30TH Street Station

Danny Jacobs

Diagnosis of problem areas:
1) Large impermeable concrete area near the Schuylkill River. As we have

learned this semester, impermeable areas not only increase the amount of water that is runoff into sewers and/or rivers, but it also increases the concentration of pollution found in this runoff. The area in red is an example of an area that could be very easily revitalized with the use of rain gardens or swales.

U. PA. . the Schuylkill has the potential to quintuple its level of discharge in a short period of time.gov/nwis>. “USGS 01474500 Schuylkill River at Philadelphia.” Retrieved 09 May 2011 from <http://waterdata.usgs. which prevents any water from at least being caught in crevices or barricaded. 2) As can be seen (circled in red). The measurement is probably even more intense in the areas surrounding 30th street station that are both impermeable and flat.S Geological Survey.

. approximately 20 feet from the river.This was taken from the South Side of 30th street station. the dark concrete surfaces 1) reduce infiltration and thus increase water loads & concentrations during rainfall 2) increase the urban heat island effect. making the areas uncomfortable during warmer seasons. Besides being drab and ugly. This is basically a close-up of the area circled in red in the first picture.

As pointed out by Sample et al (2003). etc). For 30th street. right-of-way costs. Best Management Practices should not just be measured by their size and material costs (the traditional way) but also by their opportunity costs. city officials will be more resistant to disrupt its function. concrete lot that disrupts natural infiltration in the water cycle but that given the context of the area. the parking lots function is extremely valuable and thus. These opportunity costs are still compared with costs saved from environmental damage. The real difficulty is not necessarily the fact that it is an industrial.2) On the Western side. we face the situation of dealing with parking lots. The protection from the addition of a swale . one need not worry about residential or business investments (most business is inside) but right-of-way is a very important cost. especially because 30th street is owned by Amtrak and very important for interregional travel. which are the benefits forgone due to construction of the BMP inhibiting other possible projects (business or residential investment.

. The areas denoted by the light green are areas that I feel are absolutely important for the function of the area.might not be enough to outweigh the loss in transportation mobility.

. Oregon.As we can see comparing this parking lot rennovation in Portland. the addition of certain Best Management Practices like Swales can reduce the function of the area and perhaps. be a net loss for the community (even if some environmental damage is forgone).

Based on what I learnt from my presentation on the ACROS Fukuoka.3) The roof is an obvious choice for a green roof. One should notice that it is painted white. especially considering 1) that the 30th street station is a historical landmark and deserves top treatment 2) there is enough space for an extensive green roof (meaning soil. plants with relatively deep roots). I think it is worth putting a fully integrated roof on top. . which improves the albedo of the building and thus saves energy costs this way.

4) This is not a serious or immediately noticeable problem but while researching about green architecture I came across various proposals for indoor “green” amenities. it could become something special in itself. Some of the proposals were just for aesthetic reasons but other ideas proposed innovative ways of crossventilation and atmosphere control through the use of plants. Thirtieth street station’s market area appears to serve a particular function in the community and I think that if one added certain aesthetic and natural elements to the inside. .

perhaps consider connection to the train station across for cross-ventilation purposes. D) Waterfall shade around the Westside and the parking lot. F) Perhaps inner greening a la Britomart Station. . E) If very ambitious.The plan A) Sloped parking lots to capture runoff without losing function. B) Green roof with solar panels – perfect area for this inclusion. C) The inclusion of swales on the Southside and Eastside of thirtieth station.

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