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550 Blair Mill Road Office Park

Hardscape Construction/Irrigation Design & Install

Horsham, Pennsylvania

A Montgomery County realty firm needed an outdoor overhaul for their 35-year old office park, and they chose Shearon Environmental for the transformation. Our landscape design team, superintendents and technicians value-engineered the plans and brought the sleek update to life.

One of the key upgrades was the removal of overgrown and declining trees. This would allow for more sunlight to warm up the space and support the health of a variety of annual and perennial plants. The lower growth habit of the new plants in turn allows an enhanced curb view, highlighting the property amenities to prospective tenants.

This multi-phase project spanned more than 6 months and began with the thorough demolition of the courtyard. We took out the old sidewalks and steps, patio, existing pergola, trees and plant material, benches and tables. Our crew proceeded to ammend the onsite soil and fortified it with composted materials to enrich the subsequent plantings. Once the area was clear it was regraded to create a clean, blank slate for construction of the new design.

Our landscape architects designed the Rainbird irrigation system to service multiple plant beds as well as the central waterfall fountian. The extensive hardscape design features wide walks and low seating walls which frame the fountain square and provide inviting common space. Roomy steps add to the ambiance of the space and connect to the new retaining wall at their base. The clean aesthetic carries throughout the site with the conversion of several fading mulch beds at the building’s perimeter to riverstone edging.

The finishing phase saw Shearon’s crews installing a broad array of grasses, shrubs and perennial plants to set off specimen trees such as the Japanese Cutleaf Maple and several large-caliper sweetgums. Paired with carefully placed landscape boulders, these beautiful trees soften the design and promise four seasons of color and interest.

Now complete, the courtyard has already generated renewed interest and enjoyment of the office park and promises a gorgeous reveal as its inagural spring draws near.