Higher Education

Villanova University, Lancaster Avenue Development, Radnor Township, Delaware County, PA

Nave Newell is currently working on two projects with Villanova University and their architects, the joint-partnership of Robert A.M. Stern and Voith & Mactavish. The first project will create residential housing for 1,160 undergraduate students on Villanova’s main parking lots located along Route 30/Lancaster Avenue. The project also includes design for a parking structure to accommodate 1,265 vehicles and a retail component. The second, a Performing Arts Center, will have 400 seats in the main theater, a 200 seat black box and classrooms.

Nave Newell has prepared schematic design drawings, a zoning code amendment, which was approved after 2+ years of meetings and negotiations, allowing the project to proceed as a conditional use plan. Additional work included coordination to obtain additional land from SEPTA as well as working with the University and the architects to develop a site plan to meet programming needs and with municipal staff to investigate the sewer capacity to service the project.

Green space, rain gardens and plantings will replace the current impervious parking lots and stormwater management will be greatly enhanced with the use of state-of-the-art systems to improve water quality of the stormwater run-off.

The $225 million project received final approval from the Radnor Board of Commissioners in July 2015. Construction will be phased and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2019.

Haverford College, Campus Improvements, Haverford Township, Delaware County and Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA

Nave Newell has been working with Haverford College on various campus improvement projects over the last two years.

Current and completed projects include:

  • Topographic survey of the campus and continued survey updates
  • Relocation and reconstruction of 300' of trail
  • Resurfacing of Walton soccer field
  • Athletic venue improvements including the resurfacing of the track and relocation of field events
  • Pond dredging
  • Greenhouse project
  • Ryan Gym Adaptive Resuse (VCAM) project


Chestnut Hill College, Main Campus, Philadelphia, PA

Nave Newell worked with Chestnut Hill College and Voith & Mactavish Architects, to create a Campus Master Plan and build a new dormitory necessary to meet the needs of its growing student population. Nave Newell prepared the Zoning Plan Exhibits to obtain a special exception and variance to expand the pre-existing non-conforming use within a residential district and to construct the dormitory with a height greater than code permits as well as a prepared a Demolition Plan and Site Construction Plans and documents for construction of the dormitory.

Most recently, Nave Newell worked with the College to reduce their City of Philadelphia water/sewer bill.  In 2010, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) began calculating water & sewer charges based upon gross property and impervious surface areas.  Nave Newell performed an assessment of the College’s property data and discovered discrepancies in the PWD’s GIS database. Nave Newell successfully appealed to the PWD for both property corrections and stormwater credits which reduced their monthly billing rate in half.


Chestnut Hill College, SugarLoaf Hill, Philadelphia, PA

Chestnut Hill College sought to further expand its campus and purchased the 30-acre SugarLoaf Hill estate diagonally located from the existing campus across Germantown Avenue. This purchase enabled the College to nearly double the size of its property, while avoiding additional construction on the existing campus and preserving the remaining green space. For the SugarLoaf estate, Nave Newell prepared an ALTA survey of the property’s existing features and created a Zoning Application Plan to assist the College's attorney in obtaining the necessary use variances based on the property’s existing building configuration.

Nave Newell worked closely with the College to address historic drainage problems that affected surrounding properties, upgraded parking lot drainage and provided a new connection to the sewer line on Bell's Mill Road. Stormwater management approvals were also required to permit construction of the proposed addition within the Wissahickon Watershed.


Cairn University, Middletown Township, Bucks County, PA

Nave Newell’s first project on the Cairn campus included the addition of two new tennis courts with lighting to meet NCAA Division III tournament competition requirements. Nave Newell prepared a topographic survey, provided civil engineering design and construction administration services for the design and construction of two new courts and additional lighting for both the new and existing courts. The new tennis courts will improve Cairn's athletic program and provide enhanced opportunities for community outreach through tennis clinics, camps, and public usage.

Nave Newell also prepared a construction improvement plan for a new waterline extension to irrigate their existing baseball facilities and will be starting a project this summer which involves working with H2L2 Architects to implement a master plan and redevelop an existing parking lot to serve classrooms and recreational facilities on campus.                


We specialize in providing civil engineering, land surveying, land planning, and landscape architecture services to the communities within Chester County, PA; Delaware County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Bucks County, PA; and the City of Philadelphia. Our portfolio also includes work throughout DE, MD, NJ, and VA.