In 2002, the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation purchased a 23-acre tract of land in Avon for construction of St. Mary of the Woods Senior Living Community. The design team for this unique project was made up of Greystone Communities, Inc. as the Developer, Aldrian/Guszkowski, architects and R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc., civil engineers, surveyors and environmental scientists.

R.E. Warner was involved with the Senior Living Community project from its inception. Initially, our environmental engineers prepared a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment in accordance with ASTM Standards to determine if there were any recognized environmental hazards associated with the property’s current nursery operations. The Phase I ESA included a review of applicable Federal, State and local databases, interviews with the current property owners and local officials, and a site inspection and review of prior ownership documents. Initial results of the Phase I required that a limited Phase II ESA be conducted to confirm the status of two suspect environmental concerns.  The Phase II ESA determined that there were no environmental concerns and thus paved the way for R.E. Warner’s next task.

R.E. Warner conducted a geotechnical investigation of the entire 23-acre property to provide subsurface data that would prove vital in the architectural design of the Senior Living Community’s structures. R.E. Warner advanced 24 geotechnical borings throughout the property, which included coring 40 feet of bedrock in order to assess the subsurface characteristics of the property.

R.E. Warner’s professional surveyors performed boundary and topographic surveys, as well as an ALTA survey. This survey data was key in helping to determine the buildings type, size and location.  Additionally, the survey provided R.E. Warner design engineers with the boundary and topography information necessary to begin designing the site. The site design included the improvement plans for the entire 23-acre site including roadways, storm sewers, detention basins, sanitary sewers, waterlines and site grading.

As the local design team, R.E. Warner is also responsible for obtaining permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency as well as the City of Avon, and attending Planning Commission and City Council meetings. The Senior Living Community in Avon will contain assisted living apartments, independent living apartments, a skilled nursing facility and cottages.