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There’s still time to Soak It Up!
Take a sneak peek at the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! finalists above. Then join us for fabulous food, drink, and nine amazing rapid-fire style presentations on Thursday, March 7 at 6:00 PM at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway as we choose the design competition's three winners!
The evening promises to be fast-paced, friendly, and informative. Purchase your tickets by Monday, March 4 to be sure you have a seat.
The Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! design competition challenged designers, engineers, and other sustainability professionals to show how green stormwater infrastructure can transform Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The competition got a strong response from teams from the Philly region and other U.S. cities, including New York City, Portland, and St. Louis.
The finalists were chosen by an expert jury from the fields of design, engineering, development, and sustainability. We’ve lined up a broad-based group of green tools stakeholders to pick the winning entries next week. The jurors are:
Glen Abrams, AICP Philadelphia Water Department Office of Watersheds
Emily Bittenbender Bittenbender Construction General Building Contractors Association
Nathan Boon The William Penn Foundation
Jon Capacasa EPA Region III
Ed Covington Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
Rina Cutler Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities
Tavis Dockwiller, ASLA Viridian Landscape Studio
Karen Fegely City of Philadelphia Commerce Department
Mark Focht, ASLA Philadelphia Parks and Recreation American Society of Landscape Architects
Andrew Frishkoff Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Katherine Gajewski Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Alan Greenberger FAIA Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce City of Philadelphia
Robert Hsu, AIA Kling Stubbins AIA Philadelphia
Mark Alan Hughes, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Michael Johns, AIA, AP LEED Philadelphia Housing Authority
Susan McDowell EPA Region III
Michael McGuire, PE McCormick & Taylor
Amy Mussen Bentley Systems
Howard Neukrug, PE Philadelphia Water Department
Anne Pappageorge, ASLA University of Pennsylvania Facilities and Real Estate Services
David Ricci Flynn Company Urban Land Institute Philadelphia
Inga Saffron Philadelphia Inquirer
Shanta Schachter New Kensington CDC
Patrick Starr Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Carmen Zappile Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
Beth Miller, executive director of the Community Design Collaborative, says, “In all, 28 teams, 101 firms, and 315 professionals participated. The response to the design competition and the quality of the entries was impressive.”
The innovative designs generated by the competition will serve as prototypes for green stormwater infrastructure projects, illustrate the potential for public/private partnerships, and aid property owners in seeing the return on investment
“We believe the lessons we’re learning from this competition will inspire innovative ways of employing green infrastructure,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “We want these kinds of design strategies for improving water quality and building sustainable communities to take hold in many more metropolitan areas.”
The design competition is part of Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!—an 18-month partnership of the Philadelphia Water Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Community Design Collaborative to revitalize urban neighborhoods through the adoption of green stormwater management in the Philadelphia region. These methods are outlined in Green City, Clean Waters, Philadelphia’s $2 billion, 25-year plan to protect and enhance the city’s waterways by managing stormwater primarily through innovative green stormwater infrastructure.
"This is another example of how Philadelphians can build a green urban culture using innovative stormwater management solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential construction sites," remarked Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug. “By forging partnerships within the design community, we are cultivating a green legacy for future generations."
Prize Sponsors AIA Philadelphia City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce City of Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Event Sponsors Green Roofer McCormick Taylor Inc.
Rain Gardener Cloud Gehshan Associates Cozen O'Connor CVM Duffield Associates, Inc. Land Services USA Liberty Property Trust Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox RP Management Inc. Viridian Landscape Studio
Tree Planter Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha for Everyone Bruce E. Brooks & Associates CH2M HILL Dewberry Greeley and Hansen LLC JFS Engineering, PC Keast & Hood Co. KS Engineering, PC Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects Metcalfe Architecture + Design Michael Baker Corporation Nason Construction, Inc. | Alice K. Berman Associates, LLC Newell, Tereska & MacKay Engineering O'Donnell & Naccarato, Inc. Pennoni Associates, Inc. Straughan Environmental Torcon, Inc. Trans-Pacific Engineering Corp Urban Engineers, Inc.