rba - real estate development services
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Haddoneld Downtown Visioning WorkshopBrown & Keener Bressi Urban Partners melvin|kernan Charles Carmalt
South of KingsKings Hwy
Historic District Boundary
WEST AVENUE ParkSquare
R e a l E s t a t e D e v e l o p m e n tS e r v i c e s
RBA was founded in 1968 to provide new town planning services for rapidly expanding suburban areas across the country. Columbia, Mary-
landone of the few completely planned communities in the USwas one of RBAs signature projects. RBA was a dynamic partnership of
engineers, architects, planners, and landscape architects working together in a team environment to plan and design new towns. For the past
45 years, the company has continued its mission of delivering high-quality innovative, consulting services to our clients and expanded its core
services. Today, RBA offers an integrated multi-disciplined approach to design and engineering solutions. The firm employs more than 200
talented professionals working in offices located in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
RBA provides a full range of design and technical services for the planning and implementation of real estate development projectsall in one
company. Our designers and engineers work collaboratively, enhancing the efficiency, feasibility, and creativity of plans and designs.
Our cities, and the increasingly urbanizing areas surrounding them, continue to grow and change in ways that present new opportunities and
challenges in real estate development. RBA offers broad experience in the design and engineering of buildings, landscapes, and supporting
infrastructure. To meet the challenge of creating dynamic and engaging places that attract people, RBA continues to expand and evolve, provid-
ing technical expertise and a fresh perspective across a variety of service areas.
Design seRvicesLand Planning
Planning Places 1
Destination Downtown 5
New Neighborhoods & Towns 7
Building Places 11
The Team 20
Ta b l e o fC o n t e n t s
New Cassel Community Center, Hempstead, NY
1Haddoneld Downtown Visioning WorkshopBrown & Keener Bressi Urban Partners melvin|kernan Charles Carmalt
South of KingsKings Hwy
Historic District Boundary
West KingsP l a n n i n g P l a c e s
The real estate development process involves many stepsfrom initial land acquisition to the disposition of built assetsand a wide range of legal, consulting, and government facilitators and partners. A/E development teams typically include a long roster of companies, each
providing specific skills. RBA has many of these capabili-ties in one company. This enables clear and efficient com-munication, which can lead to the timely preparation of designs and engineering plans. Real estate development processes does not always occur in a straight line; adjust-
Site Analysis/Due DiligenceRBA understands that developing real estate is more com-plicated than ever, and in many ways: physically, economi-cally, politically, and legally. RBAs interdisciplinary team of planners, engineers, and allied professionals provide exper-tise that supports a thorough site analysis during the due diligence process.
ments and restarts are part of the process. RBA works with clients to design a program that meets pro forma objec-tives, regulatory standards, and community goals.
downtown area master plan, HAddONfield, NJ
2Zoning/Form-Based CodeRBA can help navigate zoning issues and work with opportunities and in-centives that a communitys regulatory framework might provide. RBAs planners have crafted master plans, redevelopment plans, RfQs for de-velopers, and zoning codes for municipalities, including innovative form-based and hybrid codes.
Concept Development Mixed uses, walkability, and public amenities are integral to many proj-ects, both to serve the people who live there and to add enduring value to real estate. it takes interdisciplinary talents to effectively integrate these attributes into development projects. RBAs planners, urban designers, landscape architects, and architects work together with its traffic and civil engineers to prepare viable concepts that depict building massing and form, development density and orientation, mobiility networks, and land-scape elements.
Design & DevelopmentRBAs architects can design a wide range of building types with a variety of environmentally sustainable systems and features. Our structural en-gineers advise on the structural integrity and design of the building sys-tem. Our landscape architects and civil engineers are up-to-date on the latest materials, products, and technologies and work together to design green stormwater infrastructure into sites, paths, and roadways to help reduce costs and improve environmental quality.
(a) Typical Condition / Siting Example
(e) Zone Application
(c) Local Examples
section 135-38 | downtown districts
(d) Character ExamplesPhotographs show general principles only and may not meet all standards
For illustrative purposes only
(15) Sideyard Building SB
A detached building that abuts one side lot line, with the primary yard to the other side. The Sideyard Building (often called a Charleston House, after the city in which it is most common) is a building type appropriate for lots in those blocks for which street frontage is valuable but interior block space is ample. Lots in such blocks tend to be narrow and deep. The Sideyard Building type is correspondingly narrow and deep, and is often developed in series, so that rooms face south onto porches, and porches on to side yards whose privacy is maintained by a blank north wall on the adjacent house.
Sideyard Buildings have been used elsewhere in the region to develop narrower lots with greater yard privacy. They may not be found in Haddonfield today as built for this purpose, but they are similar to older homes that are not directly oriented to their primary street or where a corner building is oriented differently than the rest of the block.
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3 N e w N e i g h b o r h o o d s & To w n s Working with RBA provides several key advantages:
A virtual one stop shop. RBAs professionals span the design and technical disciplines, from land surveying and wetlands analysis to architecture and structural en-gineering.
Significant expertise working with state and local gov-ernment agencies. RBA staff are well-versed in rules and processes that apply to real estate development projects.
Strong experience in designing sustainable buildings, landscapes, and infrastructure.
Where cities were once centers of industrial production, they are now centers of knowledge, information, and cul-ture. The gradual demise of heavy industry left behind large tracts of contaminated real estate near rivers and city centersboth open land and the shells of industrial buildings. Through partnerships between public agencies and private investors, many of these fallow areas have been successfully transformed into new places. Apart-ments and condominiums capture the growing demand for living space in transit-accessible urban areas. Retail stores and restaurants complement the walking wallets
and draw customers from other parts eager to explore a new frontier. New parks and open spaces provide places to recreate and add value to residential projects. Small-to-medium sized cities and suburban communities are also leveraging former industrial landin addition to failing shopping centers and office campusesto expand their centers, create new destinations, and grow their tax bases.
Since its founding more than 40 years ago, RBA has partici-pated on development teams to design and engineer new neighborhoods and towns.
Cedar Crest Village, PeQuANNOCk, NJ
4The Planning Frameworkin designing a project, our approach is to under-stand the natural and built context of a place, the market trends that might shape futures, and our clients capabilities and aspirations. From there we can envision possibilities that capture the imagination, are calibrated to demand, and have a clea