Highway 290 Site Development

Dripping Springs Austin Java Restaurant and Warehouse Site Design

Mike Burns, P.E.
Project Manager
Grayson Cox, P.E.
Design Engineer
Michael Schangreaux, P.E.

The owners of the Austin Java chain of restaurants purchased the nearly 2 acre site at 3799 E. Highway 290 in Dripping Springs to develop a new restaurant location as well as a warehouse facility where all coffee roasting operations for the brand could take place.  The site off SH 290 contained many development and engineering challenges including a 25 foot drop in elevation from the front of the property to the rear.  Other challenges included limited space for proper fire apparatus access and traditional storm water quality facilities, and the buildings planned by the owner exceeded the maximum impervious cover requirement for the tract.

KSA was happy to take on this challenge and we served as the civil site design engineer for the project.  KSA’s team of engineers worked closely with the City of Dripping Springs, West Travis County Public Utility Agency, and Emergency Services District #6 to develop unique solutions to the design challenges for the site.  KSA incorporated rainwater harvesting and excess detention capacity to secure a variance for the impervious cover limits from Dripping Springs.  Additionally, KSA worked with the City’s engineer to secure the first ever approval for a proprietary underground filtration system in lieu of a traditional water quality pond.

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To enable the building footprints desired by the owner, KSA designed aesthetically enhanced retaining walls up to 14 feet tall and secured the cut/fill variance from the Dripping Springs City Council.  Our site designers also worked with the fire marshal to ensure the curvy access road through the site and the locations of the fire hydrants provided adequate fire apparatus access to all of the proposed facilities.

The KSA team is immensely proud of the successful Austin Java Dripping Springs project that is currently serving up freshly roasted cups of caffeine to the west Travis County community. 

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