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Pennsylvania/Delaware ASLA Chapter

By Adam Supplee, ASLA, Chapter President




Design work on the Rivers Casino Riverfront Park, an extension of Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Park, earned landscape architecture firm Strada an Honor Award from the Pennsylvania/Delaware ASLA chapter. The park features native plantings, walking trails, and a grass step amphitheater, where the river forms a backdrop for outdoor performances and gatherings.


ASLA's Pennsylvania/Delaware chapter presented two professional projects with General Design Honor Awards in 2012: Pittsburgh's Rivers Casino Riverfront Park, and the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Bucks County, Pa.




Colin Franklin, ASLA, was nominated to the 2012 Class of Fellows by the Pennsylvania/Delaware chapter in the Works category. Franklin was an early proponent of biodiversity and natural stormwater drainage, and has worked around the world to solve complex, large-scale real estate issues.



Designed by Strada, a Pittsburgh-based firm, Rivers Casino Riverfront Park has been a key piece of Pittsburgh's riverfront renewal initiative and a signature recreational destination since it opened in 2009. Pathways in the park extend the Three Rivers Heritage Trail System to over 25 miles, and an array of plantings, including native wildflowers and grasses, help to prevent erosion. A comprehensive stormwater management system, involving specially designed soils, rainwater detention tanks, and a water-dissipating level spreader, meet Department of Environmental Protection goals for enhanced water quality while preventing stormwater infiltration into the brownfield site.

The Washington Crossing National Cemetery, designed by Cairone and Kaupp, Inc. for the Department of Veterans Affairs, brought native species-planted "hedgerows" or "copses" to the crypt fields where oaks would typically be planted, which also provides areas for stormwater infiltration and recharge. The design relied on views of the surrounding landscape to blend the cemetery into the historic, agricultural context of the area, and established a sustainable landscape system within the space.




Mary Myers, ASLA, was nominated to the 2012 Class of Fellows in the Knowledge category. Myers has advanced the field of landcape architecture in parkway design, human perception of landscapes, and sustainability, with an emphasis on the links between aesthetics and scientific theory.



The chapter partnered with Villanova University to bring together three prominent Mid-Atlantic bioretention researchers for courses on bioretention and bioinfiltration rain garden design, construction, and maintenance October 17-18. The practice has become the most popular small-site stormwater control measure in the Mid-Atlantic states.

The training delivered the most up-to-date information on how bioretention cells are credited by regulators, designed by engineers and landscape architects, and built and maintained by contractors and maintenance personnel. The summit featured a tour of Villanova bioretention and bioinfiltration research sites, and question-and-answer periods for designers and landscape architects to discover low-maintenance, cost-effective designs that improve hydrology and water quality.

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