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.

Survey Section

The City Survey Division is responsible for providing construction surveying services for various projects including Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), property and easement surveying services as needed for public improvements, monitoring for structure movement, quality assurance of survey and mapping digital data, special surveys, and office support for all field projects. The City Survey Division is also responsible for maintaining the horizontal and vertical control network that serves the City of Ventura.


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...


Driving Range Project Part #2

On October 14th, 2014 we will be closing our driving range for a planned construction period of 38 days, depending on weather patterns.
We will be producing 4 artificial (Astro-Turf) target greens, the greens will be shaped to accommodate at least 2 regularly occurring pin positions on each surface, more targets for our customers to aim at while practicing.
The first 2 greens will be approximately 4,000 sq. feet each, and the next furthest out target green will be approximately 4,000 sq. feet, along with green that is farthest out green being 3,000 sq. feet
The driving range floor and surrounds around the target greens will be coated in approximately 2” to 3” in a color choice of decomposed granite. This will allow for the target greens to stand out and make for a more visually appealing overall look.
We will also be installing 2 large barber pole posts with flags on top of them at 250 yards out and approximately 40 yards apart to aid in your fairway wood and driver accuracy practicing needs. All yardages will be accurately re-measured to these target greens and fairway target poles with their permanent pin locations and we will also have new signage for the yardages that is easy to read for our customers.

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 2014

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:

Water System Pressure Monitoring Stations     Community Park Sports Fields – Ball field #5
Waterline replacement Montalvo Phase II 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

Water System Pressure Monitoring Stations

This Project consists of enhancing Ventura Water’s Pressure Monitoring system by more than doubling the number of pressure monitoring stations and providing Ventura water staff the ability to monitor the pressure in each pressure zone.  This project will install 19 additional monitoring stations that will provide information on all pressure zones. The monitoring stations are helpful in that they can immediately notify operators of a pipe line break, of over-pressurization due to close valves or malfunctioning pressure reducing valves and to insure that minimum pressures are maintained in the system to prevent contamination.

Starting June 2014

   Construction Engineer: Ernie Ferrer 805-654-3905
   Contractor:  Tierra Contracting 805-964-8747

Community Park Sports Fields – Ball field #5


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

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

Waterline Replacement- Montalvo Area Phase II

This project is part of the Waterline Replacement - Montalvo Area project which consists of two phases. The first phase is currently under construction and anticipated to be completed by June 2014. The construction of Phase 2 is scheduled to commence in Mid June 2014. Phase 2 consists of replacing approximately 8,641 linear-feet of deteriorated underground cast-iron waterlines with new polyvinyl chloride (PVC) 8-inch diameter pipe. The scope of work also includes installation of new fire hydrants, valves and water service connections to residences and businesses. The waterlines in this area are more than 50-years-old and are showing signs of severe deterioration. The project limits include

•    Crowley Avenue, from Hill Road to Harmon Drive
•    Harmon Drive, from Crowley Road to Johnson Drive
•    Norton Avenue, from Johnson Drive to Harmon Drive
•    Sunridge Drive, from Bristol Road to Stork Street
•    Anthony Drive, from Bristol Street to Crowley Avenue
•    Elizabeth Drive, from Bristol Road to Crowley Avenue
•    Fairpoint Avenue, from Sundridge Drive to Crestmont Drive
•    Crestmont Drive, from Fairpoint Avenue To Greenhill Avenue
•    Greenhill Avenue, from Crestmont Drive to Sundridge Drive

Starting June 2014

   Construction Engineer: Mark Garcia 805-658-4789
   Contractor: Sam Hill and Sons, Inc.  805 644-6278

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