Philadelphia Green Streets Improvements at the Bureau of Laboratory Services

Client: Philadelphia Water Department
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Meliora is providing engineering expertise throughout the City of Philadelphia designing Green Streets, which enhance the aesthetics and stormwater functions of streetscapes. Working closely with professionals at PWD and the Philadelphia Streets Department, Meliora has developed designs that achieve PWD stormwater goals at the Bureau of Laboratory Services. Tree trenches and planter boxes, both with subsurface infiltration beds, will be placed along three city blocks and are designed to manage the first inch of runoff from areas of the surrounding streets and sidewalks. Used in lieu of conventional “gray infrastructure,” these measures provide stormwater filtration, alleviate pressure on sewer systems, and provide ancillary benefits communities, such as beautification and the reduction of urban heat island effects.