Party for Parks Connects Children to Great Outdoors

newsIt’s amazing the average child spends only seven minutes a day outdoors.  What’s even more amazing is that this statistic applies to Colorado, a state where the outdoors is everything!  Due to the benefits outside activity gives to curtailing conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease–and the potential health-care costs associated with them–Jeffco Outdoors Foundation (JOF) is on a mission to connect children and families to the outdoors.

Baseline shares this mission.  We’re ...

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Supplying Oil Boom with Affordable Housing

By Rick Behning, PE

energyFirst, the good news — the oil industry is boosting Williston, North Dakota’s economy.  Now, the bad news — workers inside and outside the industry are having a tough time affording the high prices on a limited housing supply.  What’s the answer?  Baseline’s project, Fendee Estates, has one underway.   This planned rural and residential community will provide 703 single-family units below $200,000.  Residents will have the option to lease or own them.

Baseline is proud to help ...

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Civil Engineers Rank #26 in 100 Best Jobs

By Noah Nemmers, PE

civil-engineeringU.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2013 ranks occupations offering a strong combination of employment opportunity, salary, work-life balance and security. Civil Engineers earned slot #26 on the list. According to the report, a main reason is that the Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting a healthy employment growth of 19.4 percent by 2020.

Baseline Corporation’s Civil Engineering Division is pleased to contribute ...

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Time Ticking to Comply with Floodplain Rules

By Chris Rundall, PE, LEED AP

civil-engineeringIn an effort to increase public safety and reduce flood losses across the state, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) issued new floodplain rules and regulations on January 14, 2011. These rules were built off the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) rules to provide uniform standards for regulating floodplains and activities within them.

One of the more stringent criteria found in the CWCB rules concerns ...

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Demystifying the ALTA Survey

by Aaron Demo, PLS

land-surveyingProfessional Land Surveyors are constantly helping clients understand what they need when they say “survey”.  Surveys can range from Improvement Location Certificates (“ILCs”) to the infamous “ALTA Surveys”. Surveys are generally subject to state and local regulations, but can vary dramatically.  The ALTA survey is unique because it is governed by detailed requirements.  It should only vary based on specific, client-dictated requirements.

The American Land Title Association/American Congress on Surveying and ...

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NREL Roundabout Receives ENR Mountain States’ Award

newsBaseline’s design for NREL’s Moss Street Extension Project, which is now Research Road, received Engineering News-Record Mountain Sates’ 2012 Best Projects (ENR) Award of Merit.  The project was spurred by the need to reduce traffic volumes and increase safety for visitors and more than 1,000 on-campus employees.

Research Road consists of approximately a half mile of a new, two-lane collector roadway.  It includes bike lanes extending to the NREL campus along with ...

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Key to Dewatering – Save Money by being Proactive

By Baseline Water/Wastewater Engineering

waste-waterWater/wastewater treatment is an ongoing, high priority in Colorado and there’s no shortage of news about it—especially with discharge regulations getting tighter.  Remember the controversy about the strict standards for arsenic levels CDOT encountered on its highway improvement project at I-25 and West Alameda?  A similar issue happened to RTD on its excavation for an underground bus station at Denver’s Union Station.  In both situations, these ...

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Will QR Codes Replace Paper Building Permits?

By Vince Harris, AICP

community-planningWhat started out as an idea by New York City’s Buildings Commissioner, Robert LiMandri, may find its way to Denver.  Engineering News-Record’s “QR Codes Unlocking Secrets of NYC Building Permits” reports LiMandri is using QR codes to hold building project information so viewers can access it through their smartphones.

LiMandri got the idea after watching a woman search for product information by scanning QR ...

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Jeffco Innovators Echo Encouraging Signs for Real Estate

By Noah Nemmers, PE, PLS & Vince Harris, AICP

community-planningIf you’re looking for signs the real estate market is turning around, Colorado has plenty–especially in Baseline’s home county.  Baseline Corporation was proud to be a sponsor of last month’s 2012 South Jeffco Innovators Real Estate Event from the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation (Jeffco EDC).  Consisting of public and private investors, Jeffco EDC is Colorado’s oldest economic development organization.

We ...

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A + B Bidding Provides Alternative Approach

By Chris Rundall, P.E., LEED AP

civil-engineeringI know A+B Bidding has been around for awhile, but I didn’t have a reason to research it until recently.  I was discussing alternative approaches to construction bidding with a local contractor in Steamboat Springs, and he mentioned this approach to project bidding:

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 A + B x (the daily cost) = Contractor’s bid for evaluation of the lowest successful ...

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