Chapin School Campus Master Plan Expansion


Location   Lawrence Township, NJ

Client   Chapin School


Project Size   15 Acres

Project Duration   2012 - 2013


Full Service Surveying/Site Civil Engineering, Land Use Permitting, Functional Value Assessment, NJDEP Mitigation, Septic System Evaluation and Design


The Chapin School is a pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade private school located on a 15-acre parcel along Princeton Pike, and is zoned EGI (Education, Government & Institutions). In addition to comprehensive surveying and site/civil engineering, Van Note-Harvey has provided complete environmental services that spanned a broad range of essential Project requisites, and managed the added constraints of the newly designated Category One waterway adjacent to the Campus.

Van Note-Harvey successfully obtained a Flood Hazard Individual Permit Hardship Exception Waiver for a phased construction approach of the Campus Master Plan. Flood hazard area permitting for this project involved a functional value assessment to determine the project’s effect on the Special Water Resource Protection Area (SWRPA) associated with the unnamed tributary to Stony Brook that borders the Campus, and preparing a mitigation plan for the disturbances within the SWRPA and Riparian Zone. Van Note-Harvey also obtained D&R Canal Commission (DRCC) approval which involved negotiating a modified DRCC Stream Corridor Conservation Easement to allow the School the ability to maintain and improve their existing facilities within the DRCC Stream Corridor.

Existing septic systems on the Campus were evaluated for available capacity and flows and a plan was designed to more evenly distribute the flows among the three different septic systems used for the Academic Building and the flows from the cafeteria were rerouted to a new system onsite, allowing the school to remove the existing cafeteria septic system. VNHA therefore requested the NJDEP modify the existing T-1 permit for the septic systems on the Campus.