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Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Their Role in Commercial Development

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Their Role in Commercial Development

Presenter: Amanda L. Schneider, P.E.; Howell Engineering

When?   Thursday, April 18, 2024; 8:30am-10:00am

Cost?   Free for CCE Members

Location?  West Goshen Township Administrative Building, 2nd Floor, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380 (please park in the lot designated for training events)

Description: Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) are an important part of acquiring commercial real estate that protect potential buyers from certain environmental liabilities. This presentation goes over the basics including their purpose, what is involved in the investigation, and the necessary next steps if environmental impacts are uncovered. This presentation will also go over how environmentally impacted sites affect their developability and what developers and engineers should be aware of when working with these sites.

Attendees will earn one (1) PDH.

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Introduction to Ecological Offsets (More than just wetland banking)

Introduction to Ecological Offsets (More than just wetland banking)

Presenter: Jon Kasitz, RES

When?   Thursday, March 28, 2024; 8:30am-10:00am

Cost?   Free for CCE Members

Location?  West Goshen Township Administrative Building, 2nd Floor, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380 (please park in the lot designated for training events)

Description: As regulations covering land-development projects continue to evolve, more and more projects are requiring one or more types of environmental or ‘ecological offsets’ to mitigate the project’s unavoidable impacts to sensitive environmental resources, such as wetlands, riparian buffers, and endangered species, and water-quality. The ecological offset market started in the 1990’s with wetland mitigation banking (fill in one acre of wetland, replace one acre somewhere else), but now in PA also includes streams, riparian buffers, endangered species (bats and bog turtles), and water-quality (MS4 and NPDES). Jon will provide an overview of how these ecological offsets work, how they’re applied to projects, how RES develops ‘credits’, and will be informative to help project-developers ensure that ecological offsets are identified early in the land-development process, to keep your project on schedule and budget, in the event that one or more of these forms of offset is required to keep your project compliant with state and federal regulations.

Attendees will earn one (1) PDH.

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Challenges of Treating High-Strength Non-Residential Wastewater Webinar

WEBINAR: Challenges of Treating High-Strength Non-Residential Wastewater

Presenter: Oran Biehl, Premier Tech Water & Environmental

When: Thursday, February 29, 2024; 10:30am-12:00pm ET

Cost:  Free for CCE members only

Location:  Webinar (via Zoom)

Description:  Wastewater is usually defined as high strength when concentrations of BOD, TSS, FOG, or nitrogen are higher than typical domestic wastewater. The focus of this webinar is commercial and non-residential water usages that lead to unusual or high onsite wastewater strengths. These include restaurants, truck stops, breweries, etc. Many states now recognize that the treatment of high BOD5, TSS, or FOG concentrations requires different strategies than those used for typical domestic applications. Several pretreatment possibilities exist, but the extent to which they reduce high-strength wastewater is not fully understood. Treatment must not only reduce wastewater strength, but also bring effluent quality into conformity with stringent discharge limits. Highly variable conditions and limited operator knowledge in decentralized applications mean that treatment systems must be simple, flexible, reliable, and robust. Presenters will discuss tested and adapted approaches to reach different treatment levels. This is a live virtual presentation.

Attendees will earn one (1) PDH.

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2024 Chester County Engineers Scholarship Application

Chester County Engineers (CCE) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization dedicated to the civil engineering profession in Chester County, PA. The organization has established a competitive scholarship for college or college-bound students in the region.  Each year, we will award an academic scholarship of $2,500.00, in increments to be determined by the Scholarship Committee.

QUALIFICATIONS

– You must be a citizen of the United State to apply.
– You must be a resident of Chester County, PA or graduating from a high school (public or private) located in Chester County, PA.
– You must be pursuing or planning to pursue an engineering degree.
– Only those college students who will be enrolled full-time in the Fall of 2024 are eligible.
– Completed application must be received by CCE by May 1, 2024.
– Scholarship decisions will be made by June 1, 2024. Winners will be notified by U.S. mail.

INSTRUCTIONS

Complete all information and return the Application Form with all supporting documents to Chester County Engineers, c/o 1250 Wright’s Lane, West Chester, PA 19380; or send as PDF files via email to [email protected] – please note “CCE Scholarship” on the envelope or email subject line.

CHECKLIST

The following checklist will help the applicant to prepare a complete application:

   – Application Form. Complete and submit the scholarship application form. An electronic copy is available at chestercountyengineers.org (see download link below)
   – Proof of Attendance. Provide a copy of your letter of acceptance from the college or university you attend or plan to attend.  Or if you are already enrolled, provide other documentation from the college or university demonstrating your attendance (e.g., course registration, housing assignment, etc.).
   – Essay Question: The essay question answer is the primary basis for how scholarship recipients are selected. The question is located at the bottom of the application page.
   – Deadline. CCE must receive your application form and supporting documents no later than 5:00pm on May 1, 2024.

Receipt of all complete submissions will be acknowledged by email.

 

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Holiday Party 2023

CCE Holiday Party 2023

When?   Thursday, December 7, 2022; 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Where?   Avola Kitchen & Bar, 625 N Morehall Rd, Malvern, PA 19355

Cost?   Free for Members (RSVP requested)

Description:  Come and share the holiday spirit with your fellow engineer colleagues and other CCE members!  Enjoy complimentary drinks, appetizers, and friendship on the evening of Thursday, December 7th at Avola Kitchen & Bar, Malvern!

RSVP: Please register by Tuesday, Dec 5th so we can adequately plan for food.

 

Various Applications for Infrastructure Monitoring and the Modernization of Automation

Various Applications for Infrastructure Monitoring and the Modernization of Automation

Presenter: Greg Gress, Howell Surveying

When?   Thursday, November 9, 2023; 8:30am-10:00am

Cost?   Free for CCE Members

Location?  West Goshen Township Administrative Building, 2nd Floor, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380 (please park in the lot designated for training events)

Description:  This seminar will provide a review of the many methods surveyors use for monitoring movement during construction, failing soil conditions, and general structure inquiries. The presentation will end with a live interaction of an active AMTRAK construction site and the method utilized with new a new innovative process of automation. Data review will cover measurement corrections, integrated survey monitoring applications with active project datums, and detailing trend and velocity calculations.

Attendees will earn one (1) PDH.

CCE Fall 2023 Conference

CHESTER COUNTY ENGINEERS FALL CONFERENCE
When?     Thursday, October 19, 2023; 8:15am-12:00pm

Where?   West Goshen Municipal Building
1025 Paoli Pike, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, West Chester, PA 19380
(please park in the area designated for training)

Cost?      $75  (CCE members only)

Continuing Ed?  Attendees will earn up to 3 PDHs

AGENDA – Thursday, October 19, 2023
8:15am-8:30am – Registration & Refreshments
8:30am-12:00pm – Conference Presentations (see below)

8:30am-9:30am – Legal & Legislative Updates for the Civil Engineer
Lou Colagreco & Alyson Zarro; Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco
Civil engineers and their clients are impacted on various public policy fronts.   Recently enacted & proposed legislation, changes to the regulatory framework, and legal decision can all significantly alter a land development project under consideration.  Learn what is new in the government affairs environment so you can better help your clients navigate their projects to completion.

9:45am-10:45am – Is a Roundabout the Traffic Solution for Your Project?
Joseph Viscuso; Pennoni
Roundabouts still invoke memories of the old “Jersey Circles”, especially in the Philadelphia region.  This presentation will review the history of the modern roundabout, how it differs from the Jersey Circle along with traffic, accident, and safety statistics. The mention of using a roundabout usually raises the temperature of the general public in opposition to this solution.  This presentation will cover an actual case study from the beginning to end, the technology that was used and how public opinion changed from the initial presentation to its opening.

11:00am-12:00pm – Trends in Amenity Space Design for Multifamily Developments
Chris Garrity & Matt Caucci; Glackin Thomas Panzak Inc.
Amenity spaces have become a common element of all multifamily developments.  We will be presenting a review of challenges and ideas that frequently arise when designing these spaces, citing examples from recent projects by GTP and others.  We will present a variety of active and passive amenity spaces and some of the issues to be aware of when preparing a site plan to allow for these amenities.

Download Presentations:
Is a Roundabout the Traffic Solution for Your Project? (7 MB)
Trends in Amenity Space Design (25 MB)

Field Trip: Forest Restoration Study Site Visit

Field Trip: Forest Restoration Study Site Visit (at Longwood Gardens)

Presenter: Kristie Lane Anderson, Longwood Gardens Research Specialist

When?   Tuesday, September 26, 2023; 3:00pm-4:30pm (please arrive on time)

Cost?   Free for CCE Members

Description: This will be a walking tour of an experimental forest restoration project being conducted by the Longwood Gardens Land Stewardship and Ecology Group. The tour will be hosted by a Research Specialist responsible for design and implementation of the study. The information shared is intended to give Engineers, Architects, Land Planners and Regulators a better understanding of the benefits and basic components of ecosystem restoration.

Location? The CCE Parking & Meeting Location is indicated on the map below (click image to enlarge).  This is about 0.4 mi East from street address 402 East Street Road (Rt 926), Kennett Square, PA off of Red Lion Row (Google Map Directions). We will be walking from the parking area to the study area so everyone should wear appropriate shoes.

Attendees will earn one (1) PDH.

Long Term Performance of Rain Gardens – Lessons Learned

Long Term Performance of Rain Gardens – Lessons Learned

Presenter: Dr. Robert Traver, Villanova University

When?   Thursday, September 28, 2023; 8:30am-10:00am

Cost?   Free for CCE Members

Location?  West Goshen Township Administrative Building, 2nd Floor, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380 (please park in the lot designated for training events)

Description: Dr. Traver will present lessons learned from the design and operation of rain gardens. Faculty and students at Villanova have conducted research on multiple rain garden stormwater control measures in the Philadelphia area over the past 20 years, leading to many Journal publications on the processes and performance. Dr Traver will discuss how to bring this knowledge to the design, construction and operation of these SCMs.

Attendees will earn one (1) PDH.

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CCE Spring 2023 Conference

CHESTER COUNTY ENGINEERS SPRING 2023 CONFERENCE

When?   Thursday, June 22, 2023; 8:15am-12:00pm

Where?   West Goshen Municipal Building, 1025 Paoli Pike, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, West Chester, PA 19380 (please park in the area designated for training)

Cost?   $75 per person (members only)

AGENDA – Thursday, June 22nd
8:15am-8:30am – Registration & Refreshments
8:30am-12:00pm – Conference Presentations (see below)

8:30am-9:30am – Lessons Learned From the Field
Shannon Healey, Chester County Conservation District
This presentation will provide attendees with insights on heading off potential failures in the field.  Representatives from the Conservation District will discuss the real world implications for poor design decisions and poor implementation of controls/facilities on a project.  Learn how to make your projects better by learning from mistakes made in the past.

9:45am-10:45am – Designing ADA Routes on Your Site Plan
Walter Schneider, Centre Region Code Administration
This presentation will help attendees ensure that pedestrian facilities and access routes on a site plan are properly designed for all individuals, including those with disabilities.  The focus will be on ramp design, pathways between the street & buildings, and accessible routes within a project’s scope.

11:00am-12:00pm – Trends in Parking Demand Studies/Design Panel
Bryan Proska, Traffic Planning & Design; & Chris Williams, McMahon Associates
Local traffic engineers will participate in a panel discussion with attendees highlighting recent trends in parking demand studies & design.  Conversation includes the application of the ITE standards, municipal codes, count calculations, visitor allotments, off-street parking, etc. The presentation also highlights areas of potential improvement in parking design as well as an opportunity for direct interaction by attendees.

Attendees will earn 3 PDHs

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATIONS:
Tips from the CCCD
Designing ADA Routes
Trends in Parking Demand Studies/Design