Examples of our recently completed and current projects
Westbrook Specific Plan
Impact Sciences was selected by the US Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Specific Plan that would facilitate the development of a mixed-use, mixed- density community in Roseville. The approximately 397-acre site would be developed with a mix of residential, commercial, public and quasi-public uses, open space, and infrastructure improvements to support these uses. At build out, which is projected to occur in 2035, depending on market conditions, the site would house approximately 5,150 residents. Key environmental issues involve impacts to biological resources including vernal pools and other seasonal wetlands, aesthetics, agricultural resources, air quality, global climate change, hydrology and water quality, noise, utilities, and traffic. The EIS included an exhaustive alternatives analysis and a detailed evaluation of cumulative impacts.
UC Merced and University Community Combined Program/Project
Impact Sciences was retained by UC Merced to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the development of the 10th UC campus and an associated contiguous approximately 2,000-acre University Community that would house 30,000 persons. The University was the lead agency under CEQA and the US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District was the lead agency under NEPA. The EIS/EIR addressed the program-level impacts of the projected campus growth under the 2009 Long Range Development Plan and the project-level impacts of the second phase of campus development tiered from the program-level analysis. The EIS/EIR also evaluated the effects from the development of a community to house campus-related new population as well as a research park adjacent to the campus. Key issues of concern for the environmental document were traffic and circulation, air quality, climate change, biological resources, agricultural resources, utilities, growth inducement, and cumulative impacts. The joint EIS/EIR was completed in record time (14 months) on schedule.
Placer Vineyards Specific Plan
Impact Sciences was selected by the US Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Specific Plan that would facilitate the development of a large-scale, mixed-use, mixed- density community to the west of Roseville, Caliofornia in unincorporated Placer County. The approximately 5,230-acre site would be developed with a mix of residential, commercial, public and quasi-public uses, open space, and infrastructure improvements to support these uses. At build out, the site would house approximately 30,000 to 50,000 residents depending on final density. Key environmental issues involve impacts to biological resources including vernal pools and other seasonal wetlands, aesthetics, agricultural resources, air quality, global climate change, hydrology and water quality, noise, utilities, and traffic, and an extensive alternatives analysis.
Lark Ellen Residential Development
Impact Sciences prepared an IS/MND for the West Covina Lark Ellen Residential Project. The proposed project included the demolition and removal of a church and auxiliary structures, and a single-family residence, along with a surface parking lot and 20 trees, to allow for the construction of 21 single-family homes, and an open space area. The project would be comprised of four and five-bedroom homes with two and three-car garages, respectively.
Mariner’s Bay Rehabilitation Project
Impact Sciences prepared an IS/MND for the Mariner’s Bay Rehabilitation project located in the unincorporated community of Marina del Rey and is approximately 18.64 acres in size (8.5 landside acres and 10.15 waterside acres. The rehabilitation of a 379-unit existing apartment complex and associated site facilities/amenities would take place over a three year period. The project includes substantial renovation of the existing apartment buildings’ interiors and exteriors (including landscaped areas), both private and public areas, waterfront promenade, and parking facilities.
The rehabilitation of the facility will require the removal of approximately 8,000 cubic yards of debris (building materials removed from the structures as part of the rehab as well as landscaping and hardscape, to include asphalt/paving and pedestrian walkways, etc.) and the resurfacing of approximately 56,000 square feet of walkways/exterior common areas and drive aisles) with hardscape material. The parking garages will be painted, new lighting will be installed, and new striping and signage will be added. Per County Code, 952 parking spaces are required to service the uses to be provided on the leasehold, as follows: 612 parking spaces to service the 379 existing residential units; 95 parking spaces to service residents’ guests; and 212 parking spaces to service the proposed anchorage (to be developed on the waterside portion of the parcel on or before January 2019, and which would contain no more than 353 boat slips). The project will provide 979 parking spaces on-site, which exceeds County Code parking requirements by 26 parking spaces.
Sierra Vista Specific Plan
Impact Sciences was selected by the US Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Specific Plan that would facilitate the development of a large-scale, mixed-use, mixed-density community in Roseville, California. The approximately 1,600-acre site would be developed with a mix of residential, commercial, public and quasi-public uses, open space, and infrastructure improvements to support these uses. At build out which is projected to occur in 2025 or 2040, depending on market conditions, the site would house approximately 17,000 residents. Key environmental issues involve impacts to biological resources including vernal pools and other seasonal wetlands, hydrology and water quality, and traffic. The EIS included an exhaustive alternatives analysis and a detailed evaluation of cumulative impacts.
Malibu Whole Foods and the Park Shopping Center
Impact Sciences prepared an EIR for the development of two parcels totaling 5.88 acres to include a Whole Foods Market and four small commercial buildings, for a total of five buildings, in the City of Malibu. Currently, the project site is vacant. The proposed project will include tenant spaces, outdoor dining, a central surface parking area, and pedestrian and open space amenities. The proposed project also includes an accessible play area with a sensory playground, water features, and native plantings. Each of the four additional buildings would include an adjacent outdoor eating area. Approximately 25 percent (or 64,024 square feet) of the site would be improved open space, including the outdoor dining areas and play areas of which 19,266 square feet of planted open space would be included.
The area surrounding the project site includes shopping centers, restaurants, City and County government buildings and recreational uses, including the Malibu Creek and Lagoon located to the south and west of the project site. The City’s recently completed Legacy Park, including native habitats, advanced storm water and urban runoff treatment systems and extensive pedestrian enhancements is located immediately across Civic Center Way from the proposed project.
The City of Malibu is not currently served by a public sewer system. Therefore, individual development projects must provide their own on-site wastewater treatment systems. Rather than construct its own wastewater treatment system, the Whole Foods project proposes to connect to the City’s planned Civic Center centralized wastewater treatment system once it becomes available.
Haciendas Phase III and IV Project
In 2014, Impact Sciences completed an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) under CEQA and Environmental Assessment (EA) under NEPA for the Haciendas Phase III and IV project, an affordable multi-family residential development proposed on a 2.1-acre site in the City of Salinas. The project sponsor proposed the removal of the existing residential buildings on the project site and construction of a 50-unit apartment complex for low-income families (Phase III) on the eastern portion of the project site and a 41-unit apartment complex for low-income elderly households (Phase IV) on the western portion of the project site. The proposed project also included a surface parking with the Phase III component providing 80 on-site parking spaces (two handicap accessible) and the Phase IV component providing 30 on-site parking spaces (one handicap accessible). Key environmental issues studied in the IS/MND and EA included traffic, air quality, and noise impacts.
City of Azusa Transport Oriented District Specific Plan
Impact Sciences prepared an EIR for a Specific Plan for a Transit Oriented District (TOD) in the City of Azusa. The TOD district includes increased development around two new gold line stations in the City of Azusa. The Specific Plan provides a land use and policy framework to support the transformation of Azusa’s future TOD areas into sustainable and economically vibrant districts. The Specific Plan focuses on implementing a community-based vision for the Azusa Downtown Gold Line Station, the Azusa Pacific University/Citrus Station and the immediate surrounding areas, as well as provide direction on how properties within various existing and proposed districts should be developed. The EIR was certified in October 2015.
Computational Research and Theory (CRT) Project
In 2007–2008, Impact Sciences prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a laboratory project proposed by the University of California at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) located in Berkeley, California. The proposed Computational Research and Theory CRT project would construct a new 139,000-square-foot laboratory on the Berkeley Lab to house supercomputers. The project EIR was tiered from a program EIR and an Initial Study was prepared to focus the EIR analysis on a handful of key issues. Key environmental issues involved impacts to visual resources, biological resources, geology and soils, hydrology and water quality, and traffic. The complex EIR was completed on schedule in less than one year. Although a CEQA lawsuit was filed by local groups, it was dropped when the judge ruled that a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document should be prepared.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) retained Impact Sciences to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project. The document was completed to the DOE’s satisfaction and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was approved. The court ruled that the EA/FONSI satisquare feetied NEPA requirements and that an Environmental Impact Statement was not needed. The project has since been constructed.
1634-1690 Pine Street Project
In 2013-2014, Impact Sciences prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 1634–1690 Pine Street Project, a proposed residential/commercial mixed use project in the City and County of San Francisco. The proposed project included approximately 262 new for-sale residential units and 5,600 square feet of commercial space. The proposed project would remove five existing buildings on the project site and construct one building with two 13-story residential towers with commercial use on the ground and second floors. All buildings on the project site were found by the City to constitute an historic district while two of the existing buildings on the site were found by the City to be individually eligible as historic resources. To address the impact on historic resources, the proposed project included restoration and incorporation of the façades of three of the five buildings into the proposed building. Key environmental issues studied in the EIR included impacts on historical resources, traffic and wind.
UC Davis Medical Center Hospital Seismic Demolition and Office Replacement Project
In 2015 Impact Sciences was retained by UC Davis to prepare a Focused Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the UC Davis Medical Center Hospital Seismic Demolition and Office Replacement Project on the UC Davis Sacramento Campus. The purpose of the proposed project is to improve seismic safety and provide replacement office space. Components of the project include construction of the North Addition 130,000 square feet office building, demolition of the 235,000 square feet North/South Hospital Wing, and demolition of the 20,000 square feet Housestaff building. In total, the project would reduce building area on the campus by approximately 125,000 square feet. Key environmental issues included impacts on historic period structures, and construction-phase air quality, noise, and traffic impacts. The EIR was prepared on a highly expedited schedule and was completed to the full satisfaction of UC Davis.
Santa Clara Square – Residential/Mixed Use Project
In 2015 Impact Sciences prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Santa Clara Square – Residential/Mixed Use Project, a mixed-use development proposed on a 33.4-acre site in the City of Santa Clara. The project sponsor proposes to demolish the existing business park buildings on the site and construct a mixed-use residential development project that would consist of 1,800 apartment units, approximately 40,000 gross square feet of retail space, and 38,000 gross square feet of amenity space. Key environmental issues for the proposed project included traffic, air quality, and noise impacts. The EIR was completed on a highly expedited schedule.
Camrosa Water District Pleasant Valley
Impact Sciences prepared a focused EIR for the Camrosa Water District located in Camarillo. The project included the drilling of a new municipal water supply well and the construction of a pipeline in the northern portion of the Pleasant Valley Basin. The well would replace the existing Woodcreek Well (within three to five years), as a primary local water supply, improving system reliability. The primary issue associated with the EIR included noise.