Since 2006, the University of Pennsylvania has made significant achievements implemented from Sasaki's Penn Connects plan. They've acquired $1.9 billion in new capital investment and $500 million in private real estate development dollars. The university has completed 10 new buildings, 12 renovation projects, and a 24-acre park—for a total of 4.8 million square feet of new and renovated space.
The courtyard at The Avenue eliminates the use of potable water, saving 76,000 gallons of water and approximately $730 per year. The landscape reuses runoff, features native and drought-tolerant plants, and incorporates high-efficiency irrigation systems, reducing water needed for irrigation by 62%.
A new 6.8 mile bus rapid transit corridor along Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, helped generate $5.5 billion in public and private reinvestment by creating partnerships between multiple organizations and agencies. The new system resulted in a 58% increase in ridership over the previous line and served two million new riders in its first two years.
The new design of the Davenport in Cambridge maintains the historic character of the original brick and beam structure while incorporating a modern look and feel that appeals to dynamic young companies. Facing low occupancy before renovation, the building is now 95% leased and recently sold for $79 million.
The Avenue development in Washington DC includes commercial office space, retail, and residential units. The full transit-oriented development contributes an estimated $11.5 million in annual city tax revenue.
The Bridgeport Parks Master Plan set a goal to enable the community to share implementation responsibilities. Through outreach efforts that included video conversations in parks, work sessions with summer campers, traditional public meetings, and an interactive mapping survey that garnered hundreds of replies, the City gained partners to make its plan reality.
Renovated pool saves estimated 18 million gallons of water
The renovated Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool reduces annual potable water use from approximately 25 million gallons to less than 4 million gallons. The new pool sources grey water from the World War II Memorial and river water from the Potomac River, which is then pump filtered and ozone treated.
integrated approach to engagement builds community support
The Tomorrow Plan's unique mix of communication approaches, including public meetings, interactive games, online ideas forums, web visualization tools, and focus groups, unites residents and leaders in studying existing conditions, exploring scenarios, and crafting a vision for sustainable development.
Wilmington Waterfront Park in Los Angeles dramatically enhanced the quality of the environment for the under-served community of Wilmington, increasing local public open space by 150%. Formed through extensive public outreach, the park reconnects the neighborhood with its waterfront and promotes ecological, programmatic, and social diversity.
In Oregon, Portland State University's Master Plan calls for high density mixed-use development, weaving commercial and academic activity to create a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. Mayor Sam Adams proposed a new urban renewal district to support the plan with TIF financing.
Vision plan leverages $35 million in downtown investment
The Cedar Rapids Medical District Vision Plan enticed a large medical clinic to invest in a new $35 million facility, keeping 350 jobs in the heart of the city and drawing 400,000 annual visits. Clustering medical facilities will create greater growth opportunities and support development of related businesses and services.
Framework plan proposes 55% increase of campus trees
Adding over 7,200 native trees across The Ohio State University will provide 80+ acres of new canopy cover, combating the urban heat island effect. The trees will provide multiple benefits, including expected savings of over $21.6 million in stormwater-related infrastructure costs during the lifespan of the trees.
The unique modular office system of National Grid's New England corporate office reduced square footage per person by more than 50%, conserving construction materials, saving money, and reducing overall environmental impact. The system provides flexibility, allowing National Grid to change and evolve over decades without significant renovations.
The University of Maine Master Plan provides a comprehensive approach for stormwater management with an estimated reduction in peak run-off rate in 6 of 12 watersheds. The reductions by watershed range from 4.4% to 10.7%. The total impervious surface area in the core campus watersheds is reduced from 11% to 7%.
rec center expansion increases student participation 91%
The LEED® Plantium certified expansion of the student recreation center at University of Arizona is a genuine expression of the student body's commitment to health, wellbeing, and sustainability—inspired and informed by the very people whom the center is intended to engage.
At Jiading Park in Shanghai, restoring wetland and woodland has drastically improved water and air quality and biodiversity. Reusing materials, including 3,100 square meters of asphalt and 50,000 salvaged roof tiles, has reduced emissions and lowered costs. Rainwater harvesting has decreased potable water demand by 3.3 million gallons annually.
The value of properties abutting Waterway Square command a much higher rent than the greater Houston average. Rent per square foot for apartments shows an increase of 46%, and retail space shows an increase of 32%.
At Wilmington Waterfront Park, innovative photo-catalytic technology transforms harmful air pollutants to inert organic compounds through a surface coating of titanium dioxide [Ti02] applied to planted terrace walls. The landforms provide noise attenuation resulting in a decrease of 10 decibels to create a peaceful internal park and residential setting.
At The Ohio State University, an existing overflow dam has proliferated the Olentangy River's poor ecological health. Restoring the river's natural ecology and redesigning adjacent streets as flood protection reclaims 144 acres of core campus, supporting the plan's ecological, academic, and social engagement goals.
Corpus Christi's Bayfront Park includes 35-foot wind turbines along the waterfront designed to supply the park's energy needs. Inspired by conch shells, they serve as iconic landmarks and kinetic art. Harvesting this energy makes a cultural and historical connection by harnessing potentially harmful winds.
Constructed wetland improves water quality and habitat
Creating over 226 hectares of new wetlands along the Yellow River floodplain will filter an estimated 40 million cubic meters of irrigation supply and site runoff annually. In addition, the nearly 590 hectares of lakes, wetlands, and exposed flats will provide abundant resting and foraging habitat for migratory birds.
2.7 acres of parking lot convert to floodplain parkland
The Cedar Rapids Amphitheater and Festival Grounds Project reclaims two riverfront parking lots as a new community park and incorporates approximately one acre of native prairie meadow and naturalized river's edge.
In Abu Dhabi, KUSTAR capitalizes on the sustainable requirements of the challenging Gulf climate to create a vibrant, interconnected academic community. Careful management of building form and alignment and creative use of shade and wind corridors minimizes cooling costs while creating a close-knit setting interweaving teaching and research.
In Pennsylvania, the five acres of wild flower meadow planted for the Wilkes Barre River Commons needs to be mowed only once per year, as compared to traditional maintained lawns which require weekly mowing. The meadow also provides valuable natural habitat for local species.
Three key infrastructure components—the Thu Thiem Bridge, the East/West Boulevard, and the East/West Tunnel—have been constructed, connecting the 657 hectare peninsula of Thu Thiem to the existing city for the first time in the city's history.
By thinking beyond the games, the 2008 Beijing Olympics plan provided a catalyst for revitalization. The Games initiated nearly $17 billion in investment in environmental initiatives, including 2.5 square kilometers of green space, Beijing's largest public park. The plan also spurred new development in a sports, entertainment, and cultural district.
Penn Connects sets out an exciting plan for the Penn campus. It has reinforced the university's mission and bolstered promotional and fundraising activities, guiding implementation of over 3.8 million gsf of construction and the transformation of former parking lots into Penn Park—a new community open space for the university and broader communities.
Sustainable lighting design far surpasses energy code minimums
At National Grid's New England corporate office, combined task and ambient lighting provides illumination only where needed, creating responsive, light-filled space. These advanced strategies result in a lighting power density (excluding task lights) of .54 watts/square foot, 46% below code minimums.
Corpus Christi's North Bayfront Park, created by relocating and reducing traffic lanes on Shoreline Boulevard, demonstrates innovation in rainwater management. It provides a 30% reduction in impervious surfaces and, during a one inch rain event, treats nearly 44,000 gallons of rainwater in a rain garden planted with native coastal meadow plants.