Focus on Fundamentals the Key to Wayne-Based Nave Newell’s 30 Years of Success in Land Development

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Nave Newell, a multidiscipline consulting firm in Wayne, is celebrating its 30th anniversary of providing civil engineering, land planning, surveying, and landscape architecture services to real estate developers and property owners throughout Greater Philadelphia.

Although much has changed in the world since Greg Newell founded the company in 1992, its foundation has remained the same.

“From the beginning, we set out to make Nave Newell different from other consulting firms,” said Newell. “Different in the way we work with our clients, different in the way we work with each other, and different in the results we achieve.”

Those differentiators are the 30 fundamentals — some of which include “Speak Straight,” “Listen Generously,” “Deliver Legendary Service,” “Practice Blameless Problem-Solving,” “Be Process-Oriented,” “Make a Difference,” and “Keep Things Fun” — that make up the Nave Newell Way.

Every week, the firm focuses on a different fundamental, and employees share their stories and examples during a meeting on Monday morning.

“Culture is everything to us,” said Newell. “Internally, it’s been helpful in recruiting and retaining employees in a competitive environment. And it’s been great from a business development perspective. Our clients know there’s something different about how we do things. We’re a small firm that competes against firms five to 10 times our size.”

Influenced by the book Fundamentally Different by David Friedman, Nave Newell’s fundamentals reflect the company’s values and are an integral part of its unique culture. They shape employees’ day-to-day interactions with clients and one another.

Nave Newell’s team of 30 professionals aims to give clients a great experience by:

  • getting to know clients and building a relationship based on trust
  • matching the right experts with a client’s needs
  • listening to a client’s goals and then taking leadership for the direction of the entire project
  • paying attention to the details to ensure a project is always moving forward
  • focusing on solutions with a calm sense of urgency

Here’s an overview of the services Nave Newell provides:

Civil Engineering

Nave Newell understands that the land development approval process is becoming more complicated with new environmental policies, increased regulations, and communities with greater review and influence. That’s why the company spends so much time building relationships with reviewing entities.

Nave Newell’s civil engineers guide clients through the land development process. They recommend a design approach and schedule to achieve project goals. The company prepares detailed site plans for submission to the various reviewing agencies, facilitating the permitting and approval process to make a client’s ideas a reality.

Beyond civil engineering design and permitting, Nave Newell has experts who specialize in ADA site assessment and compliance design, floodplain analyses/FEMA map studies and revisions, stormwater management BMPs, and expert testimony.

Land Planning

Planning is essential to understand what can and cannot be done with land. Therefore, every land development project should begin with a strong plan — a plan that is creative, buildable, and environmentally sensitive.

At Nave Newell, land planners strategically create a master plan that achieves the highest and best land use for a client’s vision. They work in conjunction with the company’s civil engineers and landscape architects to ensure site designs are supported by strong planning principles and sound engineering fundamentals. They support the project all the way through the land development process by creating supplemental site plans, exhibits, and renderings to help gain community support and municipal approval.


Land surveys — whether boundary, topographic, or ALTA — are a critical part of real estate transactions and the foundation for land development. A professional land survey gives all parties an accurate representation of the land and what can be achieved, while also resolving potential discrepancies.

Nave Newell’s professional land surveyors are precise in the application of technical skills, well acquainted with the history of the land, and have the experience to interpret recorded documents and the expertise necessary to handle complicated title issues.

Landscape Architecture

Landscape architects build upon the inherent value of the land. They expertly craft new landscapes by blending natural features with the development needs of clients and stakeholders. In doing so, the places they create are both environmentally sustainable and enhance the value of the existing community fabric.

At Nave Newell, landscape architects work closely with clients and the company’s planners and engineers to incorporate a well-planned and inspired landscape and hardscape into the site design. They thoughtfully place amenities to create an attractive environment and improve the quality of life for residents and the community.

Learn more about Nave Newell.

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