January 10, 2016

Design Competition Program Requirements

The following program components represent the eventual full build out of the project and should be included in the competition scheme. Some program components have phasing indicated and should be described in the phasing plan.

If there are any program changes before the submission deadline, we will post them to this page and notify registered competition entrants.

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Open Space:

  • Accommodations for sitting (in both sun and shade), walking, running, passive exercise such as yoga and Tai Chai, and minimal active recreation such as Frisbee throwing and informal soccer
  • Public retail space/small farmer’s market on Parkside Avenue site – 3,000 square feet
  • Other proposed programs must be based on community input and appropriate for the context – see website for February 1st video posting


  • Pedestrian circulation system to provide access to and through the public open space including paths for walking, running and access from the neighborhoods
  • Vehicular circulation system for maintenance of open space and emergency vehicles
  • Vehicular circulation system for transporting trees and produce into and out of the growing areas to other parts of the sites and the city

Material Palette:

  • All pavements, ground surfaces, and materials for structures should be locally sourced, from recycled material, and of the most sustainable materials possible
  • Porous pavements should be used where possible, including crushed stone, asphalt, concrete, unit pavers, and recycled concrete
  • Planting design palette should consist of hardy and sustainable species well suited for the context and as recommended by city agencies
  • Plan for the recycling of existing on-site material such as concrete slabs, walls, and vegetation

Stormwater Management:

  • All site and adjacent street stormwater runoff must be collected, treated, and infiltrated or re-used on site
  • Applied ecological technologies such as bioretention for stormwater pollutant removal must follow guidelines of the Philadelphia Water Department and its stormwater management plan for the sites

Contaminated Soils Remediation:

  • Design of circulation system and all areas where human contact with the existing soil will occur must be in accordance with city standards
  • Creative design responses to soil remediation and human use of contaminated land are expected


  • Security of tree and food production areas must be thoughtfully and creatively resolved in a manner that enhances visual access within the neighborhood with periodic controlled public access

Tree and Food Production Operations Facilities:

  • Pot in pot growing area for trees (in containers):
    • Initial phase – .5 acre
    • Future expansion – .5 acre
  • Bare root growing area for trees (future planning):
    • Initial phase – .25 acre
    • Future expansion – .25 acre
  • Grass and forb growing area:
    • Initial phase – .25 acre
    • Future expansion – .25 acre
  • Raised planting beds:
    • Initial phase – 20 beds @ 5’ x 50’
    • Future expansion – 10 beds @ 5’ x 50’ in 2017 and 10 beds @5’ x 50’ in 2018
  • High tunnels with raised planting beds for winter growing and propagation:
    • 2 existing on Merion Avenue site @ 20’ x 100’
    • Initial phase – 2 @ 20’ x 100’
    • Future expansion – 2 @ 20’ x 100’ in 2017 and 2 @ 20’ x 100’ in 2018
  • Equipment and tool storage structure (200 square feet);
  • Machine shop – 200 square feet
  • Pesticide and other chemical storage structure – X SF
  • Soil mixing area (concrete slab) – 500 square feet
  • Composting area – 1,500 square feet
  • Potting and propagation structure – 3,000 square feet
  • High tunnels for over wintering and propagation of nursery stock:
    • Initial phase – 2 @ 20’ x 100’
    • Future expansion – 2 @ 20’ x 100’
  • Irrigation water storage system and infrastructure such as pumps and filters
  • Administrative office – 300 square feet
  • Community activity room, restrooms, and job training structure – 3,000 square feet
  • Shade structures for workers

Note: Individual structures can be combined and timed usage can allow greater programming flexibility

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