Infill Philadelphia: SOAK IT UP! Exhibition
Over 40 designs for revitalizing urban neighborhoods through green stormwater infrastructure.
Over 40 designs for revitalizing urban neighborhoods through green stormwater infrastructure PHILADELPHIA CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE OCTOBER 2012 Presented by: Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! EXHIBITION Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! is a design initiative created by the Philadelphia Water Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Community Design Collaborative to advance the next generation of green stormwater infrastructure tools and to explore how green stormwater infrastructure can revitalize neighborhoods and cities. Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! will continue through 2013 with a series of programs and events, including a national design competition. To launch Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!, the partners hosted an exhibition at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture in October 2012. The exhibition featured over 40 green stormwater infrastructure projects from Philadelphia and other U.S. cities, including Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. This booklet is a compilation of the projects on display and illustrates an impressive spectrum of what’s happening right now in this dynamic field. Green stormwater infrastructure tools are designed to capture stormwater—rain or melting snow—runoff close to where it lands on hard surfaces in cities and help it soak into the ground or slowly enter the sewer system. In the City of Philadelphia, this ensures that polluted water does not end up in creeks and rivers—the source of our drinking water. Examples of green stormwater infrastructure tools include rain gardens, green roofs and stormwater tree trenches. On a citywide scale and through city-wide partnerships, green stormwater infrastructure will not only help improve water quality but also improve quality of life, enhance recreational opportunities, and create more vibrant neighborhoods and business districts. In 2011, the City of Philadelphia became a national leader for its innovative approach to cleaning up the City’s streams and rivers. Green City, Clean Waters details how we can improve the health of Philadelphia’s creeks and rivers over the next 25 years and beyond, primarily through green stormwater infrastructure investments on an incremental, block-by-block scale. By capturing stormwater runoff through green tools, we can keep excess water out of our underground sewer pipes to ensure that polluted water does not end up in our waterways. Green City, Clean Waters aims to serve as a potential model for cities across the country. The projects in this booklet are only the beginning of a partnership that is sure to inspire the design and development of green stormwater infrastructure in Philadelphia and other cities. Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! EXHIBITION LIST 1 Andropogon Associates, Ltd. Shoemaker Green: A Sustainable Campus Commons Philadelphia, PA Grove Park House Community Arts and Education Center: Eco Amphitheater and Stormwater Management Study Roslyn, PA Wissahickon Creek Park: Sand Seepage Wetland Stormwater Best Management Practice Philadelphia, PA Sepviva Street: Concrete Infiltration Unit Philadelphia, PA Green Demolition Specifications: Preserving the Potential in Vacant Lands for Green Infrastructure Cleveland, OH Rediscovering Urban Soils: Vacant Lots, Soils, and the Sustainable Management of Stormwater Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Omaha, NE MOVING PARK ÂŠ: A Pop-up Park Concept Philadelphia , PA 1 3 4 5 7 8 10 11 12 2 2 BAU Architecture 3 Biohabitats, Inc. 4 Birdsall Services Group 5 CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, LLC 6 9 6 CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, LLC 7 Charles Loomis Chariss McAfee Architects 8 Detroit Collaborative Design Center Bloody Run Creek Greenway Redevelopment Project Detroit, MI The Radian: Green Roof for a Mixed-Use Development Philadelphia, PA Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School: Green Infrastructure and Landscape Improvements Philadelphia, PA Overbrook Environmental Education Center: Green Infrastructure and Landscape Improvements Philadelphia, PA Raised Bed Rain Garden Metuchen, New Jerseyn Carpenter Square: A Mixed-Use Infill Development Philadelphia, PA 9 Erdy McHenry Architecture, LLC/ Roofmeadow 10 Gilmore & Associates 11 JASTECH Development Services, Inc. 13 12 JFS Engineering, PC 13 Johnston Stromberg Architecture EXHIBITION LIST 14 KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc. Ingersoll Commons: New Affordable Housing and Public Park Philadelphia, PA Cafe Olam: Adaptive Reuse to Engage the Community and the Environment Philadelphia, PA Hawthorne Park: A Sustainable Public Park Philadelphia, PA ACME Market: Heat Island and Stormwater Management Improvements Wilmington, DE Schenley Park: Panther Hollow Watershed Restoration Pittsburgh, PA Van Sciver Elementary School: Saddlerâ€™s Woods Rain Garden Haddonfield, NJ Gustine Lake Interchange Improvement Project Philadelphia, PA Big Green Block: Comprehensive Green Infrastructure Improvements Philadelphia, PA Patch/Work Philadelphia: Sustainable Design in an Existing Urban Framework Philadelphia, PA Jones Falls Baltimore: Whose Right of Way? Baltimore, MD Navy Yard Corporate Center: Green Infrastructure and Landscape Improvements Philadelphia, PA Independence Charter School: Rain Garden Philadelphia, PA SHARE Rooftop Farm Philadelphia, PA 14 17 19 22 24 25 26 18 20 15 15 & 16 LIMN Architects 17 LRSLA Studio 18 Meliora Environmental Design LLC 19 Meliora Environmental Design LLC 21 23 20 Meliora Environmental Design LLC 21 Michael Baker Corporation 22 New Kensington CDC 23 OLIN 24 ParadoXcity 25 Pennoni Associates, Inc. 27 26 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 27 Roofmeadow Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! EXHIBITION LIST 28 SALT Design Studio Linwood Park Ardmore, PA 28 31 33 35 37 40 41 29 32 30 29 SALT Design Studio Streetscape Improvements for 63rd Street Philadelphia, PA Reveille House: Bioretention Structures Richmond, VA Germantown Friends School: Sustainable Urban Science Center Philadelphia, PA North Third Street Housing and Stormwater Study Philadelphia, PA Springside School: Rain Wall and Garden Philadelphia, PA Master Plan for Penn Treaty Park Philadelphia, PA Briar Bush Nature Center Entry Renovation Abington, PA Friends Center: Green Roof and Rainwater Collection Philadelphia, PA Stenton Station Roundabout Philadelphia, PA Middle Blue River Green Solutions Pilot Project Kansas City, MO Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan Pittsburgh, PA East Liberty Presbyterian Church: A Multi-Function Town Square Pittsburgh, PA Greenfield Elementary School: A Sustainable and Living Laboratory Schoolyard Philadelphia PA 30 Shepherd Studio 31 SMP Architects 32 SMP Architects 33 Stacy Levy 34 36 38 39 34 Studio Bryan Hanes 35 ThinkGreen LLC 36 UJMN Architects + Designers 37 Urban Engineers, Inc. 38 URS Corporation 39 Viridian Landscape Studio 40 Viridian Landscape Studio 41 Viridian Landscape Studio PARTNERS PILOT PROJECT FOR THE SUSTAINABLE SITES INITIATIVE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - SHOEMAKER GREEN RAIN GARDEN WITH NATIVE PLANT COMMUNITY SURFACE CONDITION CONVEYANCE OUTDOOR CAFE SPACE SMITH WALK EXTENSION AERIAL VIEW STORMWATER SYSTEMS 7 20,000 GALLON CISTERN BEING LOWERED INTO PLACE 5 WATER FROM TRENCH DRAIN ENTERING RAINGARDEN WEIR WALL STONES BEING SET WEIR WALL SITE TOUR WITH PHILADELPHIA WATER DEPARTMENT 3 1 2 4 SmartDrain SYSTEM 6 1. CISTERN 2. RAIN GARDEN 3. TREE TRENCH SYSTEM 4. SUBSURFACE STORAGE AREA 5. SmartDrain SYSTEM 6. STORM SEWER 7. BUILDING CONDENSATE FROM HVAC SYSTEMS 3 BASE EXCAVATION 1 DESIGNED SOILS FOR WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS SUBSURFACE STORAGE AREA ECO AMPHITHEATER EXISTING SITE Bequeathed to Abington Township, the historic Grove Park House is located along the Sandy Run Creek between the main thoroughfare of Willow Grove, Easton Road, and Grove Park. BAU Architecture worked with the Township to envision the incorporation of the house and its property elegantly into the existing township park. PERSPECTIVE GROVE PARK HOUSE 1 16 6 7 15 14 9 8 12 2 4 3 4 The initial goal was to carve out a public space for community and cultural events while also generating a destination to increase pedestrian access and tra c to the nearby main business district. The existing historic house was converted into a community arts and education center which can utilize the new eco amphitheater in its programming along with the public and other arts organizations. Between the community center and amphitheater lie a series of healing gardens and a vegetated labyrinth designed to o er the public a place to unwind and re ect on the natural beauty found within the park. 8 5 4 8 6 11 10 1. GROVE PARK HOUSE: COMMUNITY ARTS AND EDUCATION CENTER 2. GRAVEL PARKING LOT 3. GROVE PARK DOG RUN 4. BIOSWALE 5. PEDESTRIAN PROMENADE AND GREEN BUFFER 6. RAINWATER GARDENS 7. LABYRINTH GARDENS 8. LAWN: FARMERS MARKET AND FESTIVAL/EVENT SPACE 9. STEPPED GRASS AMPHITHEATER 10. STAGE AND RAIN WATER CISTERN 11. STAGE SCREEN AND TRAILHEAD WITH TRAIL INFORMATION 12. INTERPRETIVE TRAIL 13. SANDY RUN CREEK 14. ADA ACCESSIBILITY 15. POTENTIAL SEASONAL ICE RINK 16. EASTON ROAD 7 12 5 9 4 10 14 6 9 13 SITE PLAN GOALS RAINWATER CISTERN 10 ACCESS ECOLOGY integrate the community into the park - raise community awareness, concern, and appreciation for the creek environment through sustainable education and ecological demonstration 12 INTERPRETIVE TRAIL 11 provide educational opportunities for school children and adults alike ADA ACCESSIBILITY 14 create accessible route through the park by removing limiting barriers RESTORE ECOSYSTEM new sculptural treatment of the park will prevent harmful run-o to Sandy Run Creek10 nearby dog park run-o will be mitigated BIOSWALE 4 native plants and restored banks will prevent erosion and logical answers to landscaping water needs by collecting and storing rain water encourage wildlife A variety of site improvements were designed to maximize accessibility and usability of the grounds. Street calming strategies were employed along bustling Easton Road using stormwater gardens and ow through planters to increase pedestrian safety. The main grounds were carved into a gradually sloping eco amphitheater for community performances while the stage doubles as a rain water retention cistern to prevent run-o from entering the Sandy Run waterway and provide landscaping water during dry seasons. The area around the stage will serve as a gateway to the park and a new interpretive trail planned along the creek where interactive exhibits will educate the public on the importance of stormwater management and the natural creek ecosystem. This new porous, ADA compliant interpretive trail makes the existing township park accessible to all members of the public. The introduction of bioswales at the edge of the parking lot and along the perimeter of the dog park work to reduce incidental pollution from reaching Sandy Run Creek. MANAGE STORMWATER create a public space ecosystem 5 manage run-o through sensitive solutions that enrich the community RAINWATER GARDENS 6 provide GREEN BUFFER public events and activities will generate tra c and commerce to nearby businesses LAWN 8 ENGAGE COMMUNITY 1 multi-functional public space encourages community cohesion through year-round activities STEPPED GRASS AMPHITHEATER 9 in winter, base of amphitheater doubles as an ice rink 15 STAGE 10 in summer, can host concerts, community theater performances and movie showings REVITALIZE URBAN CORRIDOR use street calming principles to provide safe pedestrian access encouraging pedestrian access to the commercial corridor 5 8 space for farmers market, health and wellness activities, community center programs and festival grounds 14 all members of public can participate PROCESS ABINGTON TOWNSHIP 1176 OLD YORK ROAD; ABINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA 19001 267.536.1000 WWW.ABINGTON.ORG BAU ARCHITECTURE LLC 7913 PARK AVENUE; ELKINS PARK, PENNSYLVANIA 19027 215.782.2228 WWW.BAUARCHITECTURE.COM 2 Cross Section–Wissahickon Sand Seepage Wetland Stormwater BMP (nts) Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association Sand Seepage Wetland Stormwater BMP Wissahickon Creek sand/wood mix (80:20) ephemeral stormwater his project consists of a woodland trail placed overtop of a gravity sewer paralleling the Wissahickon Creek. e trail was in poor condition due to stormwater discharge from an approximately 30-acre drainage area which was also eroding a channel between the receiving stream and the pipe outfall. e approach used to solve these problems and improve stormwater quality and quantity was an innovate ecological engineering technique called a ‘sand seepage wetland.’ is approach involved • covering the trail with a 3-foot deep layer of coarse sand amended with 20% (by volume) shredded hardwood, • building a boulder and cobble riﬄe grade control across the eroding channel that delivers the stormwater to the Wissahickon Creek, and • planting the side slopes of the sand seepage bed in native plants. e boulder and cobble riﬄe grade control restricts discharge to the Wissahickon during peak runoﬀ periods, storing the water behind the sand seepage trail, which increases the water T surface area and enhances existing wetland water quality treatment and quantity attenuation. e mechanism for the water quality treatment is ﬁltration through the carbon-rich sand ﬁlter media (sand trail with 20% shredded hardwood) as well as enhancement of natural wetland and ﬂoodplain treatment through runoﬀ detention. As the peak discharge passes, water stored behind the sand berm and the boulder and cobble riﬄe grade control is able to ﬁnd its way into the receiving stream over a period of 24 to 72 hours. e sand berm presents a ﬁrmer and cleaner substrate for hikers. e hydrology of the wetland ﬂoodplain forest is improved, with supplemental beneﬁts to the plant community, including suppression of non-native invasive species. e positive environmental stewardship eﬀect of this project on the surrounding suburban community cannot be overstated. Similar projects that have been studied resulted in an order of magnitude reduction in peak discharge, and reductions of total suspended sediment, total nitrogen, and total phosphorus. Typical Trail Seepage Berm Cross Section (nts) Typical Weir Profile (nts) Plan View–Wissahickon Sand Seepage Wetland Stormwater BMP outfall Legend sand seepage feature trail over existing sewer right of way bridge existing sewer alignment water surface for 72 hours after precipitation (light, medium and heavy rainfall) stream riffle grade control in outfall channel N N N Trail with bridge before restoration Eroding outfall channel before restoration Immediately after construction with one inch of rainfall Path with bridge in distance one year after construction Project Details • Drainage area to BMP is approximately 30 acres • Riffle grade control sized for conveyance of the 10-year storm discharge (approximately 65 CFS) • Sized to provide quality treatment for a 1.5-inch precipitation event • Maximum storage volume is the 25-year storm discharge • Designed and permitted in 2010, constructed in January and February 2011 • Design and construction cost: $79,000 (approximately three dollars per square foot) drainage area served by sand seepage wetland stormwater BMP 3 base map ©2010 Google outfall Bob Adams Director of Stewardship Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association 12 Morris Road Ambler, PA 19002 215.646.8866 firstname.lastname@example.org Joe Berg Biohabitats, Inc. 2081 Clipper Park Road Baltimore, MD 21211 410.554.0156 email@example.com Sharon Yates A.D. Marble & Company 375 East Elm Street, Suite 101 Conshohocken, PA 19428 484.533.2500 firstname.lastname@example.org © Biohabitats, Inc. Contacts: Birdsall Services Group worked closely with Philadelphia Water Department personnel to design and develop a prototype infiltration unit associated with a water and sewer project on Sepviva Street. The actual unit was designed to provide collection of stormwater along the curb edge at points associated with tree pits, thereby providing, collection, storage and infiltration. Birdsall worked with the prefabrication manufacturer and the contractor to develop and install the units as a trial. The units were intended to be used in sequence with other storage systems such as trenches, and help to promote healthy tree growth by directing stormwater to the root growth areas. Designer Gerald DeFelicis, RLA & Engineer Anthony LaRosa, PE 4 Abstract One often overlooked area in urban redevelopment is the role of demolition. One of the first steps in urban renewal projects for blighted neighborhoods is to demolish abandoned properties. However, there is very little information known about the existing soil conditions prior to demolition, the practice of the demolition itself, and then the subsequent backfilling of soil into the former building envelope. In many instances, the resulting vacant lot sits for a period of years and acts as a sort of unmanaged Green Infrastructure (GI) until redevelopment commences. In coordination with the US EPA Office of Research and Development National Risk Management Research Laboratory (ORD-NRMRL), USEPA Region 5, and the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (CCLRC), prototyped Green Demolition specifications that would improve the outcome of demolition with a vacant lot that could be used many different purposes, including redevelopment. Detailed soil investigations were conducted on five lots in the city of Cleveland, Ohio pre- and post-demolition to determine their soil properties and how soils were to the process of demolition, and better understand the sources and nature of backfill soils What Not to Do!!! The issues at hand In many of our major cities, populations have been steadily declining since the 1950’s. One result of population decline and the foreclosure crisis is a glut of abandoned homes throughout Cleveland OH. These abandoned homes were both an eyesore and also a place where criminal activities were occurring. The City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation created a set of processes to clear the disposition of vacant homes, schedule demolition, and ensure that the vacant lot is properly stabilized. However, if the demolition is not carried out properly, much debris and poor soil cover render the vacant lot as just another piece of impervious surface. We examine the demolition process to see how these activities can be guided by new expectations (i.e., green demolition specifications) carried out to yield vacant lots that can be used for stormwater management, redevelopment, pocket parks, among other productive land uses. Materials and Methods • Demolition activities for five abandoned homes within one neighborhood were observed. • Soil physical and chemical properties were measured pre demolition . • Homes were completely demolished and all debris was removed from the property. • Backfilling activities were observed; soil analysis of the backfill materials was conducted. A. Soil pit adjacent to a demolished residence. The native soil were formed from aeolian sand deposits and is both extremely coarse in texture and rapid in permeability. The native soil has enormous capacity to serve as Green Infrastructure in attenuating stormwater runoff. B Above: The physical act of demolition impacts both the target and adjacent lots. Right: In the new paradigm, all debris must be removed prior to any backfilling activities. B. Actual backfill material that the contractor has imported to the site. This material consists of lacustrine silts and clays (in addition to construction debris) and has a very low permeability. By using this type of backfill material, the capacity for stormwater to reach the native sandy soils is severely impeded, reducing its potential as Green Infrastructure. Overview This investigation covered two areas; the quantification of the soil conditions prior to demolition and the process of filling in the former foundation with imported fill material and topsoil. We found a high degree of variability in the actual process of demolition, as well as a wide range of soil materials that were brought in as fill. Additionally, there are methods of placing both fill material and topsoil which would be more mindful of compaction and create a better environment for the establishment of turfgrass and/or Risk landscaped vegetation National Management Research for these properties. Laboratory We believe that it is possible to create a “Green Demolition” protocol that Sustainable Technology Division creates GI for every newly demolished lot. Sustainable Environments Branch CEDARVILLE Engineering Group 1218 Kimberton Road, PO Box 72 Chester Springs, PA 19425 610-827-9200 5 www.cedarvilleeng.com Clockwise from Upper Left: The basement foundation must be completely removed prior to backfilling; the subgrade soils are graded level; then subgrade soil is scarified prior to the placement of appropriate topsoil; the topsoil is next spread in such a manner so that the machinery will not re-compact the surface. www.cedarvilleeng.com We recommend that prior to any type of Green Infrastructure being considered, a thorough assessm ent of the soi ls and landscape must first be conducted . Historically, the level of baseline information for urban soils is primi ti ve, i f any i nfo rmati on is available at all. In addition to the dearth of soils data, a typical geotechnical investigation is focused only on vi abi li ty for soil stabi li ty vis-à-vis building construction, and are thereby deficient in both the scale and detail of informati on requi red to make responsible planning decisions for Green Infrastructure (GI) proj ects. We developed an urban soil assessment protocol to guide detailed soil investigatio ns on vacant lots and city -owned parks in Cleveland, Cincinnati OH, and Omaha NE to determine soil and landscape suitability for GI . This investigation encompassed the physical and chemi cal characteri zati on of soil properties as it relates to mitigating impacts from a Combined Sewer System . This figure (above) uses GPR data to show the boundary between anthropogenic (fill) soils and the native soils, which were Pleistocene-Age dune deposits (break at 50 cm or 20 inches). At a time when post-industrial US cities struggle to mitigate combined sewer overflows (CSO) as a part of long-term control plans negotiated or settled under a Clean Water Act (CWA 1972) consent decree, these same cities are also rapidly accumulating vacant properties due to legacy blight, and unprecedented foreclosure on residential, commercial, and industrial properties. These properties find their way into the inventory of city-run land banks where the disposition of vacant land can be stabilized, the title cleared, demolition and site closure can be carried out, at which point properties await repurposing. Since there is a concomitant need for detention of stormwater runoff and an availability of land mass, this arrangement suggests opportunities for this land to be used as a sink for excess stormwater runoff, urban agriculture, green space, expansion of city parks, among other uses that foster social-equity, economic stabilization, and environmental quality in traditionally underserved locations. • Soil Investigations with a Geoprobe to depths of 12-16 feet. Core samples were then inspected in the field to locate the transition fill and native soils, soil diagnostic horizons or layers by visual cues (change in color, texture, location of a clear impeding layer, etc.). • Permeability measurements of both the surface and subsurface soil layers. • Geophysical analysis utilizing both Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Electromagnetic Induction (EM). IS ALL URBAN LAND THE SAME? The soil profiles listed below are all mapped as Urban Land in the USDA-NRCS Soil Survey The figure above shows subsoil hydraulic conductivity (a limiting factor for infiltration performance) values for native sub-areas at each sampled location. Hydraulic conductivity test depths ranged from 60 to 180 cm (2 to 6 ft). Above: The soil investigation team and our community outreach. Right: The interface between the combined sewer system and potential green infrastructure While these urban soils are quite variable compared to a natural setting, trends can be found that will allow for the creation of an accurate urban soils map. This information is of critical importance for the end user, in this case City Planners and Engineers, who are accountable to taxpayers and regulatory agencies for successful management of municipal issues such as stormwater and CSO management. There are stark differences between what has been traditionally (and minimally ) done with Soil Taxonomy and Soil Survey work in an urban setting. Furthermore, the level of information required for adequate land use planning is also beyond the capabilities of a traditional geotechnical investigation. In contemporary urban land management, it is critical to know the depth of fill material, the nature of the fill material, and the underlying native soil. We suggest a set of methods and experiences as a protocol for urban soil survey and hydraulic assessment work. It is our hope that this work will stimulate dialogue between the soil scientist and the land use planners and National Risk Management Research designers. Carrying out an effort such as this takes an Laboratory interdisciplinary team to fully understand the various connections amongst soils, stormwater, , and human Sustainable Technology Division impacts on managed ecosystems. CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, 1218 Kimberton Road, PO Box 72 Chester Springs, PA 19425 610-827-9200 www.cedarvilleeng.com These soil profiles exhibit a typical range of soils found during this investigation. The photo on the left illustrates the contact between the fill material from both the house construction and subsequent demolition, and glaciofluvial parent material. The middle photo shows the contact with aeolian dune sand deposits and the photo on the right illustrates a residual parent material. These transitions are all present between 1 and 2 meters (3-6 ft). www.cedarvilleeng.com Sustainable Environments Branch 6 MOVINGPHILADELPHIA PARK 100 OPPORTUNITIES A Philadelphia neighborhood-based moving park appears in one residential street, lingers for a day or two before disappearing to another, and leaves you wishing for its return. Was it real? As a continuously temporary quarter-acre park, MOVING PARK delights residents and enables them to momentarily inhabit and actually see the potential of urban greening and inspired place-making. “Its greatest strength is that it physically expresses potential.” Project team: Chariss McAfee, Charles Loomis, Caitlin Martin © Can imagination and education encourage the emergence of green stormwater infrastructure in older, ultra-urban environments? Understanding how the surface expression of these technologies impacts and possibly transforms a neighborhood is also critical to its acceptance. 7 IMAGES COURTESY OF GOOGLE STREET VIEW 8 THE RADIAN Erdy McHenry Architecture | Roofmeadow University of Pennsylvania | 3925 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA The Radian is situated within the view of a McDonalds, a few upscale restaurants, a wide greenspace, and a cluster of high-rise student housing complexes. It is built with contested space in mind: it neither belongs to the medley of retail spaces that mark West Philadelphia nor to the flat academic buildings that are signature of University City. It gracefully blurs the line between these two frictional landscapes, while simultaneously upgrading the language of both. The Radian is a student apartment community in University City. The residential mass of the structure, elevated over the base, allows for daylight and striking neighborhood views to penetrate the windows of the Radian. The angular massing, named after the ratio between the length of an arc and its radius, enables the afternoon sun to reach the narrow street to the north. The building features both a green roof and a prefabricated rain screen facade. The project is a unique example of using green roofs to receive and treat runoff from adjacent rooftop areas. Four green roof areas, totaling 12,200 square feet manage runoff from 28,600 square feet, absorbing more than a quarter million gallons and preventing it from entering the City’s sewer system. Impervious roof and pavement areas drain onto adjacent green roofs. The green roofs, ranging in thickness from 4 to 6 inches, are designed to efficiently percolate the received runoff and slow its progress as it flows through granular soil toward the roof drains. This maximizes moisture uptake by soil and plants and runoff rate and volume are substantially reduced. On two of the roofs manifolds and/or stone channels are used to transition the runoff from adjacent roof areas. None of the green roof areas have permanent irrigation. Since being installed in 2008, the green roofs have functioned as designed, without water erosion or upsets resulting from excessive moisture. All of the roofs have developed dense ground covers of Sedum, supplemented in some instances by planters with colorful perennials. In two areas, planters are used to intercept, slow, and filter runoff. DN 1 2 3 UP PE-1 PE-2 SE-3 DN DN UP The deployment of green areas to intercept stormwater runoff is believed to delay the runoff peak by about 50 minutes reducing contribution to flow rates in the receiving storm sewer. The project also includes two underground stormwater detention facilities that intercept runoff from other impervious surfaces. The design garnered a Stormwater Best Management Practices Award from the Philadelphia Water Department in 2007. UP TYPICAL FLOOR PLAN 4 5 6 The roof visible from the restaurant peaks in June with multiple Sedum species and Dianthus blooming in pinks and yellow. In the fall as the weather cools, the green roof areas display rich reds, oranges, and yellows. The green roof by the restaurant is punctuated with planters which provide a shock of bright color. Other green roof planters show interest throughout the growing season with species like Allium and Delosperma blooming in the spring, Geranium and Dianthus blooming throughout the summer, and the purple Asters showing their stuff in the fall. As the plant communities mature the media becomes increasingly bioactive and the green roof areas are able to evolve into biodiverse ecosystems. With the passage of time the green roof areas become more efficient at managing stormwater. PE-1 PE-2 SE-3 02-04 PE-4 RESTAURANT UP DN 01 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 South Facade Residential Lobby Upper Dining Terrace Street Level Dining/Retail Lower Dining Terrace Aerial View West Terrace Floor Green Roof Residential Entry Stairs Walnut Street Retail Terrace Floor Green Roof 8 9 Tributary Roof (Impervious) Tributary Roof (Impervious) Green Roof (Pervious) Green Roof (Pervious) Stormwater Path Flow Stormwater Path Flow TERRACE FLOOR PLAN 09 GREEN ROOF DETAIL Sedum Ground Cover Growth Media Separation Fabric Drainage Media Protection Layer Root Barrier Primary Membrane Rigid Insulation Roof Deck 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 RESTAURANT RETAIL Sedum album ‘Coral Carpet’ A roof cover workhorse Sedum that provides excellent coverage and stormwater absorption. In the spring the foliage emerges like little green beads and presents white flowers in the summer. In the fall the foliage turns a brilliant red. PE-1 PE-2 UP SE-3 PE-4 BUILDING SECTION GROUND FLOOR PLAN Sedum spurium ‘Summer Glory’ This green roof manages stormwater from the surrounding pavement and serves as an amenity for the adjacent restaurant. Diners sitting at tables directly next to the green roof enjoy cooler temperatures than they otherwise would and the visual appeal of the lush green carpet. The 4,200 sf green roof manages water from an additional 3,400 sf. A thirsty and sturdy roof cover whose dark pink flowers appear late in the summer season off of tender green shoots. Roots extend 4” deep making this an excellent plant for thin compliance green roofs. Spurium is easily established from cuttings. Sedum Takesimensis The distinct serrated edges of the foliage help with identification of this slow growing, mounding succulent. Bright yellow flowers emerge in August. A roof cover plant that is will remain evergreen throughout a mild Philadelphia winter. Dianthus Carthusianorum Native to Europe, occurring in dry, grassy habitats often in the mountains. In the spring when the blooms shoot skyward, this perennial is a radiant show stopper at the Radian. Sedum Floriferum Canary yellow blooms emerge from an emerald green ground cover make this roof sing in the late spring. A tough plant that can tolerate periods of desication even in direct sunlight. Pinch piece from the plant, distribute the cuttings and watch new plants root and grow. 10 9 AERIAL VIEW EAST In combination, the Radian green roofs, comprised largely of drought tolerant succulent plants, manage approximately 250,000 gallons of stormwater per year and through evapotranspiration, the vegetation helps to cool the rooftop temperature. These benefits, among others, help to offset the effects of urbanization. This is one of the few sites in Philadelphia, where green roofs are visible to pedestrians and patrons of a private business and, serve as both an amenity and as a stormwater management device. VIEW WEST ON WALNUT STREET Located on the 3900 block of Walnut Street, the Radian is a student housing-complex composed of 150 plus apartments, 500 beds and 40,000 square feet of retail space. A retail plinth along Walnut Street is made up of a series of storefronts that intentionally resurrect the street’s former silhouette by playfully undulating the vertical scale. Above it rises the residential tower, sharing space with Penn’s other high-rises just a few block away. 10 11 A Case for Merging Stormwater Management and Agriculture in the Urban Environment Project Location: Metuchen, New Jersey Project Client: Schaffer Residence Photo and Detail Credits: Joe Schaffer, PE Rain is a gift and a renewable resource, not a nuisance. Perhaps this has been a fundamental flaw in modern urban infrastructure design practice. Typical Urban BMP Implementation Constraints Constraint Effect Roofs and hardscape cover a large portion of Urban Areas. Unchecked peak storm water flows from Impervious surfaces. Anthropogenic Soils tend to be poorly draining due to compaction and composition. Most BMPs are unsuitable for an urban environment because they rely on positive drainage through infiltration. Cost to implement new technologies; monetary, physical, and cultural are enormous. Urban Infrastructure exhibits extreme inertia—a resistance to change from legacy. Limited “yard space” in Urban Areas reduces number of candidate sites for Surface BMPs. Implementation often limited to existing parks or urban renewal (eminent domain). Limited space devoted to people, cars, and buildings, BMPs rip the fabric of the street. Urban BMPs are typically buried tanks, ~5 to 10 times the cost compared to surface BMPs. Traditional BMP maintenance is echewed by the public; responsibility = culpability. BMPs in danger of disrepair; malfunctions and dumping can cause localized flooding. Rain barrels are a great start but mostly undersized for all but the smallest storms. Constant draining necessary to achieve desired attenuation of small storm runoff. The proposed stormwater management structure is intended to provide groundwater recharge, peak flow attenuation, and urban agricultural use for piped roof runoff. Stormwater runoff is introduced into a structure similar to a rain garden, however, instead of native plants in a pit, a raised bed food production garden is installed. The balance of the garden area is covered with ordinary turf grass. The structure will also function with a buried liner typical of most rain gardens (or without in heavy clay soils), or on a concrete pad with proper re-enforcement of the perimeter berm. This structure can be used to direct overflow to a stable outlet condition. It is important to note that as a point of stormwater concentration, an overflow must be included in the installation. In addition, monitoring after rain events is crucial for the health of many garden plants, which are minimally tolerant to extended flood conditions. For example, excessive watering can cause splitting in tomatoes. By introducing stormwater runoff into a discharge point adjacent to the plantings, the water will be treated within the soil matrix; this is as opposed to rain barrels that do not offer this treatment. In addition, the deliberate concentration of stormwater will cause a localized groundwater mounding effect, which will reduce the need for irrigation. As a structure sized for the anticipated Water Quality Storm, it will have a greater capacity to attenuate runoff from these storms. The project is “accessible” to the average gardener for cost, skill set, and tooling. A perimeter sod berm is constructed utilizing existing turf stripped from the future raised bed footprints. This berm is raised to accommodate a design storm from the contributing roof (s), creating supplemental runoff attenuation as well as a “key” for rodent fencing. Conclusion: Adapt Stormwater BMPs for multiple functionality. Example: Collect and concentrate rainwater to support a water intensive activity—local food production. Practiced since ancient times, gardening is a classic part of the Urban Vernacular Harvested rainwater preferred over “city” water due to chlorine residual Focusing harvested rainwater for irrigation reduces stress on City water system Reduced Food Miles and better utilization of Land and Leisure Time Community Gardens are proven to strengthen neighborhoods, an oasis in a food desert Incremental reduction in peak runoff as individual systems are brought online As urban areas densify, land cost increases. Buildings and structures are adapted for multiple functions as a result. Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) design has not yet caught up to this adaptation. Construction method used for this project: Survey the potential site to ensure good gravity drainage from the downspouts to the discharge point. Plan the proposed garden area. Compute the storage volume required for the design storm and the resulting berm height needed. Install liner system, if desired. Presence of a heavy clay soil may make a liner unnecessary. Set up a level line around the perimeter of the proposed garden area. Strip lawn sod into oblong “bricks” and lay upside to form the perimeter berm. Select one of the following options: Dig out the infiltration trench and perform a percolation test, target drain time is 72 hours; or Install extended downspout to drain directly into the turf garden paths, stabilize outlet with gravel as needed (preferred method). Install planting beds and high water overflow. Clean downspout and discharge as necessary. Perimeter sod wall under construction with yellow level string The site during installation, it is possible to build a BMP by hand Turf grass recovers quickly and armors the berm Pepper plants thrive with little watering InFill Philadelphia SoakItUp Exhibition 2012 12 A NEW MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT AT S 17TH AND CARPENTER STREETS, PHILADELPHIA, PA CARPENTER SQUARE PROJECT DETAILS Project Type: Mixed-Use Development Project Site: Previously Developed [currently vacant] Site Area: 17,772 SF Green Roofs: 9,855 SF Permeable Paving: 6,438 SF New Trees to be Planted: 16 - 20 Sedums to be Planted: 10,000+ GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE Green Roofs (all buildings) The site for the proposed Carpenter Square development is currently a vacant lot owned by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA). For the last 10+ years the site has remained one of the largest underutilized parcels in the Southwest Center City neighborhood. The PRA awarded the project to Carpenter Square, LP through a competitive RFP process in late 2011. The development team’s proposal differentiated itself by focusing on modern design that integrates sustainable design strategies and a program that includes a mix of housing, commercial, and public open space. Carpenter Square includes 11 townhomes, 6 condos, corner commercial, and a public plaza. The project integrates features such as passive ventilation, a high-performance building envelope, low ﬂow plumbing ﬁxtures, high-efﬁciency energy management systems, and Energy Star lighting and appliances. To manage stormwater runoff, the project incorporates over 9,800 SF of green roofs, several ﬂow-through planters, over 6,400 SF of permeable paving, and numerous stormwater planters. A majority of new vegetation will consist of native, non-irrigated, drought-tolerant plants. In addition to LEED for Homes certiﬁcation, the team is seeking certiﬁcation for the entire project through the LEED for Neighborhood Development program. With its modern design, mixed-use amenities, and extensive green features, Carpenter Square is poised as a model for future sustainable redevelopment in Philadelphia. Flow-Through Planters (plaza downspouts) Stormwater Planters (along sidewalks) Permeable Concrete Pavers (plaza & drive aisle) 16,585 SF= AREA MANAGED BY GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT TEAM The Goldenberg Group • Johnston Stromberg Architecture, Inc. • KS Engineers, P.C. • Elise Geyelin, RLA • MR Scott Development, LLC • Michelle Ashley, Prudential Fox & Roach, REALTORS • E&M Engineering • Larsen & Landis • MaGrann Associates • SOLIBS, LLC • Conspectus 13 Co-Developers: Community Ventures, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation & Philadelphia Water Department Architect: KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc. Stormwater Management Design: Stantec Park Design: Philadelphia Department of Public Property Ingersoll Park Ingersoll Park is the result of a unique 3-way public/private partnership between a private non-profit developer, (Community Ventures), Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Philadelphia Water Department. The development integrates a new major public open space, management of offsite stormwater, and new affordable sales homes, to revitalize a deteriorated urban neighborhood. The project will result in: > Redevelopment of a full-block vacant site in Lower North Philadelphia that will be a catalyst for neighborhood investment. > A new .64-acre Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation public park in an area lacking public open space. > Incorporation into the park of a Philadelphia Water Department stormwater management rain garden that will absorb runoff from 2 acres of surrounding public streets and support PWD’s “Green City, Clean Waters” program > For-sale affordable housing facing the park that provides “eyes and ears” on the park. The site at 16th and Master Street was acquired by the City in 1968. Originally planned for open space, the parcel remained vacant for over 40 years. The Philadelphia “Green 2015” plan identified Lower North Philadelphia as an area undeserved by public parks. Community Ventures saw the opportunity for a landmark development that would provide much needed public open space, address PWD’s public right-of-way stormwater management goals, and create a focal point and amenity for a new residential development facing the park. The new park and rain garden faces 16th Street, while the 10 new townhouses, accessed by a permeable paved driveway provide an attractive backdrop for the open space, as well as security for the park. Cost of the park and rain garden is $1m. Construction cost for the residential development is $2.6 m. Construction will begin spring 2013. 14 Designing on principals of regeneration and urban renewal, Cafe Olam’s operations will benefit from mutually catalytic relationships with the community, enterprises and organizations comprising the surrounding neighborhoods. - Benjamin Walmer, Principal, LiMN Architects Cafe Olam Cafe Olam shows, events, and educational & civically oriented programs. Info-Graphic Description of the culture spectrum: Using the actual geographic locations of venues surrounding the site, a weighted geometric form is generated. The angle of each segment shows its respective venues’ direction. The arc width of the segment grows with 1) increased frequency and 2) increased proximity of a particular type of venue. The arc depth is adjusted to emphasize certain types of venues. Like many of the other studies, the Jewish Population Survey of New P aradis e state Greater Philadelphia found that the "under 40" subset is our Pla Clean Y experiencing a decrease in connection to the Jewish community. This same demographic, however, does find and create community in nontraditional settings. They are spending time, money, and social capital in bars, restaurants, coffee shops, Ath ena Gib Labs P son Co mm un ec roj tB ash o te pennsylvania city ity Ed uca tio Glo n bal B Di eer stri o buti n Philadelphia Fringe Festival Of this demographic, the vast majority are not committed to significant Jewish identity. If the Jewish community seeks to engage and retain this demographic in Jewish life, we need to reorient our points of communal gathering to reflect these ongoing demographic shifts. Cafe Olam is the answer, and your support in building this community is necessary. Food Food & Beer Live Art Community Educational Religious Ph ila m oc a Jinxe De vn uts d Gun ner ’s R un B 340 S ound rew er y philadelphia neighborhood Silk City 15 www.limnarchitects.com Art Galleries northeast philly Floor Plan 05 06 09 07 08 04 03 10 Roof Plan 01 10 04 03 09 02 05 06 02 08 01 07 01 Pervious Paving 02 Elevator to Rooftop 03 Vertical Agriculture (above) 04 Outdoor CafĂŠ 05 Community Bread Oven 06 07 08 09 10 Stage Microbrewery Bar Event Space Conference Room (above) 01 Vertical Agriculture 02 Living Wall 03 Beer garden 04 Rooftop Farm 05 Bar 06 07 08 09 10 Photovoltaic Panels Hops Trellis Elevator to Rooftop Green Houses Compost Program 16 17 ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AT TROLLEY SQUARE, WILMINGTON, DE SITE CONTEXT: In collaboration with the Delaware Center for Horticulture and the City of Wilmington Office of Economic Development, Meliora Design transformed an existing ACME supermarket parking lot in Trolley Square into a green space that reduces urban heat island effects, helps to revitalize the community, and manages stormwater to reduce discharges to the city’s combined sewer system. In addition to ACME Markets, Inc., the project also received funding through the New Castle Conservation District and the Urban Heat Island Grant from the US Forest Service. Wilmington DESIGN: Underutilized impervious areas in parking lots provide an excellent opportunity for stormwater management. If feasible, these retrofits can improve water quality, reduce the volume of water leaving the site, provide educational benefits, and improve upon the aesthetics of the large impervious area. Using green stormwater infrastructure techniques that utilize soils, vegetation, and infiltration for stormwater management, the design includes a series of bioswales, bioretention, and a tree trench with a subsurface storage bed that provides a multifaceted system to manage runoff the parking lot. The removal of pavement and the planting of trees also provide site greening and shading, which help to mitigate urban heat island effects. The design maximizes the runoff volume capture of smaller storms at the site and provides a comprehensive demonstration of urban stormwater techniques. The project was constructed in the summer of 2010 and includes a large bioretention area in the parking lot adjacent to Delaware Avenue, a vegetated bioswale in the center of the parking lot, and a small bioswale that leads to a larger subsurface infiltration tree trench along North DuPont Street. Approximately 31,000 square feet of parking lot, or 0.7 acres, are managed by these systems. During very large storm events, overflow from these systems are directed to the existing sewer. Because of these quantifiable improvements, the City of Wilmington has granted ACME a reduction in their stormwater fee. Delaware GREEN STATISTICS 4,000 SF 11 322 GREEN SPACE CREATED NEW TREES NEW SHRUBS BENEFITS: ENVIRONMENTAL: SITE PLAN: S Meliora Design, LLC S PHOTO: DELAWARE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY · Manages between 0.7 INCHES and 2.0 INCHES of runoff from nearly 1.6 ACRES of impervious surfaces · Captures over 1 MILLION gallons of stormwater runoff per year · Urban habitat formed with native grasses, shrubs, and trees · Urban heat island reduction S ACME S COMMUNITY: BIOSWALE CAPTURES RUNOFF FROM PARKING AREA AND PROVIDES GREENING AND SHADING TREE TRENCH #1 CAPTURES RUNOFF FROM PARKING LOT AND PROVIDES SHADE N. Dupont St. · Economic revitalization of an important urban supermarket, providing healthy food sources within walking distance of several neighborhoods · Generates outdoor educational opportunities with signage · Enhances neighborhood aesthetics · Increases awareness of stormwater management LOT AND ENHANCES LAND- S 18 Restoring the Panther Hollow Watershed with Green Infrastructure Pennsylvania SITE CONTEXT: The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC) has embarked on a visionary effort to restore the hydrologic and ecological health of the Panther Hollow Watershed, located within Schenley Park and the neighborhoods of Oakland and Squirrel Hill. Characterized by a human lake at the lower end of an urbanized watershed, the tributary streams that feed the watershed and lake have been “beheaded”, buried, and diverted to the combined sewer system, in addition to the watershed’s upper drainage area. Such impacts have led to a significant loss of groundwater recharge and baseflow, causing the upper reaches of the streams to be dry, eroded channels, and the Lake water quality to suffer. At the same time, the stream channels suffer from flashy, excessive flows during rain events which have led to their continued erosion with much sediment finding its way into Panther Hollow Lake. Squirrel Hill DESIGN + SITE PLAN: In 2010, Meliora Design led a multi-firm team in the preparation of a restoration plan to restore the natural hydrologic regime of the Panther Hollow watershed through the implementation of green infrastructure. After identifying and prioritizing GI interventions, two pilot projects were selected in the upper reaches of the watershed to manage runoff where it is generated. The pilot projects, designed by Meliora, Andropogon and Cosmos Technologies are awaiting construction in 2013. Beacon Street GI Retrofit The design along Beacon Street converts an eroded and compacted lawn hillside into a stormwater feature that manages runoff from the right-of-way, creates valuable habitat through the establishment of a native meadow, enhances connectivity between the Park and Squirrel Hill neighborhood, and improves park aesthetics. New inlets convey road runoff into two infiltration trenches where it then percolates into the existing soils. During large storm events, the runoff overflows to level spreaders that evenly disperse the excess stormwater onto the meadow. New Tree Inlets Piped Flow Infiltration Bed No-Mow Turf Native Wildflower Meadow Pittsburgh Carnegie Mellon Oakland Schenley Park Meliora Design, LLC GREEN STATISTICS: 4.6 AC 35 395 GREEN SPACE ENHANCED NEW TREES NEW SHRUBS + PLANTS Greening the Greens at the First Tee of Pittsburgh The First Tee of Pittsburgh is a golf course located at the top of the Panther Hollow watershed. To mitigate runoff generated by the compacted lawn, modest infiltration berms were designed along the contours to impede the flow of runoff and allow it to infiltrate along the hillside. During heavy storms, the runoff will safely overflow to existing drainage features (inlets and swales) without causing unintended erosion. Located within the existing rough, the retentive grading and enhanced landscape provides stormwater benefit, while causing little interference to the players. New Tree Existing Tree Runoff Flow Infiltration Berm No-Mow Turf Existing rough BENEFITS: ENVIRONMENTAL: The GI designs strive to increase infiltration, enhance baseflow, and reduce erosive, “flashy” conditions to improve the health of the streams and lake (as shown above), as well as transform areas of traditional lawn into habitat-rich landscapes. VOLUME VOLUME CAPTURED AREA MANAGED CAPTURED PER YEAR (AC) IMPERVIOUS PERVIOUS (IN) (GAL) BEACON STREET GOLF COURSE 1.0 LANDSCAPE NEW ENHANCED TREES (AC) PLANTED 3.7 0.9 TBD 27 8 TBD 260,000 0.3 2.7 9.1 - Engaging the 1.0* Community 130,000 1.0 SKINNY SCHENLEY** * +/** Based on concept design 2.6 May MILLION 23, Schenley 3.6 Plaza Tent Discuss your favorite water, people, and land places COMMUNITY: June 30, Community Hike Review the potential demonstration project locations and give us your feedback Skinny Schenley Drive The PPC is enthusiastically pursuing funding to “skinny” a portion of Schenley Drive that meanders through the Park. A vegetated buffer and porous pavement recreational path, underlain by a subsurface infiltration bed, fits within the current cartway and shoulders to manage runoff generated by the remaining road and existing sidewalks. Where infiltration is not feasible in the lower portions of the watershed, the stormwater bed will slow the movement of runoff for slowrelease of treated water to the Phipps Run tributary. A skinny Schenley Drive will alleviate erosive streambank conditions caused by large impervious surfaces, and ameliorate flooding conditions on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. The new street design will also accommodate its multiple users and safely connect pedestrians and bicyclists to Squirrel Hill and Oakland, as well as the Park itself. Existing Road width = 40’ Proposed Road width = 26’ PHOTOS PROVIDED BY ROTHSCHILD DOYNO COLLABORATIVE 19 Led by Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, the Meliora Team, in collaboration with the PPC, engaged community stakeholders and residents during the green infrastructure planning process to ensure the plan reflects their needs and overall vision for the Park. Particularly, the designs: • Improve connectivity of the Park to adjacent neighborhoods • Enhance park and neighborhood aesthetics • Generate outdoor educational opportunities • Increase awareness of “wild” landscapes • Provide traffic calming and improves pedestrian safety in a high-traffic area (Skinny Schenley) 8’ Shoulder 12’ 12’ Driving Lanes 8’ Shoulder Runoff 2’ 11’ 11’ Driving Lane 2’ 4’ 10’ Shoulder Driving Lane Shoulder Vegetated Porous Pavement Buffer Path *Not to Scale VAN SCIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RAIN GARDENS AT SADDLER’S WOODS SITE CONTEXT: For several years, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network has led an effort to mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff on erosion and stream health in Saddler’s Woods, a 25-acre preserved woodland located in the very dense urban-suburban area of Haddonfield, NJ. As a part of this larger goal, Meliora Design and Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects provided a stormwater management design at the Van Sciver Elementary School to alleviate drainage problems that led to flooding, freezing, and unsafe walking conditions on the pavement and sidewalks in the main drop-off area. Haddon Township New Jersey DESIGN: The stormwater management design conveys stormwater runoff away from the parking lot and drop-off loop in front of the school, through two trench drains, onto attractive stone splash blocks, and into a series of vegetated swales and rain gardens. This series of berms and gentle landscape depressions slow and disperse water allowing it to absorb into the modified onsite soils and recharge groundwater through infiltration. The soils and native vegetation both filter runoff to improve water quality. The two rain gardens in front of the school building were designed with a continuous slope to ensure there would not be standing water in front of or around the school for any significant length of time, while the two rain gardens behind the school are intended to pond up to 6-inches of water before overflowing to the adjacent woodlands through a level spreader. In between the rain gardens, berms with large stone blocks allow access to the system for education and maintenance, while also slowing the velocity of water moving through the system. The planting palette included all native plants that are salt-tolerant due to the nature of the contributing drainage area and that are able to survive in variable moisture conditions. The design team worked closely with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and the School Board to make this system as safe and low-maintenance as possible, while providing an attractive, functional amenity. GREEN STATISTICS 7,000 SF 27 47 DENSELY VEGETATED GREEN SPACE CREATED NEW TREES NEW SHRUBS BENEFITS: ENVIRONMENTAL: SITE PLAN: Meliora Design, LLC Overflow Rain Garden Education Trail PHOTO: DELAWARE RIVERKEEPER NETWORK · · · · Valuable habitat formed with native grasses, shrubs, and trees and simple modifications to the landscape Manages the first 1-inch of runoff from nearly 32,000 square feet of impervious surfaces Captures 440,000 gallons of stormwater runoff per year Reduces erosion and improves stream health of tributaries in Saddler’s Woods Vegetated Swale Rain Garden Vegetated Swale COMMUNITY: Van Sciver Elementary School Trench Drains Meadow PHOTO: DELAWARE RIVERKEEPER NETWORK · · · · · Improves pedestrian safety in a high-traffic area Generates outdoor educational opportunities Enhances neighborhood aesthetics Increases awareness of “wild” landscapes Volunteer planting promotes a sense of stewardship PHOTO: DELAWARE RIVERKEEPER NETWORK Rendering by: Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects 20 21 the big green block 14 15 13 1 2 3 4 5 Art/Gateway* New Sidewalk and Curb Blair Street Sidewalk Extension New Parking Area Sheets into Basins Stormwater Education Murals 6 7 8 9 10 Vegetated Infiltration Gardens Educational Signage* New Pathway Access to EL Station Improved Sports Field Stormwater Tree Trenches 11 12 13 14 15 New Trees Improved Spray Park* Under-Court Stormwater Retention* Tot Playing Field* Dog Park* In 2008, NKCDC, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) met with the Mayorâ€™s Office of Sustainability to identify a 20 acre site in Fishtown/ Kensington as a location to highlight sustainable infrastructure and education. The Big Green Block (BGB) represents the application of innovative green infrastructure improvements to a new LEED Platinum high school, an existing recreation center, and the public spaces in and around these two areas. This project acts as a gateway to comprehensive community revitalization: connecting fractured communities, increasing engagement, leadership and social capital, leveraging community assets, history and culture, and tying into city and regional strategies. This site furthered these goals by increasing part- nerships, establishing new resources, and expanding reach to new residents and communities. Education and partnership has been critical to the implementation and success of these infrastructure improvements. Each partner brings expertise, resources, and a creative approach to addressing the needs of the site. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, Mural Arts Program and NKCDC worked to develop a master plan for the block identifying more than 16 locations and $2,000,000 in green infrastructure actions. Site improvements include infiltration gardens, stormwater tree trenches, water education murals, new play areas and greening. The site manages approximately 90% of its total stormwater. Phase II is expected to capture another 5%. Over the past 3 years, more than $46 million in green infrastructure improvements have been completed through the various partners. NKCDC's Sustainable 19125 program, the Mural Arts Program's interpretive murals, PWD's Green Ambassador program, Kensington CAPA's Green Team, and PHS all provide educational programming and awareness around the site which contribute to the community's understanding, protection, maintenance, and valuing of these public spaces. partners-supporters-thanks Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Mural Arts Program, Department of Parks and Recreation, Mayorâ€™s Office of Sustainability, Department of Environmental Protection, Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia Water Department, Fishtown Athletic Club, William Penn Foundation, Kensington CAPA High School 22 23 24 Navy Yard Corporate Center Infrastructure Project Philadelphia, PA BEFORE CONSTRUCTION As part of the redevelopment of the Philadelphia Navy Yard into an urban corporate center, Pennoni was responsible for the design of one mile of public infrastructure to support 1.5M SF of private development. The infrastructure design incorporated one mile of green stormwater infrastructure into a new roadway network. The project to redevelop the former brownfield was jointly funded by the Philadelphia Water Department and Liberty Property Trust. When the U.S. Navy substantially closed the Navy Yard, ownership was transferred to the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). Liberty Property Trust served as the agent for PIDC in the brownfield redevelopment. The infrastructure project includes the design and construction of one mile of new roads and several miles of new utility infrastructure. The roads were designed as “Green Streets” in accordance with the sustainability goals of the master plan. The design incorporated two different green stormwater details based on the street type defined in the master plan: stormwater planters and tree trenches. The landscape design was developed to blend the green stormwater components with the adjacent site development. Utilities (water, storm, sanitary, telephone/data, electric, gas) were located to facilitate the installation of green stormwater infrastructure. DURING CONSTRUCTION 25 Jeremy Colello, PE, ENV PV email@example.com Pennoni Associates Inc. 215-222-3000 www.pennoni.com 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 ENERGY 1 2 3 Daylighting and Natural Ventilation Geoexchange Wells with Distributed Mechanical Systems Photovoltaic Arrays 4 5 6 MATERIALS 4 5 6 Rapidly Renewable and Recycled Content Interior Finishes Polished Structural Concrete Floors Zinc and Fiber Cement Rainscreen Systems 7 8 9 STORMWATER 7 8 9 Cisterns for Rainwater Reuse Multilevel Green Roofs Courtyard Raingarden Landscape SUSTAINABLE URBAN SCIENCE CENTER GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL The new Sustainable Urban Science Center at Germantown Friends School provides state-of-the-art labs for chemistry, biology and physics plus independent study areas, shared faculty offices, and an exterior courtyard classroom. Germantown Friends School, a Quaker School located in a densely urban neighborhood of Philadelphia, expanded its upper school facilities to meet the needs of its growing science program. SMP Architects focused the design of the new center on “learning laboratory” didactic opportunities, embracing the School’s organizational mission of lifelong learning and stewardship of the natural environment. Throughout the facility, sustainability strategies are celebrated as visible, interactive experiences for students, advancing the future of sustainability through conversation and exploration, while inspiring the science researchers and leaders of tomorrow. RECYCLING DUMPSTER CHEMISTRY LAB CHEM PREP CHEMISTRY LAB PHYSICS LAB EXISTING BUILDING GREEN ROOF CLASSROOM UPPER GALLERY EXISTING BUILDING PHYSICS PREP PHYSICS LAB 0 8’ 16’ SECOND FLOOR PLAN N RECYCLING DUMPSTER BIOLOGY LAB BIO PREP BIOLOGY LAB MECH. GEOEXCHANGE FIELD LOBBY INDEPENDENT STUDY EXISTING BUILDING FACULTY OFFICE EXISTING BUILDING OUTDOOR CLASSROOM MTG ROOM RESOURCE ROOMS 0 8’ 16’ FIRST FLOOR PLAN N 31 Photo Credit: Barry Halkin Photography THE URBAN MEADOW North Third Street is unique. A mostly residential corridor with active neighborhood groups, a successful community development corporation, and a potential appetite for additional housing, the corridor lacks public and private green space, and a buffer from adjacent industrial uses. The relative proximity of North Third Street to Temple University and several modes of public transportation make it a potential site for a variety of housing development - mixed income owner-occupied developments and rental housing units may be viable along the corridor and in the adjacent neighborhood. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society CENTRAL PARK identified a synergy in the potential for new housing construction in this area and the Philadelphia Water Department’s desire to establish development models that innovatively comply with current stormwater regulations. Environmentally responsible “green” methods of managing stormwater could be a source of inspiration and even funding for a proposed North Third Street greenway and nearby development. Neighborhood open spaces, sidewalks, streets, and houses should be built so that they manage stormwater on site, potentially redirecting money that would otherwise be spent on underground infrastructure. The site for the study produced by SMP Architects, with Meliora Environmental Design, is bounded by Berks, Third, Norris, and Fourth Streets in North Philadelphia. Although the project does repsond to specific site conditions, it should be considered a model, or better, a set of suggested concepts, for housing and open space development in an urban environment. Our proposals for this site are intended to imagine new urban development possibilities that consider stormwater management strategies as generative concepts. We envision housing, water, and open space working together. THE COMMONS NORTH THIRD STREET HOUSING AND STORMWATER STUDY 32 33 A A A A A PENN TREATY PARK MASTER PLAN PLAN ELEMENTS A. Rain Gardens on Street B. Penn Treaty Sculpture C. Treaty Ground Obelisk D. William Penn Sculpture E. Glass Canopy F. Water Feature G. Cafe H. Promenade I. The Big Lawn J. Children’s Play Area K. Picnic Grove L. Seatwall M. Jetty N. Wetlands O. Pebble Shore P. Cantilevered Pier Q. Boat Dock R. Sculpture S. Bike Path T. Future Bike Path U. Current Shoreline A Penn Treaty Park occupies the site where William Penn and the Lenni Lenape tribes forged a treaty in 1682 promising peaceful coexistence between their peoples. As a historically signi cant site, it has su ered from relative obscurity. In its current context the park is at the center of a growing movement to revitalize the Central Delaware Riverfront, and bring this territory back into the public realm as a recreational, economic and ecological amenity. Located within the 100-year ood plain, the site’s 6-foot tidal uctuation could foster a unique habitat were it not for the concrete bulkheads and stone rip-rap constricting the river’s edge. Additionally, the site is located near two CSO outfall pipes that compromise the delicate riparian ecosystem. The Interstate 95 overpass and several lanes of tra c on Delaware Avenue make public access di cult. The proposed master plan restores 3 acres of tidal and non-tidal riparian wetlands and the riparian edge, improving river function, quality, and ood plain storage capacity. The design is carbon-neutral and requires zero municipal water use. Maximization of pervious surfaces, usage of native plant species, water reuse for restrooms and water features, composting toilets, and on-site renewable energy generation help meet these goals. The park not only in ltrates rainwater that falls within the site boundaries but it also intercepts stormwater runo from approximately 30 acres of adjacent impervious surface. Integral to the success of the design are new walking paths, bike lanes, and increased public transit, all of which improve public access to the new park. C D G E W J B F I H T K R S V L N O S N N Q U M L L P S 0’ 5’ 10’ 20’ 40’ T ing, materials, ground surfaces, and lighting techniques. Note: All shaded back areas are outside the project limit. The programmed spaces of the park revolve at the edges of the property around the central open space. Each of these edges suggests distinct programmatic possibilities. In turn, each provides opportunities for di erent plant- VIEW AT PIER: The pier reaches out into the river, providing the widest prospect of the river and the Ben Franklin Bridge. With ample and varied seating, and a lawn terrace, it is an inviting perch from which to enjoy the views. The terminus is cantilevered to minimize the impacts to the existing shoreline. PENN TREATY PARK SHERWOOD DESIGN ENGINEEERS │ JzTI │ JANUARY 2010 STUDIO│BRYAN HANES Sidewalk planters absorb the rst ush of stormwater from adjacent streets 1 2 3 4 Stormwater Cells also absorb the rst ush of stormwater from streets. The Trays absorb stormwater over ow from the streetside and tidal ux from the riverside. Tidal wetlands create shallow water habitat at the river’s edge. SECTIONS THROUGH SOFT EDGE OF SITE: The shoreline is recon gured to allow the tidal ow of the Delaware River to reach up into the park; reconnecting the oodplain to the river, improving the ecological value of the riparian zone, and creating valuable tidal wetland habitat. WATER FLOW STORMWATER FLOW OVERFLOW eastern cottonwood_populus deltoides sweet bay magnolia_magnolia viginiana sycamore_platanus occidentalis american beech_fagus grandifolia sweetgum_liquidambar styracifolia silky dogwood_cornus amomum marsh st. johns wort_triadenum virginicum lawn royal fern_osmunda regalis black walnut_juglans nigra river birch_betula nigra fetterbush_leucothoe racemosa lawn northern arrowwood_viburnum recognitum sweet pepperbush_clethra alnifolia green ash_fraxinus pensylvanica hemlock parsley_ conioselinum chinense lawn river bulrush_schoenoplectus ﬂuviatilis swamp dogwood_cornus racemosa annual wild rice_zizania aquatica burreed_sparganium augustifolium smartweed_polygonum pensylvanicum three square bulrush_schoenoplectus pungens arrow arum_peltandra arifolium spatterdock_nuphar polysepala tapertip rush_juncus acuminatus three way sedge_dulichium arundinaceum softstemmed bulrush_schoenoplectus tabernaemontani sweetﬂag_ acorus calamus walk 1 walk 2 walk 3 walk 4 walk 5 walk 1 walk 2 walk 3 walk 4 walk 5 VIEW OF FOUNTIAN AND GLASS CANOPY: The photovoltaic-out tted glass canopy provides a exible space for both casual and spontaneous WALKS THROUGH EXISTING PARK WALKS THROUGH PROPOSED PARK activity, café seating, and large-scale events and festivals. The interactive fountain engages children while also providing a sound barrier from I-95 and adjacent Delaware Avenue. VIEW AT PEBBLE BEACH: Nestled within the wetlands, a small gravel beach would allow for toe-dipping, rock skipping and kayak launching. There was strong community support for a place to launch small, human-powered water craft. SURFACE CATALOGUE The existing park reveals little variation in material and vegetation. A walk through the proposed park exposes the viewer to a diverse plant and material palette that emphasizes the various SURFACE CATALOGUE potential roles that water plays on the site. existing Level A_ oodplain forest_periodic ooding Level B_sedge ats_ephemeral wetland Level C_waterlily mat_emergent wetland Moving inland, wetland plants take on a more formal arrangement. A framework for an aesthetically driven massing of plants, the Trays highlight the colors/textures of di erent species, while receiving the river’s highest tides and stormwater over ow from the street. VIEW AT BIKE PATH: At the heart of the park is a generous path and seat-wall. Serving as both a connector and a destination, the seatwall path borders the lawn, and o ers opportunities to people-watch, rest from activities, and enjoy the view. VIEW AT STREET: This urban threshold is meant to be transporting while also feeling immensely accessible from all sides. Each of the planted cells receives stormwater runo from the adjacent street, and showcases an abstracted and distilled native plant palette. 34 35 Friends Center L eading the way towards cleaner water and a greener c it y Two key objectives governed the project: eliminate fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce water usage and stormwater runoff. OVERVIEW OF PROJECT The Friends Center renovation evolved from a modest capital improvements project into a Quaker witness for environmental sustainability. The project entailed the restoration of the historic 1856-Meetinghouse and renovation of a four-story 1975-ofﬁce building, which occupy a dense 1.26-acre urban site in center city Philadelphia. Through considerable stakeholder involvement and education, two key objectives emerged as guiding principles for the project—eliminate fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce water usage and stormwater runoff. RISING TO A CIT YWIDE CHALLENGE PAUL S. BARTHOLOMEW PHOTOGRAPHY, INC. Prior to the project’s implementation, Friends Center discharged 58,400,000 gallons of untreated stormwater runoff into the Schuylkill River on an annual basis, contributing to a citywide problem of Combined Sewage Overﬂow (CSO). Through the renovation, 42% of the site was made permeable, greatly reducing stormwater runoff. PRACTICAL STRATEGIES An initial green planning charrette, funded by the Kresge Foundation, identiﬁed several potential stormwater management strategies, including a rain garden in the rear courtyard, a vegetated roof, tree trenches along the site to replenish the local aquifer through inﬁltration, and a constructed wetland and living machine to provide natural on-site sewage and wastewater treatment. Strategies ultimately implemented include the green roof, tree pits and a rain water collection and reuse system. The rain garden was dismissed since it would have disrupted the original layout of the historic site. The constructed wetland and living machine were not implemented as the priority of the project became focused on reducing water usage and runoff. RAIN WATER COLLEC TION AND REUSE SYSTEM Rain water is collected from the roof of the Meetinghouse and stored in six 660-gallon cisterns in the basement of the Meetinghouse, harvesting an estimated 20,000 gallons of stormwater per month. The reclaimed water is ﬁltered and puriﬁed, then recycled in the Ofﬁce Building’s toilets. This system signiﬁcantly reduces Friends Center’s potable water usage, also equating to a substantial reduction in water bills. GREEN ROOF A 9,327-SF vegetated roof was installed atop a new ENERGY STAR® roof on the Ofﬁce Building. The green roof retains 90% of stormwater runoff and puriﬁes the remaining 10% not absorbed by vegetation or soil. The vegetation comprises eight varieties of Sedum that require weeding twice a year. The renovated Ofﬁce Building achieved LEED Platinum, scoring the highest number of points at the time of completion for a LEED project in Pennsylvania. PARTNERS Client: Friends Center Corporation Architect & Team Lead: UJMN Architects + Designers Sustainable Design Consultant: Consilience, LLC Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: AKF Engineers Structural Engineer: Keast & Hood Company Energy Modeling: 7 Group Vegetated Roof Design: Roofscapes, Inc. Stormwater Consulting: Meliora Environmental Design Construction Manager: Clemens Construction Company, Inc. Green Charrette Facilitation: Re:Vision Architecture 36 37 Kansas Cityâ€™s Green Solutions Pilot Project Reducing Sewer Overflows, Rebuilding a Neighborhood Engineering Kansas City, MO is using green infrastructure to reduce Combined Sewer Overflows in a 100-acre urban neighborhood. This innovative pilot project is reducing stormwater flows to the sewers while also helping renew a neighborhood. Ecology The project includes more than 150 rain gardens, bioretention gardens, cascades, curb extension planters, below grade storage systems and permeable sidewalks. The project also planted new street trees. These green solutions help restore ecological function to the urban landscape while creating sustainable stormwater management solutions. Creativity Public involvement was integrated into the design process. As a result of community input, stormwater improvements were blended with neighborhood enhancements to rebuild streets and sidewalks, slow traffic and create attractive landscaping. Rain garden and porous concrete sidewalk. Green Solutions www.urscorp.com David.Dods@urs.com 38 39 40 41