January 13, 2022

We’re Hiring

Ground Reconsidered has two immediate full-time openings to work as consultants at the Philadelphia Water Department.

We are seeking a Civil Engineer to work in the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Unit and Planning Group. The mission of the GSI Design group is to advance the ability of the Philadelphia Water Department to design and build green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in the public right-of-way and on public property to meet the public GSI commitments of the City’s Green City, Clean Waters Program for Combined Sewer Overflow Control. The group works primarily on PWD capital projects and projects with partnering City agencies. Typical tasks and responsibilities include engineering plan review and calculations; project management; coordination with other PWD Units, external City agencies, and utilities; resource development; and other required office and field tasks.

We are also looking to hire a Site Analyst to work in the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Planning Group. The GSI Planning Group is responsible for initiating projects that manage stormwater by way of green systems designed to reduce stormwater flow into combined sewers in Philadelphia such as rain gardens, tree trenches and planters. The work encompasses preliminary feasibility studies with desktop research and includes GIS data creation, editing and attribution in GIS, project siting, and research report preparation. The candidate selected will assist city planners, engineers, landscape designers by performing preliminary site suitability analyses for the placement of GSI.

For complete job descriptions and more information about these opportunities, please email your request to: ideas@groundreconsidered.com.

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.

Shakespeare Park for 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting

October 17, 2018

2018 ASLA Annual Meeting Field Sessions

Ground Reconsidered is proud to be part of five Field Sessions at the 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo on Friday, October 19. Read more about each session below or follow the links to the individual Field Session pages.

Reinventing the River: Central and North Delaware Waterfronts | FS-004
Industrial uses and infrastructure have long separated Philadelphia’s residents from the Delaware riverfront. On a walk of this emerging landscape, we’ll visit pop-ups and permanent landscapes with their designers, talk strategy with the agencies overseeing riverfront development and see sites poised to unlock the river’s future. Ground Reconsidered’s Julie Bush is a speaker.

Discover Bartram’s Garden and Bartram’s Mile Along the Schuylkill River Trail | FS-005
Experience Bartram’s Garden and the Bartram’s Mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail. Take a walk along the Schuylkill riverfront that has been reclaimed from its industrial past and admire living collections at Bartram’s Garden that continue to grow, bloom, and reproduce as they have since 1728. Ground Reconsidered’s Brad Thornton is a speaker.

Academia in Arcadia: Design, Sustainable Stewardship, and Pedagogy on Swarthmore’s Campus | FS-007
As Swarthmore’s Scott Arboretum prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary as an arboretum and home to one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges, this field session explores the intersection of campus planning, sustainable stewardship, design, pedagogy, and community outreach in the art and science of a public garden. Ground Reconsidered’s Kristen Loughry is a speaker.

Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway—100 Years | FS-009
Part of the City Beautiful movement, this mile-long civic vision of architecture and landscape, in its centennial year, has evolved into an incomparable cultural campus of exceptional museums, gardens, and parks amid a vibrant growing city. Learn how it continues to be influenced by contemporary landscape architects and civic leadership. Ground Reconsidered’s Julie Bush is a speaker.

University of Pennsylvania Campus—A Cultural and Environmental Legacy | FS-011
This field session showcases Penn’s 300-acre campus, with more than 180 buildings and 100 acres of landscaped lawns, gardens, and athletic fields designed by notable landscape architects and designers over time. It highlights the iconic spaces, recent projects, and new directions in landscape design and ecological management currently under way at Penn. Ground Reconsidered’s Karen Skafte is a speaker.

The Discovery Center ribbon cutting ceremony
The Discovery Center ribbon cutting ceremony
The Discovery Center
The Discovery Center ribbon cutting ceremony
The Discovery Center ribbon cutting ceremony
The Discovery Center ribbon cutting ceremony
The Discovery Center ribbon cutting ceremony
The Discovery Center ribbon cutting ceremony
The Discovery Center ribbon cutting ceremony

October 9, 2018

Grand Opening for The Discovery Center

On Friday, September 28, Ground Reconsidered attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and official opening of the Discovery Center, a partnership between the National Audubon Society (Audubon Pennsylvania) and the Philadelphia Outward Bound School.  The site is on a decommissioned water reservoir in East Fairmount Park near the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood.  Originally built in the late 1800’s to provide clean water to Philadelphians, the 37-acre reservoir was closed to the public in the 1970s.  Since that time, nature has taken over, creating a unique urban oasis and a critical stopover point for migrating birds.  Audubon and Outward Bound have teamed up to save and sustain this important site and to open the education center for environmental conservation and leadership development.

As the Landscape Architect on the project, Ground Reconsidered worked with Digsau to recreate the initial feeling of discovery as you walk up the steep slope of the man-made berm to the large expansive view of the reservoir lake.  Plants native to the Mid-Atlantic region were chosen to increase ecological functionality, providing habitat for birds, butterflies, and other animals, while also providing important education opportunities.  Learn more about the Discovery Center in PlanPhilly’s “Building for Discovery”. For hours, events, and programming visit www.DiscoveryPhila.org

Von Colln Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Von Colln Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Von Colln Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Von Colln Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Von Colln Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Von Colln Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Von Colln Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

August 15, 2018

Von Colln Dedication Ceremony

In 2013 Ground Reconsidered led a team to redesign the beloved Von Colln Memorial Park in line with the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation’s More Park, Less Way initiative to transform the area around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into a destination and resource for those who reside near, visit and use the Parkway. On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, City officials, the design team, and children from a nearby summer camp met at Von Colln for a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting. After remarks from Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Rec, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis, Council President Darrell Clarke, and Councilman William Greenlee, the Von Colln family joined to cut the ribbon to mark the official re-opening of Von Colln. Just moments after the ribbon was cut, kids filled the new playground and sprayground in celebration. In addition to the new playground and sprayground, improvements to the site include new pedestrian lighting, sidewalks, improved safety surfaces, and updated public restrooms.

Ground Reconsidered would like to thank our client, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, our design team members Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Zimmerman Studios, and Morris Arboretum for helping bring the design to reality.

Learn more about the dedication ceremony from 6ABC Action News, KYW News Radio and Philly ChitChat.

Ground Reconsidered featured on Radio Times podcast

July 10, 2018

Ground Reconsidered featured in WHYY’s Radio Times

During the June 14 WHYY Radio Times program, hosted by Marty Moss-Coane, the past, present, and future of Philadelphia parks and architecture was discussed in conjunction with the opening of the Reading Viaduct Rail Park. The program features a segment with executive director of Friends of the Rail Park, Kevin Dow, while he walked with Radio Times producer Jon Ehrens in the new park. About 33 minutes in, Moss-Coane, Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron and architectural historian David Brownlee discuss enhancements designed by Ground Reconsidered for the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the last decade including the introduction of green stormwater infrastructure, bike lanes along the outer lanes of the Parkway, and new public parks constructed over I676 at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the former Family Court Building and Franklin Plaza.

Click here to listen to the full program on the WHYY Website.