A Bigger and Better Location for Christian Faith Fellowship

A Bigger and Better Location for Christian Faith Fellowship

Christian Faith Fellowship (CFF) received final approval from the Caln Township Board of Commissioners (BOC) to construct a ~15,500 S.F. church and parking lot. D.L. Howell had the pleasure of working with Pastor Ricky Wilson who founded CFF. The new church will be located off Kings Highway near the Route 30 Bypass and Reeceville Road interchange. D.L. Howell worked with CFF 15 years ago to secure a Special Exception for the Church use and Preliminary Land Development approval for a different layout, contingent on public water being available for the property. Since public water is still unavailable, the BOC issued approval to amend the terms of the Preliminary approval to permit the construction of a building smaller than 20,000 S.F. without the availability of public water. The layout was designed to provide an area for the future expansion of the building and parking lot if it is ever desired. D.L. Howell assisted CFF through the Land Development process for the new layout to obtain preliminary approval and conditional final approval with the help of Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco and Orsatti & Stuart Associates, Inc. A Highway Occupancy Permit was obtained from PENNDOT along with an NPDES permit. Construction is slated to begin next fall. D.L. Howell is very appreciative of having had the opportunity to assist Christian Faith Fellowship in their relocation project.

Are You Ready For a Virtual Future?

Are You Ready For a Virtual Future?

I am not!!!!! I fully understand that one-half of the people who read this will disagree with me, which is fine. It is not my intention to change anyone’s mind here. That is the beauty of America; we get to disagree and “coexist” at the same time. I have many friends and colleagues who have said this virtual thing is great, and they will likely never go back to their offices ever again. I also have my friends and colleagues (mostly colleagues as I don’t have many friends) that say they have had it with this virtual world. This is the side I fall on now. Yes, I embraced the whole Zoom thing back in March and April. We all marveled at how easy it was to “screen share” and were all happy that work didn’t completely shut down. But we simply cannot do this forever. No, I am not looking to put anyone at risk, and yes, I value human life, but I also value meeting with someone to discuss a multi-million dollar project. Everyone in our business knows that absolutely NOTHING is cut and dry, and no two projects are alike. Ordinances change every day, and many are clear as mud at best. The value in being able to meet face to face or even masked face to masked face is huge. Collaboration is essential to not only sound engineering but also solving problems and meeting our clients’ goals, not to mention the learning factor of our younger engineers. Those that know me know I have long been disappointed in the preparedness of many of our engineering graduates recently, and I lay that blame squarely at the foot of Universities that seem (in my opinion) to place making college fun and making money over education. Again…my 0.02 is that virtual learning will only make this worse. And before you get all “Denny you don’t care about human life” take a chill pill. I get it we need to social distance and stay apart, but to stand by and say that this “new normal” is fine is ridiculous. We had a project this week get sideways (and luckily back on track now) because there was no ability to conduct a face to face meeting so instead we tried to accurately convey our questions and concerns via email and telephone which takes much longer and inevitably results in something being lost in translation. And that is what happened. A face to face meeting would have most certainly avoided that situation.

DL HOWELL and HOWELL KLINE have been opened and back in our offices for a few months now, and yes, we take all possible precautions. Everyone’s temperature is checked before they enter, we limit in-person meetings, we wear masks when not at our desks, our clients wear masks and have their temperature checked and anyone who feels sick is kept out of the office. We regularly wipe down every surface that is touched but we have found a way to be safe and be back together again, providing the very best engineering and surveying we can. It is important to us that we are here as one team not only for our clients but also for each other. As long as we continue to stay safe and healthy this will remain our philosophy. Our clients deserve the absolute best we can provide, and that is what we are committed to doing. Have a safe and healthy remainder of the Summer.

The Many Facets of Civil Engineering

The Many Facets of Civil Engineering

There are many different facets of Civil Engineering, such as land planning, environmental and stormwater management, to name a few. Here at D.L. Howell & Associates, Inc., we are involved with several of these aspects. We have done work ranging from small residential building additions to large subdivisions involving individual lots and multi-family dwellings, commercial, and industrial developments. No job is too big or too small for us! Below I will discuss some of the reasons you should contact D.L. Howell & Associates to help plan your project.

Drainage Issues

Ponding water in a homeowner’s yard can cause many issues, such as breeding grounds for mosquitoes, areas where grass is unable to grow, and even allowing water to seep into your basement. Here at D.L. Howell, we can help with these issues by providing cost-effective improvements. On a smaller scale, these issues can be fixed by merely rerouting downspouts. On a larger scale, re-grading the yard is necessary or possibly designing an infiltration system such as an underground bed or a beautiful rain garden. Depending on the scale of the issue and the requirements of the township, it could be resolved by simply doing the work yourself without any permits or applying for a township grading and stormwater management permit.

Erosions Issues

Have you noticed ruts being created in your yard by runoff or areas of dirt beginning to wash away? Like drainage issues, this could be fixed by rerouting downspouts to another part of the yard, or some lot grading may be needed to prevent runoff from becoming channelized. Even planting some shrubbery or plants could help correct these issues. D.L. Howell & Associates can provide solutions to fix these issues and insight into how to prevent erosion issues from occurring in other areas.

Residential Building Additions

Are you planning to create that extra space needed to house your growing family? Are you interested in creating that lovely breakfast nook that you have always dreamed of having? No problem! We will analyze the township’s ordinances and permitting to see what is allowable for your property. Some municipalities will require full stormwater design when the impervious addition is over so many square feet. They may need a simplified stormwater method if the added impervious is less than a certain square footage. It all depends on how big you want to go.

Land Development

You recently purchased a property and would like to begin the process of building a row of stores. We can help with that too! We will work with you to design a practical layout that includes parking, stormwater management, and lot grading within the requirements of the township ordinances. We will also work on getting all necessary approvals from the township and other agencies to build what you have envisioned for your project.

Subdivision

So, you want to subdivide your existing lot into multiple lots. As civil engineers, we can provide a complete zoning analysis on your lot to see if you can subdivide and how many lots you could achieve. Once you have approved the layout of lots, we can take the necessary steps to begin the process of township approval. The size and constraints of the project will dictate what is required to reach full and final approval.  

D.L. Howell & Associates, Inc. can help with all your civil engineering needs so don’t be afraid to call, we’d love to talk with you!

Uwchlan Hills Elementary School Nearing Completion

Uwchlan Hills Elementary School Nearing Completion

“Back to School.” For many of us, the phrase was the bane of our existence growing up because it meant that summer was coming to an end. Nowadays, it’s a sore subject for entirely different reasons. Though when the students of Uwchlan Hills Elementary School head back to class, they will have a brand spanking new facility to call home.

D.L. Howell & Associates worked with the Downingtown Area School District and KCBA Architects to secure approvals from Uwchlan Township and the Chester County Conservation District. The project scope involved the demolition of the existing elementary school (sans children) and construction of a new 48,225 square foot elementary school. Access drives, parking areas, and the school bus loading loop were all reconfigured to accommodate the new design. Improvements were also made to Peck Road to create a center turning lane, allowing safer and easier access for vehicles entering and exiting the school. Construction was phased to allow the new building to be erected as the existing school was still in operation. Needless to say, this process was simplified over the past few months as classes were suspended due to extenuating circumstances.

Please enjoy this video of the project taken from Denny’s private helicopter.

101 Gordon Drive Construction Completed

101 Gordon Drive Construction Completed

As many of our loyal subscribers know, we provide numerous plan approval updates and during construction updates, but what about a completion update? Today, I bring you a summary of a recently completed project in Uwchlan Township, located at 101 Gordon Drive and 100 Welsh Pool Road.

D.L. Howell & Associates worked with EKahn Development to secure Township and DEP approvals for the construction of a 184,000 square foot manufacturing facility for the USSC Group, a global manufacturer of seating solutions. Prior to the construction of the new facility, the property was a large parking lot serving the existing building for a previous tenant. The site design consisted of a subsurface stormwater system to manage any increase in stormwater runoff, a rain garden to provide water quality for the parking lot runoff, landscaping, and also expansion of the existing driveway to PennDOT Route 100.

During the construction, D.L. Howell worked closely with the construction team consisting of High Construction and Berg Construction to help ensure that it would be a successful project.

Enjoy these photos of the completed project!

Red Clay Manor Secures Final Plan Approval

Red Clay Manor Secures Final Plan Approval

At the June 15th Kennett Borough Council meeting Red Clay Manor Apartments received Final Land Development Plan Approval allowing for the project to move to the construction phase. Red Clay Manor will consist of sixty-two senior living apartments in one building located at the East end of the Borough of Kennett Square. D.L. Howell and Associates (DLH) was instrumental in securing complete land plan approvals in seven months. DLH worked closely with Borough consultants and staff to ensure the Developer’s project approval timeline was met.

DLH engineers were faced with a complicated downstream stormwater discharge scenario, which involved adjacent property structures in very close proximity to the proposed points of stormwater discharge for the project. DLH was able to work with an adjoining property owner to develop a discharge alternative that better suited all parties and provided for corrections to existing drainage issues on the adjacent property.

DLH will represent the Developer’s interests through an upcoming pre-construction meeting, on-going construction support and stormwater best management practice installation oversight during construction.

Call DLH to discuss your Development approval needs today – 610-918-9002.