Yamabe & Horn Engineering, Inc. announced the opening of its new office in Soledad, in the Central Coast region of California. This office allows both municipal and private development clients from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz to easily access our Central Coast engineering services.
“Our Salinas engineering services bring our full suite of offerings close to our Central Coast customers and allow us to respond to their needs much more quickly. This will help them to get all types of large projects completed in an efficient and timely way,” said Ryan Rabbon, Branch Engineer of Yamabe & Horn Engineering.
These services are far-reaching, and are needed for a wide variety of projects. Municipalities often hire the firm for a variety of civil engineering and municipal surveying tasks. These include public works expansions, master planning for water, sewer, and storm drainage, federally-funded transportation projects, and more.
“We also take care of a variety of institutional engineering needs,” Rabbon added. “Grading and drainage are just the start. We’re also involved in designing ADA-compliant aspects of new sites or upgrading old ones to meet the requirements. Such engineering can involve finding ways to use ramps in outdoor locations in ways that retain the visual beauty of the site, eliminating unexpected hazards, and other such issues. We also cover storm drainage hydraulics, overall site utility design, and related aspects.”
Private development sites often need the same type of work for their commercial engineering projects, though they often include other factors like wastewater control. “Wastewater handling, however, varies depending on what type of businesses are using the site,” Rabbon explained. “An industrial location may need holding ponds or chemical waste treatment facilities, while a shopping mall needs to handle a large amount of sewage. We figure out the best way to handle all site-specific requirements.”
Residential engineering needs can be surprisingly similar to their commercial counterparts in some ways. Sewer design and ADA-compliant access to common areas are absolute requirements. One difference is how road engineering and traffic patterns come into play. Many people will leave or enter the subdivision during a short period of time thanks to people tending to have similar work schedules, so exit points need to be designed in a way that minimizes traffic jams.
“As the requirements for all of these project types shows, it’s very important for us to be able to have engineers close enough to physically visit the development sites at various stages during the process of actually building the various features that are needed. That’s why we’ve decided to add an office specifically for Central Coast engineering projects. It will greatly increase our efficiency and our ability to watch what’s going on as it happens.”