In 2004, Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonald’s Corp. founder Ray Kroc, bequeathed the Salvation Army nearly $1.6 billion to construct community centers throughout the United States.

The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia selected a site on a former vehicle impound lot in Center City Philadelphia to build the “Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.”  The 12.4-acre site features a proposed 99,300 square foot multi-purpose community center building. The site also includes a synthetic turf athletic field, community gardens, landscaped areas and associated parking facilities and utilities.  The Philadelphia planning news entity PlanPhilly has called the project “one of the greenest developments ever undertaken in the city”.

As part of the design team, Duffield Associates worked with the project architect to incorporate sustainable stormwater management into the redevelopment project through the use of roof runoff capture and reuse, porous pavement, and infiltrating rain gardens.  A storm drainage system was designed to capture up to the 10-year event and divert it to a separate storm sewer, thereby reducing the load on the City’s overburdened combined sewer system.

The planned center is located on a vacant brownfield site with environmentally impacted soil conditions.  Duffield Associates assisted the project’s environmental consultant with selection of testing areas and presentation of test results to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).  Duffield Associates prepared the NPDES permit and coordinated site approvals with the Philadelphia Water Department and PADEP.

Duffield Associates also prepared erosion and sediment control plans for the exterior improvements and provided assistance to the design team on zoning permit plans and Street Department plans.