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Featured Project: McClennen Tract

Overcoming Underground Complexities to Transform an Old Farmstead into a New Residential Development

As the demand for residential neighborhoods continues to rise, Brubacher is honored to consistently provide excellent sitework construction for developers, clients, and communities. Our team is currently working with Select Properties on their McClennen Tract redevelopment project, overcoming unique challenges including a substantial amount of rock underground, an onsite creek, and complex utility work to successfully transform the old, wooded farmstead into a new subdivision. Once completed, the neighborhood in Sellersville, Pennsylvania will feature 95 townhouses and 102 single-family homes.

The work done from the ground down is key to a solid foundation for every development. From demolition and land clearing to drilling and paving, our team is providing full site development for this project. By digging into our trusted partner relationships, available personnel and fleet, decades of experience, and commitment to providing Insight. On Site. we are keeping the project advancing efficiently.

“The size and complexity of the McClennen Tract project warranted us hiring a company with sufficient resources, including people, equipment, project management skills, and technology to help us expedite delivery of finished building lots to a larger national builder client. Brubacher checked all those boxes and then some more,” said Brian Grant, Vice President for Select Properties. “The team has consistently kept us updated regarding various facets of the project and the schedule,” he added.

The total scope of this project includes:

  • Site Size: Approximately 66 acres
  • Clearing: 36 acres
  • Asphalt Paving: 11,000 tons
  • Sanitary Pipe Installed: 14,000 LF
  • Water Pipe Installed: 14,000 LF
  • Storm Pipe Installed: 12,500 LF
  • Number of Lots: 197 (95 Townhomes, 102 Single-Family Homes)

Prior to work starting in the spring of 2023, the Brubacher team completed a site inspection and engaged in pre-planning efforts to mitigate risks. During this phase of the project, we identified a substantial amount of solid rock five to six feet below the surface. Because our team was aware of the circumstances early on, we were able to map out a plan to address the rock which involved drilling and blasting on day one. Early site preparation also included demolition and clearing of farmhouses, a barn, and many wooded areas. Knowing what to expect in advance allowed our team to prepare the proper fleet and workforce from the start of construction to ensure we kept to the timeline.

The farmstead’s land was home to a flowing creek, which added an extra layer of coordination when tying the sanitary sewer into the larger system on site. Crews needed to cross the creek to complete this task and took extra precautions while working closely with local conservation officials. Through frequent communications with all parties involved, there was a great level of trust in Brubacher that the project was in good hands.

Our team’s ability to remain flexible, plan ahead, and problem solve has allowed utility work complexities to be seamlessly overcome. The original utilities on site ran up a storm sewer trench line and near the roadway along Old Bethlehem Pike. The relocation of utility poles was critical to executing further construction efforts, and the Brubacher team remained flexible while mitigating project delays.

“One of the things I admire most about the Brubacher team is everyone’s ‘can do’ attitude. They are always looking several steps ahead, anticipating and developing thoughtful solutions to issues well in advance, not just dumping a problem in the owner’s lap and expecting us to resolve the problem. This approach is invaluable to us, saving us time and reducing our risk exposure,” said Brian.

At Brubacher, we take a collaborative approach to construction and tap into the knowledge, guidance, and expertise of our clients, professional partners, and team members to deliver exceptional results. Through teamwork, strategic project management, and advanced planning, our crews are overcoming obstacles and providing valuable Insight. On Site. every step of the way.

A special shoutout to Site Superintendent, Matt S. for his excellent management of this jobsite and his guidance and leadership to the team. Additionally, thank you to key team members Rob D., Adam H., Ron S., and all who continue to help make the McClennen Tract project a great success!

We welcome the opportunity to discuss your next residential construction, redevelopment, commercial, or industrial project. Reach out to our team to start a conversation and learn how Brubacher will leverage our industry insights and decades of experience to deliver exceptional value and a positive experience for you.

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