Morris Arboretum Horticultural Center

A new 20,840 SF Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm serves as the University of Pennsylvania’s first newly constructed “green” building project, providing an example for sustainable design and construction. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, the Complex is the first new construction, not-for-profit Platinum Level LEED® Certified building in Philadelphia and only the second Platinum Level LEED® Certified building in the State. Hunt Engineering Company completed civil engineering planning and the site planning considerations for this project addressed the placement and orientation of the facility, the design of functional and appealing outdoor spaces, vehicular circulation and parking, pedestrian circulation, stormwater management, way-finding /signage, utilities, landscape planting and a new parking lot of 175 cars. The sustainable design elements included infiltration testing for stormwater management design of porous pavements for new parking lots and driveways; the design of underground stormwater infiltration systems, bioinfiltration swales and rain gardens; the preparation of the NPDES permit and design of erosion and sedimentation control measures. We also provided the geotechnical engineering services to evaluate the subsurface conditions.