Sanderson Stewart – Building Enduring Communities in the Bakken
To label the “Bakken Boom” as a boom is somewhat misleading, as serious oil industry and supportive infrastructure demands continue to be fueled by this world class technology oil play. Communities in 17 western North Dakota counties, strive to emerge from the daily triage of putting out the biggest fires first to a much more strategic and tactical approach with the realization that the Bakken boom differs from previous oil bonanzas in the Williston Basin. This realization came gradually to North Dakota leadership. Although the first Bakken wells were fracked in 2000, most of the explosive growth didn’t occur until the past four years.
The realization that strategic, long term community development needs to be a cornerstone of their planning thought process has allowed firms such as Sanderson Stewart of Billings, Montana to enter the Bakken landscaping bringing to the table what they do best, “plan and design enduring communities”.
Sanderson Stewart, a 40+ year old engineering firm evolved from a traditional civil engineering and land surveying company into the “go to” firm for land development services in the Billings, Montana marketplace. Instrumental to this evolution was the purchase in 2002 by long time employees, Michael Sanderson, Rick Leuthold and Dennis Randall. With a new energy and vision for the future, the firm has since expanded its geographic reach and its service offerings. Today, Sanderson Stewart is a collaborative and multi-disciplinary community development services firm serving clients throughout the West.
What sets Sanderson Stewart apart is a few simple, but powerful ideas that shape the company and focuses their actions. Sanderson views their core purpose and core values not as an achievable short term objective, but as their long range strategic intent; insuring that the firm never stops stimulating their need to innovate and change. Enduring qualities: trust, teamwork, innovation, community, and endurance places Sanderson Stewart in the perfect position to collaborate, plan, and design enduring community projects throughout the Bakken:
Harvest Hills Subdivision – Williston, North Dakota
In collaboration with Granite Peak Development
The Harvest Hills Subdivision is a 280 Acre mixed use development consisting of mostly residential single and multi-family parcels with a smaller node of commercial parcels and a school site. Sanderson Stewart project responsibilities include master planning, annexation, zoning, design, construction administration and construction staking. This project is on a fast track schedule to meet the large demand for housing and services needed to accommodate the Williston Basin growing oil industry.
Tofte Bean Industrial Park – Williston, North Dakota
The Tofte Bean Industrial Park consists of master planning and design of a 60 acre undeveloped area at the southeast end of Williston, North Dakota. This project will provide municipal water, sewer and road access in an industrial zoned area in this booming oil town. Challenges of this project include finding the best balance of rights-of-way that minimized impact to the existing parcels while providing appropriate access to the adjacent intersections. To accommodate the very high ground water in the area, alternative sanitary sewer options were evaluated. They included a gravity system with a lift station and a low pressure sewer system with individual grinder pumps. Sanderson Stewart also prepared cost estimates and property assessments and facilitated the public meeting process in preparation of creating a Special Assessment District.
Water Main & Extension – Williston, North Dakota
The City of Williston water main extension and replacement project consists of extending a new water main approximately one half mile on the east side of Williston to accommodate the rapid growth they are currently experiencing. The project also includes replacing of a half mile of existing water main within an aging residential neighborhood. Several intersections throughout the City will also receive water main replacements. Sanderson Stewart involvement in the project includes survey, design, assistance in right-of-way acquisition, construction administration and construction survey.
To learn more about Sanderson Stewart, their capabilities and their capacity visit their expanded listing in the Synergy Station Directory or their robust website which showcases the firms ability to deliver throughout the region !