Ray and Joan KROC Corps Community Center
Dresdner Robin is providing Environmental, Engineering Consulting, and Landscape Architecture for The Salvation Army to support the development of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (RJKCCC).

The RJKCCC contains approximately 120,000 sq. ft. with a central “town plaza” reception area. It also contains recreational and fitness areas, educational, social services, arts programs, an early childhood operation and the Salvation Army worship center. In addition, there are outside areas with playing fields, courts, walking/jogging path, children’s playground, and passive park space. The facility is built on the Harrison Avenue municipal landfill, following the remediation.

During the Development Phase of the project, significant technical studies were completed to provide information on geotechnical (foundations) and environmental (contamination and remediation) conditions. In order to meet the timeframes set by The Salvation Army for the project, the studies involved an unprecedented level of teamwork from: The Camden Redevelopment Agency (CRA); New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP); New Jersey Geological Survey; United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA); and other experts consultants.

Initially, a combined environmental and geotechnical investigation was completed. The results of the investigations and analyses revealed a geotechnical constraint and an environmental constraint with respect to the location of the proposed building. NJDEP indicated that building over this part of the Site would not be permissible, so the building was relocated to the northern part of the Site and additional investigations were undertaken to evaluate foundation options.

Subsequently, CRA’s consultant prepared the Conceptual Remedial Action Workplan which presented the investigation results and outlined the Remedial Action for the Site which included removal of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) beneath the RJKCCC building and immediate surroundings, localized removal of Residual Industrial Waste (RIW) treatment of contaminated groundwater, on site fill management, importation of clean structural fill and capping. The NJDEP provided unconditional approval of the CRAW which cleared the way for the CRA and The Salvation Army Camden to proceed with the remediation of the Site and the design and construction of the facility.

In addition to the environmental and geotechnical investigations, Dresdner Robin provided site civil design, landscape architecture, regulatory permitting, survey and construction support services. Regulatory permitting requires multiple approvals from NJDEP (wetlands, flood hazard area, waterfront development) and Army Corps of Engineers (individual permit).
Services Provided
  • Environmental Due Diligence
  • Remedial Investigations
  • Geotechnical Investigations
  • Remedial Action Work Plan
  • Specialist Advice Remedial Actions
  • Regulatory Permitting
  • Site Civil Design
  • Landscape Architecture Design
  • GPS/Surveying Services
Project Features
  • Remediation of former Harrison Avenue municipal landfill
  • Approximately 120,000 sqft recreational facility
  • Indoor facilities including, recreational, fitness, educational, social service, and worship areas
  • Outdoor active and passive facilities including fields, courts, playgrounds, park space