Permit Place completed a new ground up corner location for a 5,000 square foot Chase Bank along Bollinger Avenue in San Jose, California. Chase Bank approached Permit Place with one of several new bank layouts for an immediate term rollout of all new Bank branch. One of the biggest challenges was coordinating public improvement permits to coincide with tenant improvement permits. The scope of work included extensive landscaping, grading, and utility coordination to provide approved lighting design and roadway and sidewalk design.
Banking - Retail
Chase Bank in partnership with Permit Place to assist with many new construction projects which consisted of a new ground up 5,000 square foot bank with new teller window options, exterior ATM frontage and building design that was harmonious with an existing retail center. The bank is located in one of San Jose’s highest traffic corner (Bollinger and Miller) and emphasized the importance of properly scaled building, prominent landscaping, and effectuated a street and pedestrian-friendly design that leveraged Chase Bank ATMs to customers and patrons along a pedestrian path of travel. Furthermore, stipulations within the entitlement approval required landscaping and trees to be consistent with Migratory Bird Treaty Act as well as California Department of Fish and Game Code. Several factors presented opportunities for PermitPlace to shine, including pushing for Building, Grading, and Utility permit approvals.
Permit Place expeditiously completed an initial due diligence report of the project to communicate the associated costs, timeframe, and expectations to our client. We worked alongside designers and architects to find suitable location for ATM frontage along with coordinating multi-agency permit reviews and plan reviews. PermitPlace logistically coordinated permit approvals within precise calendar months to preclude violation of any migratory raptor bird nesting seasons in compliance with Fish and Game codes. We understood the hardships and challenge with interacting with several multiple agencies often with conflicting requirements and ambiguous procedures. We negotiated approval on Grading Permits while working on Building and Mechanical plan reviews. We received early start permit for Grading on-site in order to meet deadlines consistent with conditions implemented as part of the entitlement approval. We offered expedited reviews from all disciplines, and by developing close rapport with City staff developed a simultaneous review process for each department saving significant time for our client. We obtained all necessary external clearances including: school fee clearance, sewer connections, utility coordination permits, lighting design clearance, and street bond clearances. We followed up during the inspection process to ensure there were no construction delays, as well as establishing clear communication between architects, plan reviewers and field inspectors that served as a basis for future relationships.
Despite challenges on all fronts in the development process, PermitPlace delivered on time. We obtained all necessary permits, complying with State environmental laws and regulations while providing our client with a clear timetable for construction and occupancy. We developed a clear response and supported contractors and engineers throughout the construction and development phase. Our results were successful, resulting in further post-permit amendments that enhanced the Bank’s interior architectural features. In conclusion, we complied with all environmental clearances (Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration); Conditions imposed as part of the Conditional Use Permit, Site Development Permit, Grading Permit, Building Permit, and Utility permits.
We mitigated any issues and concerns that were unexpected during this process and maintained a design and architectural layout that satisfied Chase Bank’s high traffic count. Our determined approach transformed the project from a multi-agency review to a consolidated effort. We are always looking for new challenges!