Urban Engineers (Urban) joined University of Pennsylvania (Penn) staff and project team members from Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects to dedicate the new Edward W. Kane Park on Penn’s campus.
Previously known as Lot #8, an unremarkable parking lot known for its numerous food carts, the half-acre Kane Park has been transformed into a green open space and safer pedestrian gateway to Penn’s campus. It is estimated that over 1,000 people per day will now use the park as a place to eat lunch, sit and relax, or visit with family, friends and coworkers.
Urban, in collaboration with Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, provided the civil and traffic engineering design for the park. The site features a large central lawn, pathways made of permeable pavers, ornamental and shade trees, new benches, electrical outlets, and solar-charged lighting. The park was designed to exceed 95% stormwater surface permeability.
“Penn is on a mission to create green space for its students, faculty, employees, local residents, and visitors,” Urban’s Project Manager, Christopher Gubeno, PE, said. “We enjoyed assisting Penn and the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems achieve their vision and make the park a reality.”