Arco ampm

El Dorado Hills, CA

Civil Engineering, Land Use Planning, Architecture, Fueling System Design, Permit Expediting, Client Program, Commercial | 3,200 SF

The Challenge

Arco ampm is a popular convenience store chain on the west coast, first originating in Southern California. Barghausen was contracted by our customer, Marc Strauch of Strauchco, for this particular Arco ampm project in El Dorado Hills. 

The project itself consisted of a 3,200-square ft. Arco ampm convenience store, including an 1,800-square ft. express automated car wash with an 80 ft. conveyor and eight fueling islands on slightly over 2.5 acres (one acre of which was wetland and stream). The site also required over 10,000 CY of fill, retaining walls, and a specialized storm water system to accommodate for the adjacent creek. 

Our team was faced with several unique challenges for the Arco ampm project. As previously mentioned, the project site was located adjacent a sensitive stream and wetland—in addition to being an average of 10 feet below the street elevation. 

Perhaps most challenging, however, was how vehemently opposed to the project the surrounding community was. To appease the community, our team incorporated custom architecture in a Tuscan theme—which is prevalent in the area’s newer developments. 


Civil engineering


Fueling system design

Permit expediting

Project management 

Construction administration