Green Infrastructure Design Competition

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. Complete rules and guidelines and registration for kick-off workshop are coming soon.

Opportunities to bring your professional expertise to design and build green stormwater infrastructure projects in Blair County will be announced here.


Learn About the Sites

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.