Location: Philadelphia, PA
Completion Date: 2019-2020, UNBUILT
Morris Steel is a 692 unit residential, office, retail, and mixed-income development in the Kensington section of Philadelphia designed to be the largest Net-Zero-Energy, Carbon-Neutral, Micro-Grid community in the country. The project has been envisioned as a unique and transformative community that re-defines the future of resilient and sustainable development which is not only visionary but achievable. An interior raised plinth provides an innovative strategy to cost-effectively store more than 17,000 CY of contaminated soil on site and doubles as a stormwater detention basin, while creating a 2nd-story courtyard amenity greenspace for its residents. The development incorporates a micro-grid composed of a 1.75 megawatt solar photovoltaic array and 3 megawatts of battery storage, using 60 electric vehicles and bi-directional car chargers, providing an EV car-share amenity for the community and an additional income stream for developer to help balance infrastructure costs.