Verde Valley Campus RV Parking Survey and Design Services

Yavapai College

Our teams work hard because the work we do creates positive changes in people’s everyday lives. The Verde Valley Campus RV Parking project is no exception to this. This area is making an impact in its community offering something many Arizona residents are asking for, affordable housing. In the hopes of attracting more staff members and students to Yavapai College, the district sparked the idea to offer tiny homes and RV Parking at several campus locations. “We’ve noticed that our recruiting pools have been getting smaller, and we believe it’s because of the high cost of living here in Yavapai County. We’re currently at about 20% above the national average,” said Dr. Clint Ewell, the college’s VP of Finance and Administration. For this project to get to the construction and final phasing engineering services are needed. 

Our Civiltec team has been tasked to perform professional engineering to ensure the smooth implementation of this plan. The project consisted of the design of 10 RV parking stalls, adjacent driveways, stormwater drainage concepts, and utility (water, sewer & electric) layout. An interesting element of this project is that most of the construction work was performed by Yavapai College personnel to reduce the costs for the RV parking project. A new private on-site collection and septic disposal system provides sewer. Our electrical team led by Heber Torres, PE designed the new electrical service for the site feeding the private electrical system for the individual spaces. 

The Campus area utilized for the project is located east of the Upper Vineyard providing a nice landscape for the residence. The location is also South of the private campus dirt driveway running along the northern boundary. The project is substantially complete and It’s currently being utilized. Additionally to the vineyard views Dr. Ewell has plans to add a gazebo, dog park, and laundry facility to the area. Another cool insight into this project is that the college has been working on printing 3D homes with concrete by partnering with a company in Belgium. Civiltec continues to work with Yavapai College on its other campuses to create improvements where additional affordable housing can be provided, including these 3D-printed concrete structures. 

The project team consisted of project manager Ben Townsend, PE (Project Manager), Heber Torres (Electrical Project Manager), Raymond Buettner III (Senior Designer), and Julie Padilla (Electrical Designer).