No Snow. No Leaves. The Time is Right to Fly Your Site.

Heather Diemer - Monday, March 26, 2018
Schedule your aerial survey now Save money on future survey expenses If you have plans to develop or redevelop a property this year - now is the time to schedule your survey. Once the trees bloom, it's difficult to get accurate topographic information until the leaves drop in late fall. After the snow melts through mid-April is the best time of year for quality, cost-effective aerial photogrammertric photos, mapping and survey. Fly the site now and process the mapping information later. Contact our Survey Department Manager, Jim Aiken, to see if this would be beneficial for your site. Jim Aiken II, PLS, PE Survey Department Manager 610.265.8323 jaiken@navenewell.net [Read more] 

$5.5 Million Holt Center Opens at Holy Ghost Preparatory School

Heather Diemer - Friday, March 23, 2018
For this project, Nave Newell worked with McGillin Architecture to redevelop the former Bound’s Beverage soda and beer distributorship into new 27,000 sf performing arts, athletic and activity center for Holy Ghost Preparatory School. From the Bucks County Courier The Holt Center has a performing arts auditorium, practice gymnasium, music rehearsal room, exercise room and other amenities. A new $5.5 million performing arts, athletic and activities center puts Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem a big step closer to being the area’s premier Catholic prep school, HGP President Gregory Geruson said Friday morning. Speaking before hundreds of students, staffers and visitors at the official opening of the Holt Center, Geruson said the facility wil [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] 

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 (http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest)and the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park (http://centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/wintergarden/rothman-rink) (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] 

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: (https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/media/pressreleases/2018/0125.html) 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! (http://www.navenewell.com/ground-level/going-green-can-cost-less#.WlOgnGxvRPY) 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] 


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