Located near Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center, a Sheetz, and residential neighborhoods, a Ducklings Early Learning Center needed a short turnaround to ensure the facility would be operational when key businesses opened nearby in this rapidly expanding area of Lancaster County. In addition to a condensed timeframe, the project on this 2.84-acre site faced a number of challenges including shallow bedrock conditions and a myriad of required approvals from East Hempfield Township, the Lancaster County Conservation District, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
RETTEW’s long-standing relationships with these agencies helped to expedite the approval process and opened the facility ahead of schedule. Experienced RETTEW staff also determined the stormwater facilities could be altered by elevating the entire site to avoid the bedrock. Working together with the client, contractor, and Township to resolve the shallow bedrock conditions, RETTEW saved the Ducklings Early Learning Center approximately $50,000 in rock removal costs. The 10,005-SF center serves families and the community in this growing area of Lancaster County.