LUDGATE ENGINEERING, SINCE ITS BEGINNING, HAS EXCELLED AT FIXING WHERE OTHERS HAVE FAILED.
Resolving the Contractor/Owner Dispute
“Galen Hall” (1975) One of our first clients was Tom Masano, an investor in Galen Hall Golf Club and owner of several adjacent properties. We took over the work from a former partner and resolved a dispute with the contractor who was building the first of several residential subdivisions in the golf course. Tom Masano then requested that we “correct” some plans provided by two other consultants to create more buildable, and profitable, development plans. Tom Masano remains an LEC client to this day.
Curing the Flood from an Unsuspected Source
“Farming Ridge” (1977). The first phase of Farming Ridge in Exeter Twp was built before 1975. However the next phases were stalled due to a severe flooding problem which had inundated one house and threatened others. The Surveyor for the builder asked our help to solve the flooding problem which had baffled at least two other engineers. By our analysis we determined the root cause of the flooding was off-site drainage which only occurred during a heavy rain. We devised some simple plan adjustments, including a flow diversion and a detention facility which solved the problem and allowed the later phases of Farming Ridge to be built.
Dealing with the Pipe that Flowed Backwards
“Singer Equipment” (1985). The Singer building on Woodland Road in Wyomissing was beset with severe flooding during exceptional rains. In our analysis we found the engineering plan for the adjoining restaurant was at fault – but in an unusual way. A catch basin to drain their parking lot had an outlet to a storm sewer in Woodland Road. That worked fine in smaller storms, but in heavy rain events the Woodland storm sewer flowed under “head” that was higher than the elevation of that catch basin. The ‘head” in Woodland Road had so much pressure that the pipe from the catch basin actually flowed backward. This “backward flow” occurred quickly and would overtop the parking lot curb, and cause abrupt, sudden flooding of the Singer Building. A complete “cure” for this problem was deemed too expensive, so we devised a less costly partial solution (which has worked quite well). A “speed bump” in the restaurant driveway prevents Woodland Road gutter flow from draining into the parking lot. A small spillway allows flow from the curb into the Singer site without erosion, while a swale dug around the Singer Building conveys the floods safely around the building .
“West Reading” (2005). Not satisfied with the engineering work for the first block of their project, the West Reading Committee turned to Ludgate Engineering for the completion of Phase One and all of the work on the other five blocks of Penn Avenue. We established a very good working relationship with Downtown Manager Sam Loth, Architectural Consultant Kautter and Kelley, the Committee, and the downtown merchants. The delay of constructing Phase One was resolved while some corrections were handled by change order. Our team approach combined sound engineering with aesthetic and cultural input in a well-managed construction environment. The result of our efforts is a West Reading streetscape and revitalization that is an example for others to emulate.