Utilize Your Consultant to Land a Top Tenant

Heather Diemer - Thursday, May 18, 2017
I'm always looking for better ways to do things. So when talking to a friend, real estate developer, Nick DeSanctis, I asked about his most recent shopping center redevelopment. Specifically, I asked what he would do differently. The first thing he said, “If I had the opportunity to do it all over again, I would consult a civil engineer much sooner." As a developer of retail projects, I understand that means putting more money at risk during due diligence. As an engineer, I’m also aware that there’s valuable information we can gain during this phase to set a clear path to quickly move a project through the land development process. In this industry, we certainly know that time is money! The faster you deliver a site, the sooner you lock in your top tenant an [Read more] 

DIY Self-Watering Planter from a Wine Bottle

Heather Diemer - Thursday, May 11, 2017
As a Swiss American and a landscape architect, there’s no surprise I have window boxes at my home. Challenge is, the front of my house faces west and my plants get hammered with both sun and radiant heat from the exterior stucco. Even after selecting the most sun tolerant annuals, I can’t keep up with the watering...morning and afternoon…it ain’t enough…come July everything’s is just fried. Bummer! Last year I found some great terracotta watering spikes at Rhoads Garden in Montgomeryville, a set of 4 spikes for about $20 bucks, home run, right?! Well almost. While each spike is about 7” long and equipped with a nice treaded top for a soda bottle, I found that not all ‘treads’ are universal and my water bottles freque [Read more] 

8th Annual Kids to Work Day

Heather Diemer - Thursday, April 27, 2017
For the last 8 years, Nave Newell has participated in National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and held it in conjunction with an Alex's Lemonade Stand and Bake Sale. The kids absolutely love it and look forward to it each year. The first half of the day is spent talking and learning about how to run a business as they help prepare for the Lemonade Stand and Bake Sale which takes place at noon in the company’s parking lot. The kids handled every part of the sale from raffles to collecting money to counting up donations after. Through the hard work of our employees and their families, generous clients, neighbors and colleagues, we were able to raise over $3,100 this year. Nave Newell matched whatever was donated. In the afternoon, the kids get a chance to le [Read more] 

How to Protect Your Garden From Deer

Heather Diemer - Thursday, April 13, 2017
The battle is on. Your plants are starting to come up and the deer love it! When it comes down to it, is anything really deer proof? Just like kids, deer will eat what they dislike last. When deer are hungry they’ll eat just about anything. However, planting deer resistant materials and combining this with a regular application of some form of liquid fence, can help protect your garden from destruction. Protect Existing Plants To protect your existing plants, you’ll want to use something that deters the deer without harming your plants. Our horticulture specialist, Meg Shomper, recommends garlic. Garlic is a popular deer repellent which some home gardeners spray liberally about their yards. One home recipe calls for combining two ounces of chopped garlic, t [Read more] 

Why Work at Nave Newell?

Heather Diemer - Thursday, March 30, 2017
Our Nave Newell Way culture is truly unique and something we’ve worked hard to create. Nave Newell has a family atmosphere where the president is hands-on and coaching moments are the norm. Through training and mentoring programs we strive to give every employee the opportunity to realize their full potential. Working at Nave Newell also offers the chance to work on some of the most high-profile projects in the area, like the $150 million King of Prussia Mall Expansion for Simon. While we take our work seriously, we always keep it fun. We promote a good work-life balance for employees. We host regular social and community service events to foster a sense of teamwork and family. We are always looking for top talent to join our team. Our work-life benefits, culture and [Read more] 

25 Ways To Make A Difference Campaign

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Since founding Nave Newell, Greg Newell’s philosophy has remained: strive for the extraordinary as both a standard in design and service to clients. Twenty-five years later, this enthusiasm has evolved into a unique culture that we call the Nave Newell Way. The 30 Fundamentals that make up the Nave Newell Way guide everything we do. Initially influenced by David Friedman’s book, Fundamentally Different, they reflect our values and quickly became an integral part of our culture. One of our favorite Fundamentals is #28 – MAKE A DIFFERENCE. We strongly believe that success is a two-way street and we have made “giving back” part of our everyday language. As a result, we created a campaign called, “25 WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.” Throughou [Read more] 

Marshall and Rakowski Promoted to Principal

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, March 29, 2017
While we celebrate the past, we also never stop looking for ways to improve. We are excited to announce the promotion of Keith J. Marshall, PE, and Nicholas P. Rakowski, PE, to principal. Keith has been heading up our Civil Department and will continue to do so, but will now play a bigger role in the strategic direction of the company. Having recently led the Nave Newell team on the King of Prussia Mall Expansion and Villanova University projects, the promotion to principal is well-deserved. Nick has proven his ability to be a strong leader overseeing some of the company’s most challenging land development projects, including the Great Valley Corporate Center Redevelopment and Saint-Gobain North American Headquarters. He has also been assisting Keith in managing the Ci [Read more] 

Celebrating 25 Years

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, March 29, 2017
We are excited to announce a year-long celebration of our 25th anniversary. A tribute to all those who have helped us get where we are today – our employees, clients, friends and business partners in the land development community. We have been blessed with amazingly loyal clients and employees, many of whom have been with us for decades. Without their friendship, insight, wisdom and support, we would not be here. From our early days in a basement, to one of the premier land development consultants in the Greater Philadelphia area, there’s a lot to celebrate.  [Read more] 

Meet Our New Hires

Heather Diemer - Tuesday, February 28, 2017
This year we have been fortunate to add several very talented people to the Nave Newell family and we are excited to introduce them to you. Eric McSeed joins Nave Newell with 21 years of experience in surveying, engineering and construction including 16 years at Toll Brothers and 4 years in the Marines. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and is an excellent example of Fundamental #21 of the Nave Newell Way – BE AN EXPERT. Eric understands the importance of constantly challenging himself to learn more as he will graduate this spring with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. With both civil and survey experience, he is in a unique position to offer suggestions on how to improve our processes. We are excited to have Eric onboard as an asset to Nave Newell and our  [Read more] 

Are Locals Sewers Reaching Capacity?

Heather Diemer - Tuesday, February 28, 2017
In some cases, the answer is yes. Sewer infrastructure doesn’t always receive the attention of roads. People complain about potholes and they get fixed, but sewer systems are unseen and often forgotten until there’s an issue. Many systems both in the city and suburbs are reaching capacity. In Bucks County, a connection management plan has been developed for the Neshaminy Interceptor. This limits the amount of EDU’s available to surrounding municipalities. Less widely known are problems in Delaware County, where DEP is closely monitoring multiple townships. It’s possible that a sewer moratorium could go into effect at any time and several projects are currently on hold as they sort out how to deal with conveyance issues. Localized probl [Read more]