The Austin Independent School District (AISD) was in dire need of opening a new elementary school to serve the southwest region of Austin, particularly the Circle C area. This area has been served by the Kiker Elementary School since 1991. With the population growth in the region, Kiker had doubled in occupancy through the use of portable classroom buildings and a higher student/teacher ratio. Through the November 2004 Bond election, voters authorized funds to build a new school in this area. AISD scheduled a 40 classroom school opening by August 2006. The selected site was within the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone (Barton Springs Zone) and had no road or utilities adjacent to the site. We were responsible for all civil engineering and development permitting for the site and quickly identified that the land plan provided by the architect and AISD would not meet the environmental regulations for impervious cover limits within the Edwards Aquifer. To mitigate this, we worked with the design team in creating a new site plan that was more environmentally sound. Doucet designed the drives, parking, stormwater management and utilities for the site. Our design included a zero-discharge retention/re-irrigation system that met the non-degradation standards of the City of Austin. The irrigation facilities were placed within a native vegetation area with minimal disturbance to the ground. Where necessary, small cedar trees were hand-cut at ground level to provide an area for the irrigation heads to spray. The schedule required a construction groundbreaking by August 1, 2005 for a school opening for following year. Doucet prepared all site development permit application materials, the TCEQ Water Pollution Abatement Plan, construction documents, and permit acquisition. All permits were acquired by August 1st enabling construction to commence on schedule.
Doucet developed a 51,070 SF health clinic building including the following site improvements for this 7 acre site: parking lots, drives, ADA-accessible sidewalks, crosswalks and ramps, water quality and detention ponds, and water and wastewater and landscaping. The project had a very quick design and permitting schedule, which consisted of three months for site development plan preparation and three months for acquiring the City of Austin Site Development Permit. Due to the aggressive project schedule, our staff held several meetings with City of Austin Development Review staff and resolved the major site issues such as the Subchapter E requirements, Heritage Trees and Protected Trees, and Fire Department ingress and egress. Several meetings with the residents in the nearby neighborhoods were held where the team presented the project and addressed any concerns the residents had. The final design plans had over 40 Civil Engineering sheets that included detailed grading plans (including ADA-accessible routes), water and wastewater plans, storm drain plans, water quality and detention ponds plans, erosion/sedimentation controls, tree protection plans, and traffic control plans. The project was designed and permitted within six months. Our staff performed periodic inspections, reviewed contractor's submittals, clarified drawings and answered Request-for-Information. This project was completed on schedule and within budget. In addition, this healthcare center achieved the Silver Rating in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program.
Doucet was the engineer for the replacement facility and wellness center for the Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital. The hospital provides healthcare to Karnes County and is expected to attract numerous physicians and will be two-stories complete with in-patient and out-patient surgery, a Level IV trauma center, physical therapy, imaging department, post-anesthesia and secondary recovery along with a new endoscopy suite, central sterile supply and 25 private rooms on the second floor.
Doucet has an extensive, reputable history of providing peer review services and construction observation services for municipalities and private sector clients throughout New England. For example, we have been assisting the Town of Hadley, Massachusetts Planning Board in this capacity for several years. Our extensive expertise with development of various scales is called upon for the purpose of reviewing and evaluating similar commercial and residential development proposals. Additional municipalities and businesses that have benefitted from our peer review and/or construction observation services include but are not limited to the Towns of Granby and Whately, MA, Country Nissan, Yankee Candle, and Gator Pearson. Our peer reviews have included zoning analyses, site plan review, and stormwater evaluation and design for a broad range of land uses. The final product is typically a detailed report which verifies compliance with applicable regulations and identifies any project constraints. The report may be used by the client as a guide through the remainder of the permitting process.
Pioneer Bank, centrally located in downtown Austin at the corner of 38th and Guadalupe streets, is three-stories high and 35,000 SF. The building provides much needed space for the Bank's growing team and customer base while supporting the Austin community with a room specially designed to host meetings and financial literacy training for non-profit organizations.
Red Oak Village is located at the southeast corner of IH 35 and McKinley Place Drive in San Marcos. The City approved a five-year tax break for any improvements made on the 40-acre site. A variety of retailers are a part of the shopping center: Sam's Wholesale Club, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Marshalls, Petsmart, and Ross Dress for Less. Doucet designed the infrastructure plans for the entire development, plus the roadway, water/wastewater & storm extensions on McKinley and Leigh. Doucet also completed the roadway plans for Cottonwood Drive, and the complete design for the entire site. Services performed: project administration, coordination with developer, conceptual site plan, road improvements and extension, platting, easements, detention pond design, construction documents, permitting, TPDES, construction administration and observation, coordination with a variety of sub consultants, meetings with City and TxDOT.
Mixed-use redevelopment project in Austin that transformed an airport and industrial site into a mixed-use urban community with over 4,000 single-family homes, townhomes, lofts, apartments and condominiums as well as retail, dining and entertainment. The site also included approximately 160 acres of parks and open spaces and an extensive hike/bike trail system.
Doucet performed civil engineering services for the new 11,000 SF outpatient surgery center. The center included conditioned space for two operating rooms and one treatment room with design for an additional 1,700 SF of future expansion including one additional operating room, two treatment rooms and required support areas. The new building has a complete storm water system utilizing cast iron roof drains, interior rainwater leaders and underground storm water mains which will discharge to exterior storm water systems.
Doucet worked closely with the Architect and school district to select a site for the San Marcos High School softball field. Once selected, we coordinated with subconsultants and prepared construction documents and assisted with the construction bidding and administration. Amenities included restroom, concession, and storage building.
Doucet provided engineering services including plans and specs for bidding and construction. Work included design and specifications for grading, earthwork, planting, irrigation and dugouts with slabs to allow for future CMA walls, scoreboard, lighting, power and water and sewer, slabs for press box and bleachers, fencing, and review for compliance with accessibility codes.
Doucet is the on-call engineer for St. Edwards University, providing civil engineering and surveying services for the university since 2014. Currently under construction is the new Residence Hall with a commercial food service space and a new Operations building. The St. Edward's University Residence Hall site is 5.0 acres, and is located within Tract 3 of the overall campus, which is comprised of 4 total tracts at 3001 S. Congress Ave., in the full purpose jurisdiction of the City of Austin. The $40 Million Residence Hall, at 450 beds and 124 units, totals at 185,500 SF and will allow approximately half of the student body to reside on campus. This provides significant housing options to the University as it attracts more out-of-state and international students who often can not afford the rising housing costs in Austin. The site development permit also includes construction of the driveway, parking spaces, grading/drainage, utility, water quality measures and landscape improvements. Construction will be underway in August 2016.
These nine-story office buildings containing 400,000 SF of office space in two buildings and parking garage sit on 2.86 acres that is part of a 16-acre mixed-use development that contains hotels, restaurants as well as these offices. The offices feature a contemporary design of glass and Texas Limestone, colored spandrels, and have energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Doucet was the civil engineer for the entire mixed-use development and was involved with zoning, platting and the civil design of the various uses. The design included grading, paving, drainage, water quality ponds, water and sewer. Doucet was involved with the project from conceptual planning through design, permitting, and construction. The project required coordination of joint use utility services and drainage facilities for the various users. The project is completely built out and is operating successfully.
Over 100 linear feet of existing 36” diameter concrete wastewater line lost the cover and backfill due to scour and downcutting of Country Club Creek just upstream of Grove Boulevard. The line was downstream of the Austin Community College Riverside Campus and many apartment complexes. The exposed line was vulnerable to being deflected with opening pipe joints and wastewater spills if not stabilized. We designed a stabilized riffle downstream of the problem area to stable upstream environment for the new backfill around the exposed wastewater line. To stabilize the exposed wastewater line, an external gasket was used at each joint. The final design included normal bedding for the pipeline to the haunch, rock ballast to the top of the pipe and top it off with 12” diameter rock riprap.
Most of the Austin’s watersheds, including urban and suburban watersheds, are drained by streams that exhibit existing creek bank erosion problems and have the potential for future creek bank degradation. The concern for future creek bank failures, long term channel degradation, and their impact to creekside residents and water quality initiated the City of Austin Drainage Utility Department to authorize the city wide watershed erosion assessments in January 1997. The 17 watersheds are as follows: Barton Creek Watershed Blunn Creek Watershed Boggy Creek Watershed Bull Creek Watershed Buttermilk Creek Watershed Country Club Creek Watershed East Bouldin Creek Watershed Fort Branch of Boggy Creek Watershed Johnson Creek Watershed Little Walnut Creek Watershed Shoal Creek Watershed Tannehill Branch of Boggy Creek Watershed Waller Creek Watershed West Bouldin Creek Watershed Walnut Creek Watershed Williamson Creek Watershed
Doucet prepared “natural channel” design which incorporated floodplain creation and bioengineering to maintain bed load transport and flow conveyance in a stable channel system.
Doucet stabilized the stream banks and maintained bed load transport. Different techniques such as geogrid, large boulders, erosion fabrics, and bioengineering were employed to manage the channel erosion while creating a natural channel appearance.
The Shoal Creek hike and bike trail experienced erosion problems in the lower reaches of Shoal Creek, often completely washing the trail out at some locations along the top of the channel banks. The project designed solutions for nine separate erosion locations along Shoal Creek in the area from 6th Street to 29th street. Nine areas were selected for improvements and were developed using varying techniques such as limestone boulders with geogrid for stability, erosion matting, permeable concrete for trails, and bioengineering were employed to manage erosion of the trails while creating a natural appearance for the channel.
Construction of 7.3 miles of Southern Walnut Creek Bike Trail. The trail is aligned close to the Walnut Creek and Boggy Creek channels where ongoing channel instability and erosion could undermine the new trail. CPE designed Walnut Creek and Boggy Creek channel stabilization measures at four locations, emphasizing the use of green channel stabilization measures, rather than traditional “hard” measures, including 520 CY of gabions, 1,800 SY of soil retention blanket, 3,400 SY of geogrids, 2,840 CY of rock riprap, and 220 CY of large limestone blocks.
Doucet assisted in the development of a master plan within the Waller Creek corridor the Waller Creek District. The master plan’s project area was generally bound by: 12th Street on the north; Interstate Highway 35 on the east; Lady Bird Lake on the south; and Red River street and Trinity Street on the west. One goal of this project was to provide strategies and costs for the restoration of eroded and otherwise degraded sections of Waller Creek stream banks within the study area. Doucet was responsible for budget estimates for all of the creek corridor improvements. Improvements included adding trails, stairs, ramps, terraces, overlooks, path lighting and the removal of obstructions and dams. Doucet also presented the Creek Corridor Comparable Projects Report and Budget Estimate to City of Austin staff and the Technical Advisory Group for their review and comment. Doucet also performed field reconnaissance visits to confirm existing conditions and to identify locations and to make measurements of stream channel improvements.
Whitaker Field at Waller Creek Stream Bank Stabilization Doucet provided bank stabilization services for three of the most severely eroded areas along the west bank of Waller Creek within the University of Texas Whitaker Field property boundary as well as preparation of a Master Erosion Plan for the Waller Creek along Whitaker Field. The existing Waller Creek was characterized by bank erosion, channel bottom down cutting, fallen tree trunks and limbs, significant amount of debris, significant amount of trees, and frequent wastewater line crossings. The University of Texas was losing property and the eroded bank was a potential safety hazard for the athletic field users. To correct this, Doucet used stabilization techniques for the three most severely eroded areas that included placing limestone blocks, selected soil backfill, soil retention blankets and 2’ diameter rock riprap at the problem areas. The City’s Austin Clean Water Program (ACWP) has a wastewater improvement project along a portion of the study area. Doucet coordinated with the ACWP director and project engineer to insure a seamless transition between the two projects. Towards this goal, Doucet assisted the project engineer in creating a Master Erosion Plan which included reviewing of peak discharges, channel velocities and shear, as well as identifying additional bank stabilization areas and locations of grade control structures. The Master Erosion Plan was presented to the representatives from the UT Athletic Department and was well received.
Located in West Lake Hills, Sundown Office Park is a two-story office building with a parking garage on 1.55 acres on the south side of Bee Caves Road at Sundown Parkway, approximately a mile East of Loop 360. The building contains 12,500 SF of office space. Doucet was the civil engineer for the project and was involved with zoning, platting and full civil design. The design included grading, paving, drainage, water quality and detention pond, water and sewer. Doucet was involved from conceptual planning through design and construction administration.
Doucet provided comprehensive civil engineering design, permitting, and construction phase services for this $30 Million new high school for Taylor ISD. The project included 180,000 SF of educational and office space on 50 acres of land at the southeast corner of Highway 79 and FM 973. The project also included the high school parking lot, vehicle driveways and pedestrian access, sport fields and all the utility and drainage infrastructures.
This 67.54-acre site is located on the north side of Ditmar Lane approximately 2500 feet east of its intersection with Manchaca Road, east of the Union Pacific Railroad, within the full purpose city limits of the City of Austin. The site is developed with the Texas Neuro-Rehab Center, which includes a hospital, administrative and medical offices, living and educational facilities for short and long-term patients, and support services for those uses. The project, which includes approximately 16,670 SF of Hospital expansion and 29,045 SF of Convalescent Services, required Planning Commission approval of a new Conditional Use Permit. The new site plan was phased and also included construction of parking areas, detention facilities, vegetative filter strips for water quality controls, and utility relocations and construction to serve the new buildings, as well as accounting for the unpermitted development that was previously constructed.
Doucet is serving as design engineer under the project architect for this campus renovation project. The scope includes the prioritization and identification of the school's most urgent issues that includes but is not limited to fire alarm panels, fire suppression systems, reconditioning or replacement of boilers and chillers in TSD's central plant, foundation repairs, security upgrades, campus electrical distribution system repairs, and water and gas line repairs.
The Phase II Improvements consisted of the construction of four (4) new buildings, renovation of seven (7) existing buildings, associated with the utilities, paving, parking and drainage improvements. Doucet upgraded the entire water and wastewater system within the approximately 80 acres campus, added new parking lots and modified existing driveways and circulation drives. The improvements included the construction of approximately 1,400 linear feet of new sidewalk to meet ADA requirements as well as adding a serpentine segmental retaining wall, a bus stop, tree planting, curb / gutter and the associated utility adjustments. Doucet developed construction plans and specification for site grading, storm sewers, sidewalks, driveways, water and wastewater improvements, retrofitted existing drainage problem areas around the campus, and performed construction phase services. Due to the old age of the campus, many underground utilities were not documented. Doucet worked closely with the contractor and school officials and resolved all the utility conflicts. Doucet also obtained approval from the City of Austin and Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) and prepared the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Special design considerations included construction in a campus setting that has tremendous amount of pedestrian traffic.
This $48 Million county project consisted of adding a new two-story building to the existing and functioning Travis County Correction Facility along with demolition of existing facilities and the relocation of infrastructure and utilities. The new building was approximately 260,000 SF and housed 1,336 inmates. Doucet provided site layout design, access driveways and pavement design, water, wastewater and dry utilities relocation and service extensions to the new facility. Doucet also provided a topographic design survey for improvements, the location of above and underground utilities, and the establishment of the site boundary. Doucet also coordinated with Austin Energy for an onsite Electric Easement, and prepared the easement dedications.
The scope of civil and site work consisted of extending a fire water supply line to feed the proposed building sprinkler system being installed with the building renovation. The fire line water source is the University's fire water distribution system, which has an existing 12-inch diameter dedicated fire line along Whitis Avenue and Inner Loop Drive, on the north side of the Peter Flawn Academic Center.
The project site was located off the southeast corner of Dean Keaton Blvd. and San Jacinto Street, behind the Simkins Dormitory. The site plan included a pump station located within a portion of the ground floor of the San Jacinto parking garage, a 105-foot diameter tank (by 70-foot high) water storage and cooling tank, and the associated parking, driveway, drainage and utility improvements. As the civil engineer of record for this project, we participated in the programming phase through final design phase and provided construction phase services. Our engineering services included assisting the prime consultant in final site plan development. Additional aspects of this project included relocating parking and driveways, protecting large heritage size live oak and elm trees, working with vehicle and pedestrian traffic during construction, adjusting existing utilities, alleviating existing drainage problems into parking garage, and presenting our project to UT staff. We developed the civil engineering design while ensuring safety for students and faculty and minimized the disruption of the day-to-day operations adjacent to the construction site.
Doucet provided planning and civil engineering services for the Washington Mutual Bank Brach/Financial Center at 300 East Whitestone Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas. The 4,000 SF free-standing branch bank is part of a larger retail development with other pad sites. Doucet helped coordinate this project with the adjacent development. Doucet incorporated the site plan with the existing site and survey information and processed construction documents, including grading, drainage and utility plans, for permitting, bidding, and construction. Doucet also designed an erosion/sedimentation control plan and an Edward's Aquifer contributing zone plan to meet the City of Cedar Park and the Texas Commission for Environmental Control requirements.
Downtown Overlay District (DOD), Water Quality Master Plan and Regional Water Quality Pond Design The City of Georgetown developed a downtown master plan to provide a comprehensive development strategy for the central part of the City. The master plan boundary followed that of the Downtown Overlay District (DOD). The DOD, comprised of approximately 110 acres, consisted of varied land uses including commercial, institutional, and residential. As part of the downtown master plan and to provide a more holistic approach toward re-development within the DOD, the City investigated a “regional” approach to providing storm water quality management. Utilizing such an approach eliminated the need for individual water quality ponds on each re-developing parcel, allowing more flexibility in design and providing a more aesthetically pleasing framework for this historic area of the city.
The La Frontera Section I and II development (a 113-acre commercial retail center) is located at the Northwest corner of IH-35 and FM 1325 in Round Rock, Texas. Doucet designed a regional stormwater detention facility to protect downstream properties (structures within the floodplain), and a stormwater quality treatment facility to protect the northern Edwards’ Aquifer. In addition, three downstream road crossings were sub-standard and did not allow for safe passage in a 25-year storm event. Doucet performed a hydrologic analysis on this tributary of Lake Creek and designed culvert improvements for the three road crossings.
The Town Lake Park water quality wet pond is located in the northwest quadrant of the Palmer Events Center. The pond collects, treats, and detains stormwater runoff from approximately 18.3 acres of the site which includes the following areas: Palmer Community Events Center building (rooftop runoff), parking garage, parking and drive area near the Doherty Arts Center, the children’s outdoor arts center, the open meadow inside the large oval sidewalk, and the area in the immediate vicinity of the pond.
Identified as public land (approx 16 acres) within the West Bouldin Creek watershed, Doucet provided water quality, erosion control, and low storm intensity flood control to the creek and riparian corridor. The Best Management Practices (BMP) consisted of a channel runoff diversion structure, a sedimentation/extended detention pond, and a downstream level spreader with a ½-acre vegetative filter strip prior to discharging flow back into West Bouldin Creek
Working with the Parks and Recreation Department, Doucet provided engineering services for a previous landfill site bounded by Town Lake to the north, Mopac Expressway to the east, Stratford Drive to the south, and Eanes Creek to the west. Doucet performed the following: Hydrologic & Hydraulic Analysis for the contributing drainage area upstream of the project site Channel Improvements Design to convey runoff using 6” Conlock with vegetation infill and covered with biodegradable soil retention blankets Liner System Design using Geomembrane EPDM Rubber Liner for the new channel Bank Stabilization development using vegetated reinforced soils, vegetation planting, soil retention blanket, rock riprap, limestone blocks and AKWARDRAIN for Eanes Creek.
Doucet provided planning and civil engineering services for this state-of-the-art rehabilitation and health care center (125 beds) located on a 10.42-acre site on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone in Southwest Austin. Doucet represented the Client at neighborhood and City meetings and prepared a zoning application and supporting materials to get the property re-zoned. After the zoning approval, Doucet worked closely with the Architect, Landscape Architect and other sub-consultants to prepare and process a conditional use consolidated site plan, a floodplain study and a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan through the City of Austin. Doucet used an innovative water quality system that combined a sedimentation/filtration pond with a vegetative filter strip so that stormwater received an additional measure of treatment on this low impact site in a sensitive environmental area. A Water Pollution Abatement Plan from TCEQ was obtained. Doucet was successful in getting City approval and provided construction phase services where required and requested by City and Client.
Whitestone Market is a three-phase retail development on property adjacent to FM 1431 between Parmer Lane and Vista Ridge Boulevard. It is a part of the Silverado Springs Master Plan in Cedar Park, Texas. Phase I consisted of the planning, engineering design, and permitting of 23 acres along the south side of FM 1431 between Parmer Lane and Market Street. A 78,000 SF H-E-B grocery store, approximately 30,000 SF of in-line retail, an H-E-B Fuel Station and one bank pad site currently occupy the site. The use of local limestone and sensitivity to the natural environment make this site special. Doucet’s knowledge of local materials and methods led to the use of limestone retaining and pond walls, a cost effective measure that added to the local character of the site. Doucet achieved fifty percent tree preservation through careful coordination with the city urban forester and performed an Endangered Species Habitat Investigation for Birds and Karst (cave) Invertebrates. In addition to Phase I, a 1500-foot-long commercial collector roadway, Market Street, was designed and permitted. Coordination was required with the Phase II design engineer and with the Silverado Springs developer’s engineer on the off-site street and utility work within the Silverado Springs development. Phase II consisted off the area along FM 1431 between Market Street and Phase III; work included planning, conceptual site planning, subdivision processing and engineering review of infrastructure plans on developer’s behalf. Phase III consisted of the design, permitting, and construction administration for a joint-use driveway to serve lots 1, 2, 3, and 4 as well as utility extensions to provide service to each lot. Doucet performed a Floodplain Determination Study and inundation easement delineation for easement on adjacent property. TCEQ Edward’s Aquifer Contributing Zone Permitting was also required.
Windsor Retail Park is an approximately 125-acre mixed-use redevelopment project to include retail, residential, commercial, office and hospitality elements. Doucet provided conceptual design and preliminary platting for this property which part of the property eventually became Rackspace headquarters.
Doucet was engineer for a 5,000 SF library at Winn Elementary and conducted site work including a detention pond, drainage, and grading. An additional sidewalk was added as well as utility service lines extended to the library.