Associates Reconsidered (Recent promotions at Ground Reconsidered)

January 24, 2018

Associates Reconsidered

We are pleased to announce two promotions: Justin DiPietro is now a Senior Associate and Lindsay High Stanislaw has been promoted to Associate.

Justin’s thoughtful, comprehensive, and collaborative response to all aspects of the design process result in extraordinary projects. Over the past few years Justin’s work has included large scale urban public realm spaces (CHOP Roberts Center for Pediatric Research), more intimate courtyard spaces at the University of Delaware’s South Academy Residence Hall and development of integrated stormwater management strategies for several PWD planning projects.

Lindsay’s approach to landscape design and materiality stems from her careful understanding of each site and client. Her work always responds creatively and appropriately, providing beauty, delight, joy, and comfort. In recent years, Lindsay’s work has included the entry court and plazas as well as the 28th floor amenity terrace at FMC Tower, the transformation of Cira Centre’s front plaza into a destination place, and the development of rich, tapestry plantings for the University of Pennsylvania.

The Summit at University City
The Summit at University City
The Summit at University City
The Summit at University City
The Summit at University City

January 19, 2018

The Summit wins Award from National Assoc. of Home Builders

Congratulations to American Campus Communities on their 2017 Multi-family Pillars of the Industry Award for Best Student Housing Rental Apartment Community for the Summit at University City! We are proud to be part of the design team with architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) on this complex project with many facets.

Ground Reconsidered was the Landscape Architect on the team, responsible for design and documentation of the multi-level amenity terrace built over the parking garage, the streetscape and the entry stairs. The terrace includes a fire pit, outdoor kitchen, tables and chairs, a multi-level bike parking structure, and a lounge area. The planters are designed to capture and filter stormwater from the adjacent roofs. The entry stairs provide both circulation and an occupiable space to sit and wait for friends, socialize, and collaborate.

The Summit at University City was completed in 2015 and received an Award of Excellence from the Urban Land Institute in 2016.

CHOP Roberts Center for Pediatric Research earns ENR honor
SEPTA Crum Creek Viaduct Replacement earns ENR honor (Photo by Figg Bridge Engineers Inc)

November 20, 2017

Projects Receive ENR MidAtlantic Awards

We are proud to announce that last month the Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) MidAtlantic chapter honored two projects as part of the ENR MidAtlantic’s 2017 Best Projects on which Ground Reconsidered collaborated.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Roberts Center for Pediatric Research received an Award of Merit in the Higher Education/Research category. Close coordination between design disciplines allowed for bridging the gap, literally and figuratively, between the site and its surrounding neighborhood. Ground Reconsidered designed the landscape planting, and detailed and documented over 4.5 acres of public realm space, much of which is built on top of building structure. Situated along the Schuylkill River, the site manages nearly all of its stormwater runoff with raingardens and cisterns. Lushly planted public spaces welcome visitors from South Street and the adjacent neighborhoods, and provides direct access to the popular Schuylkill River Trail via a newly constructed pedestrian bridge.

The SEPTA Crum Creek Viaduct Replacement Project received an Award of Merit in the Highways/Bridges category. While the replacement of the bridge was an engineering feat of its own, Ground Reconsidered prepared the landscape plan to restore and reestablish Crum Woods back to its ecologically rich state. The presence of Crum Creek, endemic geology, and varied topographic changes creates a naturally diverse landscape and abundant wildlife habitat. The landscape restoration plan will be nurtured over the next few years until the initial plantings are established under the care of the Crum Woods Stewardship Committee. (Photo courtesy of Figg Bridge Engineers, Inc.)

2017 ULI Awards

September 5, 2017

Two Projects Win Urban Land Institute Awards

In June, The Urban Land Institute of Philadelphia recognized two projects Ground Reconsidered collaborated on with Awards of Excellence at the 4th Annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards. The plazas and amenity roof garden at FMC Tower at Cira Centre South (left) and the playground, sprayground, rain garden and streetscape at the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center (right) were designed by Ground Reconsidered.

Criteria for the awards include innovation in planning and design, including adaptability to other communities, sustainability, economic success, overall community health and social impact to address neighborhood revitalization goals. An independent and national panel of jurors, including leaders in real estate, land use and development from across the country, were tasked with selecting the highest quality projects.

Ribbon Cutting at The Park in King of Prussia, 2017
Ribbon Cutting at The Park in King of Prussia
First Avenue Linear Park Demonstration Park in King of Prussia
First Avenue Linear Park Demonstration Park in King of Prussia
First Avenue Linear Park Demonstration Park in King of Prussia
First Avenue Linear Park Demonstration Park in King of Prussia
First Avenue Linear Park Demonstration Park in King of Prussia
First Avenue Linear Park Demonstration Park in King of Prussia
First Avenue Linear Park Demonstration Park in King of Prussia

May 24, 2017

Grand Opening of Linear Park in King of Prussia

On Wednesday, May 17, Ground Reconsidered was in King of Prussia for the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the initial segment of THE PARK—a new linear park created within the heart of the King of Prussia business park at 650 Park Avenue.

This initial segment is a demonstration project for the full linear park, currently in design. Once complete in late 2018/early 2019, THE PARK will transform the business park into a cohesive community for the businesses, residents, and visitors while bringing many new amenities to the area. Some amenities include multi-use sidewalks, lush landscaping, solar-powered pedestrian lighting, active workstations, recreational games, benches, movable tables and chairs, trash receptacles, seating walls, and plazas for gathering and respite. Phase Two will continue the linear park along First Avenue from American Avenue to Allendale Road.

THE PARK is a superb example of collaboration between KOP-BID (a private, not-for-profit business improvement district), Upper Merion Township, PennDOT, and 21 private property owners to create a public park utilizing access easements on private property. The demonstration park was funded, in part, by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority provided through Upper Merion Township and managed by KOP-BID, along with matching funds from Brandywine Realty Trust and KOP-BID. The next phase of the 2.6-mile linear park is expected to begin construction in 2018.

Bartram's Carr Garden recieves Grand Jury Award from Preservation Alliance
Bartram's Carr Garden recieves Grand Jury Award from Preservation Alliance
Bartram's Carr Garden recieves Grand Jury Award from Preservation Alliance
Bartram's Carr Garden recieves Grand Jury Award from Preservation Alliance
Bartram's Carr Garden recieves Grand Jury Award from Preservation Alliance
Bartram's Carr Garden recieves Grand Jury Award from Preservation Alliance
Bartram's Carr Garden recieves Grand Jury Award from Preservation Alliance
Bartram's Carr Garden recieves Grand Jury Award from Preservation Alliance
Bartram's Carr Garden recieves Grand Jury Award from Preservation Alliance

March 23, 2017

Ground Reconsidered receives Grand Jury Award by the Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia

Bartram’s Garden: The Preservation of the John Bartram House and Re-Creation of the Ann Bartram Carr Garden has recently been awarded a 2017 Grand Jury Award by the Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia.

In 2016, Bartram’s Garden launched a $2.7 million house and garden restoration project that created a welcoming new entrance and broadened interpretation as the garden gains momentum as a regional destination. The house and garden restoration included three major components: preservation of the historic John Bartram House, re-creation of Ann Bartram Carr’s nineteenth century display garden, and the introduction of geothermal heat sourcing for the house and historic outbuildings, including the barn, stable, coach house, and John Bartram’s original seed house dating back to the 1760’s.

Located to the west of the house, the Ann Bartram Carr Garden is the first major garden restoration project at Bartram’s Garden in nearly a century. The garden is restored to reflect both its nineteenth century roots and twenty first century potential. Restoration efforts were based on historic descriptions, photographs, drawings, and archeological investigation.  Extensive research was conducted on every aspect of the garden, from the overall layout of the beds and paths to the plants, paving, and the detailing of the fence and trellis structures within the garden.

Ground Reconsidered would like to thank: our client, the John Bartram Association; our team members Johnson Mirmiran & Thompson and Materials Conservation Co.; and our partners in the house restoration and construction, Frens and Frens, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and CVMNEXT.

Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business
Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years of Business

January 18, 2017

Ground Reconsidered Celebrates 25 Years!

In December on a rainy Tuesday evening, Ground Reconsidered gathered with friends and colleagues at the Center / Architecture + Design to celebrate 25 years of partnerships and collaborations. We drank, we noshed, and we reminisced about past projects on the slideshow and with our newly produced promotional books.

As the night came to a close, Julie took to the podium to acknowledge Anita who has stepped down as Principal but remains an integral part of our team in a position of support and wisdom.

We welcome the changes that 2017 brings: new projects, new staff, and new collaborations all while creating a positive contribution to the connective tissue of our City.

(Event photos by Teresa McCullough)

PLAY IT UP - Play Space Featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine
PLAY IT UP - Play Space Featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine

July 11, 2016

PLAY IT UP – Play Space Competition Featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine

Early-childhood education is really hands-on, play-based learning. Ground Reconsidered’s winning entry for the Community Design Collaborative’s Infill Philadelphia: Play Space, once again makes the news. For more information about this exciting initiative, check out the following article.

Community Build Day at the Mantua Greenway in Philadelphia
Community Build Day at the Mantua Greenway in Philadelphia
Community Build Day at the Mantua Greenway in Philadelphia
Community Build Day at the Mantua Greenway in Philadelphia
Community Build Day at the Mantua Greenway in Philadelphia
Community Build Day at the Mantua Greenway in Philadelphia

April 16, 2016

Mantua Greenway Community Build Day

The Mantua Greenway is a one-and-a-half-mile corridor along the northern boundary of the Mantua neighborhood in West Philadelphia, overlooking Amtrak’s Keystone Line rail corridor.

Once complete, the project will transform this overgrown, ignored and littered strip of land on Mantua Avenue, into a much needed community green space and bicycle/pedestrian corridor.

As the second part in a series of programmed events for the “Mantua Greenway Design Month”, Ground Reconsidered, along with Whitman Requardt & Associates, the project’s prime consultant, worked with the community to transformed the intersection of 37th Street and Mantua Avenue with a roadway mural, crosswalk paintings, and fence art. The neighborhood turned out in force and worked throughout the day to actualize these festive works of art. Our thanks go out to all those involved in making this day was an overwhelming success.

Markward Park on the Schuylkill River Receives Much Needed Funding
Markward Park on the Schuylkill River Receives Much Needed Funding

April 14, 2016

Markward Park Receives Much Needed Funding

Ground Reconsidered has been leading the design effort to revitalize the much loved Markward Park at Schuylkill River Park. At a press conference last week, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, State Representative Brian Sims, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources presented funding totaling $633,000 toward the park’s rehabilitation and development.