D.L. HOWELL FIELD DAY

IN THIS SEGMENT, WE TAKE YOU ON A PHOTOGRAPHIC “RIDE ALONG” OF A TYPICAL DAY HERE AT DL HOWELL WHERE THE FIELD AND OFFICE BECOME ONE..  3, 2, 1….go!

 

4 SITE VISITS

116 EMAILS

22 PHONE CALLS

2 ZONING EMERGENCIES

1 NEWSLETTER

2 WAWA STOPS

 

1 DAY

 


Happens every time…the week right before a holiday is ALWAYS crazy. Not sure why, but it just is. More importantly, how did I allow my company newsletter obligation to fall on one of those weeks? Can’t answer that but I assure you it won’t happen again! With that said, and paper still flying here in the office, I’ve decided to just photo-document a recent day at DL Howell. Hmmm…how about Thursday – enjoy the photos!


7:27 AM

IT BEGINS…..

Wawa Stop…


7:56 AM

SITE VISIT 1: STORMWATER OVERSIGHT BAILEY STATION

Historic…..oversee one of the last remaining on-lot seepage beds being constructed at the Bailey Station Subdivision.

Aside: The Bailey Station Subdivision started the approvals process in 2003. Located in Thorndale, PA, it consists of over 400 single family homes and townhouses, has taken over a decade and a half to complete and throughout this subdivision’s “Construction life” it has survived one Great Recession and a multitude of PADEP regulation changes mostly associated with the Federal NPDES Program.

Check Subgrade…
Check Stone…
Check Pipe…
Blah, Blah, Blah,

Write Report… Onsite report preparation! 


9:46 AM

RETURN EMAILS, PHONE CALLS, CHECK IN WITH OFFICE…


10:11 AM

TIME TO GO TO NEXT SITE…


10:28 AM

SITE VISIT 2: STORMWATER OVERSIGHT DOWLIN FORGE STATION

Oversee construction of underground seepage bed at Dowlin Forge Station Subdivision. Dowlin Forge Station is located in East Brandywine Township and consists of 200+ townhouse and single-family homes. D.L. Howell is responsible for providing the required stormwater management facility oversight as mandated by the Federal NPDES Permit requirements. No oversight, no NPDES Permit termination…

Dowlin Forge Station Subdivision

More Check Subgrade…
More Check Stone…
More Check Pipe…
Ahh…you get the picture…


12:14 PM

RETURN MORE EMAILS, PHONE CALLS, ETC…


1:33 PM

ZONING EMERGENCY 1:

From field and in between site inspections, work with Client and other land use consultants to save a Chester County Micro-Brewery (that will remain nameless) from dying a slow, painful zoning death… In our business, timing is everything. Sometimes, coordination with and responses to Municipal officials need to happen quickly no matter where you are to keep a project alive. Frankly, this pace is the part I love most about this job….


2:10 PM

SITE VISIT 3: SIGHT DISTANCE CHECK SINCLAIR SPRINGS

Sinclair Springs is a 26-acre site located just south of the Borough of Kennett Square. The project is currently under construction and proposes 79 townhouse units. With the construction of the two main entrances to the development complete, DL Howell was asked to confirm that site distance and site triangle calculations meet code. Mission accomplished, the site is code compliant with the removal and relocation of two small bushes…


3:48 PM

WAWA STOP NUMBER TWO… COFFEE AGAIN


4:14 PM

ZONING EMERGENCY 2:

Coordinate with Municipal zoning officials to, hopefully, keep plans for a community pool moving forward. This one involves a local sports facility and their plans to implement a new pool to be used a part of their 2018 summer recreation program. How quickly can a pool be built?? Facing several zoning hurdles, this one needs immediate attention…Step 1, get a meeting with the Municipality to discuss…


4:51 PM

SITE VISIT 4: POOR SOIL ISSUES – PEMBERTON

The “Pemberton” development consists of 82 planned townhouse units and is located in northern New Garden Township. DL Howell was asked to advise on the possibility of changing drainage patterns in light of a small area of poorly draining soils on site….


5:31 pm

RETURN THE LAST OF EMAILS, PHONE CALLS FOR THE DAY…


5:42 pm

WRITE THIS NEWSLETTER!

Henkels & McCoy Building Expansion Cliffwood, NJ.

Henkels & McCoy Building Expansion Cliffwood, NJ.

D.L. Howell & Associates assisted Henkels & McCoy in securing approvals for the expansion of their operations facility in Cliffwood (Aberdeen Township), NJ. The project entailed a roughly 2000 SF office expansion to their current office building and 12 new parking spaces to support the new office space. The approvals were complicated by decades-old zoning relief and the need to confirm whether conditions associated with that relief were adequately complied with. DLH submitted plans to the Township and Freehold, NJ Soils Conservation District for approval. In late January, DLH attended a Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting where site plan, variance, and waiver approvals were all granted. Final plan revisions will be made to comply with the conditions of approval and the project should be on track for construction this Spring.

Manfredi Cold Storage Facility Nears Completion

Manfredi Cold Storage Facility Nears Completion

Approximately two years after Land Development approval through New Garden Township, the Manfredi Cold Storage Expansion is nearing completion. Manfredi Cold Storage is a full service environmentally controlled storage facility providing cold storage for products making their way from eastern sector port facilities to destinations across the country. The expansion is the second of two in the last five years involving food grade refrigerated and frozen warehouses currently storing products from over 22 countries around the world. Also operating out of the expanded facility and supporting the warehousing capability are International Repack, Manfredi Logistics Service, Inland Transportation and National Refrigerated Freight.

The project entailed securing Local, State and Federal government approvals for the following five buildings onsite: 110,292 SF Cold Storage Warehouse, 10,800 SF Multipurpose use including office, breakroom, bath and locker room facilities to support 24 hour trucking operations, 2,400 Drivers Lounge and a second 18,000 SF Multipurpose use including office, repacking facilities and temporary warehousing.

Part of the 110,000 square foot building expansion project involved the incorporation of a full-service rail spur enabling product delivery and transport via East Penn Railroad Company who maintains switch capabilities with two Class 1 carriers, CSX and Norfolk Southern.

The magnitude of proposed impervious coverage associated with proposed roof area and concrete trucking circulation area made providing adequate stormwater management a challenge. Stormwater systems needed to be shallow and expansive to meet NPDES infiltration loading ratio requirements. The sheer size of the underground stormwater facilities made staging of construction activities a major engineering accomplishment. Multiple sequences of construction and staging were worked through in great detail to ensure that existing operations could continue and that proposed building construction and associated heavy equipment would not compromise the location of proposed stormwater management facilities.

DL Howell routinely secures approvals in southern Chester County, many of which involve mega-mushroom producing facilities, commercial office park developments, and residential developments.

Contact us to discuss your development approval needs!

Bush Collision Center Expansion

Bush Collision Center Expansion

Construction begins on the new Bush Collision Center on Matlack Street in West Chester. DLH assisted the applicant through the land development process in West Goshen Township, Chester County. The development plan proposed a retrofit of the former Bell Atlantic facility including the rehabilitation of several existing garage bays, modification to the existing front building façade and expansion of the rear building to make room for an expanded collision center.

The project stormwater design was complicated by an existing undersized stormwater facility, shallow rock and limited area for expansion. DLH worked with the Township Engineer to implement a modification to the existing stormwater system that provided adequate rate control and water quality benefits.
Approval of the project and proposed upgrades will allow for a more aesthetically pleasing site via improvements to an outdated lighting design and added landscaping materials.
To date, the framework for the new front entry has begun, footers have been poured and existing asphalt has been removed. Proposed improvements to the existing stormwater basin have also begun.

The Estates at Dowlin Forge Station

The Estates at Dowlin Forge Station

 

With site construction well underway at the start of 2017, The Estates at Dowlin Forge Station races towards home startups anticipated in early summer. The 140 acre site located just west of the Brandywine Creek will spawn a total of 204 units. DLHowell was retained by the site developer in 2016 to help navigate their way through a web of unforeseen site improvement issues encountered at the East Brandywine project site. Not long after breaking ground, site contractors were faced with shallow rock throughout the sloping site and wide ranging topographic tolerances due to heavy underbrush associated with the previously logged tract. In order to minimize the amount of blasting r

equired for the installation of utilities and roadways, DLHowell strategically re-vertically aligned certain improvements to reduce the need for costly blasting of bedrock while at the same time not incurring a compete overhaul – and formal re-approval – of the project. Prior timber harvesting of the site before development resulted in a dense under story vegetative growth which impacted the accuracy of aerial topographic flights.

DLHowell, in conjunction with HowellKline Surveying, worked with developers and site contractors to provide supplemental field run topographic surveys in critical areas around the site perimeter to ensure limits of earthwork were acceptable. With the construction schedule unable to slip and in an effort to keep pipe crews working, daily exchanges of information between field survey crews and engineers often occurred “from field to phone”… resulting in instantaneous engineering and design change releases. Not often is it that you see surveying, e

ngineering and installation occur in the same day, which certainly kept things interesting for all parties involved. In addition, DLHowell routinely coordinates with the appropriate regulatory agencies to keep them up to speed on proposed design changes allowing site work to proceed and keep home building on target for summer.