Infill Philadelphia: Soak it Up! Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods through Green Stormwater Infrastructure



Sponsors: Philadelphia Water Dept., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Community Design Collaborative

Type: Open, ideas

Language: English

Location: Philadelphia

Eligibility: Each submission must come from an integrated design team consisting of a minimum of three licensed professionals, including at least one civil engineer, one architect and one landscape architect. One of the required design professionals must be Philadelphia-based.

Fee: $300 per entry


30 November 2012: Registration Deadline

22 January 2013: Submissions deadline (Digital format)


Three $10,000 first prizes for each of the three categories


Architecture/Urban Design

Alan Greenberger, FAIA, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce City of Philadelphia

Glen J. Abrams, AICP Manager, Strategic Policy and Coordination, Philadelphia Water Department Office of Watersheds

Civil Engineering/Hydrology

Christopher Kloss, Green Stormwater Infrastructure Coordinator, Office of Water, US EPA

Robert G. Traver, PhD, PE, D.WRE, Professor and Director, Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership

Landscape Architecture

Mark A. Focht, ASLA, President Elect ASLA/ First Deputy Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, City of Philadelphia


Shanta Schachter, Deputy Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Patrick McDonald, LEED, AP, Owner, Onion Flats


Mark Alan Hughes, PhD, Distinguished Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania


Competition categories:

1. Industrial: Warehouse Watershed – Hartranft, North Philadelphia

2. • Commercial: Retail Retrofit – Grays Ferry, South Philadelphia

3. • Neighborhood: Greening the Grid – queen Village, South Philadelphia

Design Challenge:

The Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! national design competition seeks to generate innovative, cost-effective designs that can aid public, private and nonprofit property owners in seeing the return on capital investments, illustrate public/private partnership solutions, and serve as prototypes for green stormwater infrastructure throughout Philadelphia and the country.