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Green Infrastructure Design Competition, Blair County, PA
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Professionals are invited to a Green Infrastructure Design Competition to showcase the expertise of design teams to the public and municipal leadership responsible for stormwater management, and result in installation of three green infrastructure projects by winning competition teams. To qualify, all teams must register for the competition by January 8th, 2016 PCH CEUs to be determined upon completion of competition.

When: Informational Workshop & Design Site Visits December 15, 2015
10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Where: Classroom and Design Site Visits
Blair County
Presenter: The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and American Rivers, Clean Water Supply
Contact: Liz G. Deardorff

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The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and principal partner American Rivers are hosting a Green Infrastructure Design Competition in Blair County, Pennsylvania. The competition will showcase the expertise of design teams to the public and municipal leadership responsible for stormwater management throughout the county. The Design Competition will result in installation of green infrastructure projects at three demonstration sites by winning competition teams.

Awards to winning competitors will be Alliance support and funding to carry designs through construction. Throughout the Design Competition, competitors will have an opportunity for expert assistance by two of the nation’s most respected leaders in green infrastructure from Pennsylvania: Michele Adams and Stuart Echols. 

Register for the December 15th “Kick-Off” Workshop --
A workshop to review design and competition objectives, learn about each design competition site, the competition rules and process and visit the competition sites will be held in Blair County on December 15, 2015. The workshop will begin at 10 AM; site tours will begin at 12:30 and last about 1.5 hours. Boxed lunch will be provided. Please register each person for the design competition ‘kick-off’ workshop by December 10th. An agenda and meeting location information will be provided via email after registering here.

Green Infrastructure is an approach to solving the stormwater problems of urban areas that also provides sustainable community benefits ranging from beautification, health and safety. Green infrastructure manages stormwater through cost effective systems designed and engineered to mimic natural hydrologic functions including infiltration, retention and evapotranspiration. For the small urban communities within Blair County, Pennsylvania, green infrastructure practices such as rain gardens, porous pavement and rainwater harvesting can provide cost effective, long-lasting solutions for stormwater management that can be incorporated into each community’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) and Chesapeake Bay pollution load reduction strategies.

~ Design Teams
-- Composition
Team members are required to include an Engineer (PE), Landscape Architect (PLA), and Construction Contractor as Team Principals.
Secondary team members of the following professions are strongly encouraged: artist, architect, planner, soil scientist, historic preservationist, economic developer or other experts.
Inclusion of student(s) talent is encouraged.
Teams must have local representation or demonstrate capacity to work in Blair County.
-- Representation
The Team Principals must be defined at registration.
Secondary team members do not need to be identified at registration but must be identified when design(s) are submitted.
Teams may submit a design for one, two, or all three sites.
An individual may serve as a Team Principal on only one team.
Secondary team members may serve on more than one team.
To qualify, all teams must register for the competition by January 8th, 2016. Register Your Team for the Design Competition here.


For complete rules and guidelines, download the detailed PDF here.

PCH CEUs to be determined upon completion of competition.


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