Project Closeout Process in Austin: Part 3 Environmental Closeout

February 9, 2015 by Bailey Harrington

Congratulations!  You have made it through the rigorous City of Austin permitting process, conquered the challenges of construction, and now are ready to close out your project and begin utilizing your investment.  The closeout process, however, is not an immediate action and this series of blog posts will help layout the major points involved in getting a Certificate of Occupancy for a project.

If you missed check out Parts 1 and 2 of this series:

CO vs. TCO

Posting Fiscal for Water Meters

Environmental Inspectors for the City of Austin do many things when it comes to inspections during construction.  Several of the key inspections include: all water quality features (such as rain gardens and water quality ponds), re-vegetation of the site, installation of plants in rain gardens as specified by the landscape architect,  drainage items, dewatering operations, number of a configuration of parking spots, accessible routes, and overall safety of the site.

This Rain Garden under construction at the IDEA Allan Charter School must be complete and inspected prior to receiving a CO
This Rain Garden under construction at the IDEA Allan Charter School must be complete and inspected prior to receiving a CO

When the items above are complete, the environmental inspector will require a signed and sealed concurrence letter from the Engineer before noting the project for CO in the online system.

A project can get a TCO through an environmental inspection however the site must have all water quality features complete and the engineer’s concurrence letter with a punch list for each item not complete on the site.

 

 

Written by Bailey Harrington

Bailey Harrington

Bailey Harrington is our Hospitality Services Market Director and is a BIG RED DOG shareholder. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas with more than five years of engineering leadership experience as a project manager leading engineering projects in the United States and Afghanistan.