Civil Engineering And Land Development
A civil engineer is a person who practices civil engineering – the application of planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, and operating infrastructures while protecting the public and environmental health, as well as improving existing infrastructures that have been neglected.
The prudent landowner or developer on any size of project will inevitably want to maximize profits, minimize risk and control his cash-flow. This is a process called Profit Enhancement. This means identifying and developing the best scheme for the local marketplace, whilst satisfying the local planning process.
These improvements aim to align with best design practice, political sensitivities, and the inevitable social requirements of a project, with the overarching objective of increasing land values and profit margins on behalf of the landowner or developer. Development Analysis can add significantly to the value of land and development, and as such is becoming a crucial weapon in the landowners and the developer’s armory.
We have been providing consulting and engineering services to private entities and public municipalities for over 40 years. We have worked with large commercial clients like Sunbury Generation LP, the Susquehanna Valley Mall, Monroe Marketplace, Wood-Mode, Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. We also work with small land development clients like a new bank site for the Northumberland National Bank, or a new retail store, a car wash along US Routes 11 & 15, or a new car dealership site for Sunbury Motors. We work with municipal clients like Monroe Township, Snyder County as well, where we have become their trusted engineering advisor for all capital site improvement projects considered and/or undertaken.
Land development or site design goes hand-in-hand with subdivision of property. We provide an experienced design group for every project. Possibly the most critical task on a land development project is establishing the finished floor elevation of a proposed building. All site design for the project is affected by the floor elevation.
The ability to provide a balanced earthwork design, adequate storm water management design, and appropriate overhead and underground utility location design hinges on how appropriately the finished floor elevation of the ground floor was set. Add to that the complexity of providing adequate facilities to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act, and an improperly set floor elevation can ruin, or at the very least grossly affect site development costs.
Our design group’s reputation for providing amazing site designs that minimize development costs and maximize site exposure continues to be our best advertisement. You can’t beat clients that keep coming back for more!
Our staff constantly stays abreast of the dynamic world of storm water management design. Maintaining a rigorous continuing education regimen has enabled us to follow regulatory changes that affect storm water management design criteria.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has pushed down to the State of Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay cleanup measures, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) criteria that has required a much more comprehensive approach to storm water management design.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed compliance regulations that must be met for all land development projects. The old design approach of providing rate control is not enough anymore. Designs must now address volume control and water quality. Developers must be prepared for increased site development costs associated with these storm water management design changes.
We are experienced in working with the new requirements for storm water. We have our own double-ring infiltrometer testing equipment, and complete the onsite testing for existing infiltration rates with our own staff. We also have an excellent rapport with the review / permitting agency personnel, working with them sometimes on a daily basis. They appreciate our attention to detail and completeness of our designs and permit application packages.
Collectively speaking, “wetlands” describe what are most commonly known as marshes, bogs, swamps, or shallow ponds. The State uses a more legal definition (25 PA Code, Chapter 105): “Those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions…”
The Department of Environmental Protection has expanded its use of general permits to authorize activities under various environmental statutes. General permits streamline the permitting of classes of facilities or activities that are sufficiently similar in design or operation to warrant general requirements or conditions.
Sewage Facilities Planning
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We are the municipal engineering consultant to Monroe Township, Snyder County, and to the Northumberland County Planning Commission. We have held this position with Monroe Township for 30 years, and with Northumberland County since 2007.
We prepare annual township road construction/paving contracts, administer the contracts, and provide construction inspection throughout their projects. We also provide plan reviews for all subdivision and land development projects proposed in Monroe Township and in all Municipalities within Northumberland County that do not have their own planning commissions.
When conducting plan reviews we ensure that the proposed development projects comply with all the requirements of the local ordinances regulating development, such as zoning, subdivision, land development, storm water management, etc. We assist the developer and help to “shepherd” the project through the approval process.
We have also developed a GIS data base for Monroe Township of all public facilities. The database is constantly evolving, with data on all roadways, storm pipes, tax parcels, and utilities.
As the engineer for Monroe Township, we attend all Supervisor’s meetings, Planning Commission meetings, and Zoning Hearing Board meetings as needed to provide consultation for the variety of issues that arise in a municipality.