A couple of months ago I helped cut the ribbon for a pretty amazing project at the Amos Herr Park in East Hempfield Township. It was the culmination of nearly three years of planning that resulted in the completion of a… Read more ›
The answer? It depends…
We can learn a lot from our failures, but given the choice, I’ll take success any day of the week.
There are certain areas in life where winning is the only thing that matters.
In a previous post I discussed the benefits of using a three-dimensional design model for civil engineering projects. And I’m not referring to sitting in an IMAX theatre with dorky, oversized plastic glasses
I’m old enough to have started my college education by drafting with a 2B pencil, a few right-angle triangles and a protractor…and young enough to have learned that method side-by-side with computer aided design (CAD).
As explained in a previous post, most municipalities in Lancaster County updated their stormwater management ordinances in early 2014. These updates were often based upon a model stormwater ordinance created by the Lancaster County Planning Commission so there is now… Read more ›
DCNR just announced the recipients of their 2014 Community Recreation Conservation Grants list and I was thrilled that one of my projects made the list. Do you want to increase your chances of being on the list of next year’s awardees?… Read more ›
It’s no secret that Lancaster Civil is designed for community. Civil engineers, by definition, produce projects that are designed to make life easier for the community – roads, bridges, drainage facilities, sewer and water treatment plants – all are designed to… Read more ›
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it,… Read more ›
Heath professionals want to get people moving more often. Engineering professionals want to get people moving safely and efficiently. When the two ideas come together, there’s an effective partnership that broadens the discussion beyond just body mass index and average daily traffic. Active… Read more ›
If you want to get into a heated debate with someone, it’s been generally assumed that discussing politics and religion are two ways to accomplish that. I’d like to add parking to that list as well. Although parking won’t affect… Read more ›
Many of us have suffered the ill effects of stormwater runoff that went somewhere that it wasn’t supposed to and caused damage to something we valued. Whether it is water in our basements, a stream that keeps moving closer to… Read more ›
After the winter we had this year and the damage it cause to our roads, I found this idea from a recent Fast Company article to be terribly interesting. Not just the idea of fixing potholes before they become potholes but crowdsourcing… Read more ›
Any time we embark upon a project to improve our communities, one of the most critical aspects of the project is soliciting, receiving and processing public feedback. It’s also one of the most challenging aspects of a public project. Sometimes… Read more ›
Many communities are putting a great deal of time, effort and money into creating terrific new trails for us to use – such as the 8 miles of the Enola Low Grade Line that Providence Township just finished. And once that… Read more ›
Having grown up in the suburbs, I can still remember the sharp difference that was felt between the comfortable suburban landscape and the somewhat disquieting (for me) dense cities and urban areas. Urban areas were unfamiliar, confusing and therefore felt dangerous, while suburban… Read more ›
For many, many years the concepts of “redevelopment” and “green” seemed to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. Those who were involved with construction and building cringed at the thought of the environmental hassles involved with such projects. Those who were… Read more ›
“A two-day summit focusing on planning, building, marketing and sustaining local and regional trails.” That’s how the Eastern Pennsylvania Greenways and Trails Summit is described in the 2014 program – available here. I think it’ll be beneficial for trail planners,… Read more ›
Many of you fondly remember your unstructured childhood when you were able to roam free during the day with your only instructions to “be home before dark.” The feelings of freedom and adventure that accompanied those days were undergirded by… Read more ›
During the summer months in Lancaster County, my wife pretty much refuses to buy fruits and vegetables from anywhere except a local roadside stand. She likes knowing that the produce was grown in a nearby garden and probably picked just a few… Read more ›
A terrific example of a community project where the process was just as important as the product is the recent site improvements to the Amtrak station in Elizabethtown. I was part of the team that brought this project to reality… Read more ›