HVJ Associates | Engineering Services Texas

City of Austin Twin Oaks Branch Library
Austin, Texas

HVJ provided construction materials testing services for the COA Twin Oaks Library project working for the City of Austin as an independent third party testing agency providing Quality Assurance. The sustainable and innovative Twin Oaks Branch Library, designed by Hatch + Ulland Owens Architects, was designed to operate as a "library for the future," patterned after a popular new design model for community libraries which incorporates many features found in upscale bookstores indicative of the South Austin culture. The library was designed and constructed using the City of Austin Green Building Program, which align with standards and requirements as the United States Green Building LEED Silver rating. The library features a 25.2 kW solar energy system that generates some 32,760 kWh annually (power sufficient for about three standard sized homes). Additionally, reused bricks salvaged during the demolition of the old South Austin Post Office building, which formerly stood on the site, were used for construction.

City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Austin, Texas

This project improved classroom, office, and training spaces for training facility for police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel. The project also included the addition of a new burn building, detention areas, indoor gun range, driving obstacle village course, and several outdoor training areas. HVJ developed geotechnical design criteria for building foundations, utility trench backfill construction, and site work for up to two different foundation types (pier and beam and slab on grade), utility trench backfill, site grading and compaction, placement of select fill, and small retaining walls. HVJ also developed pavement design criteria for four different pavements (access road, parking lot, sidewalk, driving track, and pistol/rifle range). The project was constructed during a rainy season, during which HVJ proposed innovative materials and methods to keep the project on schedule and on budget. HVJ also provided recommendations to the contractor to utilize existing material on-site for select fill, saving the City unnecessary trucking and material costs.

University of Texas CMT and Geotechnical Services IDIQ for Various Projects
Austin, Texas

Since 2004 for a period of 10 years, HVJ has provided geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing services for construction of buildings, roadways, sidewalks, bus stops, retaining walls at the campus of the University of Texas Austin. HVJ conducted geotechnical investigations that entailed laboratory testing; performed laboratory tests to determine physical and engineering characteristics of the soils; performed engineering analyses to develop reconstruction designs and construction materials testing for various projects. Projects included work for the University of Texas Pickle Research Center, Disch Falk Field Bus Loop design, Clyde Littlefield Drive reconstruction, Simkin's Hall erosion control improvements and Robert Dedman Drive reconstruction.

City of Austin Daniel E. Ruiz Branch Library
Austin, Texas

HVJ conducted a geotechnical investigation for the design phase of this library building located at 1500 Grove Boulevard in Austin, Texas. Upon completion, the structure is a 16,000 square-foot single-story building with maximum column loads of 600 kips. HVJ provided recommendations for the building foundation and pavement for access roads and parking area. For the building, design and recommendations for slab-on-grade type floor slab and grade beam design and construction recommendations were provided. For the access road, flexible and rigid pavement design recommendations were included for parking lots and access driveways. During the construction phase of the project HVJ provided construction materials testing services for subgrade preparation, proof rolling and drilled pier inspection as well as asphalt, concrete and soil testing for utility trench excavations, soil base material testing, masonry testing and structural steel inspections.

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