Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Philadelphia, PA
Design, Hardscape, Native Planting and Meadow Installation, Amphitheater and Irrigation

Shearon Environmental Design has partnered with Springside Chestnut Hill Academy for over twenty years.  Shearon works with a wide range of departments at SCH on projects of varying scales.  From planting a single Serviceberry tree to be studied by science classes to constructing over 9 acres of state-of-the-art natural grass athletic fields, Shearon’s wide range of expertise has kept SCH’s campus as one of the most beautiful in Philadelphia.

A sampling of projects includes:

  • Numerous Planting Projects
  • Athletic Facility Construction
  • Natural Woodland Playground
  • Woodland Trails Connecting to Fairmount Park
  • Chestnut Tree Reintroduction Program
  • Over ¼ mile of Clay Brick Sidewalks
  • Rain Garden / Native Turf Management
  • Granite Block Bleachers and Seating Throughout Campus


Our relationship extends to maintenance with Shearon providing supplemental landscape maintenance services on campus plus all the maintenance of the athletic facility.

Most recently, Shearon worked with the school and Anchor Management on the construction of the McCausland Lower School.  The project included the design and installation of:

  • Over 200 Large Caliper Native Trees
  • Rain Gardens
  • Amphitheater
  • Ropes Course
  • Outdoor Classrooms Space
  • Woodland Walk
  • Naturalized Area
  • Raised Vegetable Gardens
  • Turtle Habitat
  • Playground Surfacing


Of particular interest was the new outdoor amphitheater.  Shearon, working with the school and Rolling Rock Quarry, transformed a remote corner of the campus bordering historic Fairmount Park into an interactive learning and performance area.  The team at Shearon, including our design, civil engineering, landscape and hardscape professionals, came together to prepare a plan that creates a beautiful and functional space while maintaining the parklike setting. SCH’s Amphitheater was built using reclaimed granite blocks and other locally sourced materials and today is a cornerstone of the campus.