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Florence Avenue mixed-use project, Sebastopol, CA

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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification is increasingly requested by our clients and we have been a major contributor to numerous LEED certified projects.

An example of such a project is the Florence Avenue mixed use live/work project. GHD provided LEED Commissioning Authority services for this eight building project in Sebastopol, CA that includes 12 live/ work units, two retail spaces, and four commercial spaces. The project is seeking a LEED gold rating and includes innovative sustainable site features and unique energy conserving mechanical and electrical systems. Systems commissioned include radiant heating systems, night air cooling system, tempered ventilation, photovoltaic power systems, daylighting and occupant sensor lighting controls, and instantaneous domestic hot water heating.

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Infrastructure report for Candlestick Point and Hunters Point

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GHD developed an infrastructure concept report for the Candlestick Point and Hunters Point Development, a 750-acre, proposed commercial, research and development, and residential redevelopment project which includes 10,000 residential units.

The report presents conceptual designs for mass grading, low pressure water, high pressure water, recycled water, storm drain, treated storm drain, sanitary sewer, and joint trench systems. It also documents assumptions and analyses made in conjunction with the designs of these systems.

GHD also participated in the development of a construction phasing plan for the project, which will occupy a duration period of approximately one decade and which incorporates multiple environmental, geotechnical, transportation, and other coordination issues. We developed construction cost estimates for the utility systems presented in the infrastructure report. The construction cost estimates were developed using GIS and incorporated construction phasing. Coordination with numerous consultants (construction, architecture, landscape architecture, sustainability, transportation, environmental, geotechnical), City staff (the Mayor’s office, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission), US Department of Defense, US Navy, and state and federal environmental agencies has been ongoing.

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Port of Portland multi-tenant chemical pipe rack infrastructure

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GHD developed a master plan and final engineering designs for a bulk liquid terminal including a 100-foot long pipe bridge with up to 15 dedicated unloading lines. The terminal handles products including methanol, propylene glycol, liquid fertilizers, vegetable oils, bio-diesel and glycerine.

GHD completed the master plan, preliminary engineering, and a USD2 billion probable cost determination for the new bulk liquid terminal installed at Berth 401, Port of Portland Terminal 4. This berth had been previously reviewed by GHD for an existing tenant as a potential unloading facility for methanol. In addition to methanol, other products that may be transferred would be lignite, urea ammonium nitrate, propylene glycol, liquid fertilizers, vegetable oils, bio-diesel feed stocks, bio-diesel, glycerin, and ammonium calcium nitrate. GHD also produced construction documents and provided construction support for final design for bulk liquid terminal improvements.

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San Francisco West Harbor Marina Renovation

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The San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor, West Harbor Renovation Project consists of the redesign of complete renovations for the 325-berth marina. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department administers the marina.

The marina project is funded by a loan from the California Department of Boating and Waterways. GHD prepared complete design-build RFP bridging documents consisting of plans and specifications for demolition of existing berths and construction of reconfigured berths in the West Harbor, upgrade of electrical and water dock utilities, installation of new barrier-free access gangways with security gates, construction of a new 300 foot long concrete floating breakwater and an 185 foot long cantilever sheet pile breakwater, repairs to the revetment, earthen mole removal, maintenance dred

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Santa Clara County Housing Authority Improvements

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GHD was responsible for the electrical, structural, mechanical, and design and commissioning for this 35,000 square foot renovation with a final construction cost of USD5.2 million.

The project included a planning phase, design phase and phasing for construction. Energy efficiency of the facility was improved dramatically, with over USD35,000 per year in estimated energy cost savings. GHD assisted in the application for a substantial utility rebate that the client received through PG&E’s Non-residential Renovation Rebate program.

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West Estudillo Historic Downtown Improvements, San Leandro, CA

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GHD was responsible for preparing alternatives and design of streetscape improvements for West Estudillo Avenue between San Leandro Boulevard and East 14th Street, including storm drainage extension, street crown lowering, street lighting, crosswalks, sidewalk enhancements, and utility undergrounding. GHD was the lead agency for the Rule 20A utility undergrounding project, including preparation of the Form B for all utility company sign-off.

West Estudillo Historic Downtown Improvement Project represents one of three projects that GHD and Golden Associates have successfully worked together, as an effective team, for the City of San Leandro. We were the prime consultant and provided all the traffic, electrical and civil components of the project. Partially funded by a TLC Grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the objective of the West Estudillo project was to provide an important link between the BART Station and the Central Downtown Core by improving the pedestrian experience, providing adequate parking and visually connecting the five-block area.

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Defense & National Security

Surface Transportation Pier, San Nicolas Island, Pacific Ocean

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GHD was the lead design firm selected for this design/build project to construct a surface transportation pier and shore side support facilities at San Nicolas Island in the Channel Islands off the southern California coast. This project is the first open-ocean, roll-on/roll-off cargo pier in the world.

The project was managed by SouthWest Division for the NAVAIR Weapons Division at Point Mugu. The Navy’s team included a third party review by technical experts from the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center at Port Hueneme.

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US Navy Northwest LEED Certified Underwater Acoustics Research Design and Build project

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GHD was the primary design consultant for this design/build project located at Naval Base Kitsap at Bangor, Washington. The project included design and construction of a new two-story 22,800 square foot, ADA-compliant, sustainable-design (LEED® certified) underwater acoustics research laboratory with an open storage lay-down area and parking to replace the existing acoustics research spaces located at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

To provide for the relocation of the Fox Island Laboratory on-water operations, the project also included the design and construction of a 190-foot long, 25-foot wide precast and cast-in-place concrete pier for personnel and HS-20 truck access, eight mooring dolphins, and a 120-foot long, 22 foot wide steel truss transfer span to serve a relocated 350-foot long, 59-foot wide, 15-foot high floating concrete pontoon at the project site. The mooring of small to medium sized vessels and a single, large research barge, new facilities on the relocated pontoon, electrical, communication, water and sewer utilities, and site grading and roadway improvements landside of the pier were also included. 

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Resources & Industrial Facilities

Tillamook Creamery Warehouse Automatic Storage and Retrieval System

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GHD provided engineering and construction support services to allow a fast-track warehouse expansion while the Tillamook County Creamery continued operating. Its new state-of-the-art cheese warehouse includes boilers, maintenance, refrigeration, and steam facilities.

In order to accommodate the new aging/storage warehouse, the existing boiler plant was relocated. Site water and utilities were relocated and expanded to support the operational relocations and the new warehouse.

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Social Infrastructure

American Memorial Park Visitor's Center

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American Memorial Park honors the American and Marianas people who gave their lives during the Marianas Campaign of World War II. As part of a design team, GHD provided civil, structural and environmental engineering services for major improvements to the park and the downtown Garapan area. The project consists of three elements: a new memorial garden, a new visitor cultural center, and improvements to the existing amphitheater.

Our team provided engineering site investigations, subsurface soils exploration, and identification of permit requirements. Site civil improvements included water and sewer utilities, parking, entrance access, walkways, and drainage. The structural design for the new visitor cultural center that is a 7,000 ft2 single-story structure included an in-house theater, as well as a fabric cover on the outdoor amphitheater.

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ArchCare Fire Protection Upgrades New York

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GHD provided program management and design of fire protection and electrical engineering services for five (5) existing occupied aged care homes in New York City. Buildings ranged from 5 to 15+ stories, of varying ages and configuration, in a highly congested urban setting. The projects included the design of automatic wet-pipe and dry-pipe sprinkler systems, electric fire pump and electrical power and back-up power and fire alarm improvements including a complete voice addressable fire alarm system throughout one high rise building.

One of the key achievement’s which benefited the owner was to simplify extensive regulations into a design and construction program inclusive of contractor selection and oversight to meet multi-million dollar capital improvements in a very short time schedule. Extensive Fire Department of New York City approvals and consents were achieved in rapid succession and included programming, design, bid/tender and construction administration support. Construction support and detailed project phasing and planning allowed continued occupancy during the work with minimal disruption to residents.

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California Health Care Facility design build project

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GHD was the lead engineer for two major phases of the USD1 billion California Health Care Facility for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The first phase consisted of an abatement, demolition, and site readiness project on which GHD worked with the architect on the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates for the abatement and demolition of 15 buildings and site utilities, as well as the design of access roads, staging areas, security fencing and electronics, and power systems.

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CDCR-Susanville Wastewater Treatment Plant Modifications Project

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The California Correctional Center at Susanville and High Desert State Prison, owned by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), has grown and prison wastewater flows have exceeded the wastewater treatment system capability. As a result of overloading of the existing treatment facility and disposal areas, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a number of Board Orders requiring changes to and an upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant. Winzler & Kelly was contracted to design the upgrades for the plant. The nearly USD40 million project was designed in 2007 – 2008 with construction scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2009.

The existing facility is located in an unincorporated area of Lassen County, approximately seven miles east of the City of Susanville and is situated on a 1,100-acre parcel owned by CDCR. The Susanville-CDCR wastewater treatment plant provides treatment for approximately 10,000 people from both prisons by treating, storing and reclaiming wastewater for agricultural use.

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Construction of Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center

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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Kealia Pond Headquarters and Visitor Center is a 7500 square foot, LEED® Silver building (certification pending) that replaces a Headquarters/Visitor Center destroyed by fire in 2006.

Architectural concepts were developed with the locale and history of the Hawaiian island of Maui in mind. These concepts included double pitched roofs, lava rock clad footings and columns and siding that is consistent with the local architecture. The Visitors Center includes an exhibit hall, reception and lobby area, book store, bathrooms, and multi-purpose room. Sight lines from the reception area into the exhibit hall were stressed to encourage visitors to enter the exhibit hall. The project design employed a Building Information Model (BIM) in order to allow both the owner and the design team to accurately understand the coordination of architectural and structural elements and the aesthetic features of the complex roof-framing and open site lines. GHD served as the prime consultant and completed the civil, structural, mechanical and electrical system design, the environmental review and permitting, and is serving as the LEED® Project Administrator and Commissioning Agent.

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HSU College Creek Housing

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As the university’s campus engineer, GHD was appointed to design an innovative, all-weather synthetic turf soccer field along with 165,000 square feet of student housing and including water and sewerage services.

GHD completed the civil site design for the construction of the new College Creek apartments at Humboldt State University. The civil site design included the design of water, sewer, storm drain and fire water supply for the support of the nearly 165,000 square feet of new housing and support facilities.

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PSU campus steam and chilled water loop utilities expansion

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GHD analysed energy use at the 23 square-block PSU campus and developed plans for more efficient steam and chilled water systems that will save USD46,000 a year in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This project won a 2012 Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC Oregon).

Comprehensive utilities master planning provided design, project management, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering services for a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate the projected needs for the campus chilled water loop and steam central plant requirements to match the projected growth to 2018.

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San Quentin State Prison

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San Quentin is California's oldest and best known correctional institution. The prison today includes a reception center for new commitments, a parole violator unit, general population units, and a minimum security work crew unit.

San Quentin State Prison was opened in July 1852 and covers 432 acres. San Quentin housed both male and female inmates until 1933 when the women's prison at Tehachapi was built.

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Upstate Medical University, Geneva Tower, Syracuse, New York USA

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GHD was instrumental in the renovation of the existing 23 story, 137,000 square foot Geneva Tower building located in downtown Syracuse. The 1974 building was completely gutted and renovated to include two floors of common spaces and 21 floors of apartments for students attending the Upstate Medical University. 

GHD provided HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical design and construction administration services for the project. We also served as the LEED consultant for the owner, design team and construction manager and verified that all systems were working as efficiently as possible and in accordance with the contract documents. This included facilitating the LEED certification process and creating a roadmap to guide the inclusion of sustainable concepts and processes into the project. As a result, we identified that the renovated building would use 40 percent less energy.

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Transport Facilities

Brannan Street Wharf

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The Brannan Street Wharf, presently under construction, will be a major new open space constructed over the water in the heart of the South Beach neighborhood in San Francisco. Located on the Embarcadero Promenade between Pier 30-32 and Pier 38, and replacing Piers 34 and 36, the new wharf will provide 57,000 square feet of new public open space. Constructed over the water, it will be 830 feet in length with a width of 40 and 140 feet on opposing ends. In addition to seating, viewing and plaza spaces, the wharf will feature a 400-foot neighborhood green to accommodate various recreational uses.

GHD, as the lead design firm in a joint-venture, performed site investigations, conceptual engineering design of structural alternatives, design development and final design for the new wharf. Seismic design of the pile-supported wharf was undertaken in accordance with the methodology in the Port of Long Beach Wharf Design Criteria and ASCE Seismic Design of Pile-Supported Piers and Wharves.

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Caltrans District 11 site development

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The new Caltrans District 11 headquarters was constructed on a 14-acre site, formerly used for storage and overflow, into a five building complex that will serve as the District’s new headquarters.

The existing Old Town trunk sewer occupied the Juan Street right-of-way and was rerouted to accommodate the multi-building campus. To provide sufficient slope and accommodate city and MWWD design guidelines, the sewer was reconstructed between an existing manhole in Taylor Street and the interceptor sewer inside the San Diego River levee.

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Port of Portland Multi-Tenant Chemical Pipe Rack Infrastructure

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GHD developed a master plan and final engineering designs for a bulk liquid terminal including a 100-foot long pipe bridge with up to 15 dedicated unloading lines. The terminal handles products including methanol, propylene glycol, liquid fertilizers, vegetable oils, bio-diesel and glycerine.

GHD completed the master plan, preliminary engineering, and a USD2 billion probable cost determination for the new bulk liquid terminal installed at Berth 401, Port of Portland Terminal 4. This berth had been previously reviewed by GHD for an existing tenant as a potential unloading facility for methanol. In addition to methanol, other products that may be transferred would be lignite, urea ammonium nitrate, propylene glycol, liquid fertilizers, vegetable oils, bio-diesel feed stocks, bio-diesel, glycerin, and ammonium calcium nitrate. GHD also produced construction documents and provided construction support for final design for bulk liquid terminal improvements.

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San Francisco West Harbor Marina Renovation

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The San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor, West Harbor Renovation Project consists of the redesign of complete renovations for the 325-berth marina. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department administers the marina.

The marina project is funded by a loan from the California Department of Boating and Waterways. GHD prepared complete design-build RFP bridging documents consisting of plans and specifications for demolition of existing berths and construction of reconfigured berths in the West Harbor, upgrade of electrical and water dock utilities, installation of new barrier-free access gangways with security gates, construction of a new 300 foot long concrete floating breakwater and an 185 foot long cantilever sheet pile breakwater, repairs to the revetment, earthen mole removal, maintenance dred

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Surface Transportation Pier, San Nicolas Island, Pacific Ocean

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GHD was the lead design firm selected for this design/build project to construct a surface transportation pier and shore side support facilities at San Nicolas Island in the Channel Islands off the southern California coast. This project is the first open-ocean, roll-on/roll-off cargo pier in the world.

The project was managed by SouthWest Division for the NAVAIR Weapons Division at Point Mugu. The Navy’s team included a third party review by technical experts from the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center at Port Hueneme.

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Workplace & Lifestyle

Chase Tower, Rochester, New York

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The owner was faced with required upgrades to the water supply system for the fire standpipe and hose system in this existing 30-story high rise office building and GHD provided detailed design, bid/tender and construction support services.

The challenge was how to incorporate the existing single zone fire system within pressure limitations of compulsory fire standards and required a new high-pressure electric fire pumping system, new primary power switchboards and feeds and an 800 KW emergency power system with retrofit structural reinforcement for the generator location. This occurred in a very limited city site and fire service acceptance testing. A forward looking design incorporated minor changes to allow for future fire sprinkler retrofit water supply feeds – which allowed the owner to meet upcoming code changes on a proactive and cost effective basis.

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Confidential utility company site

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When a large electric utility was faced with protection needs of a 2,000 MW major power plant site, a coordinated and exact detailed design of specialized fire systems, controls and emergency action plans were required to limit business interruption losses.

Detailed 3D designs were incorporated for an expansive fire systems upgrade for a large electrical power facility using deluge water spray on exterior transformers, fire pump and water storage tank, facility-wide fire alarm and controls, air aspirating smoke detection, clean agent protection for underfloor control rooms, flame detection and foam suppression systems. Systems construction and acceptance testing and commissioning were accomplished in the operating plant with minimal outages for continued business operations.

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Destiny USA and Palisades Centre, Syracuse and West Nyack, New York, USA

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GHD was the primary fire engineering & life safety consultant for two separate 300,000+ m2
(3+ million sf) three and four level covered mall buildings with car parks, entertainment and retail facilities. We provided fire engineering, code consulting and fire systems designs and led a team of design professionals as well as coordinated with architects, structural, and development team on the various fire protection and life safety requirements and alternate solutions for achievement of project desired features. The project included the design of fire sprinkler, standpipe hoses, smoke control, fire alarm/detection and emergency communication systems.

Palisades Centre used a performance based fire engineering design analysis to use exposed structural steel in lieu of traditional passive fire protection for the mall portions of the facility resulting in significant cost and schedule reductions and achieving a unique interior design motif. Destiny USA used a fire engineering analysis to allow 40,000+ m2 open floor plan retail, entertainment and leisure facilities along with staged egress evacuation models for greater than 12,000 occupants on one floor. Both facilities involved close coordination, discussion and approvals from local fire and building authorities.

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White Plains City Center, Trump Tower and Ritz Carlton

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GHD performed building and fire code consulting and a fire engineering analysis for a 45,000 m2 (500,00+ sf) retail and entertainment facility, two 35 story and one 15 story residential tower, 40 story high rise office and luxury hotel tower, large 12 level car park with 3,000 m2. (31,000 sf) health club and 4 story hotel.

The code consulting provided specific guidance to the entire design team for rapid design, permitting and construction of this re-build effort of a major downtown facility. Time savings, reduced construction changes and continuous discussions with the building and fire authorities having jurisdiction occurred. Fire engineering analysis of the car park and hotel yielded an alternative solution for fire resistance rated construction requirements.

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