The following information was shared from the latest e-newsletter provided by Longwood Gardens. To sign-up for the e-newsletter, please see the following: Sign up.
Longwood Reimagined Progress
|We have reached several notable milestones in recent months as our garden expansion continues to take shape and make incredible progress. In June, we lifted the first section of steel—weighing in at around 11,000 pounds and measuring 47 feet tall—for the West Conservatory. This section is one of the 13 frames (or rows of columns and beams) that will form the structure of the West Conservatory, the new glasshouse with a Mediterranean plant palette that appears to be floating on water. In late July, we embarked on the precast façade panel installation for the new Restaurant and Event Space, which totals more than 50 precast panels, each weighing in at 15,000 pounds. The center panel includes a replica of the datestone from the original Conservatory construction. This month, we’re starting to see the new Administration Building take shape with windows going in and the stairwell being placed. The Administration Building not only has offices for many of our staff in Horticulture, Engagement & Learning, Marketing & Communications, and the President’s Office, it will also be home to our new state-of-the-art classrooms and our Library.
As always, we’ll keep you updated on our Longwood Reimagined progress and continue to share the many facets of this incredibly detailed project as it unfolds. You can watch as the project progresses at longwoodgardens.org/beauty-making, as well as sign up for project updates at longwoodgardens.org/longwood-reimagined.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Update
|As we referenced in our last edition of Neighbor News, our privately-owned wastewater treatment plant expansion is continuing to progress thanks to the State of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding we received backed by State Rep. Christina Sappey and State Sen. John Kane as well as support from East Marlborough Township, the Department of Environmental Protection, and contracted experts in this field. The project will support our current and future needs increasing our capacity and achieving our greywater reuse goals as we move from a Class C to a Class B system.
While we are adding a secondary effluent pond, we are NOT adding to or replacing the spray fields. The current spray fields will remain. The secondary effluent pond will be located next to the existing effluent pond along Longwood Road. In addition to landscaping along Longwood Road, we will also be modifying and enhancing existing equipment and controls enclosed in a discreet building structure not visible along any roadway.
Just like every resident in East Marlborough Township, we have obtained the necessary approvals within the Township from land development to zoning. We are also working closely with the DEP to make this project happen. To ensure both quality and equality throughout the bidding and selection process, we will be using an open bid system approved by the State of Pennsylvania. We anticipate the work to begin in November 2022 and conclude by June 2023.