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Zimmerman Center for Heritage Enhancement

Location: Wrightsville Borough, Pennsylvania Client: Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area

JMT provided construction inspection and management services for a public recreation facility at a Pennsylvania Heritage Area.

Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area, a not-for-profit organization and state-designated Pennsylvania Heritage Area in south-central Pennsylvania, focuses on enhancing quality of life and economic vitality through the Susquehanna River's cultural and natural heritage. Operating from the John & Kathryn Zimmerman Center for Heritage, JMT was selected to provide construction inspection and management services during a major initiative to improve the organization's waterfront site and historic building on the Susquehanna River.

The project's intent was to develop facilities for public recreation and heritage interpretation at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage, a converted home along the riverfront south of Wrightsville that dates to the mid-1700s. Project improvements included:

  • site work for expanded parking and vehicle access
  • a new ADA-compliant brick and concrete walkway system with stone retaining walls
  • construction of a waterside pavilion with boardwalk, floating dock, and rain garden
  • installation of a canoe/kayak launch and landing area
  • new interpretive signage
  • miscellaneous grading, landscaping, and site work amenities.

JMT's construction inspection and management team was responsible for overseeing construction activities to ensure design details for all improvements were made in accordance with standards, specifications, and requirements for accessibility, mobility, and safety as well as requirements for preservation and conservation. We worked collaboratively with the contractor as the owner's representative to address all issues throughout construction.

With the new enhancements, the Zimmerman Center for Heritage now provides a showcase venue for residents and visitors alike to experience land and water recreation and learn about the history and culture of the Susquehanna Riverlands.

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