|City of Howell
Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. (HRC) prepared plans and specifications and provided construction administration services for this infrastructure, road and alley project for the City of Howell. This project received a Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) from the State of Michigan.
This project consisted of taking an existing “tired” area and updating it to fit the vibrant downtown scene. Two alleys were renovated by replacing the sanitary and storm systems, placing overhead utilities underground, minimizing utility facilities hanging off the walls, and providing a permeable center brick area. State Street was reconstructed to a “festival,” which provides a place where the City can eliminate cars and provides a walkable area for events like their weekly Farmers Market and annual Melon Festival. HRC designed a zero clearance from the street to the walk while also providing positive drainage. Also, electrical services were provided throughout the corridor for vendor needs as well as new street lights and two electric vehicle charging stations. State Street also included many landscape features, such as new trees, annual and perennial plantings, trash receptacles, benches, and bicycle racks.
There were many challenges that needed to be overcome, and they included; construction of deep sewers within a 9-foot alley; construction adjacent to buildings that are over 100-years old; maintaining access to the residents and businesses, to the alleys; communication during construction when situations on-site demanded changes that affected living and working conditions; coordination with DTE, Comcast and AT&T® to relocate their facilities; and meeting the administration requirements of the CDBG Grant.
HRC responsibilities included:
- Topographic survey
- Preparation of construction plans, specifications, and estimates
- Utility coordination
- Maintaining access and traffic plan
- Permitting for sanitary and water systems
- Power and lighting and specifications
- Construction administration, construction observation, and material testing