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Because the success of our clients is essential to our own success, we respond promptly and effectively to our clients’ requirements.

We provide surveying, site and structural engineering, architecture, and landscape architecture geared specifically to the homebuilding industry. Builders are provided with graded home sites that minimize earthmoving costs. We also design lots with flexibility that allows a maximum variety of unit types on each lot. We regularly provide lists of options and unit types appropriate for each lot and marketing plans to aid builders and sales agents with the proper siting and selling of units. This flexibility allows our clients to better respond to buyers’ needs.

MRA offers a broad spectrum of services to meet the needs of homebuilders.  In fact, we have a Builder Services Division devoted completely to servicing builder clients.  Our capabilities include:


Topographic surveys
Lot / House stake-out
Footing pins / wall checks
Location / record drawing surveys
Condominium plats
Legal descriptions
Record plats

Sediment Control

Plans preparation and approvals
Grading permit processing
Field observation


Site Engineering

Preliminary site analysis / Feasibility
Site and grading plans
Pad grading / Hold down plans
Site plan review analysis
Permit plans (plot plans)
Special exceptions
Variance requests
VA/FHA requirements
Lot lists / House fit matrix
Resolve grading and drainage problems
Permit processing
Sales and production staff seminars
On lot stormwater management

Landscape Architecture

Residential land planning
Landscape plans
Entrance features
Tot lot / recreation area design
Color illustrations
Sales plats

Architecture/Structural Engineering

Foundation strips
Full range of architectural services
Structural engineering

Plantation Lakes, Millsboro, DE

Plantation Lakes Illustrative 1000pxMRA provided planning, site engineering, landscape architecture, surveying, and homebuilder services for this 2,531-unit Residential Planned Community (RPC), 18-hole Championship Golf Course, and 460,170-SF Town Center Commercial district centered around Betts Pond. The design for the 664-acre site, in the Town of Millsboro implemented “Green Infrastructure” elements into the design, transforming stormwater management facilities into amenities / focal points for the project, thereby enhancing water quality and improving the aesthetics of the design.


The Plantation Lakes community is being constructed over a 10-year period. The initial phase includes a tree-lined entrance boulevard that meanders past ponds, golf holes, village greens, and over bridges to a central community center and clubhouse overlooking Betts Pond. The community center provides tennis, swimming, passive and active recreational areas, as well as, a clubhouse for the golf course.

The Reserve at Chestnut Ridge, Kent County, DE

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MRA provided land planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, surveying, and homebuilder services for this 465-lot residential subdivision on 232 acres of land located on Irish Hill Road, near Magnolia, Delaware.  The project was designed and engineered over two phases and also included an extensive floodplain study to determine the 100-year base flood elevations for an approximately 5 mile drainage area.

The scope of the project also included perimeter berming along the state highway and a monumental entrance terminating on a central recreation complex and community center.  Tot lots, seating areas, open play fields, village greens, pond and forested stream valleys are linked by paths lined with flowering trees that add seasonal interest and define the corridors between lots.  The main open space connector forms a strong axial relationship, visually connecting all amenity features from the entrance to the end of the property.  Extensive off-site road improvements include lane realignments and a monumental roundabout.

The Residences at Bulle Rock, City of Havre de Grace, MD

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Residential: Project of the Year – Home Builders Association of MD, LDC
Community Center: Best in America Living Award; Regional Award for Best Landscape Design for a Detached Community – National Association of Homebuilders
Community Center: Award of Excellence, Project Amenity – NAIOP, MD Chapter

MRA prepared an overall master plan, detailed site plans for each residential/business neighborhood, and the community-wide amenity package, and homebuilder services for this award-winning residential community. MRA prepared all of the detailed engineering and subdivision plans for submission to the City, and continues to assist in the implementation of each part of this award-winning community containing 927 single-family detached homes, 789 single-family attached homes, and 402 condominium units on 977 acres.

The overall plan creates a series of individual neighborhoods so each builder has their own identity which is then inter-connected to all other neighborhoods and the community amenity program via an extensive open space network.

Bay Forest Club, Sussex County, DE

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MRA provided homebuilder services, land planning, engineering, and landscape architecture for this project which involves over 405 acres of land, designated as Environmentally Sensitive Developing Area in the County Comprehensive Plan. This 913-unit Residential Planned Community (RPC), focusing on environmental protection and enhancement, was designed to preserve over 139 acres (36%) of open space with 90 acres (50%) of the existing forest remaining for trails and passive open space.  Through clustering and coving principles, an average 190-foot vegetated buffer was provided along Collins Creek, which serves as the dominant environmental feature.

Representative Projects

Plantation Lakes, Millsboro, DE
The Reserve at Chestnut Ridge, Kent County, DE
The Residences at Bulle Rock, City of Havre de Grace, MD
Bay Forest Club, Sussex County, DE