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Southwark Pavillion

Luxury Townhome Pavillion

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Landscape Architecture, Excavation, Hardscaping, Planting

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.

Abington Friends School Paver Patio Installation – Abington, PA

Paver Patio Installation

Abington, Pennsylvania

Design/Build

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.

Ashland Meadows Basin for Toll Brothers – Perkasie, PA

Sediment Basin Conversion

Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Sustainable Development, Sediment Conversion, Wetland Conversion

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.

Phoenix Village Apartments Amenity Deck – Phoenixville, PA

Amenity Deck

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Design/Build

Shearon Environmental Design is proud to unveil its newest specialty project: The Phoenix Village Amenity Deck.  This elevated community deck is suspended above a covered parking area and is comprised of multiple amenities for the community’s residents to enjoy. These include a bocce court, grill areas and outdoor kitchen, natural gas fire pit, movie screening area and a water feature.  Planters have been installed showcasing perennials to add natural beauty to the urban aesthetic of Phoenix Village.  Shearon Environmental worked closely with the project architect to balance the concerns over point source and distributed loading and the quality of the experience for the residents of the community.  The amenity deck at Phoenix Village will offer its residents a private retreat nestled within the vibrant neighborhood of Phoenixville.

Patio Installation – Chesterbrook, PA

Patio Installation

Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania

Design/Build, Stormwater Management

The patios installed for a client on behalf of Pitcairn Properties mark a new level for Shearon’s design build capabilities. The Civil Engineering, including the design of a subsurface seepage bed for stormwater management, and the landscape design were both conducted by Shearon Environmental.  This ‘insourcing’ allowed for a seamless transition from the design through to the construction of the patios.

These patios include tensile fabric shade structures to provide an area of shady relief for outdoor meetings or casual relaxation. Shearon Environmental was not only able deliver the project on time and on budget but also was able provide the best quality product to the client in keeping with our ethos of Quality-Consistency-Efficiency.

Sora Pool Club for Post Brothers at Presidential City Apartments – Philadelphia, PA

Pool Complex

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Stormwater Management, Surface Drainage, Design/Build

Shearon Environmental Design is proud to unveil its newest specialty project: The Sora Pool Club for Post Brothers at Presidential City Apartments in Philadelphia, PA. Starting with the total demolition of the existing pools and infrastructure in 2014, Shearon helped Post Brothers transform the area into a new layout in 2015. Shearon installed a new stormwater system, as well as a 12,000 sq.ft. infiltration basin, including all new drainage structures and tie-ins. We also completed excavation work and concrete pours for all new retaining walls including the featured foundation walls. Shearon was able to construct four reflecting pools on the property. The entire site was graded for all new features including pool decks, bocce courts, parking lots, as well as outdoor living areas. Once the construction phase was complete, landscaping design work began for the newly renovated apartment buildings. The landscape phase included tree work, fine grading and sod, new plantings, a dog park and irrigation installation as part of the total site renovation.

Residential Backyard Design – West Chester, PA

Backyard Re-design

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Residential Work

Built in 2014, Shearon Environmental Design helped to redesign this backyard retreat for a homeowner in West Chester, PA. Shearon’s team of landscape architects, horticulturists, and arborists worked closely with the clients to develop a Master Plan based on their needs and wants as well as functionality of their backyard. The plan features a range of trees, shrubs, and perennials that were used to provide continual blooms throughout the seasons. The landscape design provides a smooth transition between contemporary and natural design. This allows the homeowner to experience a contemporary entrance and patio as well as being able to enjoy their simplistic surroundings.

Toll Brothers City Living Green Roof – Philadelphia, PA

Green Roof

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Stormwater Management, Surface Drainage, Sustainable Development, Rooftop Garden

During the spring of 2015 Toll Brothers City Living contacted Shearon Environmental to construct an extensive green roof at their 2400 South Street Building in the Graduate Hospital section of Philadelphia. This green roof would help offset the cost to Toll Brothers City Living from Philadelphia’s Stormwater Utility; which accesses a fee for the amount of stormwater runoff that leaves a site. Shearon Environmental worked with the designer, Roof Meadows, to develop innovative ways to keep the project on time and on budget. The 20,000 square foot roof was atop a 6 story building. This provided a challenge in hauling the material to the top. Shearon Environmental devised a cutting edge solution to transport the 220 cubic yards of engineered roof garden soil medium to the roof. A Finn machine, usually reserved for blowing mulch into large planter beds, was retrofitted and utilized to negate the need for a crane to be brought to the site to haul the medium, which would have added unnecessary time and expense to the project. In addition 110 tons of riverstone and 800 pound of sedum cuttings were used in finalizing the vision for the roof. The finished product marks a crowning achievement in Shearon Environmental Design’s continuing focus in sustainable development and green infrastructure.

Alden Park Apartments Formal Gardens Restoration – Philadelphia, PA

Formal Gardens
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Historical Research, Design, Planting, Finish Grading, Seeding, Irrigation, Maintenance

Following the successful refurbishment of a patio space outside of the historic indoor pool Alden Park Apartments and Scully Property approached Shearon to restore the formal gardens that were part of the Strawbridge Estate that originally occupied the property. Through years of neglect and a lack of planning, the overgrown garden had declined to the point where it was an eyesore on the property. Shearon worked with the owners to research archive photos of the space to determine the best plan for restoring the gardens for today’s uses.

Shearon restored the schist stone walls matching new stone and mortar to the existing materials. Shearon restored and re-laid existing flagstone paving, replacing broken stone with matching weathered flagstone. The existing pond was filled and planted while the statue was restored and reinstalled at an elevation that it would be visible above the new plantings. The rest of the gardens plantings were planted with both modern varieties of period plantings and appropriate contemporary introductions. The garden space and surrounding lawn were irrigated. The end product is a garden that is both a relaxing place for residents to unwind and a marketing asset to the apartment

Franklin & Marshall College Landscape Improvements – Lancaster, PA

New College House
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Planting, Finish Grading, Seeding, Maintenance

Working with a leading landscape architectural firms and through the difficult conditions of Spring 2011, Shearon completed the planting and landscape of the new residence hall at Franklin & Marshall under a very tight timeline. The project consisted of the construction of six rain gardens including the precise installation of over 5000 perennials each placed in the correct location so they can thrive in the rain garden environment. Shearon also completed the finish grading and seeding for the project and has been entrusted by the College to oversee the grow-in and initial maintenance of the plantings, ensuring the long term success of the project.