An original structure on one of Milton Hershey’s landholdings, the 150-year old Englewood Barn represents the heart and history of Hershey and Derry Township. Slated to open in 2020, the adaptive reuse of this structure will feature a restaurant, outdoor patio and live entertainment venue.
For this project, accessibility to all barn levels (including a 20,000 sq ft addition) poised significant logistical and compliance challenges. To achieve our clients’ goal, our site plan needed to respond to the varied functions of each entrance and the elevation changes unique to a traditional “bank barn”.
Additionally, the proximity of the floodplain to Bullfrog Creek and Route 322 limited the available space for new stormwater facilities. For the floodplain, we utilized the resources of adjoining businesses and parking lots to develop shared parking solutions and a plan to merge existing stormwater facilities. This resulted in saving valuable space, vegetation and funds.
Lengthening the accessible route eliminated the need for extensive railing and expensive retaining walls. Similarly, on-site landscape design solutions and floodplain plantings were sited so that the building remains visible while motorists approach the site.
Curb cuts and decorative rock stabilization were added in the parking lots to reduce the amount of storm pipes needed to carry water into the reservoir basin also creating notable costs savings.
CLIENT / Hershey Trust Company
LOCATION / Derry Township, PA
SERVICES / site feasibility and sketch planning, land development and planning, stormwater management design, e&S control design, npdes permitting, landscape design