D.L. Howell was contracted by the Villa Maria Academy to provide civil engineering services to their main campus located on Central Avenue in Malvern. The project entails the design of an internal circulation driveway to facilitate student drop-off and pick-up. This will allow vehicles to stage within the campus property and eliminate them from blocking Central Avenue. The new driveway will also improve access to Central Avenue by removing an existing driveway and realigning another driveway from across the street.
Another design element was designed for handicapped parking in front of the cafeteria. The design created a new appearance that enhances the street view by relocating the trash enclosure and adding landscaping. The last component of the design was an expansive underground stormwater management pipe storage and infiltration system between the new driveway and existing tennis courts. The design of this system required a network of new stormwater piping and relocation of some existing utilities.
D.L. Howell worked closely with the Director of Campus Operations, Zeke Spillane, to refine the site layout and renderings after review and approval from Willistown Township Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners. The project received approval in May and construction commenced at the end of June. Benchmark Site Development was awarded the contract, with an aggressive schedule, and did a spectacular job completing their work before the opening of school.
Bed Installation Photos showing Before and After
The challenges associated with the project was; integrating new design elements into a historic campus to achieve a unified appearance; incorporate an internal driveway that provided a safe and convenient drop-off and pickup area while maintaining the character of the campus and provide stormwater management meeting all the current design standards. D. L. Howell is honored to be considered as part of the design team for Villa Maria Academy and looks forward to other projects as the campus continues to expand.