Size & Type of Project:
2.84 acres, Open space - Park
Former Land Use:
Temperate Broadleaf & Mixed Forests
Notable sustainable features and strategies of Shoemaker Green include:
1. Innovative stormwater management and water use reduction implementing a state-of-the-art rainwater system that captures over 90 percent of site stormwater and condensate from an adjacent building. The harvested stormwater is run through a series of natural systems (plantings and soils) before being collected and reused for irrigation water;
2. Stormwater management (quality and quantity) through ecological base systems
3. Native plantings;
4. Recycled materials;
5. Integrated design feature that connects building HVAC systems to the site irrigation;
6. Creation of the partnership with the University's academic departments to integrate the site monitoring into the science curriculum.
7. Use of native plant material and regional materials
The project was documented and implemented correctly based on great communication amongst the various team members.
Local and state authorities had stringent regulatory requirements for stormwater management that had to be met.
The owner will ensure the project goals are maintained through monitoring several site features. The monitoring efforts have been incorporated into the University's cirriculum and will be tracked for many years to come. the information collected from the monitoring will be applied directly to the management of the site.
The use of the SITES rating system has also made an impact on the surrounding campus community and has elevated the awareness of sustainable best management practices. The Shoemaker Green project has been the catalyst for revamping the standards for maintaining the University's landscapes. The Owner has committed to employing the methods used at Shoemaker Green on the rest of the campus.
The University of Pennsylvania's President, Amy Gutmann, has made a series of commitmenets since her inauguration in 2004 to advance the university as a leader in sustainable planning and design, in addition to becoming "a dynamic agent of social, economic, and civic progress" as a member of the Philadelphia and global community. This compact, the Penn Compact and the Penn Connects master plan, along with the signing of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), has focused the University of Pennsylvania to develop a long-term physical plan for the university which extends the learning environment into the landscape, connects the university to the surrounding community, and serves as a model for how universities can be good stewards of our environment, even on a highly urban campus in one of the oldest cities in the country.
In keeping with this commitment, when planning exercises were underway to revive this underutilized space on campus - an area with only aging tennis courts and a few trees - the university wanted to redesign the site using the most innovative green infrastructure technologies. Green Infrastructure, the urban equivalent to low-impact development (LID) design strategies, "is an overall design philosophy based on the implementation of multiple, distributed small-scall controls throughout a development site" (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2002). This pledge also led the project to apply as a pilot project for SITES, and to establish a network of individuals, including Penn professors, students, and Andropogon Associates, whom have joined forces to monitor and track the social, ecological, and economic performance of Shoemaker Green for a mimimum of five years. It is aniticpated that the incorporation of site monitoring into the curriculum will extend the monitoring of this site beyond the mimimum period required by SITES.
The site monitoring plan developed for the Shoemaker Green project includes:
As with most urban sites, the myriad of pre-exiting utilities and old foundations proved tricky to design around, especially considering that the various stormwater capture and storage features were installed in and around existing subterranean features.
In addition, there were several existing buildings that flanked the site and had muliple entrances at various elevations. Another prominent feature included an historic War Memorial located on the southwest corner of the site.
There were no existing soils to work with due to the fact that over 70 percent of the existing site was impervious. The little soil that was there was extremely poor, void of any bilogical life, and heavily compacted.
SITES has influenced the project by making both the client and contractor aware of sustainble design practices and the level of coordination, communication, and collaboration that has to occur to meet the SITES credit criteria.
The project site has been a great success for the University community. It is used daily all year long for both passive and active, scheduled and unscheduled events. The quality of the craftsmanship combined with the performance of ecological systems bolsters Shoemaker Green as a model for how to develop functional landscapes in our urban centers.
The overarching goals of the project were:
Jose Alminana, RLA, Principal-in-Charge
Tom Amoroso, RLA, Project Manager
University of Pennsylvania
Marc Cooper, Project Manager
Michele Adams, P.E., Civil Engineer (Stormwater)
Craul Land Scientists
Tim Craul, CPSSC, Soil Scientist
Tillett Lighting Design
Linnaea Tillett, Lighting Designer
Omar Rosa, P.E. Civil Engineer (Utilities)
Mulhern Consulting Engineers
Norman Moore, Jr., P.E., Electrical Engineer
Keast & Hood
Patrick Fair, P.E., Structural Engineer
Brian Vinchesi, Irrigation Designer
Mike Thompson, General Contractor