Going Green Can Cost Less

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, September 06, 2017
By Chelsea Bellay It might be a surprise, but green infrastructure (GI) construction costs can be lower than conventional design. If you think about it, traditional infrastructure systems typically involve curbs, gutters, piping, inlets and manufactured water quality structures. While GI systems are designed to use existing drainage patterns, vegetated swales and other best management practices (BMPs) for the conveyance and treatment of stormwater runoff. GI techniques aim to mimic the natural water cycle, reduce overall stormwater management requirements and lessen the need for costly drainage systems. GI practices can even regenerate and strengthen over time rather than wearing down - increasing life-span and reducing the need for costly replacement. MORE BENEFI [Read more] 

Lawn Full of Weeds?

Heather Diemer - Thursday, August 31, 2017
By Paul Lepard, Jr., RLA, PP If you’ve worked hard all summer to have a beautiful lawn and it’s still full of weeds - you’re not alone. With all the rain we’ve had this summer, both grass and weeds are thriving, but there is good news. Cooling temperatures mean it’s a great time to apply lawn fertilizers and weed control. We’ve got a two-step process to help kill weeds, crabgrass and boost your lawn before fall. 1. First, apply a weed-and-feed (granules of herbicide mixed with fertilizer). This will help give your lawn a nice growth boost while knocking-out pesky lawn weeds such as dandelions, clover and yellow-rocket. Weed-and-feed works best when applied in the morning on a dew covered lawn that won’t be rained or wat [Read more] 

Meet Our New Hires

Heather Diemer - Thursday, August 10, 2017
This summer we have been fortunate to add two very talented people to the Nave Newell family and we are excited to introduce them to you. Chelsea Bellay – Site Design Engineer Chelsea joined Nave Newell in May and brings with her 4 years of experience in site design and green stormwater infrastructure. She completed her undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University and received her master’s from Villanova University in Water Resource and Environmental Engineering. Her passion for designing stormwater solutions that that are both eco-friendly and cost-effective is clear and she has the knowledge to prove it! Last year, Chelsea worked on a book with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council called, exceeding intent: A precedent library of exemplary GREEN STO [Read more] 

Summer Watering Tips

Heather Diemer - Monday, July 24, 2017
The recent heat wave has made it quite a challenge to keep plants and flowers from burning out. It may have also caused a spike in your water bill. Here are some tips from our landscape architects to help you to learn to water more efficiently. 1. Water the roots. Despite what some may think, the roots are the actual part of the plant that needs water. Spraying the leaves and flowers wastes water, is inefficient and can promote the spread of disease and cause plants to rot. When planting, make sure the plants root system has the ability to spread and is loosened up so that water doesn’t run outside the root ball leaving the interior roots dry. 2. You may be watering too much! Automatic timers are great but be mindful of the weather, don’t be the person [Read more] 

New Senior Living Facility Coming to Wayne

Heather Diemer - Monday, July 24, 2017
Architectural rendering by hord | coplan | macht Nave Newell is currently working with The Shelter Group on a new senior living facility in Wayne. About the Project The project includes redeveloping a 2.75 acre commercial property along E. Conestoga Road into a 193-bed Brightview Life Care Facility which will provide multiple lifestyle options including independent apartment living, assisted living and memory care facilities. Sustainable features incorporated into the design include a green roof and a roof trellis garden and as well as pedestrian-oriented streetscape, walkable to nearby shopping with new streets lights, landscape and seating. Architectural rendering by hord | coplan | macht Our Work Given the complexity of both site and buildin [Read more] 

What's up with the pond at Haverford College?

Heather Diemer - Friday, July 21, 2017
(http://www.philly.com/philly/news/whats-up-with-the-pond-at-haverford-college-20170720.html) From philly.com (http://www.philly.com/philly/news/whats-up-with-the-pond-at-haverford-college-20170720.html) Concerns that development might be underway and affect the critters that inhabit the Haverford College (https://www.haverford.edu/) Duck Pond has prompted an outpouring of concern among neighbors, joggers and dog walkers along the Main Line. “What the heck is going on at Haverford college and the pond!” Kim Mazzenga posted on the Suburban Dog Talk Facebook page. Nothing nefarious. The college is actually restoring the iconic pond – the larger of two on the campus. “Parts of the pond have gotten as shallow as 12 inches,” said  [Read more] 

Landscape Architects Day Out

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Last Wednesday, a few of our landscape architects took a field trip to Tyler Arboretum and Penn State Brandywine to participate in Deciduous Tree Identification for Green Industry Professionals (http://www.cvent.com/events/deciduous-tree-identification-for-green-industry-professionals/event-summary-90996398759345528bda4dfceabe649b.aspx). It was a great opportunity for our team to strengthen their knowledge and better select trees for our clients’. The instructor gave insight into plant biology which led to further discussions as a group about why we don’t design certain areas with some common plants that are normally on landscape plans. The group also discussed different options and substitutions for these plants. Our horticulture expert, Meg Shomper h [Read more] 

1500 Acres Preserved in Chester County

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, June 14, 2017
“Every once in a while a unique project comes along that is a defining project for the company – helping Natural Lands preserve 1500 acres in Chester County is one of those projects for Nave Newell,” said Greg Newell. What makes it so distinctive? Size, scale and complexity of the project - The 1500 acre property which is actively farmed or in pasture is mainly located in West Vincent Township, with portions also in East & West Pikeland Townships. From the moment the project started it has been fast-paced and involved the coordination with attorneys, real estate brokers and municipal officials from 3 Townships to quickly get Naturals Lands what they need for the transfer of the land. Preservation for future generations to enjoy - Natural [Read more] 

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]