Summer is flying by (like it always does) and many of our projects are quickly moving through construction. We have taken advantage of the warm weather and mostly sunny skies to capture some great construction shots. In this blog post, you’ll see the latest construction updates for a new Amazon Delivery Station, a new pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, a college athletic complex, and a new townhome community in Chester County.
1103 Ridge Pike – Amazon Delivery Station
NEW Photos – Updated 9/3/21
Construction Photos from 8/2/21
Summer 2021 Update: This project is under construction and anticipated to be complete in September 2021 – just in time for the holiday shopping season! When finished the 20-acre site will include a 130,000 sf state-of-the-art fulfilment center and office, delivery van and associate parking, and 24/7 operations – creating hundreds of new jobs.
Municipality: Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, PA
Project Description and Design/Approval Process: This project involved the consolidation and redevelopment of two adjacent sites . An existing building was gutted and renovated for the new warehouse-distribution facility. A small portion of the facility was demolished and rebuilt as office space. An old bakery on the site was also demolished to make way for a surface parking lot and a staging/loading area for delivery vehicles. A key component to the site design involved circulation patterns that aid the flow of various types of vehicles.
As an old commercial/industrial property, the site was completely void of stormwater management controls and required significant improvements. Due to the inability to infiltrate, our engineers utilized the Managed Release Concept (MRC) Best Management Practice (BMP) to collect, treat, and slowly release stormwater. Nave Newell secured Plymouth Township Planning Commission and Council approvals as well as an NPDES permit, and a County Roads and Bridges HOP Approval. Our surveyors also provided construction stakeout.
3700 Horizon Drive – Purolite Manufacturing Facility
Summer 2021 Update: Ground was broken in Spring 2021. An ‘Out of the Groundbreaking’ ceremony was hosted by Protecs in May welcoming guests to sign the first beam. These photos were taken on August 2, 2021 and as you can see, construction is well underway. The steel frame is up and the underground stormwater management basins are starting to take shape.
Municipality: Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA
Project Description and Design/Approval Process: Nave Newell worked with our client to develop this new pharmaceutical manufacturing space for Purolite Corporation. Additional space was required to help Purolite meet the growing global demand for their pharmaceutical and life sciences products. Nave Newell provided site engineering design and secured land development approvals for the new 74,000 sf space. The space will be an addition to the Protecs Innovation Center III, an existing 21,800 sf lab-office building. Preliminary/final recommendation was given by the Upper Merion Planning Commission in July 2020. Site design included a parking lot expansion, new ADA compliant parking spaces, and building access as well as two above ground basins and two rain gardens for stormwater management.
Cairn University – Stillman Athletic Complex
Summer 2021 Update: After securing preliminary/final land development approval from two municipalities and an NPDES permit, the athletic complex portion of the project is currently under construction. This includes a new multi-purpose turf field for soccer and lacrosse, as well as, baseball and softball fields and a revamped parking lot. Read more on Cairn’s website about the groundbreaking ceremony held earlier this year. Completion is anticipated later this year.
Municipalities: Langhorne Manor Borough and Middletown Township, Bucks County, PA
Project Description and Design/Approval Process: Nave Newell has worked with Cairn University since 2010 on multiple projects on their 100-acre campus. This project included the design and permitting of two new student residence halls, new parking areas, a new athletic complex, and associated stormwater improvements. Nave Newell actively coordinated with Cairn University during the planning of the project to ensure that the proposed design and improvements met the University’s functional and operational requirements. In order to meet the stormwater requirements necessary to obtain a General NPDES Permit, Nave Newell designed multiple rain gardens, infiltration beds, and stormwater retention systems. Coordination was also required with the Bucks Country Water and Sewer Authority (BCWSA) and DEP for a Planning Module Exemption.
600 Boot Road – Highpoint at Downingtown
Summer 2021 Update: Ryan Homes is building this community designed to include 110 townhomes, parking, a playground, and walking trails with a potential connection to a future Rails-to-Trails initiative. So far, two buildings have been completed and two are in the works. Our surveyors have been supporting construction, providing stakeout and also performed pad certifications using a drone. Learn more about the community.
Municipality: East Caln Township, Chester County, PA
Size: 110 townhomes on a 25-acre site
Project Description: Devereux had excess ground at their CARES facility in East Caln and selected a developer to help them make improvements on their site. Nave Newell worked with the developer to secure conditional use and land development approvals for a new residential community. Challenges faced during land development included difficult topography, the need to coordinate with two municipalities for a sewer connection, and significant landscape, lighting, and parking requirements. All stormwater is managed through surface BMP’s including above ground basins, rains gardens, and an infiltration berm. All approvals were secured.