We are excited to announce this year's Symposium tours, focused on energy, green stormwater infrastructure, cutting edge construction, LEED, adaptive reuse, and more! If you are interested in attending a tour, make sure you are first registered for the Sustainability Symposium, happening Friday, May 3rd at Penn State at The Navy Yard.
All tours are accessible and happening rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.
Note that tours will be happening concurrently with sessions. Please see the event page for this year's schedule.
The Navy Yard runs its own private unregulated electric utility and this tour will have two exciting stops that highlight this unique feature. We will first visit the Network Operating Center to learn how the Navy Yard Electric Utility is modernizing and integrating distributed energy resources (solar PV, peak shaving plant, battery storage, EV program, and more) and energy efficiency, demand response, and alternative tariff structures to be the utility of the future. Next we will see Penn State’s building-scale microgrid which includes solar PV, battery systems, microturbine, and building integration to discuss the value and future of microgrids.
Rudy Terry, PIDC
Andy Mackey, ProtoGen Energy
Lisa Shulock, Twice Green
Rob Morin, Ameresco
Explore the green infrastructure masterplan for the Navy Yard and the role stormwater management plays in the resilience of a rapidly expanding urban neighborhood. The expansive green spaces increase the amount of pervious surfaces while encouraging physical activity and community engagement. This scenic walking tour will feature the award winning Central Green (designed by James Corner Field Operations), League Island Park, and Langley Avenue. The tour will explore the innovative stormwater management systems throughout the Navy Yard. Rain gardens and bioswales will be highlighted by a walk along Rouse Boulevard, one of the many green streets.
Bill Fisher, Liberty Property Trust
Andrew Stathos, Pennoni
Katherine Weiss, Pennoni
Elizabeth Norton, Pennoni
Joseph Sikora, Sikora Wells Appel
This tour will comprise two fascinating cases of the LEED building standard applied on a national and local brand. The first is Courtyard by Marriott, a given hotel typology which was leveraged to redefine a national prototype. Tour attendees will learn how design guidelines intended for a typical suburban site were adapted for an urban site and maximize the efficiency and performance to make LEED an attractive feature for a Marriott franchisee. The second building, FS Investments Headquarters, will serve as an example of a building that was designed to fit the owner’s company vision, unique culture, and wellness programs. Attendees will learn how a LEED building can impact users to stay motivated to think creatively and work hard for their investors, clients, and community.
Mark Sanderson, DIGSAU
Scott Erdy, Erdy McHenry
Nate Hamill, Erdy McHenry
Derek Beckman, Courtyard by Marriott
Ben Tamker, Liberty Property Trust
Tom Trala, FS Investments
Join PIDC, master developer of the Navy Yard, on a scenic walking tour of the Navy Yard to Urban Outfitters, Inc.’s (URBN) award-winning global headquarters. URBN, which owns the brands Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Terrain, and the Food and Beverage division, has grown its corporate headquarters in Philadelphia to more than 2,500 employees in the last 10 years. Tour attendees will see URBN’s 11-building multi-phased campus, one of the region’s best adaptive reuse projects, which combines old and new. URBN’s corporate headquarters is home to dog friendly offices and design studios, a public café and coffee shop housed in a vast former pipe and coppersmith shop, a former dry dock turned floating park, its Bloom Box Energy system that consists of stacked fuel cells that convert chemical energy from natural gas and water into electricity, and more.
Jennifer Tran, PIDC