Keystone Property Group Landscape Revitalization – King of Prussia, PA

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Keystone Property Group Landscape Revitalization – King of Prussia, PA

Keystone Property Group
656 -676 Swedesford Road
King of Prussia, PA

When Keystone Property Group planned the conversion of the office space to Class A, they turned to Shearon Environmental to revitalize their surrounding landscape. They wanted their scenery to complement their newly upgraded buildings. Their plans called for combining two buildings into one, with the construction of a new atrium space and grand entrance.

Shearon Environmental integrated different paving materials with a variety of plant textures, and incorporating Keystone’s different site amenities to create an entrance experience unique in the King of Prussia market. Shearon’s development plans included the blocking of undesirable views, opening up views of Route 202; re-orienting their parking lot for efficient site access, and accentuating new their company signage.

Once the design work was complete and an opening timeline envisioned, Shearon’s construction experts went to work expediting the plan. With only a few weeks before their grand opening as our timeline, Shearon coordinated the hardscape installation; we set up topsoil, installed irrigation, and established plant materials making modifications to improve their sites appearance.

The results were immediate with their occupancy increasing and high-profile tenants becoming anchors for their Valley Forge Office Center.

Raven’s Claw Golf Club Design/Build – Pottstown, PA

Raven’s Claw Golf Club
120 Masters Drive
Pottstown, PA
Design, Build & Grow in/Maintain

Shearon Golf worked closely with the developer’s engineer and land planners to develop this site. This plan was tricky as it involved working around the surrounding homes in this development to make an outstanding golf course.

The plan included: minimizing the holes with views of surrounding housing, eliminate the tunnel effect from the housing on each side of a hole, maximize the existing views from the lots, and capture storm water for irrigation, while placing a focus on safety.

Like the other golf courses that were built in the early part of the 20th Century in Philadelphia, Raven’s Claw Golf Club was to be laid out in existing woodlands. The woodlands features included: ravines, wetlands, streams, rock outcroppings, and meadows creating a scenic golf course with variety of holes, while reducing its construction costs.

Raven’s Claw turnaround time from design to construction was brief since Shearon Golf also built the golf course. Shearon’s expert shapers and managers crafted this project in less than 18 moths, allowing it to open ahead of schedule and saving production costs.

Shearon robustly grew-in the golf course and nurtured it to become one of the best manicured courses in the area.

Raven’s Claw has since then increased play each year since it’s opening, is the host of the Montgomery County Amateur – has garnered numerous awards including being selected in the Top 10 in Pennsylvania each year, and has become a favorite course of the Delaware Valley golfing public. Raven’s Claw was listed in the Top 100 Courses You Can Play in 2012.

Sandy Run Country Club Green Complex Reconstruction – Oreland, PA

Green Complex Reconstruction
Oreland, Pennsylvania

When Sandy Run Country Club was looking into the possibility of reconstructing three greens at the historic Philadelphia suburban club, they asked Shearon to put a price on a concept plan they had developed. After studying the plans provided, Shearon’s architects, working with the club, developed plans that better fit the character of the course, set more naturally in the environment and reduced cost. Through careful planning by the club and the cost savings provided by Shearon, the club was able to include work that was beyond the original scope of the project, while not going over budget.

After developing construction documents, Shearon team of architects, shapers and construction mangers worked closely with the club and the superintendent throughout construction, making field adjustments to efficiently make improvements to the holes where work was being completed. Shearon, working through difficult late fall and early winter conditions, was able to pull on large work force to complete the sodding of the eighteenth green in time for the project unveiling in Spring. In the end, the club had three state-of-the-art USGA green complexes that fit in with the rest of the course and were able to make much needed improvements elsewhere without asking the members for additional financial support.

Manufacturer’s Country Club Practice Facility Construction – Fort Washington, PA

Practice Facility Construction
Fort Washington, PA

When Manufacturer’s Country Club was looking for space to add a much needed practice facility to its prestigious Montgomery County facility, they turned to Shearon to provide the design and construction services. Shearon performed detailed ball flight studies and developed a design to minimize the need for ball netting while still producing a playable facility . Shearon’s plan for the learning center included terraced tee space, target greens that were designed to look and play like those on the course, and a new practice putting green and short game area.

Shearon’s shapers got to work on this complex and demanding construction project, including massive earth moving, detailed erosion control measures and major drainage installation. Shearon expertly completed all the tasks efficiently, completing the project before the crucial seeding window closed. Consequently, the club was able to open the state-of-the-art facility on time and today has a learning center that is used for the betterment of the member’s games.

Neumann University Baseball & Softball Field Construction – Aston, PA

Baseball and Softball Field Construction
Aston, Pennsylvania
Construction, Grow-In & Maintenance

In the spring of 2012, as they looked to develop the finest softball and baseball facilities in the Delaware Valley, Neumann University brought Shearon on board to complete the painstaking detail work that would make the project shine.

After earthwork was completed, Shearon performed the precise construction of both the baseball and softball infields, pitchers mound and warning tracks. Shearon also laser graded the fields, fine grading them for sod installation, installed irrigation and added drainage in key locations. Shearon’s sports field managers and golf course superintendent were then contracted to aggressively grow the fields in and have it ready for a fall grand opening. Shearon continues to provide maintenance services for the state of the art fields including irrigation management, pest and disease control and a fertilization program that keeps the field in top condition. Shearon continues to work with the University, identifying areas of concern and developing cost effective remedies such as targeted underdrainage and grow tarp installation that have the fields ready for play each spring.

La Salle College High School Baseball & Multipurpose Field Construction – Wyndmoore, PA

Baseball and Multi-Purpose Field Construction
Wyndmoore, Pennsylvania

When La Salle College High School constructed two multipurpose fields and a new varsity baseball stadium, they turned to Shearon, a long time partner of the school, to complete the painstaking detail work at the new facility.

Shearon designed and installed a complex underground drainage system that, due to the specified field grades, was installed at the tightest possible tolerances. Shearon also designed and installed a multifaceted irrigation system that includes a well more than ¼ mile from the fields, pumping and filtration system and watering schemes tailor made for each field. Shearon Sports athletic field specialists laser graded the baseball field and infield to less than a 1% grade, seeded and aggressively grew-in the 100% Bluegrass playing field in time for the following spring’s season.

Today, Shearon’s professionals provide a wide-ranging maintenance services for both the new fields and La Salle existing fields along with the entire campus.

Germantown Academy Athletic Facilities Reconstruction – Fort Washington, PA

Athletic Facilities Reconstruction
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

When Germantown Academy began the process of completely rebuilding their athletic facilities, they turned to Shearon to design and install an extensive irrigation system for the new baseball, softball, four multi-purpose field, and open spaces. Shearon was also contracted to complete the painstaking finish work at the facility. Shearon performed laser and finish grade the fields, installed over 350,000 square feet of wide roll sod and seeded and aggressively grew-in two multipurpose fields. Shearon Environmental also seeded and stabilized over 15 acres of naturalized meadows, woodland edges, wetlands and remaining turf areas along with handling the installation of an extensive native landscape and design and construction of the rain gardens. Shearon now provides ongoing maintenance of fields including routine mowing services and specialty applications. The result is one of the finest, most comprehensive athletic facilities in the Inter-Ac League.

Abington Friends School Soccer Field – Jenkintown, PA

Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Soccer Field
Services Provided:Design/Build

Through years of use, Abington Friends School’s Soccer Field had developed a number of irregularities creating a field that was slowing drainage, causing turf quality to decline with each use.

The school turned to Shearon to analyze the underlying issues with the field and devise a plan to improve the playability of the field. Shearon developed and implemented a plan to regrade the field to a consistent, smooth grade, add a drainage system to ensure playable conditions and install a modern irrigation system, while solving issues on an adjoining baseball field that shared space with the soccer field.

Today the field is utilized more than prior to the reconstruction, but due to improved grading, drainage and the introduction of irrigation, the field recovers quickly after heavy use.

Philadelphia University Soccer & Lacrosse Field – Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia University
Soccer/Lacrosse Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Opened August 2007

Philadelphia University’s soccer and lacrosse field wasn’t performing up to the standards of an ‘A’ level NCAA field. This cost the school money in additional repairs, cancelled games, and yearly overhaul projects.

With a project timeline that started in June and ended in early August, with the beginning of soccer season, the staff turned to Shearon Sport’s to get the job done efficiently. Shearon quickly diagnosed the issues and designed a plan that included a state-of-the-art drainage system, tailored irrigation system, modified soil profile, and an improved grading plan.

Our construction team envisioned a process to complete the field within the tight timeline. As forecasted, Shearon came in on time and within budget. Philadelphia University was able to open their new soccer field on opening day delighting the school officials, coaches, athletes and fans.

As a result, Philadelphia University’s lacrosse and soccer fields are one of the top fields in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. To this day Shearon provides daily maintenance services, expert management of irrigation and drainage systems, and specialized turf services to keep consistently, maintained the fields and keep them at top level.

Liberty Ridge – Chesterbrook, PA

Maintenance, Seasonal Plantings, Holiday Decor
Chesterbrook, PA
Services Provided: Maintenance

The interior space at Liberty Ridge had become overgrown blocking views, shading out understory plants, and causing increased disease and pests. Shearon implemented a plan for the space to strategically prune the overgrown plant material allowing additional light to reach the lobby floor, improving the health of understory plants and naturally brightening the darker portions of the lobby space. Shearon’s technicians successfully controlled pests further increasing plant health and the value of the interior space. Shearon also transplanted and added a variety of colorful plants to revitalize the space by creating more visual interest within the space. As a result of Shearon’s work to brighten and enliven the lobby, more employees are using the space both individually and for large group gatherings.