The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage the NorthPark Pond Project through the phases listed below. Specific work is conducted during each phase with an emphasis made on public involvement throughout the entire project.
Feasibility/Conceptual Design Phase (Started February 2012 - Completed August 2012)
During the feasibility/conceptual design phase of the NorthPark Pond Project, CMSWS evaluated the existing conditions of the pond and developed a conceptual design. The conceptual design will be used as the basis for design.
Property Easement Acquisition (Completed August 2013)
The City's real estate staff will work with citizens to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs). The City requests that SDEs be donated to provide access to your property to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance.
In addition to SDEs, access easements (AE) are needed to access work areas during construction and future maintenance.
The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 8 to 12 months. However, the actual duration of the acquisition phase depends upon property owner coordination and cooperation.
Design Phase (Started October 2012 – Completed October 2013)
Detailed construction drawings and specifications will be prepared for the NorthPark Pond project. Numerous details will be finalized, including the outlet structure, dam stabilization, potential utility relocations, and potential landscape changes. Personnel from City of Charlotte, the engineering consultant, land surveyors, wetland specialists, and geotechnical engineers will be working in the area collecting information necessary to complete the design. The design phase of a pond project typically lasts 12 to24 months. However, the design is not considered complete until all permits are obtained as the regulatory agencies may provide input which can influence the final design.
Permitting Phase (Started February 2013 - Completed June 2013)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments. The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases.
Bid Phase (Started October 2013 - Completed May 2014)
During the bid phase, the final plans will be circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process. By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract. The bid phase of a project typically lasts 5 to 6 months.
Construction Phase (Completed January 2015)
The project was determined to be substantially complete in January 2015. Storm Water Services will continue to monitor the newly constructed improvements for twelve months as part of the warranty stage. Beyond the warranty stage, the dam will be inspected annually.
John Keene, P.E.
City Project Manager
Doug Lozner, P.E.
City Watershed Area Manager
Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager