For those about to rock

By on April 23, 2014

 New studio should be done by end of summer

Phase I of the $100 million Rock Lititz campus well underway with 52,000-square-foot Rock Lititz Studio

The Rock Lititz studio, part of a $100 million project, should be done by the end of the summer. (photo by Preston Whitcraft)

The Rock Lititz studio, part of a $100 million project, should be done by the end of the summer. (photo by Preston Whitcraft)

You could say a three-minute YouTube video that condenses the opening eight days of construction of the Rock Lititz campus pays homage to the speediness Tait, Clair Global and Atomic Design provide to its entertainment business customers.

But, unlike a specialty rush job for a Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen stage production, the environmental planning of the $100 million project was not hurried, Rock Lititz officials noted appropriately on Earth Day Tuesday.

Rock Lititz partners Troy Clair, of Clair Global, and Adam Davis of Tait, reflected on the environmental prep work on the project site &tstr; a former 96-acre farm on West Newport Road.

The executives said painstaking land-management processes are aimed to assure the environmental health before, during and after the completion of one-million-square-foot, pre-tour rehearsal center.

“The Rock Lititz floodplain restoration will provide multiple benefits for the Lititz Run Watershed,” said Clair.

Rock Lititz construction started last month on its first phase: a 52,000-square-foot Rock Lititz Studio with a 100-foot-high roof. It’s visible to anyone driving north of Lititz on Route 501.

The project finally started after Rock Lititz received an EPA permit in February allowing discharges of stormwater associated with construction activities.

Before plans were crafted, Rock Lititz made a commitment to preserving Warwick farmland by paying $1.2 million to Warwick Township for transferable development rights.

“We’ve focused much of our development efforts on the provision of regional resources, from both an ecological and economic standpoint,” Davis said. “In utilizing brown space, the Rock Lititz Transfer Development Rights expenditures will be used to help preserve over 15 farms in Warwick Township.”

The Rock Lititz companies also plan to preserve the Santo Domingo Creek that runs through the property.

Rock Lititz has partnered with LandStudies, 315 North Street in Lititz, to help with its goals concerning water quality improvements, wildlife habitat enhancement, improved groundwater infiltration and flood mitigation and others, Clair said.

“We are excited to partner with LandStudies and the township to help continue their efforts in this area,” he said.

Those efforts comprise challenging complexities that include an eight-step process, including relocating and maintaining 3,136 feet of the Santo Domingo.

The project calls for removing 55,371 cubic yards of fill from the floodway of the creek and installing five 30-foot long elliptical concrete pipes that are four-feet high and over six-feet wide.

The Rock Lititz Studio, which will be the centerpiece of a live-entertainment business campus, should be completed by the end of the summer, said Andrea Shirk, program manager for Rock Lititz.

Officials say the campus, which will take more than a decade to complete, could add at least 600 new jobs from business coming to the campus.

To see construction of Rock Lititz recorded from March 27 to April 4 from its time lapse tree camera go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jnXqHwljkK

Patrick Burns is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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