Stackhouse Bensinger Inc

Company Description

·      Firm History

Stackhouse Bensinger Inc. is a multi-disciplinary design firm located in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. The firm's principals, Robert P. Stackhouse, RLA, ASLA, and Stephen H. Bensinger, PLS bring together 70 years of experience in the areas of land development, land planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, subdivision design, surveying, municipal planning and engineering services. The firm acquired the practice of Thomas R. Gibbons in 1999 to further complement and strengthen the design team, particularly in the discipline of surveying. Stackhouse Bensinger Inc. currently employs 14 full and part-time professionals. The firm, including the predecessor firm of Thomas R. Gibbons & Associates, now with over 50 years of continuous experience, has excelled in offering high quality, prompt, cost-conscious design, and engineering services.


·        Foundation and Structure


The firm's organization is based on the premise that our strength is based on our employees' ability and desire to provide high-quality service. Thus, the foundation of our organization is based around the strengths of our employees. Dependent on the scope of services required, we assemble a core team capable of performing the services within budget and time constraints. This core team then draws, as necessary, from the experience of the other professionals within the firm to seek solutions for any eventuality. A typical team is compromised of a project manager, project engineers, design technicians, surveyors and CAD designers/drafters.


All of our project managers are one of our professional, licensed engineers, landscape architects, surveyors or planners. Our project managers have an average of fifteen (15) to twenty (20) years of experience in the land of development field. They draw from the expertise of the other professionals within the organization when unique conditions exist on a project.


Our management approach recognizes that every assignment is unique and requires a result-oriented team that can attain objectives within defined budgetary and schedule constraints. Our approach encompasses the total project scope of work, including, as applicable, engineering, surveying, planning, permitting, construction management and inspection.

Our firm has a long record of successful, distinctive design projects in Eastern Pennsylvania. The basis of this success is the firm's philosophy of "doing each project as if it were our own" which is reflected in the commitment of the employees to the project objectives. In particular is our unique approach to working with and taking advantage of the site and environment and not as an adversary to environmental constraints.


·        Services Offered


SBI is a single source consulting firm capable of providing a wide range of professional services including civil engineering, traffic engineering, land surveying, land planning, and landscape architectural services. Our professionals are licensed and certified in a variety of disciplines that facilitate this capability.



Civil Engineering Environmental Services Landscape Architecture
Storm Water Management Wetlands Mapping  Feasibility Studies
Storm Drainage Facilities Wetlands Permits Site Evaluation / Site Selection
Erosion and Sediment  Water Obstruction and  Master Planning
   Pollution Control    Encroachment Permits Campus Planning
NPDES Storm Water Permits Soil Probe and Percolation Tests Minor / Major Residential
Hydraulic / Hydrologic Analysis PA DEP Planning Modules    Subdivisions
Floodplain Studies Public Water Supply Permits Institutional / Educational
Grading Design Resource Planning and    Facilities Projects
Sanitary Sewer Design     Management Recreation Facilities
Water Distribution Design    Planning and Design
Infrastructure Design Additional Services Athletic Facilities
Culvert and Bridge Design Expert Testimony    Stadium and Turf Field Design
Retaining Wall Design Computer Aided 3D Design Commercial and Industrial
Earthwork Analysis    and Rendering    Land Development
Construction Quantities and Presentation Renderings Land Development Plans
    Cost Estimates    and Modeling Governmental Approval / Permitting
Construction Management  Digital Terrain Modeling Landscape Design
   and Inspection GIS Mapping & Site Lighting Design
Alternative, Innovative Storm    Surveying Services Construction Plans
   Water Management Designs Bid Documents / Evaluation
Best Management Practices Construction Administration
   for Storm Water

Municipal Engineering and Planning Municipal Sanitary Sewer and Water Services
Surveying Land Planning / Technical Assistance Act 537 Planning
Boundary Line Surveys Comprehensive / Joint Municipal  Feasibility Analysis
Topographical Surveys    Planning Sanitary Sewer Collection Design
ALTA / ASCM Surveys Municipal Ordinance Preparation Water Distribution Design
Route Surveys Municipal Administration  Construction / Bidding Documents
Wetland Surveys    and Managerial Services Bidding Administration
Construction Stakeout Subdivision / Land Development Construction Phase Services
Lot Surveys    Plan Review Service PA DEP / EPA Permitting
House / Building Stakeout Grant Application / Administration Meeting Representation
Property Corner Placement Emergency Management Plans Subdivision / Land Development 
Monumentation Street Numbering / Mapping    Utility Plan Reviews 
As-built Plans Urban Streetscape Studies 
Percolation Test Location    and Designs
Mortgage / Spot Surveys Main Street Rehabilitation / Renovation
Legal Descriptions Highway Beatification Studies
Title Research Open Space and Recreation Plans
Deed Plotting Fiscal Impact Analysis / Official Plans
GPS:Global Positioning Survey Transportation Impact Fee Ordinance
Aerial Photometric Surveys    Preparation
Transportation Analysis / Capital
   Improvement Plans
Roadway Analysis / Upgrade Designs
Inspection Services



·        Quality Control / Evidence of Success


SBI strives to provide the highest level of quality control in our industry. This is accomplished through a rigorous vetting of all personnel hired at SBI. In addition, our personnel are kept abreast of all on-going changes in technology, regulatory requirements, etc. through our on-going continuing education policy and our excellent relationship with regulatory agencies.


Individual project quality control is provided by rigorous review and checking of each technical disciplines work as the project proceeds with an overall in-house review and SBI has proven to provide high-quality surveying, design and engineering services consistently. Our previous awards from regulatory agencies have evidenced this. SBI has also been recognized by PA DEP and the local Berks County Conservation District for several years with the annual designer of the year award. The PA Society of Land Surveyors has also recognized SBI with the Surveyor of the Year Award and the winner of their annual plat preparation award. SBI has been successful in providing design services on numerous signature projects within the greater Berks County Region. In addition, our project managers are diligent in coordinating our work with the work of other consultants involved with the project.



·        Facilities and Equipment


Stackhouse Bensinger Inc. utilizes in-house state-of-the-art electronic data collection surveying equipment and in-house AutoCAD 3D drafting and design techniques to prepare plans for project assignments. In-house computer hardware and software is available for performance of any tasks which require computer-assisted analytical techniques. Our capabilities in this area include Geographic Information Systems Project Planning and completely integrated data collection and design network capabilities. Our ability to produce full-size color electronic drawings and 3D rendering capabilities are of particular value for presentations / conceptual planning.


·        Insurance


Stackhouse Bensinger Inc. carries complete insurance on its operations, including general commercial liability and professional liability coverage at $2,000,000. C N A provides our current coverage, rated A+ Superior by A.M. Best insurance rating firm. Certificates of Insurance are available upon request.


Architectural Products & Services, Engineers

  • Engineers

Professional Services

  • Surveyors