Soaring land prices affect the landscapes of our communities. Vacant fields, small plots of land and oddly shaped properties that previous generations ignored have become prime sites for building. It’s called “infill” because builders are “filling in” spaces between developed sites. As a result, more homes, school buildings and government facilities now occupy each square mile. Infill also increases the need for creative civil engineering and surveying solutions.

Today many more children attend each local school than when it was originally built. Therefore, more and more schools are relying on U&R’s nationally recognized “9-Step School Traffic Safety Solution.” It improves student safety in drop-off zones and improves the surrounding traffic flow. Due to land costs, school districts typically add facilities to existing schools rather than build new ones. To raise funds, some districts even sell portions of their school sites to private developers. Demand rises for U&R’s creative solutions to address these issues.

Increasing population density through infill also places greater demand on city services. U&R played a key role in creating the City of Fremont’s new state-of-the-art Maintenance Center.

Construction of new homes on infill often involves building up—not out. Examples include apartments, condominiums, townhouses and higher-density single-family homes. Creativity is frequently needed to meet the needs of residents, builders and building permit offices.