After months of working with East Whiteland Township, Builders Inc. received the final recommendation from the Board of Supervisors. The project began to take shape in September of 2019 when Greg Hill, President of Builders Inc., asked D.L. Howell to start evaluating the site and review zoning requirements. The property is located on the corner of Old Morehall Road and Lapp Road and is the last remaining vacant parcel in the Great Valley Corporate Park. D.L. Howell began preparing sketches and grading the site to develop the corporate headquarters and take advantage of natural features. The placement of the building and access to the site was vital to the owner, so his building could overlook the park retention basin.
D.L. Howell worked closely with the project team, including Builders Inc., Riley Riper Hollin and Colagreco Attorneys, and Meyers Architects to obtain approval from the Township Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. One of the project's challenges was developing a parcel located on a busy corner with sensitive environmental features. This involved obtaining a LOMA from FEMA for the unstudied floodplain and preserving the park retention basin. Other challenges included accommodating a future multi-modal trail and designing a ADA compliant sidewalk along Lapp Road. In addition, the site required design for an underground Managed Release Concept (MRC) detention basin due to the underlying KARST geology. Lastly, a detailed landscape design was provided by Stuart Associates in conjunction with JH Trees to create a variety of materials to enhance the corporate headquarters.
Construction is scheduled to commence in early spring of 2021 and occupancy before years end. D.L. Howell will be sure to provide updates, including drone photos and videos, as the project progresses.