Shearon Environmental Design has enjoyed a dynamic partnership with Philadelphia-based Post Brothers for over a decade. We have been fortunate to be part of their transformative vision for urban multi-family living, and The Irvine project offered us a complex and challenging opportunity for the radical rehabilitation of a neglected area.
The building in the University City section of West Philadelphia has seen many uses in its 100-year history. As the neighborhood grew both above and below ground the area’s footprint became irregular and more complex. The 15-month project began with the removal of several tons of concrete, plant material, fencing and assorted debris. Safe operation of the heavy demolition and cleanup equipment used was Shearon’s top priority, and our experienced crew met each new challenge with ingenuity and determination.
Rebuilding the site’s infrastructure, Shearon’s crews excavated for and installed the underground stormwater management system. Our ICPI-certified hardscape installation technicians built the 60’ retaining wall, then created the common area courtyard and several private patios using E.P. Henry Eco-Cobble porous pavers. Shearon also installed individual porcelain pavers for the grill area flooring.
To enhance curb appeal and soften the building’s industrial lines, our planting crew added Valley Forge Elms to the front sidewalk. These hardy, disease-resistant trees are among the best for use as street trees because their mature size won’t interfere with overhead power lines.
Creative integration of popular amenities was the theme throughout the site, including community garden plots installed at the end of the common area deck. Irvine residents will be able to personalize them with their own flowers and vegetables while gathering with neighbors in the safe, well-lit area. Dogs can join the festivities as well thanks to a clean, secure dog park.
The Irvine Apartments provide a wealth of opportunities to enjoy outdoor life in an urban setting, and Shearon Environmental Design is proud to have been a part of bringing them to life.