Met and exceeded all of our expectations and turned what had been a tow lot into this amazing property it is today
Brock Wagner, Saint Arnold Owner |
Saint Arnold Beer Garden
CLIENT Saint Arnold Brewing Company
LOCATION Houston, TX
Site Civil Services
Foot wide easement
The Saint Arnold Brewing Company (SABC) is the oldest craft brewery in Texas. It was founded in 1994 and has been operating from the former Houston Independent School District Food Service Department building off Interstate 10 ever since. The existing facility began to feel the strain of the brand’s popularity, resulting in patrons waiting in long lines out the door. The owner of the brewery came to our team with a vision to help keep up with the demand: create a restaurant, beer garden and art car display next to the existing structure that would offer beer connoisseurs an indoor and outdoor space overlooking the Houston skyline.
Our team provided site civil services for the brewery’s new Saint Arnold Restaurant and Beer Garden. The site for the new restaurant and beer garden was an existing tow lot with a 60-foot-wide City of Houston utility easement that bisected the site diagonally. Semmes Street also separated the existing brewery from the new restaurant. For the SABC to purchase Semmes Street and the utility easement, the City of Houston had to determine the feasibility of abandoning both the utilities and the roadway. Our team helped the SABC through the purchase of Semmes Street and the utility easement by submitting a request to the city’s Joint Referral Committee.
The abandonment was essential to the development because it would create a pedestrian-friendly environment between the restaurant and brewing facilities. As part of the utility relocations, coordination with the City of Houston and Harris County Tollroad Authority (HCTRA) was important because an elevated portion of the Hardy Toll Road extension was proposed within the existing Mary Street right-of-way adjacent to the site. HCTRA was also including utility relocations that would conflict with the design plans, which required our team to coordinate with HCTRA and the City of Houston. This resulted in revisions to the design plans to accommodate future use for the city, Saint Arnold, and HCTRA.
Our engineering services included dry and wet utility relocations, a roadway extension, and a civil site work package for submittals for the City of Houston. We also assisted with the platting and variance submittal as well as representation at the City of Houston’s Planning Commission and City Council. We are also under contract to design the expansion of the brewery to house additional fermentation tanks.
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Rob Erni, PE, Manager
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Christopher Jousan, PE, Senior Manager
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Steven Jares, RPLS, CFM, Division Manager
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Clayton Black, PE, Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer
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