Virginia Low Impact Development Design Competition

Sponsor: James River Association, Friends of the Rappahannock, Potomac Conservancy, Virginia Chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineers

Type of competition: Two-stage, open

Language: English


Location: Throughout Virginia


Eligibility: Each entry must come from an integrated design team consisting of a minimum of three licensed participants, including at least one Civil Engineer and one Landscape Architect.


Registration Fee: $100



Judging will take place in two stages.


Stage One will be scored by a 5-person team comprised of an expert from each of the following disciplines:

  • Civil Engineering: Don Rissmeyer, PE
  • Landscape Architecture: Kennon Williams, ASLA
  • Low Impact Development: Thomas Schueler
  • Architecture: Patrick Farley, AIA/LEED


In Stage Two of the competition, finalists will present their entries, verbally and through use of Power Point, to a Jury Panel made up of interested and influential Virginia leaders from the development, civic and government community.


Awards: $15,000 cash prize for each design category



17 February 2012 – Stage one submissions due

4 March 2012 – Finalists announced at Virginia Lakes & Watershed Association Conference

12 April 2012 – Finalists Presentations & Winners Announced at 23 rd Annual Environment Virginia Symposium


Design challenge:

Three real-world projects have been chosen in the Commonwealth for professional design teams to tackle, one in each of the three following categories:
1)     Suburban Mixed use
2)     Urban Re-development
3)     Green Roadway

The submitted designs must conserve natural resources that provide natural functions associated with controlling and filtering storm water, as well as use decentralized, small-scale landscape features and LID Integrated Management Practices (IMP) to work as a system to:

· Reduce the amount of runoff by mimicking the natural hydrologic function of the site and matching pre-development hydrology.

· Minimize the use of and/or reduce the size of pipe and other centralized control and treatment infrastructure.

· Lower the total cost of development when compared to traditional infrastructure design.

· Minimize and disconnect impervious surfaces, lengthen time of concentration and promote bio-filtration of runoff to improve the quality of storm water leaving the site.

· Minimize or eliminate the use of potable water resources needed for irrigation and where practical provide for the reuse of rain water.

· Use enhanced quality of life values and reduced maintenance costs inherent in LID practices to increase marketability of the development and long term property values.

For more information:

Contact Information: Adrienne Kotula, or (804)788-8811 x206