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Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Kent County Animal Shelter Finished

Posted by: Williams & Works | Jul, 24th

Project: Kent County Animal Shelter

The Kent County Animal Shelter replaces an existing, outdated animal shelter building. The new 23,000-square-foot shelter is nearly three times the size of the existing one, which dates to the 1950s. In addition to the County’s animal control role, the new facility optimizes the County’s veterinary capabilities and its pet adoption program. A major design consideration in the development of the Animal Shelter was the management of storm water. The proposed Animal Shelter was positioned on top of a hill in the center of the site with a drainage channel containing regulated wetlands along the west side of the site. A surface detention basin was not feasible due to topographic constraints, so the runoff was managed below the parking lot. Williams & Works evaluated the use of underground detention chamber systems; however, the cost of an underground system required another alternative. The final design incorporated the use of leach basins, perforated pipe, and sand backfill, all of which were connected to the native sandy soils found below a 6’—13’ deep clay layer beneath the parking lot. The infiltration rates of the underlying soils were exceptional and allowed the project to move forward without unnecessary expense.  

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Lansing Automotive Distribution Center Finished

TransDevelopment Group is a world-class developer of specialized transportation facilities for shippers and carriers in the rail, highway and marine cargo industries. They contracted Williams & Works to provide civil engineering services for the development of a 223-acre vehicle transfer facility outside of Lansing, Michigan. Services were provided through the planning, design, bidding and construction stages. Williams & Works provided construction staking services for the installation of a 1.25-mile rail embankment, more than 22-miles of new rail, and 68-acres of paved parking. The firm designed the storm water management facilities, obtained well and septic permitting, and designed a sanitary lift station. Bidding assistance and coordination with the general contractor regarding the structures, electrical, paving, fence, and concrete were required throughout construction. Williams & Works coordinated with the various governmental agencies to obtain construction permits and develop traffic detour routes. Meetings were held with the adjacent property owners to keep them informed of the project schedule and the impacts the construction activities. Regular meetings were held with the Client, Owner, and User of the facility to monitor the project schedule, modify particular design aspects, and provide value engineering alternatives. Williams & Works issued bulletins to contractors, evaluated alternatives proposed by contractors, reviewed shop drawings, inspected the constructed improvements and obtained final occupancy permits. Design began in July 2004 and site plan approval was obtained in September 2004. The project was placed on hold through 2005 pending budget allocation. In February 2006, after negotiations with several contractors, TransDevelopment Group selected DeAngelis Contractors of Woodhaven, MI to construct the project. During the bid and negotiation phase, Williams & Works provided bidding assistance-working closely with three separate contractors to provide clarification of the design, evaluate mass grading of over 600,000 cubic yards of material, and review contractor proposals. Construction staking was provided to the contractor and subcontractors on the site, providing the vertical and horizontal controls necessary to complete the project. Construction was completed in 2007.

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Bridge Street Bridge Finished

Posted by: Williams & Works | Jul, 24th

Project: Bridge Street Bridge

Williams & Works provided design and construction engineering services for the replacement of the Bridge Street Bridge over the Flat River in Belding, Michigan. As part of the MDOT Critical Bridge Program, the existing 2-span structure was designated for removal and replacement. Williams & Works developed a type, size, and location study with several alternative structures types for the City of Belding to review. Public information meetings were held, and, after a 2-span structure with various architectural details was selected, Williams & Works developed construction plans and specifications. Williams & Works performed a hydraulic and scour analysis using HEC-RAS and submitted the results to the MDEQ for the necessary permits and compliance with State floodplain regulations. Williams & Works was also responsible for submitting all programming information to MDOT. The bridge design included spread prestressed concrete box beams with a concrete deck and decorative cast-in-place concrete railings. The bridge substructure included concrete abutments and pier supported by steel piles. As part of the approach roadway reconstruction, the storm sewer system was redesigned to improve drainage in the area.

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G.B. Russo & Son - Addition Completed

Posted by: Williams & Works | Jul, 24th

Project: G.B. Russo & Son - Addition

Williams & Works worked for Wolverine Building Group to provide surveying and site engineering services for an 8,000 s.f. building addition and 42-space parking lot expansion. The project required the installation of an underground storm water detention system and construction of a new fire protection line to service the building addition. Our engineers developed plans for an underground storm water detention system to provide volume for the 100-year storm as required by the City. We coordinated this design effort with a local supplier and obtained approval from the City. The critical elements of this project were the coordination with the City of Grand Rapids Development Center to design an appropriate solution to manage storm water runoff on site as well as approval of the LUDS permit. Construction staking services were also provided.

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Kent County Fuller Campus Completed

Posted by: Williams & Works | Jul, 24th

Project: Kent County Fuller Campus

As one of their capital improvements projects, Kent County Facilities Management funded the design and construction of several projects in and around the grounds of the Fuller Complex. There were four main projects on the 77-acre campus, each of which required Williams & Works' survey and design services. Boiler Rooms The first project was the addition of two separate boiler rooms, one at the Community Re-Entry Center and the other at the Kent County Health Department. Survey, design and construction of the building additions were completed in the fall of 2007. Aside from the design survey, Williams & Works provided site grading and drainage design along with the development of erosion control plans. Kent County Animal Shelter A major design consideration in the development of the Animal Shelter was the management of storm water. The proposed Animal Shelter was positioned on top of a hill in the center of the site with a drainage channel containing regulated wetlands along the west side of the site. A surface detention basin was not feasible because of topographic constraints, so the only remaining option was to manage the runoff below the parking lot. We evaluated the use of underground detention chamber systems; however, the cost of an underground system led us to evaluate another alternative. The final design incorporated the use of leach basins, perforated pipe, and sand backfill, all of which were connected to the native sandy soils found below a 6' deep clay layer under the parking lot. The infiltration rates of the underlying soils were exceptional and allowed the project to move forward without unnecessary expense. Circulation Road Several conceptual plans were developed, depicting the route of the new circulation road throughout the complex, as well as the affects the road would have on the existing parking lots. As the landlord of the Fuller Complex, Kent County leases building space to Spectrum Hospital and network180. The Complex also houses the Kent County Animal Shelter, Kent County Health Department, Kent County Sheriff's Office, Kent County Jail, and the State of Michigan Crime Lab. Williams & Works facilitated meetings with these entities during the plan development process in an effort to gain consensus on the plan and create a solution that satisfied the needs of the end users. Once the conceptual road and parking lot layout were approved, a detailed design of the circulation road, parking lots, and drainage facilities were analyzed, refined, and finalized into phased construction drawings. Williams & Works provided construction staking, observation, and administrative services for all site work. Fuller Road Improvements Coordination efforts related to the widening of Fuller Avenue and design of the signalized intersection at the new entrance to the Complex were performed. Our plans were reviewed by the Engineering, Traffic Safety, Street Lighting, Water, Sewer, and Planning Departments. Five subconsultants were utilized on the project to provide services related to traffic analysis, geotechnical testing, wetlands assessment, site lighting design, and design of the new traffic signal.

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The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Completed

Posted by: Williams & Works | Jul, 24th

Project: The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is the largest community theatre in Grand Rapids and one of the largest and oldest in the entire U.S. The building, originally constructed in 1905, had cramped lobbies, limited access and outdated building systems. Tower Pinkster Architects revived the theatre's original grandeur and infrastructure while re-organizing it for greater efficiency, accessibility and safety. Focusing on patron amenities, a three-story atrium along the north façade provides much needed reception space, restrooms and balcony seating. Williams & Works was selected by Tower Pinkster to provide surveying and site engineering services for the building renovations and curb side improvements for the theatre. The project required a topographic design survey, development of a removal, site layout, grading and utility plans. The design of the site improvements was smoothly integrated into the Tower Pinkster bid documents by distributing electronic versions of the design documents. It was possible to construct the improvements without the need for construction staking due to dimensional ties provided on the plans. This project was completed in the winter of 2006. The critical elements of this project were the coordination with the City of Grand Rapids to design a passenger drop-off and realign the curb in Library Street to make the entrance to the theater more pedestrian friendly. The entrances and new curb ramps at the intersection were designed and constructed to meet current ADA standards. Surface runoff was conveyed to the existing storm sewer system, a portion of which was adjusted to match the new curb lin

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Ivanrest Christian Reformed Church Finished

Posted by: Williams & Works | Jul, 24th

Project: Ivanrest Christian Reformed Church

Ivanrest Christian Reformed Church, a growing church in Grandville, Michigan recently completed a new multi-propose room addition they call the ‘West Wing'. The multi-purpose space allows for sports activities, youth group events and a contemporary worship service. The gathering areas allow for bible studies and include a full kitchen and snack bar area. Design features include the use of precast concrete wall panels, contemporary steel railings and aluminum shade structures. Williams & Works provided civil site design services for the building and parking lot additions. The project included preparing grading, utility, and soil erosion control plans for the proposed development and submitting them to the appropriate agencies for review and approval.

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