East Hills Pittsburgh, PA

ABOUT

Bradley Site Design provided land planning and landscape architecture services for this 315-unit redevelopment project in Pennsylvania. Two-thirds of the units were renovated; BSD created new pedestrian systems, parks and planting, including a certified wildlife habitat along a restored riparian edge. Impervious surfaces were dramatically reduced with a simple reorganization of parking areas, and an earlier plan was revised to reduce the construction envelope and preserve the existing mature trees.

The remaining units were constructed in a New Urbanist layout around a Village Green, with a new loop road and parking at the periphery. BSD preserved and made use of existing topography: two-story apartments with individual entries face the Green, while lower level, barrier-free flats are located near accessible parking spaces. Rain gardens, bioswales and stone filter belts are the primary means of stormwater management. These Low Impact Development measures significantly reduced earthwork and infrastructure costs.

Public amenities designed for the site include a natural amphitheater near the Community Center, extensive community gardens, an orchard, nature trail, and picnic areas. Numerous playgrounds were designed and installed in lively community-build events, and passive recreation areas are interspersed among them. In an area formerly ravaged by crime, there are thriving summer camps, youth corps job programs, and annual community events like Circus Day and neighborhood-wide barbeques.

Client
Telesis Corporation
Washington, DC.

Budget
$48 million

Project Manager
Sharon Bradley

Community Engagement
Multiple community charrettes and meetings
Playground design-build events
Tree-planting events
Community garden planning and building
On-going dialogue with residents and property managers