On September 4, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability hosted the finals round of its Low Impact Development (LID) Design Competition. Dalhoff Thomas design|studio and The Corradino Group took home the trophy and $15,000 prize. Blair Parker Design and Civil Engineering Solutions, LLC won second place and $5,000, and Malasri-Gallo-Lawrence came in third place, wining $1,000.
“Dalhoff Thomas Design team is incredibly honored to win the LID competition. We want to commend all the amazing entries,” said Dean Thomas, the company’s principal. “This design challenge was a great way to showcase the effectiveness of green infrastructure, and we look forward to the impact these methods will have on planning and stormwater management in Memphis and the Mid-South.”
The competition had a requirement to feature LID as a way to treat stormwater onsite through natural infiltration. “The knowledge gained by the 11 teams working on submittals for the Memphis-Shelby County LID Design Competition is invaluable and has the potential to change the way developments are designed in the region,” said Senior Planner Christine Donhardt with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability. The competition was tough and all teams involved put in countless hours. “In an overwhelming response to the call for entries, 28 firms formed eleven teams to submit designs,” she said.
The project design site was a 5-ha (12.5 ac) senior living community in the Wolf River Bluffs Planned Development in the community of Frayser owned by United Housing Inc. The competition was funded by a Green Development Grant from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation along with matching funds. Read more.