Environmental concerns framed development of Philadelphia's first casino, which is located on the Delaware River waterfront.
As the first casino within Philadelphia city limits, SugarHouse aspired to entertain the city, bolster the economy, and benefit its local neighborhood — Fishtown. Constructed on the site of the former Jack Frost Sugar Refinery along the Delaware River waterfront, the $500 million, 25,000-sf casino opened in 2010.
Urban was the lead civil, marine, and environmental engineer for the project. Environmental permits related to the casino’s riverside location. We completed a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit application, documented compliance with the city’s latest ordinances, and provided threatened and endangered species and fisheries surveys.
The marine engineering involved design of approximately 1,200-lf of sheet-pile bulkhead to stabilize the waterfront for the entire property and the foundation to support the combined sewer overflow. We also designed retaining walls and bridges for pedestrians and vehicles.
Site development focused on the geometric design of access roads, site grading, stormwater management, and securing zoning and land development approval from the city. We also planned relocation of a 13’ x 17’ combined sewer outfall and other utilities as well as service connections for a temporary facility.
The original casino offered 3,000 slots, restaurants, and bars. Urban returned to the casino in 2014 to assist with expansion.