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Transportation, Recreational, Community Development

  • Rails to Trails

  • Multi-Use

  • Neighborhood Revitalization/Sustainable Communities

  • Environmental Improvement

  • Historic Site Access

  • ISTEA Grants

selected project examples

Valley Forge Trail

Location: Philadelphia- Valley Forge Bikeway, Phases I-IV
Client: Montgomery County Planning Commission
Completion Date: 1995

Notes: We have designed ten miles of bikeway, largely on a former Conrail line, and took an active role in negotiations with a large variety of agencies and property owners. Coordination work included the creation of three new grade crossings to allow the bikeway to pass through industrial areas. Construction was completed in 1993 on eight miles, with the two remaining miles to be complete by 1995. This innovative bikeway, the first section of the Valley Forge Trail, was built on an active railroad right- of-way where one track had been removed. We were instrumental in negotiating with Conrail, and have provided full planning, design, bidding, and construction phase services.

Multi-use Trail along the Perkiomen Creek Location: Schuylkill River to Green Lane, Montgomery County, PA
Client: Montgomery Co. Planning Commission
Completion Date: All Segments by November 2003

Notes: The overall purpose of the project is to finalize alignment and design and build a multipurpose trail along the Perkiomen Creek in Montgomery County. The County has developed a preliminary alignment of an approximately 21 mile-long trail located on a combination of abandoned rail corridor, park land, and public streets through several small towns. The County Department of Parks intends to build the trail using county resources and staff. CT&C assisted the County in finalizing the alignment, designing the trail, and providing consultation during construction. To date 19.5 miles of Phase I & II are complete. On November 22nd, Phase III, the final 2.5 miles will be open to the public with a ceremony beginning at Green Lane Park.


Radnor Multi-Purpose Trail

Location: Radnor Twp, Delaware Co., PA
Client: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Completion Date: Est.2004

Notes: We are currently the lead design consultant for the conversion of the abandoned Stratford Branch of the former Philadelphia & Western RR to trail use. This project has been the subject of considerable controversy. In addition to our planning, design and construction services, we are facilitating numerous public and individual citizen meetings to develop the most appropriate design to link residential, cultural and commercial sites within a township with mostly narrow roads and ever-growing motor vehicle traffic.

Lower Merion Township Wide Trail Feasibility Study

Location: Lower Merion Township, PA
Client: Lower Merion Twp.
Contact: Lindsay Taylor, Dir. Of Recreation, 610-645-6188
Completion Date: 2004

Notes: CT&C in association with The RBA Group, have been hired by Lower Merion Township to develop a feasibility plan of a township-wide system. The trail would benefit walkers, cyclists, hikers and bladers and utilize existing streets and sidewalks. A service of public meetings will allow the team to determine "problem areas" and offer solutions to these areas.

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The firm’s planning work includes, mapping, neighborhood stabilization and restoration planning, and greenway planning and design.

selected project examples

Beth Sholom Synagogue Keystone Grant Application

Location: 8231 Old York Rd. Elkins Park, PA
Client: eth Sholom Congregation
Contact: Harvey Friedrich, Exec. Director, 215-887-4489
Completion Date: 2003

Notes: The Beth Sholom Synagogue, designed by renowned architect Frank Llyod Wright, is an icon of American architecture. Wright defined the building as the 1st American Synagogue because of its use of native materials, textures, and colors in demonstrating its Biblical roots to Judaism. Completed in 1957, the Synagogue is now in need of historically sensitive repairs including recoating of the lower roofs, repairing exterior masonry walls and application of watertight coating, restaining the entry step and walkway area. refinishing the Wright designed Bema Furniture used for ritual purposes, repairing upholstery of seat cushions and refinishing interior metal and glass doors. The Synagogue hired CT&C to research funding options for these repairs. CT&C later completed a Keystone Grant Application for the Synagogue.

American Swedish Historical Museum Preservation Plan

Location: 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Client: American Swedish Historical Museum
Contact: Richard Waldron, Director, 215-389-1776
Completion Date: 200

Notes: ASHM hired CT&C to complete a Historic Preservation Plan for the Museum's building. The project was prompted by a persistent water problem in the Museum's basement that threatens the safety of the collections, the building's integrity, and its ability to function as a Museum. CT&C and its team of mechanical, electrical and structural/environmental engineers and conservator surveyed the building inside and out to assess and describe its physical condition and problems, recommended remedial procedures in detail and order of priority and established their costs.

Philadelphia Zoo Parking & Access Study

Location: 34th St & Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Client: The Zoological Society of Philadelphia and the Parkside Historic Preservation Corp.
Contact: Kenneth Woodson, Zoological Society of Phila, 215-243-1100ex338
Completion Date: 200

Notes: For several years, the Philadelphia Zoo has sought to improve parking and access to the Zoo. CT&C previously prepared the Zoo Transportation Center Study, which reviewed the re-opening of a Regional Rail Station. Later, in early 2002 CT&C developed a concept for a mixed-use facility at 35th & Girard Avenue to include commercial development, structured parking, and a future Regional Rail Station. In August of 2002, CT&C and its team of engineers, planners, traffic consultants and cost estimator were asked to prepare a parking and access study. The design solutions incorporated the Zoo’s existing historical buildings and site plan and solutions that could co-exist and benefit the surrounding Parkside Historical Neighborhood and Fairmount Park landscape.

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