September 15, 2022

WE’RE HIRING !!! Position available for GSI Landscape Designer

Ground Reconsidered is seeking a landscape designer or horticulturist with a focus in construction and installation oversight to support the implementation of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) systems for the City of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW) Program.

About the GSI Unit

The GSI Unit was created to meet the commitments of the City’s GCCW Program for Combined Sewer Overflow Control. Within this unit, the Design group is tasked with creation and implementation of processes to identify, prioritize, design, and install City owned and operated GSI throughout the areas of Philadelphia served by the combined sewer system, as well as develop stream restoration projects.

Accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on June 1, 2011, the City of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program is an ambitious plan to address the issue of combined sewer overflows in Philadelphia over 25 years through the management of runoff from more than a third of the impervious surfaces in the combined sewer system using GSI best practices.

GSI techniques seek to decentralize stormwater management, stem runoff at the source, and promote infiltration and groundwater recharge to help restore a more natural hydrologic cycle.  GSI manages stormwater using one or more of the source control processes of infiltration, evaporation, transpiration, decentralized storage, alternative stormwater routing, and reuse.

About the Landscape Design team

The Landscape Design team is a branch within the GSI Unit Design Program.  The Landscape Design team works with engineers and planners to facilitate projects from the planning phase through design and construction as well as provide procedural and technical support for the GSI Design & Construction groups. The team’s primary responsibilities include planning-phase concept developments, project design reviews, in-house landscape designs, construction-phase implementation of landscape components, landscape installation inspection, construction contract management, maintenance support and coordination, public outreach support (as needed), and landscape-related resource development for GSI Design and the GCCW Program.

About the GSI Landscape Designer Position

The GSI Landscape Designer will work with other staff and be responsible for tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Creating schematic concept design plans in conjunction with GSI Planning staff and community input from Public Affairs
  • Reviewing planning concepts for new GSI systems and field verifying existing conditions
  • Designing and developing landscape plans in AutoCAD for select projects
  • Conducting project design plan reviews for compliance with landscape practices
  • Conducting construction oversight of landscape installations of GSI projects
  • Inspections of systems prior to and after planting to ensure compliance with designs
  • Drafting or reviewing as-planted drawings to depict post landscape installation conditions
  • Inspection and assistance with warranty replacement coordination of systems after 8-week maintenance and 1-year warranty periods
  • Field data collections (e.g. DBH measurements) to inform GSI Design and operations
  • Analyzing data from tracked trees, soils, and landscaping using ArcGIS and Microsoft Access databases
  • Attending recurring on-site meetings, walk-throughs, and/or calls as necessary
  • Communicating landscape issues encountered during design development or construction implementation

 

Strong candidates for this position will possess 1-2 years of experience with these qualifications:

  • Experience with green stormwater infrastructure and low impact development stormwater management design and construction
  • Excellent organization, documentation, and oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, ArcGIS, and Microsoft Office
  • Basic familiarity with landscape design, project management, and construction management principles
  • Development and drafting of landscape plans
  • Landscape installation oversight & field inspections
  • Plant species identification

 

Experience in the above is preferred; training will be provided.

 

A letter of interest, resume, references, and portfolio of work samples can be emailed to ideas@groundreconsidered.com. A portfolio link is preferred. Please do not email files larger than 10MB.

May 16, 2022

GROUND RECONSIDERED WELCOMES SARAH ENDRISS

Community. It’s at the heart of our work at Ground Reconsidered. We take immense pride in the depth and talent of our extraordinary staff and are excited to welcome our new senior associate Sarah Endriss, ASLA to the firm. Sarah brings 25+ years of experience in the fields of landscape architecture, historic preservation, and community planning. Her passion for place and nature shows in what she does: connecting people with each other through their shared environments, and fostering appreciation, understanding, and respect of the natural world.

Prior to joining Ground Reconsidered, Sarah was principal of Asarum Land Design, where she focused on socially engaged/participatory design and ecological stewardship. Sarah’s work at the John B. Kelly Elementary School is emblematic of her aspirations. “The students and families in this community had so few opportunities outdoors…by creating spaces that children can play, learn and grow, the community wins. A project like this demonstrates that sustainability, and beauty, is not only attainable, but something communities should expect.” At Kelly Green, the playground and garden will incorporate green stormwater strategies, increasing habitat and biodiversity and restoring local ecology.

Sarah’s knowledge, enthusiasm, experience and professional relationships will be fully integrated in her work at Ground Reconsidered. An educator at heart, Sarah serves as adjunct professor at Jefferson University, where she has taught courses in local flora and plant community ecology, soils, landscape ecology, and sustainable design.

We are delighted to welcome Sarah to the award-winning Ground Reconsidered team and are confident that she will inspire us all.

May 2, 2022

CONTEXT MAGAZINE

For a good read, check out the latest edition of CONTEXT MAGAZINE, published by the Philadelphia chapter of the AIA. BIG things are happening in Philadelphia!

 

April 22, 2022

Iovance Biotherapeutics at 300 Rouse Boulevard was a finalist in the SBN Excellence in GIS Awards 2022

Ground Reconsidered’s project, Iovance Biotherapeutics at 300 Rouse Boulevard, was among five finalists this year vying for an Excellence in GSI Award presented by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia.

After extensive evaluation, Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. chose the Philadelphia Navy Yard to transform a vacant lot into its new LEED Gold late-stage biotechnology facility for the commercial and clinical production of cancer immunotherapies based on tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) technology. A smart, forward-thinking building and site design relates to the innovation happening within the building and greater Navy Yard district.

From the parking lot, where most employees and visitors arrive, the building wraps a central courtyard on three sides and is open to the parking lot. Early in the design process, the decision was made to celebrate stormwater management. In place of a traditional corporate courtyard, the entire courtyard space is a bioretention basin. Instead of an extensive green roof that would not be seen or experienced, roof runoff is managed via the basin in the courtyard, central to the daily arrival experience. In anticipation of future development of the parking lot, runoff is managed using a subsurface retention basin located with the intent to avoid removal during future development phases.

The planting palette that we developed was carefully chosen to provide biodiversity and habitat using native and adaptive species, primarily for insects and birds, while being resistant to deer grazing habits at the Navy Yard. Native trees, shrubs and other plants were selected to thrive and provide an eco-rich landscape, while also being low-maintenance in a dynamic floodplain. Now an established landscape, the planting areas only need maintenance attention a few time during the year.

Along with Ground Reconsidered, the planning and design team included DIGSAU Architects and Pennoni Engineers. Gattuso Development Partners was the client.

 

 

April 21, 2022

City of Wilmington and West Side Grows Officially Open an Innovative New Community-Designed Playground at Cool Spring Park

For the past five years, Ground Reconsidered has worked the City of Wilmington and West Side Grows Together to bring this project to life.  The community in Wilmington’s west side neighborhoods previously identified park improvements as one of their highest priorities. Through a series of public meetings and activities hosted by Ground Reconsidered, we collected data and developed the master plan with ideas and inspiration from the students who attend the nearby school. For more information and insight, check out the following article.

November 12, 2021

Ground Reconsidered will be part of the design team to “re-imagine” the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Ground Reconsidered is proud to announce that we are a member of the design team, led by Design Workshop, that has been selected to “re-imagine” the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The goal of the project is to create a world-class public realm plan for a people-centric Parkway for the future. This past summer the City held an Ideas Workshop, during which the three finalist design teams presented ideas and inspiration for modernizing and pedestrianizing the Parkway. The winning team was selected through a competitive process led by the City of Philadelphia and supported by Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. The project is made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

As stated by Mayor Jim Kenney, “The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is Philadelphia’s grand boulevard, a historic cultural epicenter that has the opportunity to become a vibrant, bustling public space for all Philadelphians, the team selected to carry out this work is as bold, spectacular, and rooted in local pride as the Parkway itself.”

The project is scheduled to commence early in 2022 with design and community engagement and is expected to last 12-18 months.

 

September 2, 2021

Celebrating 30 Years of Design Excellence

March 29, 2021

Maplewood Mall receives APBP Project of the Year Award

Maplewood Mall has been awarded the Project of the Year for 2021 from the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (apbp).

Maplewood Mall is located in Philadelphia’s Central Germantown Business District. The mall, bookended by two public plazas, is lined by two and three story buildings with ground floor storefronts. The mall was created from Maplewood Avenue in the 1970’s by converting the original street into the curbless pedestrian-scale street it is today. No major physical improvements had been made since its inception, and the mall’s infrastructure was poor condition. The goal of the reconstruction was to improve the physical condition of the mall and utilize a community driven design for the roadway and public plazas that supports the needs of the business owners and residents while re-invigorating this once vibrant community hub.

Through a series of public meetings and presentations, Ground Reconsidered and the project’s prime consultant worked with the community to develop a vision for the site. We employed our design experience to implement a low-maintenance infrastructure and put together placemaking strategies to promote the success of the project’s design.

Our congratulations go out to the community and to all the individuals and firm that were involved in making this project a reality.

June 25, 2020

Ground Reconsidered Receives 2020 PA-DE ASLA Honor Awards for The Discovery Center and Penn Alexander School

We are pleased to announce that two of our projects received 2020 Professional Design Awards from the PA-DE Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. We received an Honor Award for General Design for THE DISCOVERY CENTER, and an Honor Award for Analysis and Planning for the PENN ALEXANDER SCHOOL: RE-IMAGINING THE SCHOOLYARD.

The Discovery Center’s design presented complicated challenges which involved balancing programming needs for the two primary organizations who use the site: Audubon Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Outward Bound.  The design preserves and strategically enhances the existing habitat which attracts 200+ types of bird, including rare migratory species.  The design reveals the sense of discovery when one first encounters the hidden lake behind the center, opening it to the surrounding neighborhood and Philadelphia beyond.

The plan for Penn Alexander School positions the school as a leader in innovative schoolyard design. It presents children with a stimulating and challenging play setting, fosters learning through play, and connects children to the natural world. It provides teaching opportunities and curriculum development for the school’s faculty. Design consensus was achieved through robust stakeholder outreach that included innovative techniques to gather input from diverse groups, while introducing elementary age students to the profession of Landscape Architecture.

 

2018 PA-DE ASLA Award of Merit

October 29, 2018

Bartram’s Garden Restoration earns 2018 PA-DE ASLA Award of Merit

We are proud to announce the PA-DE ASLA Chapter has honored our work at Bartram’s Garden with a 2018 Award of Merit in the general design category. This restoration marks the first major garden restoration project at Bartram’s Garden in nearly a century. Through extensive research and collaboration with the John Bartram’s Association, we have restored the Carr Garden as it existed when Ann Bartram Carr (1779-1858) was in residence. Ground Reconsidered is humbled to be included amongst the excellent PA-DE ASLA Chapter award recipients. Click here to read more on the 2018 Awards on the PA-DE ASLA Website.