AGC Assists Client in Achieving Wildlife at Work Certification

Research Center

AGC and Ashland LLC combined conservation and corporate sustainability goals with environmental remediation efforts at the Ashland Research Center in Wilmington, Delaware by participating in the Wildlife at Work program through the Wildlife Habitat Council (  The Wildlife Habitat Council is nationally recognized and promotes habitat conservation and management on corporate lands.  

Research Center bird box

The Research Center has participated in the Wildlife at Work program from 2014 to the present.  The initial conservation project restored 2.3 acres of grassland habitat and provided nesting sites for birds and ducks at and around a closed landfill.  Since restoration of the landfill and surrounding area, significant improvements have occurred in vegetation, and avian and mammalian species.  Commonly seen avian species include ground-nesting birds (i.e. Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird and Indigo Bunting), box-nesting birds (i.e. House Wren, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee and Eastern Bluebird), ducks, and bald eagles, as well as other native wildlife. Surveys have also observed several avian species included in Delaware’s Wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need list including Warbling Vireo, Bank Swallow, and Chimney Swift.  Public engagement occurs via announcements by Wilmington and Western Railroad during their train tours near the grassland habitat.  Advanced GeoServices and Ashland are continuing to implement the program and endeavor for continued success with supporting biodiversity and avian habitat. 

 For more information, contact:

 Jennifer DiJoseph
Project Consultant
302.316.3277 ext. 2

AGC Proud to be Part of Creative Team for Urban Outfitters’ Latest Destination

  Image courtesy of  Main Line Today

Image courtesy of Main Line Today

Advanced GeoServices was part of the design team that created Urban Outfitters’ (URBN) latest destination – Devon Yard, located in Devon, Chester County, PA.  Their destination is a town center that contains Anthropologie, Terrain, BHLDN Weddings, Amis Trattoria, Terrain Café, and a central courtyard.  A venue for outdoor events is also included in the space and it’s called Terrain Garden, which can accommodate 150 guests in a “lush horticultural setting that transforms with the seasons to provide a unique backdrop for any occasion.”

  Image courtesy of  Main Line Today

Image courtesy of Main Line Today

Michael Gladnick and his team provided fill testing, land development plans, stormwater design, permitting, and construction documents.  This redeveloped site continues to be inspired by its former occupant, Waterloo Gardens - the entire complex is adorned with plants that bring the outside inside.  More than a shopping and retail center, URBN put a creative twist on this space because it revolves around hosting events, since our lives are a series of events.  This center is designed for celebrating life’s milestones – birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, baby showers, garden and home accessories for your home, retirement, dining out, and clothes shopping - Devon Yards is the destination to fulfill all your life needs - no matter what stage of life you are in.  The space has been designed to seamlessly integrate all of its components of its stores to fulfill your event needs, including clothing/accessories, floral arrangements, home and garden needs, food, and several four-season event spaces, including Ceremony Garden, Garden Porch, Reception Room, and Bridal Suite.

  Image courtesy of  Philly Voice

Image courtesy of Philly Voice

This space is a bride’s dream –lush, ethereal spaces inspired by European gardens, Devon Yard is a one-stop shop for brides and grooms.  They can register at Anthropologie and Terrain, buy their wedding party clothing and accessories at BHLDN Weddings, floral arrangements provided by Terrain, bridal parties can get ready at the venue, guests can wait in the restaurants, the wedding feast catered by on-site restaurants,, and they can choose from several spaces  in indoor/outdoor Terrain Garden to accommodate the phases of their event.   David Ziel, Chief Development Officer for URBN, came up with this concept years ago to “create a space unlike any other”, which also compliments its other area destinations, including Terrain at Styers in Glen Mills, URBN @ King of Prussia Mall, and URBN Headquarters at the Navy Yard.

Read more about Devon Yard:

For more information on this project or to discuss land development services for your site, contact:

Michael J. Gladnick, RLA
Senior Project Consultant

Tips to Stay Safe in Summer

The summer season is here and everyone needs to take extra precautions when spending time outdoors.  Safety is paramount at Advanced GeoServices.  We have compiled a quick list of tips for staying safe this summer:

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1.      Wear sunscreen

2.      Hydrate and avoid caffeinated, alcoholic, or sugary beverages

3.      Replace salt with fruit juice or sports beverages

4.      Pay attention to the weather and dressed appropriately And bring rain gear if needed

5.      Avoid heavy exertion during the warmest hours of the day

6.      Check a weather app each day for air-quality and weather alerts+

7.      Protect your eyes with sunglasses

8.      Protect your Head with a hat or a visor

9.      Use proper ladder safety

10.   Pace yourself in extreme heat conditions

11.   Be cognizant of the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion

12.   Beware of insects and inspect for ticks and tick bites

13.   Avoid contact with poisonous plants

14.   Watch out for poisonous animals and insects

15.   When burning campfires stay in designated areas, avoid overhanging branches, use a fire ring, and keep alert for wind warnings

16.   Only barbeque on a flat, level surface and use the recommended lighters and fuel

17.   Be cautious around open water bodies and have safety gear nearby (e.g., life jackets)

18.   If operating a water craft, be sure to wear a life jacket and watch for potential storms

19.   Be alert for upcoming storms – remember that if thunder roars, go indoors. 

20.   Avoid contact with anything metal during thunderstorms

Have you thought of other tips?  If so, please share your thoughts in the comment section.

For more information on staying safe this summer, Advanced GeoServices’ Health and Safety Officer:

Bernie Beegle, CPG, P.G.
Senior Project Professional

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Hang out with Penguins at Adventure Aquarium!

Penguin Exhibit at Adventure Aquarium

Just across river from Philadelphia, you can hang with fish, sharks, hippos, and most importantly – penguins!  Advanced GeoServices was part of the design team for the renovations to the Penguin Island exhibit at the aquarium in Camden, home to their African penguin colony.  These newly designed renovations are specifically designed for the health and wellness of the animals and closely mimics their native environment.  And the health of humans was also considered in the design – there are rocking chairs, an underwater viewing area, and a shade canopy to keep visitors cool.

This exhibit, which originally opened in 1998, received new, beach landscape custom rock-work with radiant heat around its 17,000 gallon pool. The pool itself was converted to salt water in keeping with the bird’s natural habitat.  Grottoes were added to offer shade and privacy to the penguins. 

Not visible to the public is the renovated and expanded back of the exhibit that assists the aquarium’s staff in the care of the penguins, including a new holding pool and new nesting areas.  Adventure Aquarium is part of a national network of zoos and aquariums that works together toward preservation and breeding programs to increase penguin populations.  It’s already working in Camden – you can visit Carson, Nick, Taco, and Shelley.  Spot them by looking for their steel-gray feathers, as opposed to the black and white feathers or the older penguins.  Two more chicks will be joining their feathered friends mid-summer!

Advanced GeoServices’ civil design for the renovation included a site survey, geotechnical testing, new walkways, drainage design, and grading. We join Adventure Aquarium in celebrating this exciting project.

Read more about the renovations.  Learn more about AGC’s history with the project.

To learn more about this project, contact:

Barry G. Stingel, RLA, ASLA
Project Consultant

Extent of PFOA and PFOS Contamination in Water Systems Expanding – Utilize AGC’s PFOA and PFOS Experience for Your Water System or Site


The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released a report estimating the amount of PFOA and PFOS contamination in drinking water systems throughout the United States that is substantially higher than originally predicted by the USEPA.

According to the report, over 1,500 water systems could be impacted, resulting in the exposure of PFOA and PFOS to about 110 million Americans, rather than the original 16 million estimate.

The EWG is pressing for states to set standards and for cleanups to begin.  States New Jersey, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Vermont have all promulgated new standards and/or screening levels. States like New Jersey have added other Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) such as PFNA to their regulated compound list.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) is undertaking a statewide evaluation of remediation sites to better understand the risk posed by certain emerging contaminants.  As part of this effort, the NYSDEC is issuing letters to notify owners of certain remediation sites throughout New York to investigate the presence of PFAS and 1,4 dioxane in groundwater.  This is being performed at the same time that New York is proposing their own State standards.

 Advanced GeoServices, a Montrose Environmental company, has worked on several PFOA/PFOS projects for municipal clients with contaminated drinking water supplies. Advanced GeoServices can assist with these types of projects by providing Work Plans, sampling and testing, water treatment, and remediation.

If you need assistance in handling your PFOA and PFOS issues, please contact:

Rick Shoyer, LSRP
Senior Project Consultant

Steve Kirschner
Senior Project Consultant

Real Estate Trends in the Philadelphia Region: Residential Development Forecast is Warm and Sunny

This is the second article in a series covering issues facing specific real estate sectors.  (First article in the series.)

Kevin Gillen with Drexel University’s Lindy Institute is the unparalleled number cruncher when it comes to residential real estate in the greater Philadelphia area. His May 9th assessment: “Even with recent price moderation, Philadelphia continues to outpace both its suburbs and most other major U.S cities” (see below).  For a detailed dive into the data, see his full report.

Philadelphia Regional House Price Indices 1980-2018 City vs. Suburb

This includes North Central Philadelphia, where a recent development boom prompted the city to open a new Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) at 1514 Cecil B. Moore.  Commercial and residential construction proposals and projects include Temple University’s stadium and community center, a new residential tower (“The Nest”), and the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s affordable housing project.

 Cecil Baker+Partners renderings of The Nest which will bring 190 apartments to Temple

Cecil Baker+Partners renderings of The Nest which will bring 190 apartments to Temple

We are 100% Occupied

Million dollar sales experienced the first significant year over year decline since 2012, but overall sales volume continues to trend upward.  Leslie Smallwood-Lewis, co-founder of Mosaic Development Partners, is part of the development sector focused on middle market needs - “this market consisting of millennials who are struggling with student loan debt, only a certain amount of disposable income in entry-level jobs and can’t afford to live in the Center City core”.  Smallwood-Lewis spoke at the Philadelphia State of the Market about leveraging historic tax credits and blending multiple sources of capital to create communities for “teachers, entry-level financial analysts and everyday hardworking people”. 

“We are,” she said, “100 percent occupied.” Tawan Davis, CEO of Steinbridge Group, also talked about his firm’s commitment to developing areas in transition, and the domino effect that creates:

“Philadelphia is still a city of 1.6 million working people and our strategy focuses on providing homes for those families in the transition neighborhoods of the city,” he said. “As those neighborhoods improve and the surrounding areas improve, people who have been long-term residents of the city and those neighborhoods can take part in those improves.”

The Continued Appeal of the Waterfront

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In Wilmington, Delaware, multifamily is the strongest facet of the real estate market.  Specifically, areas that promote walkability and sense of place, such as the Wilmington waterfront, command higher rents than anywhere in the region outside of Center City Philadelphia.  “[The Wilmington waterfront] has turned into a place where people walk around and fill up restaurants,” Potter Anderson & Corroon partner Joy Barrist said at Bisnow’s North Delaware State of the Market event May 17th.  Westover Cos. owner and President Guntram Weissenberger emphasized affordability: “What’s important in Delaware is that the cost structure has remained a little bit lower, which has helped us to keep apartments affordable. And, that’s going to become an issue in the coming years as demand remains strong … The affordability component will really come to the forefront, as rents have risen in Pennsylvania a little faster than in Delaware.”  Development of the areas surrounding the Brandywine and Christiana Rivers, led by The Riverfront Development Corp., will focus on multifamily housing “for the next few years, because there are developers from in the state and out of the state expressing interest,” said Megan McGlinchey, Executive Director.

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Engineering and Planning Support

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Advanced GeoServices supports single and multifamily developments throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, including Waterside on the Delaware River in Bucks County, Siena Place in Philadelphia, and Liseter in Delaware County.  Our award winning geotechnical, site design, and civil engineering experts can align project needs for space and effective stormwater management with landscape features that are attractive amenities for residents. 

For more information contact:

Dan Wright
Senior Project Consultant

Article by AGC’s Rick Shoyer and Chris Valligny Featured in Commerce Magazine

The May 2018 issue of Commerce magazine, a publication from the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), features an article by Rick Shoyer and Chris Valligny called “NJDEP Approves Pre-Purchaser Administrative Consent Orders” in the Environmental Business section.  The article highlights the latest adjustments:

  • Remediation cost reviews
  • Funding source
  • Remediation requirements
  • Annual fees
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Submittals
  • Remedial Investigations

Rick and Chris have extensive experience working with clients on their sites administered by the NJ Site Remediation Program (SRP).  Rick has been appointed as the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast’s (BCONE) representative on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protections’ (NJDEP) Site Remediation Advisory Group (SRAG) and Cooperative Venture Group (CVP).

To learn more about these regulatory changes, please contact the authors at:

Rick Shoyer, LSRP

Chis Valligny, LSRP

Real Estate Trends in the Philadelphia Region: Innovation on the Rise

This is the first article in a series covering issues facing specific real estate sectors.

Real Estate Trends in the Philadelphia Region - Innovation on the Rise

Center City’s 41.2 million square feet (sf) of commercial office space is the backbone of the downtown economy.” State of Center City 2018

Some highlights from our Civil Engineering and Site Design Team:

Commercial/Office: Bigger, Taller, Better – The Comcast Technology Center opens this year, and promises to be big (the tallest building in the city), green (LEED Platinum), and smart (with a smart brain center that predicts weather, optimizes energy consumption).  You can get a taste of the Comcast Technology Center with drinks and dinner on the top floor. 

The Center City District, in their just released State of Center City report, notes that investor demand for office space in Philadelphia continues to grow, driven in part by Philadelphia’s affordability compared to our neighbors – NYC, Boston, DC.  The report laments Center City’s tempered office sector growth as compared to other Central Business Districts (CBDs) nationwide.  How do we fix that? Calls for tax structure reform and the need for streamlined processes for inner city construction abound.  All things considered, however:

“One of the things that I think is really interesting about Philadelphia is the fact that we’ve never really experiences the high highs or the low lows like a lot of other places.” Lauren Gilchrist, VP Director of Research JLL

Warehouse/Big Box: Never Enough - One of the largest vacant factory properties in the city just got purchased by Commercial Development Corp., with plans for three large warehouse buildings “totaling more than 1.6M SQFT of office space, an area larger than each of the Comcast and Liberty Place office towers”. 

Big Box development has been a growth area across Eastern Pennsylvania, with hot spots in the Lehigh Valley, Carlisle, and increasingly in the greater Philadelphia region.  Colliers research shows 2017 as a record year for big box development in Eastern Pennsylvania.  AGC helped design Urban Outfitters’ warehouse at Gap, PA, part of the growing trend of warehouses and distribution centers cropping up along major transportation corridors. 

We are also seeing growing interest in multi-story warehouses, which offer owners more options for either single or multiple tenants. 

Retail: Innovation Wanted – The warehouse growth in our area is a direct result of ever increasing online sales, as companies strive to position themselves near consumer hubs.  What does this mean for the retail sector? Joe Coradino, CEO, PREIT, addressed this changing landscape at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2018 Real Estate Forecast Event, boldly stating that the retail sector’s death is “fake news,” and that retail is going through a period of “detox.” Coradino’s position is that retailers are not failing due to a fundamental problem with retail, but rather because they have not embraced new technology and changing consumer preferences. The sector, he explained, is moving towards omnichannel retailing, in which retailers have both online and brick-and-mortar presences with greater optionality.  Some retailers are blurring the lines between online and brick and mortar stores by including “lockers” or holding areas for online orders in their stores.  Other retailers are promising same-day delivery for their customers.     

Many retailers, such as Urban Outfitters, have turned their locations into “destinations”.  At the forefront of this trend years ago, Urban continues to create destinations around their brands.  AGC has been part of Urban Outfitters’ project team and has helped create these innovative places.  Their Devon Yards project is a bold redesign of the former iconic Waterloo Gardens to a collection of retail and leisure offerings with a dreamy, European inspired Terrain Gardens at the heart of the site. 

  Image Credit: Terrain Gardens/URBN

Image Credit: Terrain Gardens/URBN

In the suburbs, malls have either expanded their luxury offerings, such as King of Prussia Mall, or have created recreational areas, like Lego Discovery Center and Dave & Buster’s at Plymouth Meeting Mall.   Many stores are reducing the size of their footprint and relying on warehousing and distribution to handle the bulk of their orders.

AGC’s Land Development Services Team has worked in the real estate sector for over 25 years and has the expertise to help you navigate the real estate process.  Contact us for support with: due diligence for site selection, land planning, landscape architecture, site design, permitting, geotechnical engineering, stormwater issues, construction monitoring, and much more

To learn more about our Land Development Services and how we can assist you with your site, please contact:

Daniel T. Wright, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant

New Jersey Residents Name Clean Drinking Water as Top Environmental Priority

New Jersey Residents Name Clean Drinking Water as Top Environmental Priority

A recent survey, conducted by New Jersey Future and Jersey Water Works, in November of 2017 asked 1,175 New Jersey residents (in Jersey City and New Brunswick) about the importance of securing clean, safe drinking water to the residents and their knowledge of the water infrastructure in New Jersey.  While more than 90% ranked providing clean water as “important” or a  “top priority,” the survey results indicated that fewer than 10% are “very knowledgeable” about combined sewers, stormwater runoff, green infrastructure, and stormwater utilities. 

While the survey will serve as a baseline of residents’ understanding and priorities, it can be used to highlight where water systems have the opportunity to increase public awareness.  There are number of avenues which can be used to help water providers, both public and private, to increase the awareness of their customer base. 

Beyond the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) published annually by water service providers, local Public Outreach Programs can be an effective tool for increasing public awareness of their local potable water system. Public Outreach Programs may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Teaming with local schools for age-appropriate education materials/instruction  (a variety of options)
  • Assisting scouts in obtaining environment-focused merit badges
  • Education materials at spring “beach cleanup events”
  • Free rain-barrels (and education on how to use them)
  • Parent-teacher association events
  • Town Halls with customer-base

GPM Associates, an Advanced GeoServices company, can assist your team in developing and implementing a public outreach program, based on our team’s experience helping other clients with public outreach and awareness.  This support can include brainstorming program components, as well as implementing them. For more information, contact:

Veronica Foster, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant

AGC Recognized for Work on Tightened Schedule for a Property Transfer

Kudos to AGC’s own Rick Shoyer and Chris Valligny for being recognized by one of our clients for outstanding work on their project.  We were able to review the historical environmental data and prepare a summary letter in a very short time so the client could meet their deadline for a property purchase in Montgomery County, PA.  The client sent us a testimonial stating, “We SINCERELY appreciate your help on incredibly short notice.  You guys turned around a quality report quickly, and we will close on our home tomorrow with confidence given your analysis.

If you have a need for an environmental investigation, analysis, or report for a property, please contact Rick Shoyer or Chris Valligny for support:

 Rick Shoyer & Chris Valligny

Rick Shoyer & Chris Valligny

Rick Shoyer
Senior Project Professional

Chris Valligny, LSRP
Project Professional

Are pipelines safe? Part I: the Pipeline in the Backyard

Pipelines have been in the headlines and on our communities’ minds, due to the region’s relatively new status as home to the world’s largest supply of natural gas (Marcellus and Utica Shale), and the expanding infrastructure needed to carry that natural resource from northeast and southwest Pennsylvania to demand centers in Philadelphia, the Gulf Coast, and Canada.  This abundance of natural gas supports the renewable power industry; natural gas is a flexible, responsive compliment to renewables that wax and wane with weather changes and the time of day.  The abundance of the resource drives down power prices, opening the door for a manufacturing renaissance in this region. Natural gas is also one of the major drivers behind a 3% nationwide drop in carbon emissions, even while the economy grew by 1.6%.

But for homeowners who are now confronted with a pipeline being routed through their property or their community, and in many cases the dual realization that a pipeline existed there all along, the question is: are pipelines safe?

There are two basic types of products being moved.  Dry gas, which is what we traditionally think of as natural gas, is compressed and used to heat homes, produce power, and fuel natural gas vehicles.  There are some companies using dry gas wells right on their property as a low carbon, clean power source for manufacturing.  For all gas transmission lines, which includes dry gas, offshore and onshore, since 1997, there has been an average of two fatalities per year and nine injuries; for more detailed information check out theUS DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration website.

The other main product being transported is wet gas, or natural gas liquids (NGLs) – propane, butane and ethane.  NGLs are the building block for plastics, a source of cooking and home heating fuel (propane), and vehicle fuel.  Highly Volatile Liquids (HVLs) such as propane and ethane, which are being transported by Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East pipelines, are a subset of a broader category classified as Hazardous Liquids. Hazardous liquids are a separate category from natural gas.  For pipelines carrying Hazardous Liquids onshore and offshore there have been, on average, two fatalities per year from 1997 to 2016 nationwide; the average number of injuries per year is five.  For more detail see the US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) data chart below which shows a general decreasing trend since 2004. 

PHMSA Pipeline Incidents: Fatalities (1997-2016)

Do more miles of pipelines correlate with more risk?  Pipeline infrastructure expands each year.  In 2004, the US had 166,669 miles of hazardous liquids pipelines. As of 2016, the total grew to 211,150 miles, a 27% increase.  PHMSA does not analyze correlations between miles of pipeline and human and environmental risk.  The American Petroleum Institute (API), however, does.

Considering all pipelines - crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas liquids - miles of pipelines have increased by 13% over the past five years, while major (classified as larger than 500 barrels of product released) pipeline incidents per mile are down nearly a third. Incidents potentially impacting people or the environment outside of an operator’s facility are down 52 percent since 1999 (for more details see the American Petroleum Institute (API) report released in 2016). 

The Fraser Institute, an independent think tank in Canada ranked as one of the top (19th) think tanks in the world by The University of Pennsylvania, analyzed Canadian data on oil and natural gas transport, and found:

“In general, the transport of oil and gas is quite safe by all modes: pipeline, rail, and tanker, though there are differences between the modes that should be considered when developing infrastructure.”

Specifically, “pipelines suffer few occurrences (accidents and incidents)…between 2004 and 2015, pipelines experienced approximately 0.05 occurrences per million barrels of oil equivalent (Mboe) transported.”

Kenneth Green, Fraser Institute’s senior director of energy and natural resource studies and co-author of the study, summarizes the “evidence is clear—building new pipelines and shipping oil by tanker is the safest and most environmentally responsible way to get Canadian oil to global markets.”

In addition, the study finds that “while both pipeline and rail transportation of oil and gas are quite safe…pipelines continue to result in fewer accidents and fewer releases of product, when taking into consideration the amount of product moved.”

These statistics focus on operations.  Concerns about pipeline construction risks, especially with respect to drinking water, recently led to a halt in Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 2 Pipeline construction that was resolved by agreement with the Clean Air Council, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and Mountain Association. Discussion about risks during construction coming soon in Part II. 

To learn more, contact:

Skelly Holmbeck
Senior Consultant

How to Convert Urban Land into the Coolest Place for a Picnic

by Skelly Holmbeck, Advanced GeoServices & BCONE Regional Council

Walk out the eighth floor of Brandywine Realty Trust’s dazzling Evo Tower in Philadelphia and you encounter Cira Green – an urban park extraordinaire with over an acre of rolling green space suited for  strolls, picnics, and events with a fabulous city view. 

Plateaued between two “vertical neighborhoods” (more on that later), Cira Green is the striking, dog friendly green space that transforms a parking garage into an urban gem.  Conceived by Jerry Sweeney, Brandywine’s President and CEO, Cira Green and the entire LEED certified Cira Centre are the kind of sustainable innovation that is rejuvenating Philadelphia’s city scape.  This is sustainable urban redevelopment at its best.  

The technology under the park maximizes the ability of this space to serve as a stormwater management system that stores excess rainwater in a cistern, and reuses it to water grass, plants and trees on Cira Green.  This is a self-contained ecosystem that does not generate stormwater runoff.  The Delaware Valley Green Building Council recognized this site with its Groundbreaker Award. 

You do not have to live here to enjoy this space – it is open to the public, as long as you don’t bring more than 500 of your friends at once (maximum occupancy permitted on Cira Green is 500).

Paul Commito, Brandywine Realty Trust Senior Vice President and incoming Chair of the Philadelphia District Council of the Urban Land Institute, shared the story of this site and other innovative brownfield developments as Keynote speaker for the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast’s Sustainable Communities Workshop on May 25, 2017.

Adjacent to Cira Green is Evo Tower, the tallest “dorm” in the country, as well as FMC tower, a LEED Gold certified “vertical neighborhood” with more than 1 Million square feet of space on less than one acre of land that is home to FMC corporation, additional office space, ultra-luxury residences, hotel suites, a 72 foot pool, fitness center, theater, and a world class restaurant and a bar (run by Michelin star rated Rebelle from NYC).

In May, the Brookings Institute released a report on the challenges and opportunities facing Philadelphia’s standing as an international leader: “Connect to compete: How the University City-Center City innovation district can help Philadelphia excel globally and serve locally”.  The University City-Center City innovation district, where the Cira Centre is located, is an area where Brandywine is teaming with Drexel and local communities to promote economic growth and innovative research. Brookings cites Brandywine’s collaborative work as one of the major projects positioning the City for explosive growth: “Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel are set to break ground on the Schuylkill Yards development in 2017, which…is envisioned to hold nearly 5 million new square feet of mixed-use space focused on connecting the private, public, and non-profit areas through innovation.”

The Report notes:

Research shows Philadelphia’s chance of becoming a top-tier city—with the attendant firms, jobs, revenues, and innovations that status would bring to the city and region—cannot hinge on individual acts or institutions. Given its assets and the progress it has already made, it is clear Philadelphia can rise to this collective challenge. With federal and state funding receding and the next-generation technologies that will determine the competitive cities of the future in rapid development, now is the time for Philadelphia’s leaders to fulfill the city’s full potential.

The Brandywine Realty Trust team, with their ability to transform urban sites into sustainable, multi-faceted, world class communities, is leading the way. 

The Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop brought together over 300 brownfield experts at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

For more information, contact:

Skelly Holmbeck
Senior Consultant

New Ozone Groundwater Treatment System Mobilized to New York Site

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It may look little, but it packs a punch.  Advanced GeoServices' upgraded ozone injection system will start treating Trichloroethene and Tetrachloroethene contaminated groundwater source area this month to enhance the natural attenuation of the dissolve phase plume.  Stay tuned for progress updates.  Thank you to Joel Leusink of Oxidation Technologies for their support with the upgrades.

For more information, contact:

Rick Shoyer, LSRP
Senior Project Consultant

Stephen Kirschner, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant

AGC Assists Client with Nearly Doubling Size of Campus

For the past five years our client, SEI Investments, has been hiring almost 200 people a year, which means that this growing company has almost outgrown their campus in Oaks, PA.  To remedy this situation, they will nearly double the size of their current campus by developing 90 acres of land and adding around 425,000-square-feet in new buildings over the next several years.  

AGC Assists Client with Nearly Doubling Size of Campus

AGC has been assisting with the design of this expansion of this unique site, referred to as the "Idea Farm".  According to Dennis J. McGonigle, chief financial officer, from an article in the Philadelphia Business Journal, “It’s not a place for power point presentations but a place to talk, think, create and move the company forward”.  

To design this innovative campus, AGC provided geotechnical engineering, civil engineering/site design, and landscape architecture services.  Site elements such as buildings, parking, pedestrian circulation, grading, stormwater management, and vegetation work in harmony to create a landscape that is it aesthetically pleasing and functional. We employed stormwater BMPs, along with renovating and re-incorporating the existing pond to eliminate the need for detention basins.  The project won the Montgomery County Planning Commission 1997 Outstanding Site Design Award.

For more information on SEI Investments and the Idea Farm, contact:

Mike Gladnick, RLA
Senior Project Consultant