WHO WE SERVE
All County and Associates, Inc. is the first choice of the construction and real estate community. Since 1992, ACA has completed projects for thousands of clients. It is our goal to have our clients educated and familiar with the processes. This allows for the best communication and understanding of ALL parties involved.
ACA sets itself apart by maintaining long-term relationships. This has established a dedicated referral network of satisfied customers. Our team is a trusted source for our rapid and thorough responses, and our ability to handle a project big or small. We never deviate from our primary focus of helping them make informed decisions. Our most significant client groups include:
Architects and civil engineers have a different perspective on the construction process. Including what is vital and how to accomplish it. That is why it is important the two collaborate in the completion of the project. Whether design-build or traditional construction these two groups can aid each other in completing the project. This is why ACA’s goal is to ensure we foster a relationship of success with architectural firms. At the end of the day, it is the combination of the building and a well laid out site, that provides the aesthetic value the customer envisioned.
Too often, civil engineers and architects work independently of one another. This leads to unknown changes that impact each other, cause delays or lead to higher costs. By partnering from the start, ACA is able to integrate the architect’s vision into the site. Another benefit of a partnership is the ability to bounce ideas off of one another. This allows us to educate ourselves on the aspects of each other’s work, to the benefit of the staff and the client. Finally, this partnership ensures together we provide a managed process for the client.
How we Work Together
Typically, an architect’s design is not finalized when the civil engineer begins laying out the site. This includes designing the infrastructure and preparing calculations, which can then change. By collaborating, the two disciplines ensure a smoother process. By being on the same page, ACA understands the owner and architect’s perspectives. This allows us to shape the world around the structure.
ACA looks to foster that long-term relationship and collaboration with all our partners. If you are looking at a traditional or a design-build project, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (610) 469-3830.
Builder / Contractor
Are you building a new structure, adding an addition, installing a pool or building a fence? These projects are susceptible to unexpected delays because of improper planning and regulations. ACA’s experienced and knowledgeable staff help you avoid some of these pitfalls, saving you frustration, time, and money. We’ll help keep you out of trouble so we don’t need to get you out of trouble!
The Permitting Process
Today’s regulatory process is getting more complex. Issues that did not exist a decade ago, now completely derail projects. The permitting process can take weeks or even months. By having a plan from the start, you can avoid these delays during construction.
Obtaining a Building Permit Plan
By partnering with ACA, your project can avoid headaches and delays. These headaches could include replacement costs and legal ramifications. An ACA building permit plan proposal reflects all existing conditions and proposed improvements. These include (but are not limited to): the boundary, topography, utilities, stormwater, erosion control, and a detailed footprint of the structure.
Regardless of the scope of the project, don’t break ground without understanding all the requirements. Whether residential or commercial, there are limitations and permitting requirements.
This is where our expertise, including local, state and federal regulations, is beneficial. This expertise combined with our innovative solutions helps ensure your project’s success. Our goal is to keep you out of trouble rather than get you out of trouble, saving you time and money.
ACA can provide a boundary survey which documents your property. This includes showing encroachments and easements, which can prevent future headaches. Additionally, it can allow you to remedy current concerns or disputes.
ACA’s surveyors can prepare a topographical survey. These plans provide detailed information on elevations and locations of features. These features include buildings, hills, streams, fences, and so on.
Subdivision Land Development
Whether you want to subdivide a parcel of land for a loved one or develop buildings on a tract of land, ACA is here to assist. These plans and approvals are a complex and detailed process. They include surveys, layouts, calculations, document preparation, and submittals.
Sewage Disposal System
New home construction may need the installation of a sewage disposal (septic) system. ACA performs the necessary tests, identifies locations and can prepare the application for the needed permit(s).
Whether you are looking to sell a home, construct something, or move to your dream home, ACA offers services that benefit you.
Looking to build a fence, install a shed or sell your property, then know your property lines! As properties age, corner markers disappear and boundary lines become blurred. A boundary survey documents your property and shows encroachments and easements. This prevents future headaches and allows you to remedy current concerns or disputes.
Do you live along a waterway? Then, flood insurance is a common term to you and one of the most growing costs for homeowners today. A FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map determines if you are in a floodplain or floodway. ACA provides services that evaluate if you are in a floodplain and if an Elevation Certificate (EC) may benefit you. An EC is a tool used to determine insurance premium rates and to support the request for a Letter of Map Amendment.
Sewage Disposal (Septic) System Inspection
The functionality of your sewage disposal system is often overlooked. But did you know repair and replacement costs reach up to or over $30,000? Routine inspections are a way to ensure functionality and limit these long-term costs. ACA can determine the type of system installed, the components, and what type of maintenance plan to follow. Additionally, they can highlight repairs that can extend longevity or design a replacement system.
Home inspectors are a critical cog in the wheel of property transactions. Their reports influence the sale price of a home, prevent a sale, or seal the deal. As a home inspector, you are responsible for evaluating a tremendous amount in a small period. Additionally, resolving concerns and reinspection windows are tight, as transaction deadlines loom.
So, what do you do when you come across something as critical as a sewage disposal (septic) system? These are unique and timely inspections. So put the responsibility into the hands of the trusted experts at All County and Associates! We know what to look for, from the integrity of the plumbing to the presence of a sump pump. We are fast, knowledgeable, and thorough.
How we Work Together
By partnering with ACA, you bring a knowledgeable and trained partner to the table. Every year, ACA performs more than 1,000 septic system inspections. When bidding your work, ask if there is an on-site sewage disposal system, this will allow you to include the inspection in your proposal. When you arrive, look for the key signs like a septic tank or drain field. This is the point to bring our experienced firm into the equation. We can help the reputation of your firm, by ensuring all the items documented before you release your final report.
Real Estate Agent
All County and Associates, Inc. is a trusted resource to many partnering real estate agents and organizations. Our goal is to help you learn about and better manage your clients’ potential property issues. These include sewage system inspections, boundary surveys, flood elevation surveys, and permitting.
Property transactions are complex, timelines are short, and emotions run high. ACA helps empower real estate agents with information and resources. We understand that an unexpected situation is frustrating. This is why we look to meet on-site to resolve the concerns with the affected parties. Our goal is to maintain your reputation as a trusted voice in the home transaction process.
Educating the Industry Together ACA believes that knowing information empowers us all. As real estate agents, this is vital, as you are advocates and advisors for your clients. ACA offers real estate agents training opportunities on a variety of pertinent topics:
Flood Elevation Certificates | Building Permit Plans | Boundary Surveys | Sewage Disposal System Inspections | Etc.
All County and Associates, Inc. is the first choice of the construction and real estate community. Since 1992, ACA has completed projects for thousands of clients. We have established ourselves as skilled professionals in residential and commercial projects, which range from a single unit to large subdivisions. Click the link(s) below to learn more about the services we offer.
CIVIL / SITE ENGINEERING
Engineering is typically known as calculating scientific principles. But a good engineering firm is about being clever and devising solutions to meet clients needs. ACA’s team works together to prepare a design that meets your objectives. From there, we ensure the design meets the regulatory requirements. This is why every project starts with a team meeting, with the client, on-site. The goal is to learn about the client and their desired outcome. This builds trust between the client and us and is why a majority of our business is from repeat clients or referrals.
Collaboration Leads to Success
ACA utilizes collaboration between our staff to streamline the design and approval process. This collaboration of resources allows us to reduce a client’s headaches. Our tailored solutions are unique to your project. The designs consider constructability and cost-effectiveness.
- Building Permit Plans
- Cost Estimating
- E&S Plans
- Feasibility Studies
- Municipal Meetings
- Planning and Layout
- Roadway Design
- Site Grading
- Site Meetings and Inspections
- Stormwater Management
- Utility Layout
- Technical Specifications
ACA’s team collaborates through every facet of the construction process. This ensures the owner obtains the desired outcome. By involving ACA from the start, we can work with every stakeholder. This ensures a quick and efficient sequence of permitting and construction.
Our clients enjoy our attention to detail, educational approach and breadth of services. From the outset, ACA takes an active role in ensuring our clients make informed decisions. This continues through the process until the project achieves a satisfactory outcome. This approach has led to our long-standing relationships and new customer referrals.
When hired for Construction Management services, ACA’s staff leads the collaboration. We bring together providers with the same detail and effort offered by our in-house team. Our experienced professionals start by educating themselves on the clients’ objectives. Then work to coordinate that outcome from planning to close-out. Our goal is to deliver results and prevent delays from a lack of communication. It is this dedication that has led ACA to be a preferred vendor for many organizations, associations, and professionals.
● As-Built Plans
● Budgeting and Cost Estimating
● On-Site Observation and Inspection
● Project planning
● Testing Coordination
● Value Engineering
ACA’s environmental team specializes in nature’s filter, wetlands. They are experts in investigating these protected natural resources. Wetlands are home to many protected plant and animal species and provide water quality improvement for our waterways. This is why they play a critical role in our Civil/Site Engineering and Land Surveying teams.
Delineation and Mitigation of Wetlands
ACA sends our professional team to your site. From there, they identify and mark wetland locations. Additionally, they can inspect for endangered species that may habitat your property. When working on a project, we incorporate this data into our planning software. This allows our land surveyors and engineers to design your project while limiting disturbance.
Today’s regulations require designers to limit disturbance and enhance natural resources. This includes mapping existing natural resources, as well as, sometimes improving them. Projects can include stream buffers and forested buffers or wetland mitigation plans. Mitigation plans typically occur when building a roadway crossing. The plan’s size and detail vary on the impact size and quality of wetlands. A mitigation area for disturbing wetlands will typically be at a 1:1 ratio or greater.
● Wetland and Stream Delineations
● General and Joint Permitting
● Jurisdictional Determination (JD) Meetings
● Mitigation Design, Oversight, and Monitoring
Land surveying is the technique of determining points, distances, and angles on the surface of the earth. This information determines boundaries, prepares maps and depicts features. It serves a purpose in determining ownership or usage of the property. ACA’s team uses specialized tools and techniques to collect this data and integrate it into the services we provide.
Expertise in Understanding
ACA understands that everyone might not be familiar with the role or need for land surveying. This is where our support first mentality ensures our clients are making informed decisions. Once we educate our clients, we can develop the right solution for them. Having completed thousands of projects, we understand time and detail are imperative. These surveys can help prevent headaches, including land disputes and pricey infringements.
● ALTA Land Title Survey
● As-Built Plan of Site Improvements
● Boundary and Topographic Survey
● Construction Layout and Staking
● Floodplain Survey
● FEMA Elevation Certificate and Letter of Map Revision/Amendment
● Plot Plan
● Utility Mapping
● Wetlands Survey
SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS
ACA staff includes certified Sewage Enforcement Officers (SEO). Their training includes a detailed understanding of the functionality and performance of these systems. Thus, our goal is to assist you in learning about these systems during inspection and testing.
The process of system inspection should occur on a regular and ongoing schedule. This should occur with the system’s pumping to ensure all components are visible. These inspections should occur on average every three years, sometimes more often. During an inspection, we check for tank capacity, broken components, and signs that sludge leaving the tank. When needed, our staff conducts dye tests and use cameras to inspect systems. Lack of inspection and maintenance is the number one cause of damage and costly repairs.
Signs of Trouble
1. Toilet runs sluggish.
2. Sewer odors in the house and/or well water.
3. Sponginess around the septic tank, distribution box, dosing tank or absorption area.
4. Backup of sewage into laundry tubs or other fixtures.
When Buying a Home with a Sewage Disposal System
1. Ask for drawings regarding the actual location of the existing system.
2. Ask for the records regarding the maintenance and any repairs of the system
3. Ask if a dye test has ever been performed on the system
4. Ask what type and size of a tank is installed
5. Ask how many people are (were) living in the home