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Terra-Petra handles soil clean up for the famous Pacific City project in Huntington Beach California

October 10, 2014

Pacific City is an outdoor mall going up on Pacific Coast Highway just south of the pier in Huntington Beach, California. According to the Los Angeles Times, the developers of a $135-million shopping center face an unusual challenge — how to embrace the city’s proud identity as Surf City without descending into surfing kitsch. Terra-Petra is on the job to make sure that the challenge is met. The Pacific City site is about 31 acres bounded by Pacific Coast Highway, First Street, Atlanta Avenue, and Huntington Street. The site is divided into three parcels: commercial/retail, hotel, and residential. Entitlement Plan Amendment applications have been submitted separately by each site owner/developer to revise original 2004 approvals for 191,100 sq. ft. of commercial uses, 8-story 400 room hotel, and 516 condominiums. Read more.

We thought we’d share the “Terra-Petra photographic journal” of the Phase I Borrow Soils excavation for the Pacific City project. Photos of excavation/stockpile activity are courtesy of David L. Lucero.

Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area.

Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area.

Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area.

Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area.

Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area.

Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area.

Terra-Petra Interim soil stockpile/soil discing area.

Interim soil stockpile/soil discing area.

Terra-Petra Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area for Pacific City project Huntington Beach

Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area

Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area.

Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area.

Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area.

Phase I Borrow Soils excavation area.

Interim soil stockpile/soil discing area.

Interim soil stockpile/soil discing area.

Soil transport from excavation area to discing area.

Soil transport from excavation area to discing area.

Soil stockpile/discing area.

Soil stockpile/discing area.

Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast

August 28, 2014

Hundreds of Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast

LiveScience.com
 By Becky Oskin, Senior WriterAugust 24, 2014 1:05 PM

In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast.

Even though ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, researchers report today (Aug. 24) in the journal Nature Geoscience.

“We don’t know of any explanation that fits as well as methane,” said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State.

>Continue reading.

Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast

August 28, 2014

 

LiveScience.com
 By Becky Oskin, Senior WriterAugust 24, 2014 1:05 PM

In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast.

Even though ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, researchers report today (Aug. 24) in the journal Nature Geoscience.

“We don’t know of any explanation that fits as well as methane,” said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State.

>Continue reading.

Terra-Petra’s philanthropic efforts appreciated in Huntington Beach, California

August 21, 2014

Over the years Terra-Petra has been involved with designing methane mitigation systems for many different types of buildings including residential, commercial, retail, multi-family, hospitals, police stations and the likes. On occasion we come across a project that promotes the welfare of others and we are eager to get involved. Such was the case when we received a request for proposal to design a methane mitigation system for a proposed single-story caretaker apartment building adjacent to an existing Kingdom Hall structure in the City of Huntington Beach, California. The caretaker building is being developed by the South Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a non-profit organization, for the purpose of providing conveniently located living quarters for the regional Hall overseer during periodic visits.

consultingAfter researching the project, we learned that the footprint of the proposed building falls within the 100’ radius of a pre-existing subterranean oil well.

This proximity to the oil well triggered the need for a methane mitigation system under the requirements of the Huntington Beach Fire Department City’s Specification No. 429. No direct work on the oil well will be required; however, contamination from this well, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), have potential to migrate through soils and contaminate the air of surrounding buildings. This contamination hazard renders the proposed building a ready candidate for a protective methane mitigation system.

The process of designing and permitting a methane mitigation system through the Huntington Beach Fire Department can be a very comprehensive and expensive process under the most favorable conditions. Knowing the South Congregation’s situation as a non-profit organization, so we elected to donate our services to design the methane mitigation system at no charge to the Congregation. We are very happy to have had the humble opportunity to provide our services (however minimal) and work on a project that will support the health and well being of so many.

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