Construction and Survey Division

Construction Management Section

The Construction Management Section is responsible for the construction of most public improvement projects within the City of Ventura. Our goal is to produce high quality projects, on schedule and within budget. To do this, we must administer our construction contracts with efficient and effective procedures. While doing this, we must also maintain cooperative working relationships with the public, City Council, the administration, other City divisions, consulting engineers, utility company representatives, contractors, developers, suppliers and federal, state and municipal agencies.

The Construction Management Sections works on a wide range of services for the City of Ventura. These services are placed into three distinct areas as follows:

  • The first is to provide construction administration and inspection services for the City-funded capital improvement program (CIP) projects. This would include all street improvements, waterline replacements, sewer replacements, sidewalk and handicap ramp construction, bridge improvements, bike path improvements, and improvements made to City facilities.
  • The second service is the coordination of most activities conducted in the public right-of-way including residential and commercial improvements along with the installation and inspection of all utility company infrastructures to include phone, gas, electrical, and cable.
  • The third service is to manage all of the public improvements associated with land development improvements to include housing tracts, commercial buildings, apartments, office buildings, medical facilities, and parks. With this scope, the Construction Division oversees the grading of all private and public developments to ensure design elevations, grades, slopes, and compaction testing meets the design intent.

Ventura Public Works received the prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Accreditation Award in July, 2014. This award is a the “seal of approval” from APWA for implementing nationally recognized best practices, state-of-the-art operations, and most efficient use of public resources.  

Learn about the APWA Accreditation process and why it's good for Ventura...

Promenade Emergency Revetment Repair Project

Repair of Oceanfront to Prevent Damage to the Promenade


The City is concerned about impacts to the beach and surf along our shoreline and is working to balance the protection of public improvements with impacts to the beach. Our goal is to do this in a way that's least harmful to the surf and beach and still provides adequate protection.

Emergency funding from the General Fund, in the amount of $400,000 was approved by the City Council in November 2015 to place cobble along this section of the Promenade and protect it from the ocean.

An emergency project at Surfers Point/Promenade will begin February 3, 2016 to place large 3-ton angular rock revetment along the most severely eroded (250 foot long) section of the Promenade near Figueroa Street where the palm trees are located.  The rock revetment will be kept as minimal as possible, both in length and size to only cover the most vulnerable locations on Promenade.

Due to severe wave erosion this winter, the project was revised to add some rock revetment protection over the area in addition to the cobble.   Cobble rock, which occurs naturally in this area, will be used on top of the rock revetment as well as for several hundred feet on either side of the revetment to help provide easier access to the ocean for surfers. 


Large construction excavators and other equipment is needed by the contractor to place the large rock revetment. Sand will be brought in and placed over the concrete Promenade to protect it from being damaged by the heavy equipment. In addition, 4 to 5 of the existing palm trees and concrete rings have to be removed in order to place the rock.  Pedestrian access and signage around the work during construction will be provided.  The City anticipates that the project will be completed in April 2016.

Following this winter, the City will be seeking a permanent permit from the Coastal Commission for protecting the Promenade in this area. We would like to invite representatives of the surfing community to join the discussion at that time for a permanent solution .

Superimposed photo with the profile of revetment work.

Read the Surfers' Point Cobble Nourishment Project - Emergency Construction Contract Administrative Report from the November 16, 2015 City Council public meeting  here.


Wastewater Plant Dewatering Equipment Replacement


The City's Wastewater Plant utilizes a mechanical and chemical system for separating water from sludge as part of the treatment process. The dewatering system currently uses mechanical pressing machines to compress out the moisture in the sludge, so the sludge can be properly disposed by trucking to the Toland Road Landfill where the material is dried and used for daily cover. The presses were installed in 1985, and are now obsolete, requiring extensive labor to operate and maintain. On average, approximately 60,000 gallons of sludge is dewatered each day. This is enough sludge to fill 3 swimming pools.

The design for the overall project to replace the dewatering equipment has been completed and was advertised for bids on June 8, 2015. This advertisement for bids included the purchase and installation of the permanent replacement equipment and modifications to the existing solids handling building, piping and electrical work. The advertisement for bids also included "add alternate" items (work and prices that may or may not be included at the City's discretion) for the installation and operation of temporary dewatering equipment, which needs to be in place for the duration of the replacement work in order to continue the processing of sludge until the permanent equipment is installed and running. This temporary dewatering equipment will need to be in place for at least 400 calendar days.

     Construction Engineer: Loree Pryce 805-658-4704
     Contractor: Cushman Contracting Corporation


California Street Bridge

The California Street Bridge Enhancement project will improve the pedestrian experience by replacing the existing low-height pedestrian railing along the bridge with a six-foot high 250-foot long decorative railing, add eight decorative pedestrian lighting fixtures, and resurface the sidewalk area to add and improve the safety and aesthetics of walking across the California Bridge over Highway 101

Expected Start date summer 2015

Construction Engineer: Ernie Ferrer 805-654-3905
Contractor: Union Engineering Company:   805-644-3373

Construction Status

For a brief overview of the status and completion date of Capital Improvement Projects (CIP's) happening in the city of Ventura, click on the improvements below:

Community Park Sports
Fields– Ball field #5
Saticoy Well No. 3
Currently in Design

Ventura Water Reclamation Facility Light Replacement

The VWRF Lighting Replacement project consists of replacing approximately 270 severely-deteriorated existing lighting fixtures with new high efficiency LED lighting fixtures. The project also includes replacement of a small amount of electrical conduit and the replacement of two fixture poles.

Expected Start Date January 2015

    Construction Engineer: Mark Garcia (805) 658-4789
    Contractor: Newton Construction

Sewer Rehabilitation Harbor and Woolsey Road

Harbor Blvd. Project consists of relining approximately 2,600 linear feet of sewer line with 30-inch and 21-inch diameter pipe. The scope of work also includes rehabilitation with new inside surface coating of 16 manholes on the Woolsey Trunk line, 3 manholes in Harbor Boulevard near Schooner Drive and 8 manholes along Harbor Boulevard. In addition, 5 manholes are severely deteriorated beyond repair and will be replaced with new manholes.

Expected Start Date

   Contractor: Charles King

The Sewer line Replacement Project Ventura Avenue

The Ventura Avenue Area project (Project No 96913), consists of replacing approximately 3,500 linear feet of sewer line with an 8-inch to 15-inch diameter pipeline. In addition, 23 sewer manholes will be replaced. These manholes are severely deteriorated beyond repair and are in need of replacement. To accommodate nearby businesses and residents on Ventura Avenue, the construction of the new sewer main will be phased in such a way that the Contractor may not trench more than two blocks at a time to minimize traffic and business impacts. At least one lane of traffic will be open in each direction of travel for the duration of the work.

Expected Start date February 2015

   Construction Engineer: Mark Garcia (805) 658-4789
   Contractor: Lash Construction

Community Park Sports Fields – Ball field #5

Community Park Sports Field

Work for Ball field #5 includes site preparation/land clearing, grading, new chain-link fence and backstop, irrigation, natural grass turf, and concrete improvements to accommodate spectators, complete with ADA access. The additional field is now needed because the Tri-Valley Girls Softball League will no longer be able to use the fields they have .been using at Ventura College. Since the City has provided fields for boys' leagues, under AB 2404 requirements, we are obligated to provide fields for girls' leagues as well. The new field will also be available for public use when it is not otherwise reserved for use by the Tri-Valley Girls Softball League. The use of the new field will potentially generate additional revenues from tournaments and other fee events which can be used to offset the cost for maintenance of the new field.

Starting Late June 2014
Expected completion Summer 2015

   Construction Engineer: Mark Garcia 805-658-4789
   Contractor: C.S. Legacy Construction, Inc. 909-590-2626

Saticoy Well III - Enclosure

The project consists of installing a well pump, motor, instrumentation, connection to existing water transmission line and miscellaneous related equipment to make the well operational along with enclosing it within a building capable of mitigating the noise from the pump when it is running. The Saticoy Well III consists of two phases. The first phase consisted of drilling and constructing the new well, which has been recently completed. The second and final phase is construction of the well enclosure. When completed the well should be capable of producing up to 3,000 gallons per minute.

Starting June 2014

   Construction Engineer: Ernie Ferrer 805-654-3905
   Contractor:  Taft Electric Company    805-642-0121