
• Conditions clearances—All departments.

Crossings at 29th

• Rough grading plan—Building and Safety.
• Precise grading plan—Building and Safety.
• Street improvement plan (B-permit)—Bureau of Engineering.
• Sewer plan and sewer availability requests—Bureau of Sanitation.
• SUSMP plans and report—Bureau of Sanitation (Watershed Protection Division).
• Water plan—Department of Water and Power (DWP).
• Street trees—Urban Forestry.
• Processing of structural plans (retaining walls), shoring plans and soils reports—Building and Safety (Structural).
• Building code variance—Building and Safety.
• Conditions clearances—All departments.
 

Urban Housing Communities develops affordable housing for and with communities in California and Hawaii using the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, tax-exempt bonds and other forms of key subsidy.
 
 
April 27, 2010

 
SANTA CLARITA SPORTS COMPLEX SKATEPARK
RECEIVES CORNERSTONE CONCRETE EXCELLENCE AWARD

LOS ANGELES – Hunsaker & Associates-Los Angeles (H&A-LA), a Valencia-based civil engineering firm, has announced that the “Santa Clarita Sports Complex Skatepark” project has received the “Cornerstone Concrete Excellence Award” from The Southern California Concrete Producers. H&A-LA provided civil engineering services for the project which was recognized at the 36th Annual Awards Program on April 27, 2010 at the South Hills Country Club in West Covina, CA.

H&A-LA also facilitated the construction staking to relocate and expand the original 12,000 square-foot park into its current state. The Skatepark, which finished construction in spring 2009, is the largest skate park in the region.


January 19, 2010

HUNSAKER & ASSOCIATES-LA RECOGNIZED IN THE SIGNAL

LOS ANGELES – Hunsaker & Associates-Los Angeles was recognized by The Signal as lead engineer, in partnership with Psomas, for the 17-acre West Creek Park in Santa Clarita Valley. The park was recently dedicated by Newhall Land to Los Angeles County and will be used as a recreational resource for Santa Clarita Valley communities offering a safe venue for family activities, sports, picnics and other uses.



January 19, 2010

JEANNINE GIEM QUOTED IN
CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE JOURNAL

LOS ANGELES – Jeannine Giem, principal of Hunsaker & Associates-Los Angeles, was quoted in the California Real Estate Journal article “At the Breaking Point” discussing the recent Los Angeles water main failures. Experts point to recent ruptures as a sign that overdue infrastructure investments need to be made to support future developments. Ms. Giem commented that when new developments need to connect to existing water systems, H&A-LA “goes through quite a bit of hoops to get on the lines.” She went on to note that the San Fernando Valley is in need of replaced infrastructure but such replacements haven’t been accounted for in the capital improvement program.


January 13, 2010

LAND SURVEYOR STEPHEN GREGERSON JOINS CIVIL ENGINEERING FIRM
HUNSAKER & ASSOCIATES-LOS ANGELES

Steve GregersonLOS ANGELES – Hunsaker & Associates-Los Angeles (H&A-LA), a Valencia-based civil engineering firm, has added professional land surveyor Stephen Gregerson to its team. Mr. Gregerson brings more than thirty years’ experience in the application of surveying and project management principles and will assist H&A-LA and its clients in the budgeting, preparation and management of land surveys, as well as in all phases of planning, permitting and engineering design. He was previously with Psomas for fifteen years, beginning as Project Manager and advancing to Vice President. Continue reading.


September 29, 2009

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS APPROVES ‘PRIVATE DRIVES’ GUIDELINES BY HUNSAKER & ASSOCIATES-LA PRINCIPAL JASON FUKUMITSU, P.E.

LOS ANGELES – The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Land Development Division has published ‘private drives’ standards and criteria drafted by Jason Fukumitsu, P.E. Principal of Hunsaker & Associates-LA (H&A-LA), a Valencia-based civil engineering firm. In a recent project for Newhall Land, Mr. Fukumitsu recognized the need for clear and up-to-date procedures when incorporating private drives within master-planned developments. These procedures encompass the concepts of smart growth and livable communities, land planning principles, aesthetics and water quality while balancing traffic flow, pedestrian safety, and maintaining access for emergency vehicles. The guidelines were so well received that the County has approved the standards for use in development projects throughout the County.   Continue reading.


August 17, 2009

HUNSAKER & ASSOCIATES-LA PRINCIPALS OBTAIN LEED-AP ACCREDITATION

-Principal Jeannine Giem also acquires American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification-

LOS ANGELES – Hunsaker & Associates-LA (H&A-LA), a Valencia-based civil engineering firm, announced that Principals Jeannine Giem and Jason Fukumitsu obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) accreditations. LEED-AP credentials indicate professional excellence and practical understanding of the LEED rating systems. The rating system encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.   Continue reading.


July 23, 2009

HUNSAKER & ASSOCIATES-LOS ANGELES EXPANDS TEAM WITH PLANNING PROJECT MANAGER

Oscar AguilarLOS ANGELES – Hunsaker & Associates-Los Angeles (H&A-LA), a Valencia-based civil engineering firm, has announced the addition of Oscar Aguilar as Planning Project Manager. With more than 14 years of land development design and master planning experience throughout Southern California, Mr. Aguilar will provide land use planning, hillside grading design, and planning and entitlement services to the firm's clients. He also brings extensive experience in preliminary construction cost preparations; tentative and parcel map approvals; architectural review/evaluation; slope density calculations; value engineering; and computer and hand graphics.   Continue reading.


June 17, 2009

HUNSAKER & ASSOCIATES-LA AWARDED CONTRACT BY URBAN HOUSING COMMUNITIES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF LOW-INCOME HOUSING PROJECT

-The Crossings on Amigo to support approximately 136 jobs and provide 90 affordable apartments-

LOS ANGELES – Hunsaker & Associates-LA (H&A-LA), a Valencia-based civil engineering firm, has been selected to assist Urban Housing Communities, LLC, an affordable housing developer, with the development of The Crossings on Amigo, a multi-family workforce housing community located in Reseda, CA. H&A-LA will provide civil engineering support, including preparing plans for demolition, grading, utility and street improvement, as well as preparing and processing plans for erosion control, and storm water pollution prevention and mitigation.   Continue reading.
 
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