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Ground Reconsidered
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ground Reconsidered, Inc. is a woman-owned landscape architecture practice dedicated to realizing engaging, beautiful and memorable places. Founded in 1991 in Philadelphia, the firm has successfully designed and executed projects that range in scope from comprehensive master plans to the creation of intimate landscapes and the detail design of site elements. Our work focuses on three areas: the urban public realm, campuses, and places for play. Over the years the firm has grown and evolved but we have always remained true to the tenets of our original mission: to embrace and value the process as well as the product and to create places that are cherished, well-used and cared for by the people who use them. Our staff of fourteen, including our two principals, is comprised of nine landscape architects, two landscape designers, one planner, and two administrative persons.



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Hawthorne Park, Philadelphia, Pa.
Hawthorne Park represents a commitment to its community. The park, which occupies a portion of a former public housing site, is now a public amenity as a much-needed recreational space. The park design embraces the vision and ideals of the constituent community as well as best practices in green stormwater infrastructure. The sustainable and visually dynamic design features topographic changes to create distinct use areas, a raised plaza/performance space and a multi-purpose open lawn punctuated by monolithic granite slab benches. The permeable pavement system efficiently marries circulation and program, providing flexible spaces for performances, farmers markets, and relaxation, as well as contributing to the complete disconnection of the park from Philadelphia's overburdened stormwater system.




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Bartram's Carr Garden Restoration?, Philadelphia, Pa.
Bartram's Garden is the nation's oldest living botanical garden founded by America's first botanist, John Bartram. Ground Reconsidered designed a restoration of the historic Carr Garden, an early 19th Century public exhibition space that featured newly imported Asian plant species. The restoration enhances the garden's beauty and historic accuracy, reinterpreting it as it was during its peak period when John Bartram's granddaughter Ann Bartram Carr was in residence. During the redesign process, special attention was paid to the selection of historically accurate materials that meet today's standards for accessibility and longevity.




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FMC Tower at Cira Centre South , Philadelphia, Pa.
Working with Pelli Clarke Pelli and BLT Architects, Ground Reconsidered designed the landscape associated with FMC Tower at Cira Centre South. The site acts as a gateway to West Philadelphia on the west bank of the Schuylkill River. The entry plaza, raised a few feet above the city sidewalk, offers views across the river to Center City Philadelphia. The 28th floor amenity terrace features a fire pit and a series of intimate seating areas within a planted green roof.




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South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
The South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center is a socially innovative facility by combining a City Health Center, a primary care practice, a branch of the Free Library, and a city recreation center with a playground. The playground includes a basketball court, sprayground, chess and checkers tables, and play equipment for ages 2-5 and 5-12. A rain garden captures stormwater from the adjacent building roof while an additional stormwater system is located under the playground to manage the remainder of the site's runoff from the impervious areas.




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Shakespeare Park and Pennypacker Plaza, I-676 Cover Parks, Philadelphia, Pa.
?Replacement of the Vine Street Expressway overpasses' aging infrastructure created an opportunity to imagine and design a series of major new public parks and gathering spaces, built mostly on structure, that complete the assembly of civic spaces around Philadelphia's iconic Logan Circle. During the course of this complex, multi-year, multiple stakeholder project, the firm has been an essential participant in the design process, coordinating with civil, traffic and structural engineers. Shakespeare Park, Pennypacker Plaza and the Franklin Institute north plaza provide flexible use for programmed civic events and casual daily enjoyment, while complementing the scale and grandeur of the adjacent buildings.




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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Roberts Center for Pediatric Research?, Philadelphia, Pa.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, overlooking the Schuylkill River, is positioned within a series of lushly planted plazas and cascading stairs. Working with Cooper Robertson to realize their master plan vision, Ground Reconsidered developed the plazas, stairs and associated site elements including sinuous Ipe benches, a boardwalk that traverses a bio-retention garden and complex precast concrete planters on multiple levels of structure. The landscape is comprised of several eco-systems including a meadow-like hillside, the bioretention garden, and a rich tapestry of native and adapted groundcovers, perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees.




As seen in LASN magazine, October 2018.



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