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Project Development & Environmental Decisions – Part of the Understanding the Construction Process Series

November 11, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

$100.00 – $720.00

Understanding the Construction Process

Project Development & Environmental Decisions

Part of the Understanding the Construction Process Series


November 11, 2021 | 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Discover Best Management Practices in Getting a Project to Construction!

Seminar Overview:

Project Development

Land development is anything but easy. Participating in this session will give you an edge to better navigate the complex sequence of getting a project to construction and operating. Taking the right steps early is critical to your success. This session will explain the importance of a due diligence stage and how to tailor that to your project. You will also gain insight on getting the right people for the team where relationships matter to stay on time and on budget. With increasing regulations, the presentation will also cover techniques to reduce costs of job transition to an owner or tenant and the associated perpetual responsibility for stormwater management facilities.

Environmental Decisions

The purpose of this presentation is to outline the requirements and guidance for selecting and implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) to eliminate or reduce the discharge of pollutants to local waters from construction and other land-disturbing activities. In Pennsylvania, the County Planning Commission is the administrative authority for storm water management and erosion prevention and sediment control on construction sites. The Conservation Districts through-out the Commonwealth enforce the requirements for storm water management during construction that are consistent with construction under the General Permit. A storm water management plan (SWMP) is required for development disturbing greater than one acre of land. The SWMP details pollution prevention, erosion prevention and sediment control measures to be installed for projects that exceed 1000 square feet of soil disturbance, not just those that disturb greater than one acre. The presentation will also discuss the best practices for soils management during excavation for building foundations and linear projects where impacted soils are expected.

Benefits of Attending:

Project Development – Chris Venarchick, RLA, and Len Bradley, RGS Associates, Inc..

  • Understand the importance of feasibility and due diligence
  • Gain tips for assembling the project team and knowing what they do
  • Staying on budget with design and pre-construction
  • Ensure a smooth transition from construction to operation

Environmental Decisions – Meghan K. Rogalus, Bucks County Conservation District; Guy Sheets, Brownfield Science & Technology, Inc.; Marie Forney, P.E., Brownfield Science & Technology, Inc.

  • Understand compliance with storm water regulations.
  • Discover agencies to reach out to help with plans and BMP.
  • Learn options for soil and erosion control measures during construction.
  • Gain an understanding of procedures for excavation of impacted soils during construction.

Topics Covered this Session:

Topics Covered (two-part session: Development & Environmental Decisions):

  • Developing
  • Soft Costs
  • Funding Sources
  • Return on Investment
  • Marketing
  • Zoning and Permitting
  • Environmental Issues
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention

Sessions in this Series:

Join at any time in cycle and SAVE at the full series rate!

Customize sessions for your company! Contact to learn more.

Who Should Attend:

Administrators, estimators, project engineers, support staff, accountants, attorneys, project managers, project assistants, those new to construction, career constructors interested in learning new information and those interested in a better understanding of the big picture of the construction process will benefit from this series!


Chris Venarchick, RLA, RGS Associates, Inc. is a landscape architect licensed in Pennsylvania where he practices with over twenty years of experience. His focus is designing places of significance ranging from small retail properties to large mixed-use residential, commercial and senior living communities. His knowledge of the development process has become a valuable asset for expediting projects through regulatory challenges. This includes site selection and land use feasibility, zoning and code compliance, master planning, subdivision and land development entitlements, and environmental permitting. He earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Penn State University with a minor in Business Administration. Chris is a Senior Associate with RGS Associates, Inc., a site planning and land development consulting firm serving south central Pennsylvania with offices in Lancaster, York and Harrisburg. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and actively contributes time to committees within the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

Bill Frederick, a Client Manager at RGS Associates and a Licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, has more than 14 years of civil engineering experience.  In his role, his work ranges from senior living communities to commercial and industrial projects. He has worked through the full spectrum of phases including initial concept and sketch plans, to preliminary and final plans. His responsibilities include overall site design, grading, stormwater design and green infrastructure.  As a Client Manager, Bill is responsible for the technical design, permitting, and implementation of RGS projects. He is committed to producing projects which not only meet the client’s needs but provide outcomes that extend to the community. Through his extensive involvement in the development of a project, Bill has become adept at understanding the issues that drive the overall design, achieve his clients’ goals, and provide value to the end user. His vast knowledge and experience in the industry has made him not only a leader in his community, but a leader within RGS helping to mentor and develop staff and setting a standard for quality of design and client relations.


Environmental Decisions:

Guy Sheets, Business Development Director with Brownfield Science & Technology, Inc. (BSTI), has over 40 years of experience in environmental consulting, remediation, and land development services. As project manager he has been involved in all aspects of civil land development with projects involving real estate transfers, environmental compliance, brownfield development, demolition, siting, permitting, and construction. Over the last ten years, much of this experience has been associated with zoning, regulatory compliance, and redevelopment applications for commercial land development and utility installation. As storm water regulations continue to evolve at a local level under the MS4 requirements, storm water and erosion control has become one of the largest hurdles to overcome for land development approval. Mr. Sheets has recently completed a course through Penn State, to become a watershed steward for Bucks County. He has also served as Vice President of AMO Environmental Decisions over the last seven years.


Brownfield Science & Technology, Inc.

Marie Forney, P.E., Brownfield Science & Technology, Inc. (BSTI), earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Saint Francis University in 2013 and her Master’s degree in Ecological Engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in 2016. Ms. Forney has over five years of experience in the civil and environmental engineering fields, with extensive work in stormwater (E&S control and NPDES permitting) design and environmental regulations. Her background also includes work with streambank stabilization, ecological restoration, wetland restoration, urban redevelopment, green infrastructure, and environmental remediation.

Brownfield Science & Technology, Inc.

Registration Details:

Preferred registration date: Seven days prior to session date

Price includes: three hours of instruction, hands-on activities and course materials

If you must cancel for any reason, please contact us immediately. Cancellations received less than 7 days of the start of class cannot be refunded; substitutions are permitted.

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November 11, 2021
8:00 am - 11:00 am
$100.00 – $720.00
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