• Truckee Railyard
    Truckee Railyard
  • Truckee Artist Lofts
    Truckee Artist Lofts

Services Provided:

  • Civil Engineering Design
    • Roadway Design
    • Roundabout Design
    • Site Design
    • Hydrology and Hydraulics
    • Utility Infrastructure
    • UPRR Utility Bore
  • UPRR Utility License Agreements
  • Utility Coordination
    • Sewer, Water, Telephone, Cable TV
    • Underground Electric
      • 12 kV Distribution
      • 14.4 kV Distribution
      • 60 kV Transmission
      • Convert Exist. Services to Underground

ESE provided professional design services to Holliday Development for the Truckee Railyard Project. The Railyard Project redeveloped approximately fifty acres of land historically occupied by the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and the lumber mill. The development created an eastern extension of Downtown Truckee including residential, retail, movie theater, and restaurants. A diverse team of engineers, planners, and architects made this project a reality. ESE is the civil engineering firm responsible for the utility and roadway infrastructure design of this multi-phased project.

The preliminary design included coordination with the developer, architects and the Town of Truckee (Town) to complete the Railyard Master Plan. Preliminary design work for roadways and utilities was necessary to coordinate this multi-phase project. Adequate parking and snow storage for the development was analyzed to ensure adequate facilities were provided. Preliminary design of the sewer and water facilities concluded a new connection to East River Street for both sewer and water was required for build-out.

The utility infrastructure design included Electric (TDPUD, NV Energy & Liberty Utilities), Sewer (Truckee Sewer District), Communications (AT&T and Suddenlink), Water (TDPUD), Storm Drain (Town), and Gas (Southwest Gas). In addition, two existing overhead electric distribution lines and an existing overhead 60kV transmission line were installed underground to allow for building construction and to meet Master Plan requirements. Existing overhead services to residences and businesses on Church Street and Donner Pass Road were converted to underground services. ESE designed a bore crossing for a water line and a gravity sewer line connection to East River Street. We coordinated and obtained seventeen license agreements between the utility companies and UPRR for utilities crossing the balloon track and utility bore under the mainline UPRR tracks.

The streetscape design included a roundabout at Church Street and Donner Pass Road, wide pedestrian zones, on and off-street parking, bicycle lanes, and narrow traffic lanes that continue the character and feel of historic downtown Truckee, as described in the Master Plan. Aesthetic features included street furniture, lighting, gathering areas, landscape planters, paver sidewalks, and intricate PCC sidewalk formed to look like railroad tracks.  Infrastructure improvements included grading, utilities, drainage, water quality improvements, roadway corridor, curb and gutter, signing, striping, construction staging, roundabout design, ADA design, and erosion control.

The storm drain system conformed to the Town’s hydrology and hydraulics requirements and met the Town’s Phase II Small MS4 General Permit requirements for source control, storm water treatment, and baseline hydromodification.