Valley Forge Casino Resort

Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA

Nave Newell provided planning and design services for the adaptive reuse of the Valley Forge Convention Center and hotel complex into a new state-of-the-art, $150 million entertainment destination. This high profile land development project has injected new life into an aged facility.

The site design consisted of alterations to the circulation, main driveway and parking lot layout and associated re-grading as well as modifications to the stormwater and sanitary sewer conveyance systems servicing the site. Pedestrian-friendly amenities incorporated into the design included the addition of walkways to improve circulation and increased lighting for the safety of patrons and employees throughout this 24-acre site with more than 2,000 parking spaces.

Rain gardens and amended soil mixes manage the stormwater without the use of basins. For grading and drainage, designers worked with the existing grades to minimize disturbance and enhanced the existing drainage system with rain gardens, grass lined swales and new piping systems. Innovative landscape design resulted in both an aesthetically pleasing and more sustainable site.