Overhead Lines

February 01 2017
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Overhead Lines

It is not uncommon that utility overhead lines become the single most challenging and time-consuming aspect of a project's completion.  The utility poles themselves are typically installed and relocated by public agencies such as JCP&L or PSE&G in NJ and by ConEd in NYC.  The level of coordination to keep these agencies on point and on schedule can be extensive.  Stonefield works very closely with all agencies to reinforce the urgency of the coordination.  In many cases, important infrastructure needed for power, communication, and other necessary utilities are all controlled by those overhead utility lines.

 

Serving Retail Users

September 07 2016
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Serving Retail Users

Modern retail development and construction relies heavily on its ability to provide services instanteously.  The technology at your fingertips is driven by the accessibility of utilities that generally cannot be seen easily.  Often coming through the rear elevation, off the beaten path is where one can find the critical elements of modern convenience.  Stonefield works very closely with Project Architects and Retailers to determine the proper location of all utilities to allow for proper installation.

 

Utility Lines

July 27 2016
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Utility Lines

Stonefield engineers and design above, under, and around virtually every type of utility trunkline.  In some cases that requires the relocation of major infrastructure that can take months of planning and logistics discussions with the developer.  Setting expectations properly is one of the most important elements of utility coordination.  We strongly recommend during the entitlement process that potential utility constraints are identified and discussed with the involved agencies.  At that point the level of difficulty and design constraints can be identified to allow for a more informed design process.

 

Drainage Connections

June 29 2016
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Drainage Connections

In Lakewood, NJ, the Stonefield team worked extensively with Ocean County and the Lakewood MUA to provide engineering and design services to allow for the construction of a brand new retail development project at the confluence of two important arterial roadways.  After design and approval, Stonefield worked closely with the Project Team and governing agencies to administer construction and coordinate directly with the contracting team.  Conflicts always arise but overcommunication and constant contact allow for the most successful resolution.

 

Crane & Heavy Machinery Coordination

March 03 2016
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Crane & Heavy Machinery Coordination

Mobilization of cranes to install project infrastructure is a costly, but often required component of urban construction. Stonefield works closely with developers and contractors to ensure that the location of the crane and proposed activities meet all municipal and utility authority notifications and regulations prior to the mobilization of the crane on-site to ensure that the project schedule is not impacted. 





 

Crane & Heavy Machinery Coordination

January 04 2016
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Crane & Heavy Machinery Coordination

In densely populated urban and metropolitan areas, parcel sizes typically decrease and floor area ratios increase as developments begin to go vertical to increase site yield. During the construction phase of these projects cranes are typically utilized to facilitate the installation of the major structural components of a building. Stonefield has provided crane coordination for many projects to ensure all municipal and utility authority requirements are met prior to the crane being mobilized on site. 





 

Dewatering Coordination

December 09 2015
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Dewatering Coordination

As development shifts to increasingly more urbanized areas, excavations within densely developed areas may require dewatering (especially as foundations become deeper to accommodate taller buildings as shown in the photograph above). Dewatering discharges during construction are heavily regulated based on the scale of the project and the composition of the groundwater. Stonefield will work with local and state agencies to determine the design of the dewatering filtration as well as the discharge location to ensure that adequate capacity exist downstream, downstream stability is not affected, and water quality is monitored. 




 

Utility Markout Coordination

November 02 2015
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Utility Markout Coordination

Prior to site excavation, accurate utility markouts and utility plans are integral to aiding the contractor in demolition and construction activities. Stonefield will work closely with local utility authorities to ensure that all underground utilities are clearly delineated on plans as well as out in the field. 







 

Utility Coordination

October 29 2015
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Utility Coordination

Following a project’s entitlement process, utility coordination may be one of the more frustrating items for a developer or contractor. Between utility disconnects, relocations, markouts, scheduling temporary services, regulatory inspections, and right-of-way improvements the process may be daunting particularly for large scale developments. Stonefield provides utility coordination services to ensure that a project is kept on a timely schedule. 





 

Simplifying Utility Regulations & Standards

September 29 2015
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Simplifying Utility Regulations & Standards

Working off of established working relationships with local and regional utility authorities, Stonefield strives to relay accurate utility information and regulations to developers and contractors so that construction can proceed in a timely fashion with minimal delays. Whether it’s utilizing the correct lateral material or installing the correct electrical box, Stonefield will quickly provide the relevant information required to keep the project moving forward. 





 

Electrical & Data Conduit Coordination

September 17 2015
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Electrical & Data Conduit Coordination

Partly due to practicality (but mostly due to aesthetics), more sites are opting for underground conduits to provide electrical and data service to the buildings on site. Stonefield will work closely with contractors on site to ensure that the electrical and data conduits servicing a site are installed in accordance with the local authority’s standards and are trenched through less trafficked on site areas. 




 

Utility Removal Coordination

August 15 2015
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Utility Removal Coordination

The photograph above depicts the structural remains of a large above ground petroleum storage tank. Removals of this scale require coordination with state and federal agencies to ensure that all safety and disposal regulations are followed to prevent contamination of other sites. Stonefield will work closely with developers and contractors to ensure that all removal operations are properly coordinated with the applicable jurisdictional agencies. 





 

Underground Storage Tank Coordination

July 10 2015
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Underground Storage Tank Coordination

Underground storage tanks (USTs) are typically associated with large industrial sites (such as the UST removal depicted in the photograph above). These tanks are heavily regulated on a state and federal level and require additional levels of coordination outside of the standard heating oil tanks and septic tanks that are found on smaller sites. Stonefield will work closely with developers and contractors to ensure UST removal (or installation) proceeds in a compliant fashion in accordance with all applicable regulations. 




 

Utility Disconnection Coordination

June 09 2015
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Utility Disconnection Coordination

Miscommunication on the locations and activity levels of on-site utilities may cause dire issues during construction. Prior to the start of demolition activities on site, Stonefield coordinates with local utility authorities to ensure that all utilities servicing the site are identified, and if possible, capped or abandoned by the authorities in accordance with all local, state, and federal regulations. 






 

Utility Coordination

February 22 2015
Topics:   Utility Coordination
Utility Coordination

Following a project’s entitlement process, utility coordination may be one of the more frustrating items for a developer or contractor. Between utility disconnects, relocations, markouts, scheduling temporary services, regulatory inspections, and right-of-way improvements the process may be daunting particularly for large scale developments. Stonefield provides utility coordination services to ensure that a project is kept on a timely schedule.