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Project Development – part of the Understanding the Construction Process From Inception to Completion Series

October 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

$99 – $140

Understanding the Construction Process From Inception to Completion: Build a Strong Foundation for Your Team

Session 2: Project Development & Environmental Decisions


October 18, 2018 / 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Training held in partnership with:


Session Overview:

Develop an understanding and knowledge of the “big picture” of the entire construction process.

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.

Approved for 3 LU/HSW Credits

Benefits of Attending:

Project Development – Chris Venarchick, RLA, RGS Associates, Inc., RGS Associates, Inc.; Mark Hackenburg, RLA, ASLA, 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 preconstruction
  • How to ensure a smooth transition from construction to operation

Environmental Decisions – Meghan K. Rogalus, Bucks County Conservation District; Guy Sheets, AMO Environmental Decisions

  • Understand compliance with storm water regulations.
  • Discover agencies to reach out to help with plans and BMP.
  • Learn options for soil & 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:

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.

Mark Hackenburg, RLA, ASLA, RGS Associates, Inc. is a registered landscape architect with thirty years of experience in site planning and community design.  The majority of his career has been focused on the design of residential communities, commercial site design, open space planning and mixed use site developments.  Mark is a Principal with RGS Associates, Inc., a site planning and land development consulting firm serving south central Pennsylvania with offices in Lancaster, York and Harrisburg. He holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Penn State University.  At RGS, Mark is responsible for new business development, client satisfaction, and firmwide leadership in community planning and site design.  He is a Board Member and Past President of the Coalition for Smart Growth in Lancaster County, PA, a Board Member of the Lancaster Family YMCA and served for nearly a decade on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture in additional to other civic and community engagements.

Environmental Decisions:

Meghan K. Rogalus, Bucks County Conservation District is the Watershed Specialist for the Bucks County Conservation District, where she facilitates the implementation of programs to improve and protect water quality throughout Bucks County. She provides technical assistance to residents, municipalities and grassroots conservation organizations, administers the TreeVitalize Watersheds grant program for Bucks County, manages grant-funded restoration projects and helps coordinate the Bucks County Master Watershed Steward program in partnership with Penn State Extension. She has over 10 years of experience in riparian buffer restoration, aquatic invasive species management, streambank stabilization, stormwater best management practice retrofits, water quality monitoring, volunteer management and grant administration. Ms. Rogalus holds a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science from Colby College and earned an M.S. in Water Resources from the University of Vermont.

Guy Sheets, AMO Environmental Decisions, has over 35 years of experience in environmental consulting 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 be-come a watershed steward for Bucks County. He has also served as Vice President of AMO Environmental Decisions over the last seven years.

Preferred registration date: 7 days prior to session date

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Price includes: course materials, continental breakfast, certificate of completion.

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October 18, 2018
8:00 am - 11:00 am
$99 – $140
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