K-12 Schools

AIM Academy, Gymnasium/Community Center, Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, PA

Nave Newell worked with AIM Academy and the project architect to redevelop a portion of the existing parking area for a new 16,000 sf Gymnasium/Community Center. This project included obtaining zoning relief to allow development in the existing floodplain and riparian buffer before proceeding to full site design and land development approvals. Site work included redesigning the existing parking area and circulation, designing ADA-compliant pedestrian paths, and developing new stormwater conveyance and management systems.


AIM Academy, Athletic Fields, Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, PA

Nave Newell assisted AIM Academy in obtaining zoning relief to allow a new athletic field to be constructed within an existing floodplain and riparian buffer. Nave Newell also prepared a topographic survey of the site and developed sketch plans for site improvements including circulation and parking configurations. Nave Newell assisted the School in analyzing the benefits of an artificial turf athletic field versus a natural turf field and then prepared Grading Permit plans for construction of artificial fields. The plans included stormwater management and drainage improvements along with a parking lot reconfiguration.


Downingtown Area School District, Middle School, East Brandywine Township, Chester County, PA

Nave Newell worked with the DASD on a new 170,000 sf middle school with three multi-purpose fields including baseball, softball and football with an all-weather track. Site work associated with the project includes utility, parking, circulation, athletic fields and stormwater management.

Nave Newell also worked closely with the District staff, the Township and their landscape architect to develop a landscape plan that satisfied all parties by meeting the Township’s stringent landscaping requirements while keeping it easy for the school to maintain. New Chester County Conservation District (CCCD) guidelines instituted at the beginning of 2010 for projects located within in the Cold Water Fishes (CWF) stream classification; require us to revise design of the E&S basins to meet these standards. The school was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and accommodate 950 students, with a maximum capacity for 1350.                  


Downingtown Area School District, Springton Manor Elementary School, Wallace Township, Chester County, PA

Downingtown Area School District needed to accommodate the growing student population within their district. They proposed to build a new elementary school in Wallace Township and selected KCBA Architects to design the new facility. KCBA chose Nave Newell to provide required land development services for the new 750-student elementary school, located on a 25.55 acre site.

Use and land development approvals were required from the Township, as well as PennDOT approval for the proposed access drive, which required close coordination with the school district during acquisition of additional right-of-way for the lowering of State Road. Coordination was also required with the Township Municipal Authority to permit discharge of the proposed sanitary sewer directly into an existing treatment lagoon.

Within 13 months, Nave Newell obtained conditional use, land development and Penn-DOT approvals for this project; ensuring that the District would be in a position to construct the new school for occupancy beginning in 2008.       


William Penn Charter School, David L. Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Penn Charter’s new David L. Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts is the first major “green” building in East Falls. The 30,100 sf LEED Gold Certified center includes a 650-seat theatre, a band and choral room, several offices and a storage area. “Green” site design features include the capture of stormwater not held by the green roof. The stormwater then goes through a vortex-type water quality unit under the parking lot to reduce particulates in the water, which then flows to a 9,500 sf infiltration bed beneath the synthetic turf field where it is released back into the earth.

Nave Newell worked with the architect on the development of preliminary and final design for the new facility. Nave Newell participated in collaborative meetings with the architect, Penn Charter and neighbors to develop an acceptable building program for all parties. Additional services included the preparation of a zoning exhibit for submission to the City of Philadelphia to receive height variance, expert testimony before the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment and a land development plan set to receive necessary City of Philadelphia approvals as well as provide site grading, landscape, lighting and E&S controls for the proposed building. Nave Newell was able to procure an NPDES permit from the PADEP and Philadelphia Water Department within 60 days.                  


Malvern Preparatory School, Duffy Arts Center, Malvern Borough, Chester County, PA

Malvern Preparatory School wanted to continue its tradition of providing a caring environment focused on academics while also providing a balance between spirituality, arts, athletics and activities with a new Arts Center on its campus. Voith and Mactavish Architects was retained as the project architects and selected Nave Newell to provide surveying, land development, civil engineering, permitting applications and zoning relief for the Arts Center. The nearly 100 acre site required several variances for zoning relief including height, distance between the buildings and setback from the internal street.

Nave Newell obtained approvals to permit the Duffy Arts Center to be constructed, and prepared Preliminary/Final Land Development plans required to construct the 17,434 square foot facility.