Nave Newell provided civil engineering support for the planning, zoning, land use and land development approvals of a 398-unit luxury apartment community. The $77 Million development is a joint venture of Brandywine Realty Trust and Toll Brothers in one of the region's best locations to live, work and play. Services included assisting the client and project team to develop a sustainable ordinance to facilitate the development plan and the construction of sustainable/green design initiatives.
Nave Newell provided land surveying and civil engineering services including locating and verifying volumes for all basins and rain gardens and conducted site visits during critical stages of stormwater construction. Construction administration work also involved coordination for utilities. Construction was completed in 2015.
Chelsea Commons, Bethlehem, Northampton County, PA
Nave Newell worked with Peron Development to convert two vacant parking lots into a three-story, luxury apartment building with 30 units on a 22,750 sf site. The residential redevelopment transforms the underutilized site and fits well with the context of the neighborhood, which is located near Moravian College. The buildings include one-and two-bedroom apartments and additional loft space on the top floor.
Nave Newell assisted Peron in securing several variances from the City of Bethlehem Zoning Hearing Board for the length of the building and size of the apartments. The project includes 30 parking spaces on site and access to 23-shared parking spaces in nearby lots also owned by Peron. Nave Newell completed streetscape design, landscaping and sidewalk improvements and created green space on the site. Construction was completed in 2016.
Woodbine Road Apartments, Downingtown Borough, Chester County, PA
The Woodbine Road Apartment project is a 17 acre multifamily residential community which will include 3 buildings with 233 apartments and covered garage parking. To ensure a successful project, the team held a charrette to develop a creative approach and design to attract tenants with modern site amenities while also balancing the historic appeal of Downingtown Borough.
The site poses several challenges including steep topography, existing flooding issues, sanitary sewer limitations and limestone geology in a sink hole prone area. Nave Newell engineers evaluated the use of a dry dam to alleviate existing flooding within the borough; however, issues with property rights required us to find an alternative. In lieu of the dry dam, we’re doing several other repair and replacement items along the stream corridor as well as holding some water onsite and implementing a capture and reuse system to water greens at nearby Downingtown Country Club. The project will require a Joint Permit from PA DEP as well as a significant PennDOT HOP permit for widening along Lancaster Ave. (Route 30) and Woodbine Road.
Close collaboration between our engineers, planners and landscape architects resulted in a design that accommodated both the necessary stormwater management facilities and the desired landscape amenities. To achieve the results of a premier luxury apartment community, our landscape architects created a design to include a landscaped pool area with an outdoor kitchen, various seating areas and pergolas; a pedestrian boardwalk leading to a pavilion and on-site park; and a walking trail throughout the site. The project received Master Plan Approval from the Borough and is currently progressing through the final land development approval and 3rd party permitting process.
Valley Suburban Center, Valley Township, Chester County, PA
Nave Newell completed planning and design for this 63-acre site to be developed as a mixed use property with 98 townhouses, 192 apartments and 54,000 sf retail space including two restaurant pads, two retail pads and one retail pad with a drive-thru. Nave Newell worked with the developer and the Township to design this site to accommodate its multiple uses. Parking, vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns have been one of the challenging design components, as well as landscape buffering between the residential and retail sections of the site. Nave Newell has also been responsible for completing the stormwater management and sanitary sewer design, connecting the water service lines and vertical geometry for the roads.
2040 Market Street, City of Philadelphia, PA
PMC Property Group purchased the old five-story former AAA Mid-Atlantic Headquarters to redevelop into 282 high-end residential apartments with retail and commercial space and a courtyard on the ground floor. The redevelopment included the addition of eight stories on top of the original building as well as two 13-story wings on the back of the building and underground parking located below both new and existing structures. The additions increased the size from 120,000 sf to 300,000 sf and provided more than 150 below-grade parking spaces. Working with Varenhorst, Nave Newell completed an ERSA application to confirm exemption from City of Philadelphia stormwater management controls and designed an E&S plan for the parking garage construction to meet City requirements. Construction was completed in Spring 2013 and the building was fully leased.
1800 Lombard, City of Philadelphia, PA
Architectural rendering courtesy of Varenhorst
The former Graduate Hospital campus was redeveloped into 155 luxury apartment homes, a physical rehabilitation facility and an acute care hospital. The project required reconstruction of the existing parking lot to support the modification of uses. Nave Newell completed an ERSA application, Conceptual SWM approval, Technical SWM approval and coordination with the Geotechnical Consultant and PWD staff to prepare a custom stormwater trench designed to address restrictions from existing buried debris and a clay layer prohibiting infiltration of stormwater. Nave Newell provided grading, drainage and stormwater management and construction support during the stormwater trench installation to assist the contractor and geotechnical consultant in certifying the custom trench design was in accordance with the approved drawings and PWD specifications.
Award: Poster Presentation - 2011 Philadelphia Low Impact Development Symposium: Greening the Urban Environment
1900 Arch Street, City of Philadelphia, PA
Architectural rendering courtesy of Varenhorst
The developer proposed a 14 story mixed-use development to include 236 apartments, 10,000 sf restaurant/retail and office spaces on the first two floors as well as underground parking and a courtyard. Application for a zoning variance was required for this conversion. Nave Newell supported the developer and the architect, Varenhorst by completing an ERSA application and Conceptual SWM approval as a pre-requisite for the Zoning Permit application. The design included coordination for a green roof system as well as a stormwater cistern to be located within the underground parking garage. This project was completed in 2014.
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.