Pemberton (AKA Hawks Glen) Breaks Ground on Phase II

Pemberton (AKA Hawks Glen) Breaks Ground on Phase II


Bentley Homes’ Pemberton Townhouse Development breaks ground on Phase II.  With the southern half of the New Garden Township site built out, Bentley is pushing forward with construction North of the existing stream segment bisecting the property.  DL Howell continues to stay involved by assisting the well known Chester County based custom home builder with post construction field changes to further enhance the site aesthetics.  At present, those field changes include the design of an extensive landscape berm to be installed along the northern property line creating a private, secluded enclave for residents making their home on the northern portion of the development site.  DLH is working closely with the project Landscape Architect and Chester County Conservation District on re-review of the proposed plan changes which are minor but will contribute greatly to the livability of the community. 

Minor changes to approved Land Development plans is a common occurrence in our industry and when required, need to happen very quickly to keep the overall buildout program moving.  Engineers, Designers, Landscape Architects and site contractors need to be quick on their feet if they want to stay in the game and keep their Clients smiling.  Communication is the key and although the younger generation may opt to correspond via email, often times picking up the phone and speaking to a regulator “live” is the quickest way from A to B. 

Frazer Lanes Redevelopment Receives Conditional Use Approval

Frazer Lanes Redevelopment Receives Conditional Use Approval

After months of working through East Whiteland Township, Frazer Lanes finally received Conditional Use Approval. The Frazer Lanes project began to take shape back in March of 2016 when GMH Partners began preparing sketches for a 5-story apartment building with an attached parking garage on the properties currently occupied by the Norcini Trailer Park and Frazer Lanes Bowling Alley. GMH was working with land planner Bob Heuser to develop a conceptual layout when they approached D.L. Howell to provide civil engineering including conceptual storm water management design. At the same time GMH was also working with East Whiteland Township to develop a Multifamily Route 30 Overlay District within the Frontage Commercial District that would allow for this type of development. GMH continued to negotiate with other adjoining property owners and was able to acquire a total of 4 parcels totaling 5.105 acres. The result of all this planning became development for a 4-story apartment complex with 227 units, 4-story parking garage with 257 parking spaces and 73 exterior surface parking spaces.

D.L. Howell worked closely with the project team including; Riley Riper Hollin and Colagreco Attorneys, Lessard Design Group Architects, Orsatti & Stuart Landscape Architects, and Traffic Planning & Design Traffic Engineers to refine the site layout and renderings after review and approval from East Whiteland Township Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Some of the challenges with the project were incorporating the Route 30 Corridor improvements into the design that included; widening along the property frontage, adding site amenities, bike lane and drainage improvements. The project required extensive geotechnical subsurface exploration and testing due to the presence of sinkholes within Karst soil. This soil condition resulted in a network of underground storm-water management piping systems contained within impervious liners.

Upon receiving Conditional Use approval, Final Land Development Plans have been prepared and submitted to the Township for review. Those plans include detailed grading, utilities, erosion control, storm water management, site lighting, landscaping and PADOT Highway Occupancy drawings. The project also requires an Individual NPDES Permit since it is in an Exceptional Value Watershed. We anticipate all approvals to be secured in the mid-summer and construction will commence before the fall.

Dog Days at D.L. Howell

Dog Days at D.L. Howell

Recently, D.L. Howell has adopted a new policy of allowing employees to bring their four-legged friends (Dogs, no cats) to work with them one day a week.  Since starting this, D.L. Howell has seen a 250% increase in productivity and a 50% decrease in stress related overeating.  OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little here, but c’mon everyone loves dogs! 

Denny may have been reluctant at first, but then we hit him with some compelling arguments, such as:

  1. Dogs help improve morale
  2. Dogs are stress reducers
  3. Dogs help get people moving
  4. Dogs increase communication between employees
  5. Happier employees = happier work environment

There are endless amounts of studies and reports to analyze when it comes to interacting with dogs in the workplace.  Bringing your dog to the office may seem like a lot of work, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.  Just look at these smiling faces:

Congratulations to Matt Wayman, P.L.S. on His Promotion to Survey Manager!

Congratulations to Matt Wayman, P.L.S. on His Promotion to Survey Manager!

We are pleased to announce that Matt Wayman, P.L.S. is taking over as the new Survey Manager for Howell Kline Surveying as of January 1, 2019. (Second from the left)

Matt has been with Howell Kline Surveying for fourteen years. He received his Professional Licensed Surveyor License in 2016. He has successfully managed his tasks in our survey department, reaching out to customers and proactively addressing our client’s needs. We are all confident that Matt will take on his new responsibilities with the same enthusiasm and professionalism he has always shown.

As of January 1, 2019, Matt will be responsible for day to day operations for Howell Kline Surveying, LLC.

Feel free to reach out to Matt via email at mwayman@howellkline.com or call him directly at 610-918-9004. He will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

 Matt Wayman, P.L.S. (on the left)