Lyndhurst Foundation Funds Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure Design Competition

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Lyndhurst Foundation is funding a Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure Design Competition, City Council members were told Tuesday. 

The $85,500 funding will provide a model for retrofitting city districts with innovative green infrastructure systems specific to the characteristics of each district, including social, cultural, and economic factors, officials said.

City officials stated that retrofitting developed areas with sustainable green infrastructure will reduce the amount of pollutants as well as improve the quality of water in city waterways after storm events.

“This is an important partnership that can highlight Chattanooga’s commitment to innovative, sustainable practices,” said Mayor Andy Berke of the Design Competition. “Through a competitive process, we will empower talented individuals to explore solutions that can ultimately make our neighborhoods stronger and create a positive impact in every district of Chattanooga.”

Design teams will be challenged to demonstrate efficient and cost-effective approaches for innovative and sustainable infrastructure on three selective development sites in the city - one street design, one urban and one suburban.  These sites could include complete street projects, parks and storm management facilities; Teams will be challenged to vision new streetscape designs and public spaces like parking lots to enhance transportation options, provide storm water quality measures, and beautify areas.

The city of Chattanooga has developed new runoff reduction and green infrastructure design standards as well as a Low Impact Design Manual, it was stated. The competition "will demonstrate the effectiveness of these new standards and requirements," officials said.

Competition participation requirements include a design team consisting of three licensed participants: engineer, architect, and landscape architect.  At least one member of each team based in Chattanooga and team leaders must be licensed in Tennessee.

Organizations involved include city of Chattanooga Public Works (including the Engineering and Water Quality divisions) and Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency (RPA).

The funding from the Lyndhurst Foundation comes through a contract with GreenSpaces.


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