Schlouch Design/Build Team Transforms Womelsdorf Site

Fri August 14, 2009 - Northeast Edition

Schlouch Incorporated’s Design/Build team hit a homerun turning a difficult-to-access baseball field and large reuse industrial area into a recreation and retail site with the ballfield’s convenience and safety at the top of its must-do list.

Womelsdorf Management selected Schlouch to design and prepare the site for three commercial establishments and a new baseball field in Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pa. Ground was broken for the project on March 31. Combining planning, design and construction in one package was a very cost effective way for the client to get the best in site design and construction practices at an affordable cost.

The site, at the intersection of Routes 422 and 419, will have pads for a CVS Pharmacy, a Turkey Hill food market with fueling station and Fulton Bank. Efficient design created a fourth pad site for future retail use. In addition a new baseball field will replace the much older one already on the site and will include a paved parking lot, concession stand, lights for night play and an additional field for soccer or overflow parking.

SI’s Design/Build service is a single-source resource that takes a project from concept, through feasibility studies, engineering, approvals and site construction. A common thread in almost all of SI’s design projects is land complexity where the challenge is to design the property to get maximum yield on the land investment.

In addition to planning, design, and construction of the site, Schlouch is providing extensive PennDOT improvements including left turn lanes on Route 419 and acceleration/deceleration lanes on Route 422 to enter and exit the retail area. The baseball field is scheduled for completion Aug. 7, 2009, and commercial pads will be ready Sept. 1, 2009.

This story was reprinted from On Site, Spring/Summer 2009.