Infrastructure Development of the Lufkin Industrial Rail Park, Lufkin, Texas
Klotz Associates, Inc. has been chosen to continue working on the infrastructure development of the Lufkin Industrial Rail Park. Klotz Associates assisted the City of Lufkin in submitting an application to the Federal Economic Development Association (EDA) for project funding. The EDA awarded the City of Lufkin $4,000,000 in financial assistance for development of infrastructure for the Lufkin Industrial Rail Park. Klotz Associates recently completed the Master Plan for the Industrial Park and is currently working on development of the drainage infrastructure and 404 Corp of Engineering Permit.
The new assignment will be to develop infrastructure that can be constructed without impacting the Corp Permit. The new project will include the reconstruction of an existing two-lane County Road into a three-lane, curb and gutter city street as well as constructing the primary and secondary entrances for the Industrial Park.
Houston HEB Distribution Center Dry Storage Building, Houston, Texas
Klotz Associates provided Professional Design Services for the development of a Dry Storage Building on a 22.56-acre site located north of the existing HEB Distribution Center at Clay Road and Windfern Drive in northwest Houston. Design included plans for a new drive to connect the two sites and redevelopment of the existing building on the new site to serve as a dry storage facility for the HEB Distribution Center. The drive included a crossing of the existing Railroad spur. A Land Title Survey and Topographic Survey by Windrose Land Services were also included in the services provided.
University of Houston Systems CIP Program Miscellaneous Engineering Services
The University of Houston Systems Capital Improvement Program includes numerous renovation projects. These projects range in value from approximately $8,000 to $1,000,000 or greater. The construction and renovation projects include classrooms, research laboratories, and office and administration buildings.
Ocean and Coastal Studies Building Earns LEED GOLD Certification, TAMU Galveston, Texas
This project has received official notification from USGBC that it has achieved LEED Gold Certification! It started out with a goal of LEED Silver but as it progressed, several conscious decisions helped exceed that goal. Here are a few things that helped get there:
1. Outstanding performance by the Owner in championing the LEED effort on this project and encouraging the team to go for Gold
2. Outstanding performance with the construction waste management program (diverted 89% of on-site generated construction waste from landfill)
3. Outstanding performance by the Design and Construction team by incorporating recycled content (31%), regional materials (41.3%) and potable water use reduction (41.3%)
Not even Hurricane Ike could prevent the new $53-million Ocean and Coastal Studies Building (OCSB) from opening on schedule and within budget at the Texas A&M University in
Galveston. Flood waters from the hurricane inundated the excavation site a few months after
groundbreaking, but the new three-story, 110,000-gsf research and teaching facility opened as planned in July 2010 and is now home to 40 faculty researchers, approximately 100 graduate students, and undergraduate students studying in multiple science majors.
The university's primary objectives in constructing the facility were to reinforce its position as a leading marine education and research institution, promote interdisciplinary teaching and research, and exceed sustainability standards by earning the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) recognition. Klotz Associates took the lead in all Civil Engineering efforts for this to happen. . . see more
Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority - Skate Park to be Built on an Undeveloped 10-acre Tract, Houston, Texas
The Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority has chosen Klotz Associates to design and oversee the construction of their World Class, Competition Level Skate Park, and “a park with no boundaries.” The parks will be located on an approximately 10-acre site located in the Southwest corner of W. Rankin and Kuykendahl inside the District. This undeveloped property is bound by Harris County Flood Control Ditch P145E (the north fork of Greens Bayou) and Rushcreek Road to the west and south respectively.
The Spring Skate Park is intended to be a premier destination for skaters and observers that will serve as a compliment to Houston’s downtown Joe Jamail Skate Park. The Spring Skate Park will be a fusion of skate spaces, skateable art, green spaces, public art, concession area, restrooms, on-site security and other relative amenities to serve as a community icon. The skate area of the park will have an estimated 50,000 square feet and will include skate bowls and transitional and street skating challenges for beginners, intermediate and expert levels.
The “park with no boundaries,” is a 1-acre area specifically designed for handicapped and mobility challenged children.
The entire development is located within the flood plain and will be a Low Impact Design area with LEED elements. Sustainable design features to be incorporated include bioswales, grey water irrigation, solar lighting, vegetated erosion controls, pervious walkway materials, and maintaining the existing wetlands by including them into the green areas of the park. Cut and fill may be balanced within the project limits incorporating grass-covered mounds as observation and picnic areas around the skating areas.