Philly Waterfront Park Breaks Ground

Penn’s Landing is an ambitious redesign of 11.5 waterfront acres.

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September 15, 2023, 6:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Rendering of people walking in waterfront park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rendering of Penn's Landing park. | Hargreaves Jones / Penn's Landing

A $430 million waterfront freeway cap park designed by Hargreaves Jones began to take shape last week in Philadelphia, with completion potentially expected in 2025, report Dan Roche in The Architect’s Newspaper.

“The project led by PennDOT replaces aging infrastructure to make way for improved waterfront access by ‘decking’ over 1-95 and Columbus Boulevard to form the park space,” Roche explains. “Upon completion, new pathways at Penn’s Landing will guide pedestrians from the city center to new public landscape features, amenities, and attractions over I-95. Those shared amenities will include a net zero central pavilion made of mass timber by KieranTimberlake.”

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) has “ambitious sustainability goals” that include net-zero energy consumption in the park’s central pavilion.

See the source article for renderings of the new park.

Monday, September 11, 2023 in The Architect's Newspaper

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