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Piazza Pod Park, Mixed-Use Outdoor Space

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sitework, Stonework, Landscape Installation

When powerhouse Philadelphia developer Post Brothers envisioned
an innovative “pop-up park” adjacent to their Piazza apartment homes
they turned to trusted partner Shearon Environmental Design to help build
it. The Piazza Pod Park would be a truly original multi-use retail and
restaurant space constructed from repurposed shipping containers.
A singular entertainment venue, the park would host a variety of festivals
and performances in the newly vibrant Northern Liberties section of the
city.

Shearon was there from the ground up. We began with electrical
trenching and cleanup sitework. In order to create plant beds in the barren
urban lot, we excavated 10” of material and replaced it with high-quality
topsoil. All plantings had to stand up to the challenges of heavy foot traffic
and an abundance of direct sun. We chose a hardy blend of Yucca, Stonecrop,
Blue Oat Grass and Hens & Chicks – similar to the one we had installed at
Presidential City, another flagship Post Brothers property. Our designers
also added trees to give the space height and visual interest.

The clean, modern aesthetic of the park is complemented by a palette of
stones. We installed various gravels with metal edging to frame walkways
and fill common areas, and a base of large-diameter riverstone to support
the iconic “Bebot” sculpture at the park’s entrance. Welcoming visitors with
a cheery wave, the “Bebot” embodies the park’s artsy vibe and has become
a go-to selfie spot.

This summer saw the venue become a buzz-worthy Philadelphia attraction.
Additionally, the Piazza Pod Park by Post Brothers has been named the
2019 Commercial Project Transformation of the Year by GlobeSt. We at
Shearon Environmental Design are proud to be contributers and to have
partnered again with one of the city’s most high-profile builders.

Intensive & Extensive Green Roof Installation

One Ardmore Place, Ardmore, PA

Rooftop Garden, Custom Irrigation, Green Walls

When Harkins Builders needed a top-notch team for a complex green roof install, they turned to Shearon Environmental Design. Working with tight deadlines through winter weather, Shearon leveraged multiple crews to work simultaneously on the 4th floor Intensive Green Roof, the 5th floor Extensive Green Roof and the parking garage Green Walls. 75 tons of lightweight aggregate were carried up by the craneload. Over 250 cubic yards of lightweight soil were installed via Finn 705 blower. Shearon’s company-owned heavy equipment and rigorous safety protocols ensured a smooth and safe process.

One of the highlights of this project was the challenge of putting together a custom-built autofill irrigation system. Shearon’s technicians collaborated on the design work to implement a unique system that maintains a constant reserve of 2″ of rainwater, automatically adding water from below as needed for optimum growing conditions.

In addition to the irrigation systems on the 4th and 5th floor roofs, Shearon also fitted the high-rise parking garage with 42 irrigated planter boxes. Filled with honeysuckle vines supported by grid trellises, these little green walls provide beauty and privacy for neighbors inside and out.

The 5th floor Extensive Green Roof that Shearon installed is sedum-covered. This moss provides natural insulation, reducing heating and cooling costs. Green Roofs are also effective for stormwater management. These benefits, coupled with tax credits and environmental advantages like air filtration and aesthetics grow from a true Green Build ethic. Shearon Environmental Design is proud to have been chosen as a partner for this work.

Model Home Outdoor Living Patio & Grounds

Great Valley Crossing Toll Brothers Model Home

Outdoor kitchens are the crown jewel of today’s luxury homes. When Toll Brothers needed to put their best foot forward with their Great Valley Crossing model home, they returned to our team at Shearon Environmental to design and build a sumptuous outdoor space sure to entice and inspire potential homebuyers.

Our certified landscape architects rose to the challenge, creating a plan to showcase options for maximum impervious coverage with a 400 sq ft patio and custom grill station. Shearon builders used only genuine EP Henry materials to create the double-pier curved seating wall, patio floor, firepit and paving. A sleek, custom outdoor granite countertop serves as a bar and meal prep area. Integrated Alliance LED lighting provides an inviting glow for entertaining after dusk.

Optimizing the slim window between general construction schedule and opening day, Shearon’s planting crews brought the surrounding area to life in record time. The rich landscape palette included over two dozen types of flowering, ornamental and perennial plants to deliver year-round interest and beauty. Robust turf supported by a comprehensive irrigation system completed the transformation.

Parking Area Enhancement

Parking Area Enhancement

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania developer needed an upscale makeover for his commercial lot, and he called on us at Shearon Environmental Design. Our team of Certified Landscape Architects began by creating a custom planting plan to maximize curb appeal and budget parameters. Since our construction projects are run with Shearon-owned equipment and certified employee operators, we delivered a safe and worry-free process.

Our team excavated over 200 cubic yards of asphalt and subsoil in multiple locations. After preparing the site, we installed Belgian block curbing.This popular material lends the area an instant aesthetic boost, enticing desirable tenants and shoppers.

Next our workers planted a variety of trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials accented with decorative stone. The 11 finished islands, completed in a timeframe of under 3 weeks, greatly enhance the appeal of the plaza from the road as well as the common walkways.

Southwark Pavilion

Luxury Townhome Pavilion

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Shearon Environmental Design was invited to cooperate with D3 Real Estate Development to bring to life this urban oasis in the heart of historic Philadelphia. Throughout the transformation, we provided streamlined communication and seamless transition between project phases.

Our design team, headed by certified landscape architects, began with a comprehensive review of the supplied shop drawings. Shearon’s recommendations were adopted in order to provide the project with optimal functionality and value.

Next our construction crew set to work on the excavation, grading and remediation of the area. Shearon’s ICPI certified hardscape craftsmen built the walkways, curbs and riverstone aprons. The highlight of this phase was installation of a custom bluestone terrace, which would add a lovely focal point as well as an inviting social space.

Completing the design Shearon’s professional landscape team planted a carefully chosen blend of greenery. Our selection of predominately native perennials paired with river birch and dogwood would ensure that this hardy landscape will deliver year-round beauty and delight residents for years to come.

Herbst Field Complex Renovation – Pipersville, PA

Athletic Field Reconfiguration

Pipersville, Pennsylvania

Shearon Environmental Design is pleased to be expanding our relationship with the Central Bucks Athletic Association (CBAA) at the Herbst Field Complex. Though we’ve maintained the 30-acre athletic complex for some time, this was the first collaboration between Shearon Sports and Shearon Civil Engineering for CBAA.

Tailored to the evolving needs of the organization, the Master Plan was designed to maximize the flexibility and playability of the Herbst Field Complex. This Master Plan was refined by our in-house Landscape Architects and Civil Engineers to comply with Township, County and State regulations. The focus for the 2017 phase was creating versatility of use through renovation of the rear fields. Four fields on four separate planes were regraded to one plane. This allows the entire area to be utilized in a variety of field configurations.


To increase playability over one and a half miles of drainage pipe were installed along with a 26-zone irrigation system. Once on grade over 230,000 sq ft of sod was laid creating a professional playing surface that would be the envy of any high school or college Athletic Department.

From pee-wee to high school club teams, soccer to lacrosse, the athletes and coaches of the Central Bucks Athletic Association now enjoy the flexibility of the upgraded Herbst Field complex and the opportunity to configure their fields for any age, sport or tournament need.

Abington Friends School Paver Patio Installation – Abington, PA

Patio Installation

Abington, Pennsylvania

We at Shearon Environmental Design are pleased to unveil one of our newest hardscape design/build projects, a paver patio for Abington Friends School.

When Abington Friends looked to us to design a new outdoor gathering space there were certain design concerns that needed to be addressed with that existing area of campus.
There were drainage issues that had water pooling on the existing walkways during and after rain events which led to safety and usability concerns. Additionally, there were dated amenities and landscaping that were in need of rehabilitation.

Our team designed a usable space for outside gathering that had previously been missing at the school, as well as a new landscape design to complement the 1,424 square foot paver patio.  E.P. Henry 12”x12” Village Square Pavers were installed on a compacted stone base and sand leveling medium using ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) standards. There is an 18” high, 32 linear ft. long E.P. Henry Double-Sided Coventry Wall Block Wall with (2) 2’ x 2’ Coventry Wall Pillars to end each side of the wall.

The finished paver patio has now held countless gatherings of students, parents, and alumni, and is a highlight of our Design/Build ethos.

Archbishop John Carroll High School Synthetic Turf Baseball Field – Radnor, PA

Athletic Field

Radnor, Pennsylvania

When Cabrini University’s new baseball program needed a home and Archbishop John Carroll High School’s scheduled field renovations were set to begin, flexibility was paramount. Shearon adapted its planned natural turf renovation to accommodate the combined rigors of High School and D-III schedules and the result was a state-of-the-art Synthetic Turf field. An outside engineer’s plan called for a lengthy and costly relocation of 15,000 cubic yards of cut to be dumped offsite. Shearon’s forethought turned that drawback into an advantage by choosing instead to utilize that material to level out an adjacent multi-sport field, thus drastically reducing the cost of work on both fields.

After the area was on subgrade, the tiered Infiltration System of four underground basins went in the outfield below a 9,000-ton stone subbase. An additional 800 tons of choker layer was placed to ensure a smooth surface for the installation of the synthetic turf. While the stonebase was being constructed, Shearon’s team installed masonry dugouts, fencing (including 30’ fence and batters’ eye in the outfield), bullpens, batting cages, curbing, and retaining & seating walls. The project earned high praise from AJC HS President Frank Fox, who “would not hesitate to recommend Shearon Sports for any athletic field project.” 

 

 

 

Archbishop John Carroll High School Natural Turf Multi-Purpose Field – Radnor, PA

Athletic Field

Randor, Pennsylvania

The multi-sport natural grass field at Archbishop Carroll has been in the Shearon Sports Master Plan for the campus for some time.  With the construction of the synthetic turf baseball field by Shearon Sports slated to start in the summer of 2016 it appeared that the grass field would have to wait.  However, our design teams forethought to utilize the excess cut from the new synthetic baseball field on the multi-sport field allowed for a cost savings by balancing the site and thus eliminatingthe hauling of the excess dirt off-site. This drastically lessened the cost of the grass field along with the synthetic turf field.  Additionally, this new fill on the multi-sport field would mitigate the poor subsoil and provide additional topsoil.  The repurposed 15,000 cubic yards of soil was cut, stockpiled, and moved to multi-sport field and was graded to provide the best possible playing surface.Drainage and irrigation were installed to keep the field playable in wet and dry conditions.  The final step for the field was grassing.  Tuckahoe Turf big roll athletic field bluegrass sod was selected for the playing surface and one hundred thousand square feet of sod was laid to create the finished product.

 

 

Ashland Meadows Basin for Toll Brothers – Perkasie, PA

Sediment Basin Conversion

Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Shearon Environmental Design is pleased to announce its newest green infrastructure project, a sediment basin conversion to a constructed wetland for Toll Brothers. Upon build out of the Ashland Meadows community in Perkasie, PA Shearon was contracted to convert the Sediment Basin, used during construction to trap sediment laden stormwater runoff, to its permanent condition as a Wetland Bottom Basin to comply with NPDES requirements. One thousand cubic yards of fill was imported and shaped onsite to create utilizing Shearon’s heavy equipment operators.  Additionally, meadow grasses, wetland plugs, and trees were planted to create a functioning wetland oasis consistent with a rural beauty of the surrounding area. The finished wetland bottom basin conversion shows Shearon Environmental Design’s continuing excellence in sustainable development and green infrastructure.