Bluebird Canyon Landslide

Quick Snapshot

Location: Laguna Beach, CA

Client: City of Laguna Beach

Service Performed: Bid Administration, Construction Management and Project Administration

Time Frame of Service: 2005 – 2007

Estimated Value to Date: $21,000,000



On June 1, 2005 approximately seven acres of land experienced a deep bedrock failure (landslide). The landslide recovery effort involved: (a) the construction of three large caisson supported by shoring walls and grade beams; (b) the excavation of massive quantities of very unstable material to depths of 80-100 feet below the pre-existing surface; (c) the construction of extensive soil cement keys; (d) the re-compaction of all excavated material and; (e) the reconstruction of all public facilities including Flamingo Road. This project was extremely difficult and high profile as the landslide was unstable and moving in response to the field activities, space was very limited, neighbors were concerned about dust and noise, and communication to City Council and staff was constant.

Our Role:

Moote provided pre-construction and construction management services and was the City of Laguna Beach’s liaison between the effected homeowners, nearby residents and all field related activities. Moote managed the day to day field operations in support of correcting issues that have long plagued the City. We worked diligently with the contractor and field staff on a daily basis to ensure the project was being constructed per plans and specifications and also meeting the local and Federal requirements to comply with financing regulations. Due to the intricacies of the project, Moote was relied on as a source of value and experience to advise the project team with constructability options that proved to be of value to the project budget and schedule.