Marathon worked with the Evergreens Continuing Care Retirement Community and Aegis Property Group to develop a phased construction plan for updating the continuing care campus to contain state-of-the-art nursing facilities and additional amenities within the retirement community campus. The campus will contain 120 independent living unit apartments, 100 assisted living and skilled nursing beds, as well as paved parking lots, landscaping, lighting, utilities, stormwater management facilities, and associated site amenities on a 31.3 acre tract in Moorestown Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.
The project was proposed in four phases, three of which involved extensive coordination between Marathon, the owner, contractors and other subconsultants to allow construction of the phases to take place without interruption in services or quality of life for the residents. In order to accomplish this goal, 1.19 acres of an approximate15 acre wetland complex on site were impacted to construct a stand-alone building that will connect to the rest of the facility. A Freshwater Wetlands Individual Permit was issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection conditioned upon Wetland Mitigation taking place off-site at a separate, distinct property also owned by the Evergreens.
The first phase of the Campus Renewal was for a kitchen renovation inside the building. Phase two of the work was for construction of the state-of-the-art assisted living and skilled nursing building in a portion of the wetlands permitted to be filled as mentioned above. Phase three was for demolition of a portion of the existing facility containing the outdated nursing facilities and construction of a connection between the remaining building and the new facility built during phase two. The fourth phase was for demolition of a portion of the existing building and replacing it with a new building containing underground parking and additional independent living unit apartments. During phases two and four the existing parking lots were also reconfigured for improved circulation, and the loading facilities expanded to provide better service to the campus. The existing wet pond on site utilized for stormwater management was expanded to accommodate the stormwater runoff generated by the site and meet the current design and performance standards. The site landscaping was increased and site lighting was improved.
Design and construction of every phase of the project took place with extensive coordination between the owner, property management company, contractors, architect and other engineering subconsultants of every discipline. The land use approval obtained at the Township Planning Board was highly contested and every subconsultant involved provided exhaustive testimony in defense of the project and design techniques to assist the owner in gaining an approval that held up to appeal by the neighboring landowners.
The approvals obtained in connection with the project include Use Variance and Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval from the Moorestown Township Zoning Board, Site Plan approval from the Burlington County Planning Board, and Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Certification from Burlington County Soil Conservation District. Authorizations s include the Freshwater Wetlands Individual Permit Mitigation Plan mentioned above and a Simplified Water Main Certification from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Marathon is providing construction services for the project, including construction liaison services, attendance at bid and construction meetings, preparation of punch lists for each phase of the project, shop drawing review, as well as the design and oversight of field changes and resolution of unforeseen construction conflicts.
Client: Evergreens Continuing Care Retirement Community
309 Bridgeboro Road
Moorestown, New Jersey 08057
Douglas C. Halvorsen, LNHA, LCSW, LMFT (856) 439-2094
Period of Performance:
2006 – Present
Thomas P. Bechard, P.E.
Jason T. Sciullo, P.E.
Rick Ricciardi, AICP, P.P.