Center City District, Dilworth Park

A neglected, below-grade plaza was transformed into a high-quality, well-managed civil space at street level. Serving as a gateway to transit and a sustainable centerpiece for the city, Dilworth Park now hosts a cafe, fountain, landscaping and seasonal ice rink.

CVM reviewed historical documentation for the multiple vintages of construction that make up the area, and designed structural systems that will accommodate the increased structural and planting loads while coexisting with the existing, below-grade rail transit infrastructure. CVM’s understanding of this limited space, coupled with its collaborative interface with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority was critical to the success of this high-profile project.

Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Photography: James Ewing