The Low Impact Development Design Competition And Awards Finale Set For July 10

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

For the past four months, teams made up of the area’s top architects, engineers, and designers have been working to develop and integrate green infrastructure into four sites around Chattanooga as part of the Resource Rain Low Impact Development (LID) Design Challenge.

Resource Rain, green|spaces and the City of Chattanooga will host the final presentation and awards ceremony for the competition at Loose Cannon Studios, 1800A Rossville Ave. on Thursday, July 10, at 5 p.

m. Judges will select the first, second and third place winners, but the public's help is sought to select the People's Choice Award of $2,000.

LID Design entrants are focusing their projects on conservation of natural resources, development of practical designs and incorporation of urban design and traditional neighborhood development. They will include LID and green infrastructure practices as the preferred method of managing stormwater, and comply with the new standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that go into effect December 2014. Specifically, Challenge entrants were asked to utilize the City of Chattanooga’s storm water management practices as a guide for their designs.

“We are excited to see the site proposals developed over the past several weeks,” said Mayor Andy Berke. “This competition is an innovative way to promote and support sustainable practices. Through this partnership, as well as the involvement of numerous talented professionals, we will have solutions to help make neighborhoods stronger throughout Chattanooga.”

The competition is sponsored by the Lyndhurst Foundation, River City Company, City of Chattanooga, Regional Planning Agency, green|spaces, Hamilton County Water Quality Department, Tennessee Stormwater Association, AquaShield and Belgard.

The following firms are represented in the competition:

Farmer Morgan

Ross Fowler

LDA Engineering

Volkert

Neuhoff Taylor Architects

Arcadis

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

DH&W Architects

March Adams

Casey Neal Landscape Architects

Ragan Smith Associates

URS Corporations

Kennon | Cannon Workshop

Stantec Consulting Services

W.M. Whitaker & Associates Landscape Architects

Geosyntec

Garth Brown Designers


 


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