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 Jason Bertzos, PLS today to determine if this would be beneficial for you. jbertzos@navenewell.net or 610-265-8323 [Read more] 

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]