ELON / HAWK RIDE/ POLO RELIEF SCHOOL

This project requires land development of an residential lot in Charlotte, NC to make way for a new school that will relieve overcrowding in the Elon, Hawk Ridge, and Polo Ridge schools. The residential lot to be graded was a single family ranch home that sat on a 15.86 acre lot. The land development will include the standard grading along with a detention pond for erosion control.

Project State Date: May 2022
Project End Date: May 2023

Project Location: Charlotte, NC
Project Acreage: 15.86

Project Intention: Public School
Project Customer: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

UPDATE 1

FROM HOME TO SCHOOL

The chosen lot for the Elon/Hawk Ridge/Polo Relief School was a two house dwelling sitting on a idealic ranch lot. Being a home that had some existing grading done meant that less habitat change was required for land grading and site development. When developing land that was previously graded it can be a mixed bag. On one hand you have less to clear but on the other hand the existing grading can be all wrong for the coming construction. This particular site gave no problems for land development for the coming school.

COMMUNITY MEASURES

The site that was chosen for the school was immediately adjacent to a residential community and across the street from a pre-existing high school so careful considerations had to be taken. We put in place innovative measures to control noise and dust in order to not disrupt the daily lives of the people of the local community. We also faced a challenge with school students trying to cut across the lot in order to get home to the adjacent communities. To overcome this we constructed fencing and other creative solutions to offer passage but to minimize any danger to any students from the school across the road.

CHANGE OF PLANS

Sometimes when doing site works plans need to change.  This was the case with this project. Some structures needed to be added to the construction plan so we had to adjust the development of some areas and increse the size of the detention pond in order to accomodate the changes. Any time we work on a project we always anticipate changes and make sure we have contingicies in place to accomodate them.

UPDATE 2

KEEPING THE RUNOFF FROM RUNNING OFF

The detention pond was created in the corner of the lot to keep the erosion of the lot to a minimum. The pond contains baffles that filter the silt and make it settle on the bottom of the pond so that the only thing that comes out of the pond is clean water. This is beneficial for the health of the surrounding habitats of the lot which include a small forest, a residential neighborhood, and a busy highway.  

FINISHING UP THE DEBRIS REMOVAL

At the time of this update the remnants of the debris from the lot were all being rounded up and being removed from the lot in order to allow the real dirt grading to begin. Every job has different specifications on where debris should be taken to or what should be done with it. Here at JL Raper we have significant experience in this and can help advise on this. For this particular project, most of the debris was chipped up and turned into quality mulch which was sold to vendors. 

 

RUNNING INTO SURPRISES

One thing that any company that has been doing site works for any amount of time will know is that sometimes you run into surprises that aren’t forseen. With this particual project that surprise was the existence of two sewage tanks on the lot. The owers of the lot knew about a well but were unaware of the two sewage tanks. While grading we discovered the tanks and took appropriate measures to safely remove them.

 

UPDATE 3

LAYING THE PADS

The work being down on the school site at the time of this update included the grading for the foundation slab for the school as well as the parking areas. After the land devolping is done for this next would be the installation of the underground pipes for sewage and fire systems. 

MANAGING THE TOPSOIL

The large mound of dirt that is sitting in the middle of the jobsite is the topsoil that was removed from lot. A lot of it is being held in order to be used on the areas that will contain grass, trees, flowers, etc. But the remaining topsoil will be taken and used by the customer on other sites. The customer was still working out all the logistics on where they wanted the topsoil to be moved so in order to preserve it we tarped the topsoil to protect it from damage until the customer is ready for it to be moved. 

WORKING WITH COMITTEES 

Sometimes a job can be quite complicated, especially if there are a lot of people, departments, entities, etc. involved. Here at JL Raper we are comfortable with these complicated situations and we know how to submit information correctly and to wait on responses before doing anything. We understand the politics of business and will never do anything to make any project more difficult than it has to be. 

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