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 civic engagement process meeting with local community groups, several premier arts and cultural institutions and various governmental authorities. The resulting new parks have been designed, in close coordination with civil, traffic and structural engineers, in response to stakeholder input to provide flexible use for programmed civic events and casual daily enjoyment.

Design Guidelines for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, previously prepared by Ground Reconsidered and adopted by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and PennDOT, set the standard for the project’s patterns, materials and furnishings.

  • PennDOT
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • 2008 - Current