Shearon Environmental Design has partnered with local developer the Goldenberg Group on dozens of residential and commercial projects in downtown Philadelphia. Working in tandem with the unprecedented revitalization of Temple University’s main campus, the Goldenberg Group unveiled plans to develop two “resort-style” student housing buildings on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Shearon was selected for landscape installation and maintenance at their first site, The View at Montgomery. The community opened to rave reviews, and was named 16th out of the top 100 student residences in the country by J. Turner Research in 2018.
Phase Two of the master plan saw the addition of a second $199-million mixed-use development, Vantage. Once again, the Goldenberg Group put their confidence in Shearon Environmental Design. Working with an ever-changing schedule and fluctuating deadlines, our Voorhees team still delivered top-notch results.
Our landscape architects began by designing the spaces to sustain a variety of hardy plants that would thrive in the city environment. First impressions are key for visiting potential students and their families, so the site needed to reflect the excitement of the Temple University experience. Over 100 trees and nearly 2500 perennial plants were chosen to provide year-round color and texture. Added to over 550 shrubs and 2,000 groundcover plants, the landscape would complement the buildings and define the spaces surrounding them.
To ensure that the plant material would flourish, we screened, hauled and spread over 600 yards of our own quality topsoil. Using recycled materials reduced project cost while reflecting Shearon’s continuing commitment to green construction. Next our crew installed an extensive state-of-the-art Rainbird™ irrigation system. Wifi controllers relay programming via desktop or mobile app.to adjust watering dates, times, zones and usage. The capacity for real-time offsite monitoring and emergency shutdown allows for both water conservation and protection of landscape investment.
In keeping with our green aesthetic, Shearon incorporated an attractive rain garden into the new parking island. Landscaping the plaza adjacent to Vantage rounded out our work. This common area, designed to highlight 40,000 square feet of retail space, combines roomy lawn with sculptural seating to provide an inviting social setting that is also safe and well-lit.
The View at Montgomery and Vantage projects allowed our team to combine practicality and creativity in a marquee setting, and Shearon is proud to have been a part of them.