Below are some of our representative projects, sorted alphabetically.

  • The Chehalis Tribe CFedS Survey of Stoskopf Property at Grand Mound

Skillings performed a CFed survey for the Tribe’s application to BIA/BLM for fee to trust conveyance for the Stoskopf property.  We prepared a Land Description Review Certificate (LDR) and a Certificate of Surveys (COS) for this submittal that complied with the Standards for Indian Trust Lands Boundary Evidence manual.  As part of our scope, we researched and analyzed public and private survey and land title records for information necessary for preparation of the survey, LDR, and COS.  We then performed a field boundary survey, setting the corners of the subject parcels, and prepared a Record of Survey drawing.

  • City of Lynnwood,
    204th Street SW Improvements

Skillings completed comprehensive alternatives analysis including a roundabout.  This TIB-funded project reconstructed part of 204th and completes a missing section from 68th Avenue W to SR-99.  We provided survey and all PS&E to reconstruct and extend the roadway, modify utilities, and improve the stormwater drainage system.  We designed the travel and bike lanes, curb, gutter, sidewalk, and illumination on each side.  We then provided analysis and design to reconstruct four affected intersections.  The City’s utility infrastructure along 204th Street SW was expanded and retrofitted to accommodate the new design and the City’s growth.

  • City of Vancouver, I-205 Mill Plain

We began design for this new off-ramp and modifications to the existing on and off-ramps at I-205 Mill Plain Boulevard I/C using a 3D laser scanning survey system.  A Leica HDS3000 was used to map the project site and roadway topography.  The speed of data collection allowed our surveyors to collect the necessary information in a shorter period of time than with conventional survey equipment.  The survey took place in close proximity to high-volume traffic which created safety concerns.  The laser system offered improved worker safety, as well as significant time and money savings.  The high degree of accuracy and short data collection time allowed design to begin ahead of the original schedule.

Geotechnical testing, analysis and design was used to support environmental documentation, surfacing design and structural design.  Three reports were prepared to document the analysis, 1) a Geotechnical Report, 2) a Surfacing Report and 3) an Infiltration Report.

Once base mapping was complete, preliminary design was begun by developing horizontal and vertical alignments with lines, grades, sections and cut/fill lines, all to WSDOT and FHWA interstate highway design standards.  Critical to this project was assurance that the adjacent and overlapping project would mesh correctly in the final condition.  When completed, the two projects together will provide a braided ramp system with this project spanning over the future project.  It was imperative that horizontal and vertical clearances and sight distances be set correctly to accommodate the future conditions.  Geometric design was concluded with final design/PS&E.

The project footprint identified with the preliminary design effort allowed us to proceed with environmental documentation.  This project required a NEPA Documented Categorical Exclusion and accompanying SEPA Determination of Non-Significance.  Discipline studies were undertaken to address air quality and noise impacts, environmental justice and visual impacts.  A local agency Environmental Classification Summary and Biological Assessment were also prepared to satisfy City, State and Federal requirements.

With receipt of traffic modeling provided by the Southwest Washington RTPO (RTC) via the City of Vancouver, we began operational analysis to determine appropriate lane configurations and intersection modifications.  A new signal controlled intersection was designed to connect the NW Ramp extension with existing NE 112th Avenue.  The new signal was interconnected with the N-E and W-N ramp termini at Mill Plain Boulevard and the signalized intersection at Mill Plain Boulevard and NE Chkalov Avenue.  An intersection Plan for Approval was prepared and submitted to the City and WSDOT as was an Interchange Plan for Approval to document the I-205/Mill Plain Boulevard I/C modifications.  Operational analysis and traffic design, signing, striping, illumination, construction staging/work zone traffic control was concluded with final design/PS&E.

Stormwater/hydraulics design was a major undertaking on this project.  Two Threshold Discharge Areas (TDA’s) were involved with this project, the Columbia River to the south (only quality treatment required) and Burnt Bridge Creek to the north (both quality and quantity treatment required).  Stormwater collection, conveyance and treatment were designed in accordance with WSDOT’s 2006 Highway Runoff Manual including the requirements for enhanced treatment.  The topography combined with limited right-of-way required the use of a very large underground vault for quality treatment prior to the water being infiltrated into the underlying soils.  Pre-treatment was provided prior to water entering the vault system.  Stormwater/hydraulics design was concluded with final design/PS&E.

Two bridge structures were designed for this project, a single span bridge to cross the NW Ramp extension to NE 112th Avenue and a 6-span structure to take the W-N On-ramp from Mill Plain Boulevard across a future off-ramp the NE 18th Street and onto I-205.  In addition, numerous retaining walls were required because of the limited right-of-way available and the close proximity of the existing on and off-ramps.  One of the retaining walls was a soil-nail wall that allowed for more width beneath the Mill Plain Boulevard Bridge across I-205.  The other calls were either conventional concrete cantilever walls or geotextile “bag” walls with concrete facings.  Structural design was concluded with PS&E.

A public involvement effort was begun early in the project by preparing a Public Involvement Plan to chart the planned activities throughout the life of the project.  Open houses, post card announcements and newsletters were used to impart information to the public and request/receive feedback on the project.  Design visualization graphics were prepared for presentation and a public contact database was developed to track telephone and email contacts and the resulting feedback.

Intercity Transit Centennial Station

Skillings prepared site survey and preliminary site plans for the Intercity Transit’s Centennial Station showing traffic flows, parking stalls, proposed drainage areas, sidewalks, platform modifications, and lighting locations.  Our design team provided final grading plans showing clearing limits, work zone limits, erosion control, and proposed finished grades of curbing and walks. The lighting plan was engineered and drafted for both the new parking area and the old. Plans showed security camera locations and pertinent installation information.

Olympia Yacht Club, Washington Department of Natural Resources Lands Lease Map

This project consisted of 10.85 acres of Aquatic Lands Lease encompassing the Olympia Yacht Club.  The scope of the project was to locate pilings, piers, upland improvements, and moorage slips.  The bed of Budd Bay was determined for this project.  We then calculated upland boundaries, along with the proposed lease area boundaries.  A “Record of Survey” drawing was drafted and recorded with Thurston County.  In addition, legal descriptions were drafted for the lease areas and an “Exhibit A” (DNR Aquatic Lands Lease Map) was prepared.

Montana Department of Transportation,

US 93 Access Control and Corridor Preservation

For this large highways project, Skillings managed our in-house survey group, along with the local sub-consultants that provided most of the survey and photogrammetric services.  This work included GPS control survey, utility locations, cadastral survey, topographic survey, and aerial photo control.  Skillings then compiled digital information for design of improvements to 53 miles of US 93 through the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Reservation.  From this information, we prepared right of way plans and negotiated right of way acquisition for 644 parcels.  Skillings staff also marked the proposed right of way on over 400 parcels.  Our staking cost per parcel averaged one-third of the sub-consultant’s fee.

Prior to developing base maps and right of way and PS&E plans conforming to the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) standards, we had to address the conversion between state plane and ground scale coordinates.  MDT standards require establishing a combined factor that fits any point along the project to a precision of 1:50,000.  Because of the north-south orientation and the variation in elevation along the project, we had to develop four zones to address this issue.

Squaxin Island Tribe,
Skookum Valley Digital Orthophotos

Skillings provided 0.5 pixel digital orthophotos, covering approximately 40 square miles in South Mason County.  We established and measured the horizontal and vertical positions of ground targets to control the aerial photography.  We then engaged the services of the photogrammetric firm to produce the digital orthophotos.  Using the new aerial photography, Skillings a digital terrain model that was combined with client-provided LiDAR data to produce the digital ortho photos.