I-676 Cover Parks

Replacement of the Vine Street Expressway overpasses’ aging infrastructure has created the opportunity for Ground Reconsidered to imagine and design a series of major new public parks and gathering spaces, built mostly on structure, that will enhance and improve the functionality of adjacent civic spaces around Philadelphia’s iconic Logan Circle. During the course of this complex multi-year, multiple stakeholder project, the firm has been an essential participant in the design process, coordinating with civil, traffic and structural engineers, with Pennoni as the Prime Consultant for PennDOT.  Design Guidelines for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, previously prepared by Ground Reconsidered and adopted by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, set the standard for the project’s patterns, materials and furnishings. The resulting new parks provide flexible use for programmed civic events and casual daily enjoyment, while complementing the scale and grandeur of the adjacent buildings.

  • PennDOT, Pennoni
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • 2008 - Current