City of Philadelphia

Tacony Academy Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

Nave Newell worked in collaboration with the architect to design a new facility for Tacony Academy Charter School in northeast Philadelphia.  The new 84,000 sf facility, currently under construction, will be three stories high with 70-75 parking spaces, 25 drop-off areas and green space.  Nave Newell developed a site plan, designed stormwater management and made submissions to the Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia Planning Commission, Streets Department and L&I to secure the necessary approvals.


2040 Market Street, Mixed-use Building, Philadelphia, PA

PMC Property Group purchased the old five-story former AAA Mid-Atlantic Headquarters to redevelop into 282 high-end residential apartments with retail and commercial space and a courtyard on the ground floor. The redevelopment included the addition of eight stories on top of the original building as well as two 13-story wings on the back of the building and underground parking located below both new and existing structures. The additions increased the size from 120,000 sf to 300,000 sf and provided more than 150 below-grade parking spaces.  Working with the architect, Nave Newell completed an ERSA application to confirm exemption from City of Philadelphia stormwater management controls and designed an E&S plan for the parking garage construction to meet City requirements. Construction was completed in Spring 2013 and the building was fully leased.

Fresenius Medical Care, 10 E. Moreland Ave., Philadelphia, PA

Nave Newell provided land surveying and civil engineering  services for the redevelopment of a one acre site with an existing  building at 10 E. Moreland Avenue in Chestnut Hill. The project included  site design and development of construction documents to support the  conversion of the existing building into a new dialysis center and  doctors' offices, as well as obtain the required Philadelphia Planning  Commission, Streets Department and Water Department approvals in support  of the client’s request for a Use Variance from the Zoning Board of  Adjustment.

Nave Newell coordinated a custom pavement overlay design with the client and their contractor in order to maintain a limit of disturbance under 15,000 sf, and qualify the project for an exemption from stormwater management. With the exemption, Nave Newell was able to help the client avoid a 450 foot extension of sewer main within public right-of-way. Nave Newell also supported the client and their attorney during re-zoning of the property, with the review of ordinances and expert testimony before various boards of the Chestnut Hill Community Association and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

William Penn Charter School, David L. Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Penn Charter’s new David L. Kurtz Center for the  Performing Arts is the first major “green” building in East Falls.   The  30,100 sf LEED Gold Certified center includes a 650-seat theatre, a  band and choral room, several offices and a storage area.  “Green” site  design features include the capture of stormwater not held by the green  roof.  The stormwater then goes through a vortex-type water quality unit  under the parking lot to reduce particulates in the water, which then  flows to a 9,500 sf infiltration bed beneath the synthetic turf field  where it is released back into the earth.

Nave Newell worked with the architect on the development of preliminary and final design for the new facility. Nave Newell participated in collaborative meetings with the architect, Penn Charter and neighbors to develop an acceptable building program for all parties. Additional services included the preparation of a zoning exhibit for submission to the City of Philadelphia to receive height variance, expert testimony before the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment and a land development plan set to receive necessary City of Philadelphia approvals as well as provide site grading, landscape, lighting and E&S controls for the proposed building. Nave Newell was able to procure an NPDES permit from the PADEP and Philadelphia Water Department within 60 days.    

1900 Arch Street, Mixed-use Building, Philadelphia, PA

Architectural rendering courtesy of Varenhorst

The developer proposed a 14 story mixed-use development to include 236 apartments, 10,000 sf restaurant/retail and office spaces on the first two floors as well as underground parking and a courtyard. Application for a zoning variance was required for this conversion. Nave Newell supported the developer and the architect, Varenhorst by completing an ERSA application and Conceptual SWM approval as a pre-requisite for the Zoning Permit application. The design included coordination for a green roof system as well as a stormwater cistern to be located within the underground parking garage. This project was completed in 2014.

1800 Lombard, Pepper Building Addition, Philadelphia, PA

Architectural rendering courtesy of Varenhorst

The former Graduate Hospital campus was redeveloped into 155 luxury apartment homes, a physical rehabilitation facility and an acute care hospital. The project required reconstruction of the existing parking lot to support the modification of uses. Nave Newell completed an ERSA application, Conceptual SWM approval, Technical SWM approval and coordination with the Geotechnical Consultant and PWD staff to prepare a custom stormwater trench designed to address restrictions from existing buried debris and a clay layer prohibiting infiltration of stormwater. Nave Newell provided grading, drainage and stormwater management and construction support during the stormwater trench installation to assist the contractor and geotechnical consultant in certifying the custom trench design was in accordance with the approved drawings and PWD specifications.

Award: Poster Presentation - 2011 Philadelphia Low Impact Development Symposium: Greening the Urban Environment


Covenant House Rights of Passage Facility, Philadelphia, PA

Covenant House Pennsylvania planned to expand its Rights  of Passage program which transitions homeless youth from street life to  independence. Their goal was to build a new building which included 10  two-bedroom units of affordable homes along with outdoor recreational  space, a lounge, laundry facilities and offices for program support  staff. Nave Newell completed the ERSA application for Conceptual  Stormwater Management (SWM) approval resulting in a waiver from  stormwater management requirements, prepared the Act 537 Sewage  Facilities Planning Module Exemption and provided site landscaping  support to the architect in preparation of the LEED application for this  project.

Nave Newell was able to reduce the cost of plan preparation and civil engineering design services by keeping earth disturbance under 15,000 SF and utilizing the architectural site drawings when possible. Construction was completed in 2011.


West Girard Avenue Parking Lot, Philadelphia, PA

Nave Newell has been assisting the Redemptorist Fathers  of the State of Pennsylvania with Master Plan improvements including  parking demand analysis and land planning support for their existing  church campus. The redevelopment of an adjacent vacant parcel into a new  parking lot was needed to meet current parking demands. Nave Newell  assisted the client’s attorney in obtaining a use variance from the  Zoning Board of Adjustment to allow parking to be the principal property  use.

Prerequisite approvals obtained by Nave Newell included Streets Department approval for the proposed curb cut location and submission to PennDOT for a highway occupancy permit. Bus turning movements were analyzed to satisfy both client programming needs and Streets Department concerns regarding accessibility. Nave Newell also obtained Conceptual Stormwater Management Approval from the Water Department, including an ERSA submission. Zoning exhibits and testimony were provided for community presentations to the Kensington South Neighborhood Advisory Council and Olde Kensington Neighbors Association and were attended by the Girard Coalition.    


We specialize in providing civil engineering, land surveying, land planning, and landscape architecture services to the communities within Chester County, PA; Delaware County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Bucks County, PA; and the City of Philadelphia. Our portfolio also includes work throughout DE, MD, NJ, and VA.