Construction Management

Howard Colburn

 

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March 1991 to October 1991

CLIENT: CARYN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

PROJECT: ETIWANDA HIGHLANDS, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIFORNIA

(150 ACRE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT)

I was employed on this project to resolve some complex alluvial fan development issues that had grown to monstrous financial proportions by an unreasonable agency.  The flood control agency had placed conditions on the project to conduct flood flow from an alluvial fan. These costly requirements outstripped any possibility of profit for the residential developments planned.  The construction being proposed was estimated to cost over $5 million when the budget for development provided only $1 million, a budget reasonable for the development scope of improvements.

 

I assisted the civil engineer in the development of a protection program that reduced the cost of a $3 million structure to  $250,000. This structure received off site floodwaters from the alluvial plain instead of capturing flow at the headwater and conducting it to the site.  The savings resulted in a profitable project that provided all necessary flood protection.