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Preview Philly's future at the Infill Philadelphia Soak It Up! Design Awards

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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.

 
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