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For Immediate Release
June 09, 2011

Pipeline Construction Starts on Upscale Mixed-Use Development in OC

Kana Pipeline awarded Pipeline Construction Contract for The Village at Bella Terra

Kana Pipeline was awarded a $1.9 million project for the underground wet utility pipeline installation by long-time client, The Wentz Group, a Newport Beach-based general construction company, contracted by DJM Capital Partners, Inc., owner of the Bella Terra mall in Huntington Beach for the construction of the next phase of development, The Village at Bella Terra; a 14-acre upscale mixed-use urban lifestyle district, consisting of a four story, 467-unit apartment community and 30,000 square feet of retail in addition to a 154,000 square foot Costco.

Bella Terra is recognized as one of Orange County's most distinctive outdoor dining, shopping and entertainment venues. It is an 800,000-square-foot retail center set on 44 acres with more than 70 shops and restaurants located at Edinger Avenue, in Huntington Beach, just south of I-405 and Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach, CA.

Construction on The Village at Bella Terra kicked-off in December 2010 with a ground-breaking ceremony attended by hundreds of local business, civic and community leaders and city officials. A highlight of the program was the start of demolition of the long-vacant, former Montgomery Ward store.

Kana Pipeline began its work on The Village at Bella Terra in May. The firm will install more than 10,000 linear feet of sewer pipeline, fireline, domestic, reclaimed water pipelines and storm drainage systems. Kana's team developed a plan for the installation that handles groundwater largely prevalent in this area. "We knew pipeline construction would be a challenge" indicated Kana's Project Manager, Kenneth Cornell, "due to the shallow ground water table, which is only about three to five feet deep throughout the project site."

To manage the sewer installation, one of the deepest utilities installed first, Kana required extra materials and equipment to mitigate the groundwater from saturating trenches. Nicolas Alcantar, Kana Pipeline's Superintendent overseeing this pipeline construction project installed several submersible pumps that are running around the clock. "We've had to use pumps and several feet of rock to stabilize the trench bedding," he noted. "Normally, six inches of trench bedding of imported rock and/or sand combination is required for stability underneath pipes. In this case, it has required over five times more bedding than usual."

Alcantar, one of Kana Pipeline's most experienced Superintendents, has been worked with Kana for more than 17 years. "Working in Southern California near a coastal city is nothing new as far as groundwater is concerned but you never really know how much groundwater there is until trenches are dug," said Alcantar. "As a result, pipeline construction generally takes longer to ensure a safe and quality installation, but that should not impact the project's estimated completion dates, added Cornell.

The Costco, to be built on the former Mervyns location, is expected to open mid 2012, while the larger remainder of The Village at Bella Terra development is estimated to be completed in the summer, 2013.
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