On Wednesday May 29, engineers from D.L. Howell and Associates attended the groundbreaking for the Flats at Kennett luxury apartment complex on Millers Hill Road in Kennett Township. The event was well attended by the developer’s team, project consultants, Kennett Township officials, and local news media. The D.L. Howell engineering team worked closely with High Associates, to ensure that the project approvals from Kennett Township, Chester County Conservation District, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection were received in a time frame to allow for construction to commence this summer.
The project consists of three buildings and a total of 175 luxury apartment units ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. Several luxury amenities are proposed including quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, a fitness center with state-of-the art equipment, under-cabinet lighting, an outdoor pool and fire pit with conversation area, a yoga studio, a pet spa and a bike storage facility. The project is planned to be completed next year.
D.L. Howell is proud to have been a part of this exciting project and we look forward to working with High Associates on additional projects in the future.
D.L. Howell and Howell Kline would like to thank all of the service men and women of our armed forces. And remember all of the people who died while serving this great country. Have a safe and happy weekend and remember to take pause and recognize all of the sacrifices that have been made to ensure our daily freedoms. Happy Memorial Day!
D.L. Howell & Associates, Inc. is proud to announce that Amanda Schneider successfully passed the Professional Engineer’s exam in May, earning her Professional Engineering License in Delaware State.
Amanda has 4 years of civil engineering experience, specializing in the design of residential and commercial land development projects including stormwater management design. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Messiah College.
Congratulations to Amanda for this accomplishment! We are proud to have her as part of the D.L. Howell & Associates, Inc. engineering team!
Notre-Dame de Paris, with its famous Rose windows and flying buttresses, was nearly destroyed by a fire on the evening of Monday, April 15, 2019. The fire appears to have started high in the roof space. and quickly spread to other parts of the structure. The oak lattice woodwork that framed the roof dated back to the 13th century. The fire eventually caused the cathedral’s iconic spire to collapse. President Emmanuel Macron was quoted saying ‘”Notre Dame is our history, it’s our literature, it’s our imagery. It’s the place where we live our greatest moments, from wars to pandemics to liberations” and he has pledged to rebuild the structure.
Years before this tragedy, there was an architectural historian named Andrew Tallon who utilized sophisticated technology to create a three-dimensional model of Notre Dame. This technology, called laser scanning, was initially created in the 1960s and has become a large segment of the Land surveying industry today. In 2010, Tallon took a Leica ScanStation C10 laser scanner inside of Notre Dome and began the painstaking task of scanning every part of the structure, inside and out. It took over five days and repositioning the scanner more than 50 times to capture this invaluable record of the Gothic Structure. Many people believe that this data will aid in bringing back the famed cathedral to its former glory.
Some of the D.L. Howell team recently visited a few Coatesville middle schools to present to students in the Chester County Futures’ (CCF) “Futures AHEAD” program. Futures AHEAD is CCF’s middle school program that provides assistance and enrichment to students coming from low-income homes. We had the opportunity to show the students a little about what we do. We presented to them about our careers in civil engineering in a way they could understand and tried to relate our work to topics they are learning in school now. The kids had the opportunity to see a drone, and one of our drone experts, Dave Gibbons, gave a brief presentation of how they work and what we use them for in our line of work. Unfortunately, we were too close to the Chester County G.O. Carlson Airport and the invisible fence prevented us from doing a flight demonstration, but the kids still enjoyed seeing a drone up close! After the presentations, we had a little friendly competition with the students. The goal was to build the tallest tower that could hold the weight of one marshmallow using only uncooked spaghetti, string, and tape. It’s surprisingly more complicated than you might think! We had a good time teaching the kids about engineering and building our spaghetti towers with them. But more importantly, the students learned about our careers and how what they are doing in school now can help them become an engineer.
Chester County Futures is a great program that provides support to low-income middle and high school students, helps prepare students for college, and offers scholarships for post-secondary school. The program was founded in 1996 and has since helped over 850 students. You can learn more about the organization at ccfutures.org.