Construction and Survey Division

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...


Construction Status

Golf Course Well #7 Enclosure

The proposed Golf Course Well 7 will pump from the Oxnard Plain Groundwater Basin, which is managed by the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency (FCGMA). FCGMA has approved construction of Well 7 as a replacement well for existing Golf Course Well 3, which is not an active well and was destroyed as part of the drilling project. The existing Golf Course Wells 5 and 6 have been operating continuously, and as a result, continue to decrease in water production. The new Well 7 will provide needed backup and redundancy to the existing two wells and serve as a replacement well.

Construction of Golf Course Well 7 will occur in two phases. The first phase consists of drilling and constructing the new well, which is completed. The second phase (current project) consists of site improvements, installing the pump, motor, related equipment and making the new well operational. 

Estimated Start Date- April 2016

Estimated Completion Date- August 2016

Construction Engineer- Ernie Ferrer (805) 677-3905

Contractor- Taft Electric

Tank Replacement Hall Canyon

The original scope of this project included the seismic upgrade of the two existing 235,000 gallon tanks at Hall Canyon. As part of the design process, a preliminary design report was prepared that examined options, including replacing the tanks. Since the tanks are over 60-years-old, it was determined the best option was to replace the tanks rather than retrofit them. Replacing the tanks versus retrofitting was estimated to increase the construction cost by only 7%, but would result in substantially increasing the useful life by an estimated fifty years. In addition to the new tanks, the scope of work includes: ladders, railings, corrosion protection, internal water recirculation system and asphalt paving at the tanks' site.

Start Date: March 2016

Estimated Completion date:  December 2016

Construction Engineer: Neal Knopik 805-677-3953

Ondulando Waterline Phase II

The original Ondulando Tract waterlines were installed in the early 196o's and are scheduled for replacement. The project has been divided into 4 phases to help reduce the Construction impacts on the neighborhood. Phase I is under construction and anticipated to be completed by March 2016. Phase II of the project consists of replacing approximately 8,200 feet of 8-inch and 2,150 feet of 10-inch pipeline in the south and westerly portions of the Ondulando neighborhood. The scope of work also includes the installation of new fire hydrants, valves and water service connections to the residences.

Estimated start date: March 2016

Construction Engineer:  Neal Knopik 805-677-3953

Contractor:  Toro Enterprises 

Marina Park Restroom

The existing Marina Park Restroom is 39 years old, has excessive maintenance problems and is not fully American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. This project includes the construction of a new 500 square-foot concrete masonry block (CMU) building at Marina Park to house men's and women's restrooms. The new restroom building will be located immediately adjacent to the existing restroom· building. The existing restrooms .will be closed to the public but not demolished as they are part of a building that includes storage and may be open for public use on high volume days. The women's restroom will have 3 stalls including one ADA stall and a sink. The men's restroom will have two urinals, one ADA stall and a sink. The new restrooms will be in complete compliance with the current ADA requirements. 


Start Date: March 2016

Estimated Completion Date: June 2016

Construction Engineer: Ernie Ferrer 805-677-3905

Contractor: Tomar Construction, Inc.


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.

California Street Bridge, Pedestrian Enhancement Project

California Street Bridge, rendering

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

Start date February 2016

Construction dates are February – August 2016; 7am – 5pm. Access may be restricted during construction work; detours will help guide pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists safely around the project area. This project will require occasional northbound and/or southbound Hwy 101 night closures at the California Street Bridge; detours will route motorists around the construction.

Freeway Closure Detour Maps

March 9-10, 2016 - Detour Plan for Southbound 101 Freeway Closure 10 pm - 6 am

March 9-10, 2016 - Detour Plan for Northbound 101 freeway closure 10 pm - 6 am

City of Ventura Construction Manager: Loree Pryce 805-658-4704
City of Ventura Construction Engineer / Project Manager: Ernie Ferrer 805-654-3905
Contractor - Union Engineering Company / Mike Roberts, Project Superintendent:   805-644-3373

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

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