Green Community in Baltimore City Begins Construction
BALTIMORE, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Construction is now underway at a new community development in Baltimore City that will feature unique green elements and nearby mass transit options thanks to STV's planning and design expertise.
The 63-acre Uplands Redevelopment will offer approximately 761 dwelling-units of a variety of housing types on a former garden apartment-townhouse site in West Baltimore, MD. The project is one of the largest urban infill projects – the use of land for redevelopment within a built-up area – currently under construction on the East Coast. STV provided a range of services for the project, including taking a lead role in the entitlement process, using the preliminary master plan from the architects and obtaining approval for a Planned Unit Development for the master plan; as well as designing the infrastructure for the site.
"Construction of the Uplands project signals the ongoing renaissance in a prime area of Baltimore City," said Anthony Corteal, STV senior vice president and director of land development. "It will offer housing with modern amenities and environmentally-friendly infrastructure that will be the first of its kind in the city. Our goal was for the finished product to have a suburban feel in an urban environment."
As part of the infrastructure currently under construction, STV designed Baltimore City's first green alleys. Green alleys look identical to standard concrete alleys, but feature porous paving that allows for improved infiltration of storm water runoff. Ultimately, the green alleys will help improve water quality, reduce flooding and ponding throughout the development, and will promote better groundwater recharge. STV also provided design for the development's roads, utilities, street lighting and landscaping.
As part of a separate contract, STV, in a joint venture with Jacobs Engineering, is providing program management and consulting services for the proposed Maryland Transit Administration Red Line, a 14.6 mile light rail transit system, which will consist of station stops in close proximity to the Uplands development, demonstrating an emphasis on smart growth principles.
With more than 1,700 employees in 33 offices, STV is a leader in providing planning, engineering, architectural, construction management services, and environmental services for infrastructure, transportation systems, buildings and other facilities. STV is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information, visit our website at www.stvinc.com or follow @STVGroup on Twitter.