Importance of Open/Green Space in Urban Areas

Heather Diemer - Friday, February 16, 2018
By Brian Kelly - Landscape Designer at Nave Newell Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Want to show off your Olympic figure skating skills? In the City of Philadelphia, urban pop-ups + pocket parks like the Blue Cross Riverrink ( the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park ( (FREE in February) are great options. Check out all of the ways urban areas benefit from incorporating green/open spaces like these into their design.  [Read more] 

Meet Our Newest Additions

Heather Diemer - Friday, February 16, 2018
Pictured left: Jim Aiken. Pictured right (top to bottom): Rhiannon Fiala, Joe Coe, Scott Lee and Kevin Porter. Over the last few months we've added several new members to the Nave Newell family including welcoming James Aiken II, PLS, PE to lead the Survey Department. Jim joined Nave Newell in November and brings over 15 years of experience. As the son of a local surveying company owner, Jim was introduced to the business at an early age. He recently spent several years in sales, but has returned to his true passion of surveying and has quickly become a huge asset to Nave Newell. When Jim's not in the office, he enjoys CrossFit and spending time with his two daughters. We are excited to have Jim on board - his experience and leadership skills will bring our clients quality  [Read more] 

Regulatory Update: NAHB/PBA/EPA Working Together

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Greg Newell, PE "Cooperative Federalism" - while it's not used often, it was the overall theme for a recent meeting I attended with members of the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) and regional members of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 3 key topics were covered that impact the building industry: 1. The EPA is pushing DEP to finalize PAG-02 NPDES General Permit and implementing a PAG-01 program. The PAG-01 would make it much easier to get permits with projects that have five acres or less of disturbance. The goal is to have draft versions provided to the public by August 2018. They see no reason to drag it out to the full 2 year extension. 2. Everybody acknowledged that the current green infras [Read more] 

Villanova University Breaks Ground on Performing Arts Center

Heather Diemer - Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Press Release from Villanova's website: ( Villanova University celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 25 for a new Performing Arts Center that will unite the University’s artistic community under one roof, enriching Villanova’s campus and enhancing educational opportunities across disciplines. The $60 million project will be funded entirely through philanthropic support. The project has been bolstered by six gifts of $1 million or more, including two gifts of $20 million. Considered one of Villanova’s most transformational projects, the Performing Arts Center will provide a hub for creativity, engagement and exploration for the University’s arts community. In addition to enha [Read more] 

New Turn5 HQ Opens in Chester County

Heather Diemer - Monday, January 08, 2018
What an exciting turnout for the debut of the new Turn5 headquarters in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County – a major milestone for this after market online specialized auto parts seller. The e-commerce company opened their new facility along with help from Governor Tom Wolf. About the project: New, 90,000 sf headquarters complete with collaborative indoor/outdoor work spaces State-of-the-art video studio Product development lab Two-lane bowling alley Digital golf simulator Shipping container coffee bar with on-site barista Our work: Nave Newell provided site/civil engineering services for a parking lot expansion for the new facility, which was formerly a distribution center located at 600 Cedar Hollow Road. Engineering [Read more] 

5 Things to Love About Low Impact Development

Heather Diemer - Monday, January 08, 2018
Did you know that Low Impact Development (LID) can work to the advantage of a developer when it comes to stormwater permitting? And as we talked about in a previous blog – it CAN COST LESS! ( If you’re not familiar with the term, let’s get up to speed. LID is an overall site design approach that aims to mimic natural site hydrology through the use of natural best management practices for stormwater management. One LID technique our landscape architects and stormwater experts like to implement is bioretention. Biorentention uses the natural biological and physical characteristics of soil and vegetation to capture, store and filter stormwater runoff. Vegetation, such as trees, shrubs, [Read more] 

Top 10 Things to Do Before the First Snow

Heather Diemer - Friday, November 10, 2017
Wow, Fall is finally in full swing and before you know it, snow will be here too! So before the flakes fall, here are few tips to get your yard ready for winter and making your spring to-do list a little easier. 1. Mow one final time Don't let your lawn head into winter without one final mowing. 2. Aerate your lawn (or see 3 below) You can DIY this project and rent walk-behind aerator from your neighborhood rental store. If you have a truck, save the delivery fee and P/U yourself, otherwise, arrange for delivery it won’t fit in your trunk or minivan. Lawn aeration is critical to mitigating soils compaction associated with consistent use and active play. You will notice the aerator perforates your lawn allowing for improved water and air movement  [Read more] 

Municipal Complex Recognized with Prestigious Planning Award

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Nave Newell is pleased to announce that the Lansdale Municipal Complex was awarded a 2017 Montgomery Award by the Montgomery County Planning Commission for excellence in planning and design. Montgomery Awards Program The Montgomery Awards Program is celebrating 50 years of excellence in 2017. This prestigious annual program recognizes the best in planning, design, and advocacy in Montgomery County. The program promotes awareness of outstanding design and innovative planning in our communities by awarding successful land developments, revitalization efforts, open space enhancements, environmental sustainability, and transportation improvements. Lansdale Municipal Complex The Lansdale Municipal Building project is an excellent representation of the revita [Read more] 

A 24/7 Creative Hub Now Open to College Students

Heather Diemer - Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The adaptive reuse of the Ryan Gym at Haverford College preserves and re-purposes elements of the historic building which now houses a new Visual Culture, Arts, and Media (VCAM) facility - a 24/7 creative hub for students, faculty, staff, and the wider community. Nave Newell worked with MSR Architects and the College to improve pedestrian access connecting the 117-year-old building with the campus and to effectively manage stormwater through green infrastructure. Features designed by Nave Newell included: Improved Accessibility – ADA Improved overall pedestrian access in front of the building Addition of an ADA compliant ramp Stormwater Management - Green Infrastructure Managed stormwater with a rain garden Secured a grading permit  [Read more] 

Time is Right to Fly Your Site

Heather Diemer - Wednesday, November 01, 2017
The fall season is upon us, which means it's time to schedule your aerial survey flights. With increased demand for services, aerial survey vendors are requiring longer lead times. Submit your requests now because once the snow begins to fall, there's no telling how long the ground may be covered, making it difficult and more costly to get accurate topographic photos, mapping and survey. Fly the site now and process the mapping information later and as-needed. Contact our Survey Department Manager - Jim Aiken today to determine if this would be beneficial for you. or 610-265-8323 [Read more]