7 Steps to Clean Up Your Yard and Improve Water Quality

Heather Diemer - Thursday, April 05, 2018
Spring has finally arrived! It seems we have been waiting for spring since the groundhog saw his shadow back in February and predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Who knew he would actually be right and just a little off by predicting only 6 more weeks? It's time to walk out the door, breathe in spring air and start your yard and garden care. Here are some helpful tips to get you started and improve water quality both locally and globally. 1. Pick-Up Pick-up any trash that might have blown in during the plethora of nor’easters we had. Collect and gather fallen leaves, twigs and stray garden cuttings. These are a great addition to your compost pile. By cleaning them up you also keep them from getting washed into the storm syst [Read more] 

Coming Soon to Chester County - A New Comprehensive Plan

Heather Diemer - Tuesday, April 03, 2018
The Chester County Planning Commission is in the process of updating its Countywide Comprehensive Plan. By the end of this year, the new plan, Landscapes3, will replace the current Comprehensive Plan, Landscapes2 (http://www.chescoplanning.org/CompPlan/Ls2Plan.cfm). What is the County Comprehensive Plan and why is it important for what we do? The Comprehensive Plan is a planning document that serves as an important resource for municipalities, developers, design consultants and the residents of Chester County. It establishes a series of development and preservation goals and objectives as well as implementation strategies and guidelines to help achieve them. The Plan is an important tool that helps shape the communities within the County. What are th [Read more] 

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] 

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