The Santa Margarita Tavern at the corner of El Camino Real and Encina Avenue is nearing occupancy. In order to mitigate for the site’s expansive, clayey soils, project engineer Ian Shoebridge designed a mat slab foundation. Because the Tavern is being built alongside an existing structure, construction practices were considered from the outset and a full-height masonry wall was integrated into the design. CalTrans requested that the front awning be "removable" from the structure, so it will actually cantilever out over the sidewalk with a zero back span, providing cover to patrons making their way to and from the Tavern.