Outback and Yard House, Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA

Nave Newell worked with Seritage Growth Properties, Darden Restaurants, and Bloomin’ Brands to redevelop the former Sears Auto Center at the King of Prussia Mall into two full service restaurants with a small retail space in between. Elaborate design work was required to convert the unused 20,000 sf space, including the installation of ADA-compliant site features, the provision of multiple grease interceptors, the relocation of eight gas meters, and the relocation of a public fire hydrant. Nave Newell also coordinated local site plan approvals for the work. Nave Newell successfully coordinated with three separate design teams, from California to Illinois to Pennsylvania, in order to add two new and exciting restaurants to the already-booming King of Prussia Mall.

True Food Kitchen, Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA

Nave Newell was chosen to redevelop an outlying parking lot at the King of Prussia Mall into a pad site for True Food Kitchen, a health conscious restaurant concept new to the region. Nave Newell initially performed a topographic survey of the property, and then completed due diligence and feasibility studies for the client’s use. During the design phase, Nave Newell used innovative engineering techniques and coordinated closely with the construction manager to stay under the 1.0 acre threshold that would prompt more extensive permitting. The 40,000 sf redevelopment required much coordination with the local water supplier because three large water mains existed under the proposed building’s location. Additionally, the project required an extensive retaining wall, so Nave Newell worked with a local geotechnical engineer to provide the necessary design and construction documents. The project received all local approvals in approximately 2 months and opened on July 19, 2017.

King of Prussia Mall, Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA

Nave Newell was chosen by Simon to complete a 155,000 sf expansion project to seamlessly connect what was formerly known as The Court and The Plaza at King of Prussia Mall. The expansion provides space for 50 additional retailers, restaurants and community spaces, making it one of the largest shopping centers in the United States with 2.86 million sf of retail space under one roof.  

Nave Newell prepared detailed land development and construction plans and calculations for Township, County and State permitting requirements which were approved in 9 months. The $150 million expansion opened in August 2016, on time to glowing reviews. This project has added many new jobs, boosted tax revenue for the surrounding community and has been said to be the catalyst for the $1 billion building boom in King of Prussia.

Award: The Best Engineering Projects of 2016, sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

Pep Boys Automotive Centers, Various Locations, PA

Nave Newell completed a new Pep Boys Supercenter along the prominent Dekalb Street/202 corridor in King of Prussia. The project included the total redevelopment of an existing industrial/commercial property and environmental remediation for the new Supercenter that offers both retail products and a vehicle service center. The project required zoning relief and township land development approvals, as well as third-party approvals through PennDOT and DEP/MCCD. 

Nave Newell has also provided survey services and expert testimony for zoning approvals to convert former retail buildings into Pep Boys Auto Centers throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.          

ACME Markets, Various Locations, PA, NJ, DE

Since 2006, Nave Newell has been Acme's civil consultant for new stores, additions and redevelopment projects throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Acme has relied on Nave Newell not only to provide survey and design services, but also to help navigate through the building permit and construction process. Acme has also asked Nave Newell to analyze sites that are part of a shopping center to make sure it meets their requirements for loading and delivery truck turning movements.

Project locations include Bryn Mawr, PA; Brigantine, NJ; Long Beach, NJ; Moorestown, NJ; Wilmington, DE and Smyrna, DE. Nave Newell also provided sketches and studies for stores in Mantua, NJ; Bala Cynwyd, PA; Flourtown, PA; and Skippack, PA. 

Upland Square, West Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, PA

Nave Newell worked closely with the client to develop this 106 acre site as a 688,000 sf retail power center to include big box sites, junior anchor stores and restaurant and bank pad sites for major national retailers. With our land planning, civil engineering and surveying departments on board, Nave Newell took the lead in all communication and coordination between government agencies, the developer and retailers.

Nave Newell coordinated with numerous municipalities and provided land development services for $30 million in site improvements, costs that were minimized as a result of early schematic engineering. We obtained rezoning, land development approval and an expedited NPDES permit within 18 months. Using the latest technological innovations, we created a site with the best layout and grading scenario to overcome site construction challenges including shallow bedrock, while maintaining store visibility and developing a “green” center. Our cost-effective use of green BMP’s utilize runoff for irrigation purposes and capture rooftop runoff to feed and enhance existing on-site wetlands. Highway improvements required surveying major intersections and 3D laser scanning was used to expedite the survey and ensure it was performed safely.

Nave Newell also served as the facilitator throughout the accelerated due diligence period and provided 150 concept plans as well as leasing plans and site plans for the major anchor retailers.


2009 Stormwater BMP Recognition Program Award for New BMPs on the Upland Square project including a wet pond, rooftop stormwater capture and reuse, channel restoration and bio-retention. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Water Department, Villanova University and Temple University.

2008 Retail Design Competition, First Place, Retail Power Center Category. Sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal.

Best Engineering Firm of 2007. Sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal.


Wawa Convenience Stores and Gas, PA, NJ, DE & MD

Since 1995, Nave Newell has been supporting Wawa with its expansion to become one of the largest and most successful convenience stores in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  In recent years, our work has been geared toward evaluations and renovations to improve their existing stores.  In 2011, Nave Newell was selected to complete ADA evaluations and minor site improvements at 50 existing stores in five states.  This has led to evaluations and ADA improvement plans for 250+ existing stores and several new stores.

Prior to that, Nave Newell provided land development and construction layout services for over 100 new store projects in PA, NJ, DE and MD.  For most new construction projects, Nave Newell facilitated the township approval process, coordinating the development and presentation of site plan designs with the attorneys, land planners, traffic consultants and other professionals involved in a project.  

Citizens Bank, Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA

Nave Newell worked with Citizens Bank to redevelop a former Dunkin’ Donuts store into a new branch office. The project required extensive planning and approvals and posed several challenges as the existing site was only 0.3 acres and the scope of work included a branch bank with drive-thru windows and new off-street parking.  Stringent stormwater requirements were met with a modular underground stormwater system with infiltration beneath the system, and a planted bioinfiltration area above. Storm outfall from the system had to be routed down the Lancaster Avenue sidewalk to tie into an existing storm drain, and needed to dodge utilities along this 200+ year old roadway.

Nave Newell generated numerous sketch alternatives in an effort to address the pending Bryn Mawr Village Zoning District design standards which Citizens agreed to incorporate to the extent practical. Land development approvals were secured in 2009. Demolition and construction began in late 2011 and the new bank opened in June 2012.

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.