“Green Infrastructure" is the current trendy term in the world of site development being tossed around across the country these days. Many large cities and communities are investing huge dollar amounts in the planning, design, construction and maintenance (hopefully) of green infrastructure BMPs throughout busy urban right-of-ways ----- but are we working collaboratively to guide the success of these projects both in the short but also the long term? Are our planners calling on engineers to
optimize the selection and location of candidate BMPs? are engineers calling on contractors as they generate designs and correctly specify materials to make sure they are build-able and the fit the budget? do we understand the real cost and effort of maintenance?
Too often these days, the "planning", "engineering", "installation", and "maintenance" are viewed as mutually exclusive tasks with no overlap --- however if we truly want to transform cities, genuinely improve water quality and keep Green Infrastructure as a trendy term rather than one that is frowned
upon, COLLABORATION is key.
This presentation will present the challenge of GI process and provide some conceptual framework for working collaboratively from start to finish to keep GI alive well into the future. The presenter will highlight some grant funded water quality projects, specialty private site development projects and some observations of regional GI efforts including the Philadelphia Green
Streets program and an upcoming retrofit of the ASCE HQ in Reston, VA.
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
1) Attendees will be drawn to consider how well they collaborate with all parties in their current
project and consider the importance and need for collaboration in future site development and
green infrastructure projects.
2) Listeners will be caused to better review design specs they are developing and better coordinate
with contractors to minimize change orders to projects and finger pointing at end of job
3) Listeners will be caused to consider incorporating pre-bid, pre construction protocols as well as
the importance of field oversight
Robert (Rob) Woodman – P.E., C.P.E.S.C
New York Chapter of ASLA