When people hear the term “construction staking,” they usually think about staking used to map out a building on a plot of land. While construction staking services in Idaho are often used for structures like residential homes and commercial buildings, these are not the only things that the process is used for.
Almost all major construction projects will require construction staking to be complete before the job can truly begin. The staking may differ slightly depending on the project type, but all kinds of civil engineering projects, from roads and bridges to underground water pipes, will need to be laid out with stakes.
When are construction staking services needed?
What is important to remember about construction staking services in Idaho is that the process actually falls in the middle of a project’s timeline. A lot of things need to be done before construction staking is completed, and even more work will be done afterwards.
Usually, construction staking services are requested immediately before construction is set to begin. This means that the land needs to be purchased, permits need to be obtained, the design needs to be finalized and contractors need to be hired. Once the project’s blueprint is finalized, that is when construction staking can begin.
Lots of project types will require construction staking, as well. Even parking lots, which don’t appear to be that complex, need construction staking because of the need to move dirt and because of what is going on beneath the surface. Because so many civil engineering projects require electricity, water pipes, drainage, sidewalks and curbs and more, construction staking services are needed to accurately stake them out in the correct locations.
Here are some of the project types we provide construction staking for:
- Buildings: Buildings require construction staking due to their complexity. There are lots of steps that go into constructing a building, from pouring a foundation to installing utilities and adding other property elements. All of these things get laid out during the staking process before a home, office building, store, church or school is built.
- Water and sewer systems: Water and sewer systems are almost always implemented underground, but they still require construction staking before land can be moved and pipes can be installed. These systems include complex networks of pipes, tubes and tunnels, so accurate construction staking is critical for ensuring all pieces of the system will fit and work together on the property.
- Parking structures: Both parking lots and parking structures need to be staked out, both due to utilities and grading. Parking lots typically require “rough grade staking,” which shows improvements needed to reach the final elevation grade, while structures will need site layout staking for the horizontal and vertical elements.
- Roads and bridges: Public works projects like roads, highways and bridges all need construction staking, too. The process will map out existing underground utilities, new utilities, curbs, drainage systems and more so the roads are built to the proper dimensions.
At Mason & Associates, we provide construction staking services in Idaho for a wide variety of project types. Both private and public sector clients rely on us for efficient and accurate construction staking. Call us today to learn more about our civil engineering services!