Commercial Build? Know what your city needs.



PRD Land Development Services has a unique advantage over other civil engineering firms when it comes to commercial projects. The team has advanced knowledge of how to partner with local municipalities to make sure your build is on-time and on-budget.


You should never hear the phrase, “The city is making me,” from your civil engineer. That means that the proper research wasn’t done and they overlooked something critical when it comes to permitting.


There are a lot of moving parts when coordinating with other disciplines and making sure that you’ve planned with the city in mind is paramount to a successful build.


It’s important that your civil engineer knows where your thoroughfare plan is. This is how traffic is going to move through the city. If that hasn’t been considered early in the build, there will be delays.


PRD Land Development Services served as the civil engineer for Star Cinema Grill, a 5.6-acre theatre in Sugar Land, Texas. Because this site was developed after the existing roundabout was constructed, the grades for the site were required to tie into the road while the building was required to sit much higher than the existing road. Once design began, PRD determined that a retaining wall would be necessary for allowing natural access to the theatre while sustaining the desired aesthetics of the site.


When it comes to your commercial project, can your civil engineer define pro rata share? When a new subdivision or project is being developed within the City limits, City services such as water and sewer must be extended. In order to provide these services in a fair and equitable manner, the City oversees a “pro rata” system at no cost to the public. Pro rata is a cost allocation method that divides up the total cost of service extensions between parties that build or will use them. That way, no one is forced to pay more than their fair share for the infrastructure they will use. [1] This is important because a city can’t make you provide more than your impact on the road. They can tell you can’t access the road, but they can’t make you in charge of it.


Detention plans get more complex when a property is on land with existing construction. PRD consulted on Beltway Southwest Building 4, an amazing commercial site built in the City of Houston covering 7-acres. We tirelessly researched and discovered a regional detention plan for this industrial building that stands at 112,500 square feet. The design required sufficient drainage away from the building while still allowing access for large trucks to the truck well docks.


While the detention for the overall site had been previously designed and constructed, the grading and storm design was locked in by the previously constructed directly adjacent site. The challenge of draining away from the proposed building without draining onto the adjacent site involved a storm design that would allow for the inlets to act as a swale draining the runoff towards the existing detention.


These considerations for a commercial project are mandatory and when working with experts like PRD Land Development services, you can be assured that nothing will be overlooked with the city you’re partnering with. Our knowledge of municipalities is unparalleled and we strive to make sure that the end result works out for everyone with fewer headaches. On your end, there aren’t any. We simply take care of it. Reach out to us today.


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