Cole has been asked to speak at The American Public Works Association (APWA) Missouri Chapter Fall Conference being held in Lake of the Ozarks, MO, next week Nov 3-5. Cole will present on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards and Regulations for Public Rights of Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) and the ULIP-ADA™ technology behind ADA Transition Planning. Our presentation intends to help attendees gain a better understanding of the ADA legislation, the necessity of a transition plan, and the benefits of a cost-effective, proven technology.
Mike Vonderheide, PE, Senior Project Manager, and Belinda Banger, Vice President / Chief Strategist will co-present. Cole will also have one of our very own certified ULIP-ADA™ operators at the conference to demonstrate the technology and make a few runs on the segway.
The APWA Fall Conference welcomes various municipalities and public agencies in the state of Missouri. As a member of the organization and proven ADA Transition Planning consultant, Cole is looking forward to networking with colleagues. We hope to see you there!
Cole is pleased to announce the opening of The Roxton in Denton, Texas. The Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Oct 16 from 5pm-7pm. The property underwent rehabilitation in late 2012 with the assistance of a HTC (Housing Tax Credit) award from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Cole’s duties included analysis of existing infrastructure and design of replacement infrastructure, project phasing, coordination of platting and permitting, landscape architecture, and construction phase services for the 120 affordable housing unit property.
The Roxton (formerly Singing Oaks) represents just one of several HTC projects designed by Cole. Our experience with Housing Tax Credits includes numerous projects in North Texas and Louisiana. We’ve helped complete over 2,500 multi-family units in 13 different communities. Projects have included new construction, phased reconstruction, and over 600 senior assisted living units. Whether our clients are applying for competitive or non-competitive housing tax credits, we can help with pre-application site selection all the way through entitlements, design, and construction.
Cole is providing HTC engineering consultant services for additional projects on the boards in the state of Texas including Amberwood in Longview, a 78 unit property on 6.8 acres slated for completion this year; Saige Meadows in Tyler; Summit Parque in Dallas; and Abbington Meadows in Howe. We wish all of our clients luck in the upcoming TDHCA tax credit selection process for 2014.
At Cole, we assist our clients in taking a proactive, sensible approach to effective planning for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance in the public rights-of-way. While some public entities have completed ADA Transition Plans, many are in the process of updating or creating new plans to include the necessary assessment of public rights-of-way. The traditional ADA inventory process can be laborious and imprecise. This challenge motivated us to find a viable solution for our clients. We identified a one of kind sensor and acquisition system created by Starodub, Inc. who was originally contracted by the Federal Highway Administration to develop a dedicated technology designed for accurate collection of comprehensive data for ADA transition planning. With the complement of our in-house software development, engineering and ADA expertise, Cole aligned forces with Starodub, Inc., a highly reputable transportation engineering firm specializing in advanced technology, to ensure this system could be made available nationally.
In June 2013, Cole and Starodub, Inc. signed an exclusivity agreement for the ULIP-ADA™ technology. Having exclusive rights to the ULIP-ADA™ allows us to offer a unique service to our clients around the country in the most cost effective way possible. The Ultra-Light Inertial Profiler (ULIP) records measurements and potential barriers to determine compliance with the ADA. This highly accurate tool is mounted on a segway for expedient and efficient data collection.
Cole has completed the inventory process for two transition plans in the St. Louis area and is currently working in North Texas, Arizona, and with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Stay tuned for updates on these projects.
Cole is pleased to announce that we are moving our corporate headquarters from Sunset Hills to downtown St. Louis, MO, at Union Station. On July 8, 2013, our St. Louis team will be working out of the Power House building in a fresh open setting that better reflects our collaborative environment. This relocation complements our recent St. Charles County, MO, office move to the new urban inspired Streets of St. Charles and places us in a location similar to the Texas office in Frisco Square. All three of Cole’s established offices are now located in thriving business and entertainment districts.
This move not only continues to allow us to better serve the St. Louis region, it further aligns Cole with the re-urbanization of American cities; one of the more significant trends of our industry. We’re excited to have an office in the City of St. Louis which is experiencing a remarkable period of revitalization.
Stop by and visit soon! Our new address is: Power House at Union Station, 401 S. 18th Street, Suite 200, St. Louis, MO 63103 (phone remains the same 314-984-9887).
Our office will be closed on July 5 to accommodate the move. We wish you a safe and happy Independence Day celebration!
The City of Clayton, MO, has selected Cole as their ADA Transition Planning consultant. Our team will be examining the existing conditions of pedestrian access routes to assist Clayton in achieving compliance with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards & Regulations and Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG). The end result will be a legally defensible ADA transition plan including a prioritized list of barriers and estimated annual budget for removal.
Data will be collected on 60 miles of sidewalk, 1200 curb ramps, and 23 signals in the City of Clayton. We are conducting the ADA public inventory using a modern technology built custom for ADA transition planning. These highly accurate and cost effective tools involve a ULIP (Ultra Light Inertial Profiler) mounted on a segway along with a Cole developed ArcGIS Database, web portal and electronic forms for data collection, synching, and sharing. We’re also assisting the City with staff training, public outreach, and grievance procedures.
Cole is pleased to continue working with the City of Clayton. The project will begin next month when we kick off work plan development and review of the City’s existing policies and design standards as they pertain to the ADA.
Stribling Hall at the Missouri Military Academy (MMA) has recently been awarded LEED Silver Certification by the United States Green Building Council. Cole worked with M+H Architects on the demolition of existing Stribling Hall and construction of a new 6,000 SF building and improvements to the main entry of the campus and drop-off area. Cole’s contribution to LEED Certification included a stormwater pollution prevention plan, calculations for dedicated open space, drought tolerant native landscape design, and a tree shadow study complete with the selection of highly reflective paving materials. Our additional responsibilities included site grading, storm and sanitary sewer design, AutoTurn analysis, and consultant coordination for geothermal well layout and associated piping.
Ensuring that our projects endure through smart and skillful design and implementation is an intrinsic part of what we do here at Cole. Whether it’s water quality, material reuse, or energy efficient construction methods, we incorporate sustainable practices wherever possible. Our success lies in allowing sustainable elements to drive design decisions and subsequently integrate seamlessly with the built project. Stribling Hall, which was completed in early 2012, is the 10th LEED Certified project on which Cole has worked and the second on the MMA campus.
For years, our partnerships have taken us to places beyond our regional borders. Regardless of location, Cole has always sought opportunity in new markets that are relationship driven and value unique, quality design, and progressive technology; which is synonymous with the Cole brand. Today we find ourselves working extensively throughout the United States on environmentally sensitive land developments and infrastructure projects.
With a staff licensed in nearly 40 states and a portfolio of projects representing a considerable national presence, Cole is committed to becoming an expert in virtually any part of the country. Along with the flexibility and knowledge required to work on substantial sites in many states comes the responsibility and commitment of continuing education. We are proud that our staff places a major emphasis on obtaining and maintaining licensure. In 2012 alone, eight of our staff members obtained licenses in 15 new states. As growth plans for 2013 and beyond come to fruition, we will continue to add to our portfolio of licenses. Currently our staff represents:
• Professional Engineers Registered in 36 States.
• Professional Landscape Architects Registered in 17 States.
• Professional Land Surveyors Registered in 7 States.
Great news! Our team’s submission for the Sustainable Land Lab competition has advanced to round two. The Sustainable Land Lab competition is an initiative that was born from the Sustainable Cities conference hosted by Washington University’s Office of Sustainability. Area design teams were encouraged to propose innovative projects that transform vacant lots into assets that advance sustainability. Our talented partners Rosemann & Associates invited us to collaborate on their idea of a Chess Pocket Park. This outdoor community chess venue intends to provide a location for a local chess club which combines chess lessons, community chess mentors, community values, strategic thought, and sustainable lessons on systems and materials through club maintenance of the grounds. Our site is located at 2713 North 14th Street which is very near the Crown Square urban redevelopment area – a project on which Cole also partnered with Rosemann & Associates.
We’ll soon be busy further developing our concept for submission after the first of the year. In February the list will be narrowed to eight teams. Learn more about the Chess Pocket Park and some of the other great ideas from our fellow finalists here: http://sustainablecities.wustl.edu/land-labs-competition/submissions/
The American Tire Distributors (ATD) regional distribution center opened this month in Tucson, Arizona. This is the latest of several openings across the country over the past year as ATD expands operations in response to rapid growth. Cole worked with developer/builder BC Construction Group to bring this project to fruition along with others in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as Casper, Wyoming.
Cole provided concept planning, civil engineering, and landscape architecture for the ATD site in Tucson. Stormwater management services included detention and the design of a public water main loop. Cole also designed a sanitary sewer main extension to serve the entire planned industrial park. Access points and connections to the public roadway system were planned for proposed future development. In addition, Cole managed the relocation and mitigation of protected cacti under the City of Tucson Native Plant Preservation Ordinance.
In total, Cole has been and will be involved in over 15 American Tire Distributors projects. Next up is the ATD distribution center in Londonderry, New Hampshire. It’s on track for an early 2013 opening.
As Cole’s market presence continues to strengthen, we’re gearing up for even greater opportunity. We recently found a new home in Frisco. The office is located at the bustling Frisco Square and we’re quite pleased to be part of such a progressive community with sound future growth plans. Keep an eye out for more updates once we get fully settled. Rest assured, this move hasn’t slowed our growth as plans to add to our staff are in the works.
A project we’re quite proud of recently opened in Celina. Turquoise Firefly is a combination boutique and bar that is the first of its kind in Celina. Cole designed the parking, utilities, and landscape, but our most critical role was accelerating the schedule. Once Cole took over the project, we were able to complete the plat, site plan, and construction plans in under two months. We managed the approval process through the City and were able to obtain a certificate of occupancy in just three months.
Our portfolio of multi-family residential projects continues to expand with Singing Oaks, a 120-unit renovation project in Denton which is under construction and 50% complete. Also on the boards is Amberwood in Longview, a 78-unit new construction project. In addition, we recently joined Pinnacle Housing for the grand opening of the first multi-family project in Tyler, TX. This market is hot and we are primed to bring our experience and expertise to formulate success for future projects.