ComSites West’s Director of Business Development and a member of SBE, Jay Feick has arranged for CSW to present at the SBE’s May luncheon meeting.
CSW looks forward to hosting lunch and presenting to The Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 40 – San Francisco meeting on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 and Chapter 43 – Sacramento meeting on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016. We hope to see you there.
ComSites West recently acquired the communications facilities atop Beckwourth Peak in Portola, CA.
The facilities are comprised of multiple collocation towers, communications shelters and emergency backup power. The site provides coverage for many commercial and public safety radio services along portions of Hwy 70, 89 and 49 as well as the City of Portola and surrounding Sierra communities. CSW has been busy planning and preparing for site improvements to commence this summer.
Greg joins the CSW team with over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry the majority of which was spent in operations, construction and project management roles with many reputable companies in the industry including S-Com, Crown Castle, X3, SAC Wireless and WesTower to name a few.
Highlights of Greg’s experience includes but are not limited to tower and rooftop site design, development, construction, radio installation and testing. He holds CA Class A (General Engineering) and C10 (Electrical) Licenses.
Keith Chambers, CSW’s General Manager, stated “I’m thrilled to have Greg on our team. He’s a much needed asset with critical roles; ensuring our sites are managed to CSW’s high standards and assisting in our growth and future tower development pursuits.”
For site matters related to access, NTP requirements, pre and post construction inspections, site emergencies and more please contact Greg Hutton at 916-903-6495 or send a message using our contact form
ComSites West will be exhibiting March 23-24, at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE 2016) show in Las Vegas.
If you are attending the show we would love to see you. Please stop by booth 1844 and say hi. For a free exhibit hall pass to the show please contact Jerry Shaver at 888-960-8300. Hope to see you there.
Sacramento, CA –1 April 2015 – The State on behalf of the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of General Services has entered into a new ground lease with ComSites West, which commences 1 April 2015 for the operation and management of the Mt Diablo South Peak communications tower site facilities atop Mt Diablo in Walnut Creek, CA.
The Mt. Diablo South Peak communications Site is arguably the premiere mountaintop site in Northern California, accommodating a large and varied group of wireless telecommunications site users. Situated at an elevation of 3,849 feet, the Mt. Diablo site stands alone at the eastern fringe of the San Francisco Bay Region and on the edge of California’s great Central Valley; providing unsurpassed wireless coverage over vast portions of these regions.
ComSites West, headquartered in Sacramento, CA, develops, markets, operates and manages wireless telecommunications sites (including tower, monopole and rooftop communications facilities) for itself and other owners of raw land, tower sites and commercial rooftop facilities throughout California and Nevada.
An affiliate of one of California’s leading forest management and forest products companies, Setzer Forest Products, ComSites West has deep roots in the wireless industry going back to 1956 and a long history of experience with the ownership and management of low, mid and high elevation tower facilities and the unique customer mix and management characteristics that each has to offer. Accordingly, ComSites West acquires, develops and manages strategically located sites that lend themselves well to the siting of all major wireless telecommunications providers; from state-of-the-art broadband cellular, internet and personal communications service providers to conventional 2-way radio, microwave, television and radio broadcasting, and public safety providers.
On Oct 1st 2014 ComSites West was selected as the new Tower Site Management Company for the prestigious Clay Jones Building located at the highest point on Nob Hill at 1250 Jones St in San Francisco.
The site includes a 110’ SS Tower on the roof and secure equipment room on 20th floor with cable trays, ladder, plenty of electric outlets, room for large cabinets or racks, HVAC, phone, UHF combining and master antennas, backup power, secure facility.
How to work with a city to build towers on their land. How to build extremely difficult towers on City property. How to zone, permit and develop a cellular tower.
Is your tower project daunting? Come along with ComSites West and see what it took to build its Lincoln Site. Solving someone else’s problems holds the key to site approval, and this site had its share of problem solving during its four-year development.
ctivating a wireless communications facility site in Lincoln, Calif., came four
years after our company, ComSites West (CSW), embarked on what became a challenging tower development project. One of the fastest-growing cities in the state, Lincoln won the National Civic League’s All-American City Award in 2006. Home to more than 38,000 people and incorporated in 1890, Lincoln lies 25 miles northeast of Sacramento in Placer County.
To determine where Lincoln’s need for broadband telecommunications service would be the greatest, we surveyed the area and prospective wireless carriers that might rent tower space. We found the greatest need would be in a growing master-planned community named Lincoln Crossing, in an adjacent commercial district and along a route that would become the Lincoln Highway 65 Bypass. The survey revealed that a vacant 17-acre city-owned land parcel would be ideal for covering the area with wireless signals. At the same time, it would satisfy the city’s tower siting set back requirement of 500 feet from all residential uses.
The city had plans for the parcel, too: a future park, the Chief Robert Jimenez Community Park, named in honor of a retired police chief with 32 years of service. The bypass provides the park border on the south and west. Bypass construction was under way when the tower project started, and it opened on Oct. 8, 2012. The Lincoln Crossing community club house and recreation center borders the park on the east and a soon-to-be-constructed expansion to the Lincoln Crossing planned development will border the park on the north. We obtained along-term ground lease with the city and began a lengthy entitlement process. A Lincoln Crossing home owners’ association soon made its opposition known. The land parcel involved a longstanding, sensitive conflict between the Lincoln Crossing community and the city. Zoning specialist Tim Miller of Site- Com Wireless organized a meeting with the homeowners’ association in hopes of better understanding the opposition and finding a workable solution.
Construction Site Before
Support for Service
Discussions revealed strong support for broadband services a tower would bring. What dissatisfied the community was the city’s lack of progress for many years to develop a park at the project site. As a condition for supporting the tower project, the community wanted to see park development work start. The city said it wouldn’t have the financial resources for park development for at least 10 years. Carrier demand for the site was immediate, so it fell to the homeowners’ association and us to find funds to develop a combined wireless site and park.
CSW designed a park master plan and phased construction plans to guide current and long-term Jimenez Park development and to construct a portion of the community park. The homeowners’ association created a charitable, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Lincoln Community Recreational Development Foundation, to assist with fundraising.
The homeowners’ association’s plans to expand its clubhouse and recreation facilities complicated the work. So did the school district when it relinquished its right to acquire a land parcel immediately adjacent to the park, thus making the parcel available for residential development. The changes made it necessary to reconfigure the park boundaries, integrate the parcel reconfigurations, account for future improvements that the homeowners’ association and the land developer wanted, and prepare a civil design and interim park construction specifications, all concurrent with finalizing the wireless site design and improvement plans.
We hired the Roseville, Calif.-based landscape architecture firm Fuhrman Leamy Land Group. The firm worked in conjunction with the city and the homeowners’ association to develop a park master plan for the reconfigured 17 acres. Together with the city, CSW developed the wireless facility architectural design. The design integrates the architecture, colors, materials, finishes and textures of the neighboring homeowners’ association clubhouse. No one’s budget included the cost to construct the park as designed, even in phases, so with the homeowners’ association’s encouragement and the city’s approval, the Fuhrman Group developed an interim park design that included significant site preparation and grading. The design includes an irrigated-turf playing field at the site of a future lighted baseball field. The interim park design also has improved off-street parking for park users and overflow parking for the homeowners’ association clubhouse. We also hired the Roseville, Calif.- based civil engineering and planning firm Frayji Design Group to develop civil engineering designs to use with the Fuhrman Group’s landscape design to finalize the park master plan. Subsequent to adoption of the master plan, Frayji Design Group developed civil engineering designs and improvement plans to build Jimenez Park (including drainage, grading, vehicle circulation and parking) and for CSW ’s wireless facility. The plans integrate the wire- less facility with the park’s design and improvement plans. Frayji Design Group oversaw and played an instrumental role in bringing about the timely processing of CSW’s and the park’s improvement plans with the city.
After numerous iterations of the park master plan, the city’s parks and recreation committee unanimously approved the result. After three public hearings, the city council unanimously approved it. CSW took the city-approved master plan that included the wireless site design to the city’s planning commission, which unanimously adopted our Mitigated Negative Declaration. The commission also unanimously approved our conditional use permit (along with 49 conditions of approval) and our site and architectural design.
The design specifies a 21-foot-by-98-foot (roughly 2,000-square-foot) architecturally compliant equipment building with an integrated and enclosed exterior utility services yard and two 110-foot monopoles. The rad centers consist of six panel antennas, whether active or inactive, and antennas at each rad center are confined within a 7-foot-diameter horizontally projected envelope. The specifications are intended to minimize the visual expansiveness of the antenna array and to maintain a consistent overall appearance. After filing the city’s Notice of (CEQA) Determination and when time allowed for an appeal of the planning commission’s decision expired without challenge, CSW developed construction documents and obtained a building permit.
We hired Streamline Engineering of Granite Bay, Calif., as the lead architectural and engineering firm to provide structural engineering for the equipment building and its foundation. The building is made of CMU block with stucco and cultured stone finishes. The finishes and the metal roof match the nearby Lincoln Crossing community clubhouse. The building has a central one-and-a-half story room with a roll-up entry door for the city to use to store Jimenez Park maintenance equipment. Three separate radio equipment rooms on each side of the central room make for six individual equipment spaces tailored to the needs of the broadband carriers. Each room has in-room grounding connections to the site’s ground ring, electrical and fiber service stub-ups from CSW-supplied electrical switch gear and fiber splice boxes, and 6-inch-diameter conduit stub-ups (12 per room) for running antenna feedlines underground from the rooms to the monopoles. The rooms also have dedicated cable entry ports. The rooms are ready for finishing and equipment installation by the carriers to meet their individual specifications. We hired Musco Lighting of Oskaloosa, Iowa, for an illumination study and to prepare a sports-lighting design for the park’s future softball and baseball fields, including some light fixtures that would be attached to CSW’s two monopoles. The study determined monopole placement in relation to the future ball fields and light fixture elevation.
Radio Vault under construction
Carrier Rad Centers
Next, it fell to us to design how to stack four carrier rad centers above the proposed lighting fixture positions with accommodation for adequate tip-to-tip antenna separation.
Valmont Structures of Valley, Neb., engineered and fabricated the monopoles. CSW provided the antenna design for both poles, which included six cellular/PCS panel antennas for
each rad center and two whip antennas atop each pole for the city’s public safety radio communications. Musco Lighting specified the light fixture bracket integrated into each pole along with fixture accessory brackets and ports and a protective channel internal to the poles to shield the fixture’s wiring harness from possible damage during installation or removal of antenna feedlines routed inside the poles.
A crane lifting the final tower section of the west tower into position
With all permits in hand, CSW set about constructing what most probably would deem is not your ordinary cell site. Constructing the wireless facility demanded care, from siting the monopoles and the building to the large amount of trenching and underground work involved in bringing utility services to the tower site and to the park.
Stacking tower sections
We selected Quality Telecom Consultants of Rocklin, Calif., to construct the facility. Construction specialist Matt Veazey of SiteCom Wireless assisted us with oversight and construction management. Because the two monopoles would support future sports lighting, they had to be situated in the exact location specified by Musco’s illumination study. There could be no room for error and no relocation, no matter to the new site in a single joint trench extending 1,200 feet to the CSW- supplied electrical switch gear and fiber splice boxes in equipment building’s utility yard. Traffic-rated splice boxes placed midway along the route provide for future extension of power and fiber to serve the build out of Jimenez Park.
Satisfying the Requirements
The building’s foundation had to be set in exacting conformance with the finish grades established for the future park. Construction of the equipment building had to satisfy the requirements of CSW’s CUP, namely, the careful and skilled application of stucco, cultured stone and metal roofing to match the neighboring evaluations, recommendations and special inspections to support the wireless facility construction, the landscaping and civil design work for the park, and the construction of the interim park improvements. All aspects of construction of CSW’s wireless facility and the interim park improvements had to strictly adhere to the geotechnical recommendations and submit to rigorous testing and inspection. After installing the monopoles, we had steel doghouses fabricated and installed at their bases to protect each carrier’s antenna feedlines between their conduits and their dedicated cable entry ports.
The West Sacramento, Calif.-based geotechnical engineering and testing firm of Wallace-Kuhl& Associates we hired provided extensive geotechnical evaluations, recommendations and special inspections to support the wireless facility construction,the landscaping and civil design work for the park,and the construction of the interim park improvements. All aspects of construction of CSW’s wireless facility and the interim park improvements had to strictly adhere to the geotechnical recommendations and submit to rigorous testing and inspection.
The interim park development had to be completed simultaneously with the construction of our wireless facility. This involved overall site preparation and grading the seven- acre area encompassed by the interim park and constructing temporary hardscape features. At the direction of the city, the work had to conform with the city’s public bidding and construction processes, and it had to be administered by way of a formal public construction contract and construction documents. Following public bidding, the contract was awarded and work proceeded. Shortly thereafter, the initial site work was completed, leaving the park site in a condition ready to accept the preliminary, but permanent, irrigation equipment installation and some permanent and temporary landscaping. Accordingly, the homeowners’ association set to work on the initial park irrigation and landscaping, once again at the direction of the city and in accordance with the city’s public bidding and construction process. Much work related to completing the interim effort remains to be done. The build out of Jimenez Park is still quite some time away.
Site After (Photo by Ramsey Etchison)
The Lincoln Site has been a challenging and rewarding project for CSW, and one that we believe the community embraces. Today, the Lincoln city government, its community and CSW can take pride in the efforts and commitments they cooperatively made to see eventual completion of Jimenez Park and significantly improved wireless coverage from CSW’s current broadband carriers at the site, MetroPCS, AT&T and Verizon, become a reality. ComSites West looks forward to future wireless communications site developments in Lincoln and throughout Northern California.
This story was originally published in AGL Magazine™, May 2014 issue and was written by Charlie Feick and Keith Chambers. To access the published version select the following link: http://online.qmags.com/AGL0514#pg39&mode2