Buffalo’s Willert Park Green Infrastructure Project Earns Envision Bronze Award

Willert ParkWASHINGTON, D.C. – August 17, 2020 – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s Willert Park Green Infrastructure Project in Buffalo, NY, is the recent recipient of the Envision® Bronze award for sustainable infrastructure.

To earn an Envision award, a project must deliver a range of sustainability and resiliency benefits to the host and affected communities. These benefits are validated through a rigorous third-party review process against the Envision sustainable infrastructure framework.

Project Background and Context

The Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) has been a champion of green infrastructure through its “Raincheck 1.0” and “Raincheck 2.0” programs. Green Infrastructure, or GI, is an approach to water management that mimics the natural water cycle and reduces runoff from developed sites. GI includes strategies to reduce runoff such as planting trees, restoring and protecting wetlands, using rain barrels to collect stormwater, and using pervious materials to allow for water infiltration. GI has been shown to be a cost effective and efficient approach to stormwater management compared with other alternatives such as constructing water treatment plants. The Willert Park Green Infrastructure Project was developed in accordance with BSA’s Long-Term Control Plan and will have a significant impact on water quality in the city of Buffalo.

BSA worked in close collaboration with Wendel, Joy Kuebler Landscape Architects and Watts Architecture & Engineering to deliver this sustainable project.

“I am grateful for all of the hard work that everyone has done to complete the Award winning Willert Park project. This Green Infrastructure project was truly a community focused effort that involved outreach, engagement, and participation through community visioning walks, meetings, and collaborative design,” said Oluwole A. McFoy P.E., General Manager of Buffalo Sewer. Mr. McFoy continued, “I am also proud that this project also included the WaterWorx summer youth camp with education and activities around stormwater management and sustainability and helped contribute to the revitalization of Jesse Clipper Square, which was inspired by the original design by the City of Buffalo’s first African American architect John Brent.”

“The team did a fantastic job to make the Willert Park Green Infrastructure project a showcase of sustainability and green design. This award is the culmination of years of hard work that led to a project that provided stormwater management, improved parkland, and better community relations/education. I am very proud to have been part of this team.” Scott Rybarczyk, PE, LEED AP Project Manager, Wendel.


Inequality in Civil Infrastructure.

Inequality in infrastructure is something the architecture, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) industry hasn’t focused on nearly enough in the past. But, the industry is starting to realize that needs to change.

In the following article, ISI’s Managing Director, Melissa Peneycad, reexamined some well-known civil infrastructure projects and discusses how they divided their communities. Melissa also looks at three current projects that have focused on equity, and she discusses how many organizations are hoping to right the wrongs of the past.

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Virtual Award Ceremony & Webinar / August 19, 2020

Please join us in celebrating the PHX Sky Train® — Stage 2 project during a virtual award ceremony on August 19 at 1 p.m. This is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport’s first Envision award and the third Envision-awarded project in the state of Arizona. Find out why this project earned an Envision Gold award and discover lessons learned.  Also learn how stakeholders worked closely with the community (fire, police, and city officials) to make this project sustainable and secure. 

ISI’s President and CEO, Anthony Kane, will be hosting the virtual event and numerous guests from the city have been invited. 

Attending this virtual award ceremony qualifies for one hour of education toward your ENV SP credential maintenance. 

Again, the virtual ISI Award Ceremony and Educational Webinar event will be held on August 19 at 1 p.m. ET.   


Presenters include the following:  

William (Bill) Peterson, Gannett Fleming
Senior Resident Engineer, Professional Engineer, Associate 
Bill has 20 years’ experience in the A/E/C industry. Bill has been involved in a wide range of projects involving heavy highway construction, bridge structures, airport structures, automotive test tracks, residential development, commercial development and large solar fields. 

Mary Anne Derr, Gannett Fleming
Senior Project Manager, Professional Engineer, & Senior Associate
Mary Anne has 30 years of experience with the firm.  She has extensive experience managing major transportation and transit projects, including three stages of the PHX Sky Train, two sections of the WMATA Subway System, major transportation projects for MTA in Los Angeles and Valley Metro Rail in Phoenix. 

Wade Chance, Hensel Phelps
Project Manager
Wade has with nearly 15 years of experience at the firm.  Wade has extensive experience managing large commercial and transportation projects, including two stages of the PHX Sky Train. Wade has had been involved in a wide range of sustainable projects across many regions stretching from the West Coast of California to as far East as Louisiana. 

Complimentary registration is now open via Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Please let ISI’s Education Director, Lindsey Geiger, know if you have any questions or encounter any snags in the registration process. Otherwise, we look forward to celebrating the PHX Sky Train® – Stage 2 project with you on August 19th! 

New York City’s 235th Street Pumping Station Earns Envision Gold

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 3, 2020 – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) $30 million Reconstruction of the 235th Street Pumping Station (PS-313) located in the Bronx borough of New York is the recent recipient of the Envision® Gold award for sustainable infrastructure. The DEP worked in close collaboration with Tetra Tech to deliver this award- winning sustainable project. This project is the third DEP project to receive an Envision award, and the first to earn Gold. To earn Envision Gold, a project must demonstrate that it delivers a heightened range of environmental, social, and economic benefits to the host and affected communities.

Project Context and Background
Originally constructed in 1966, the 235th Street Pumping Station is a combined sewage and stormwater pumping station located within Riverdale Park along Palisade Avenue in the Bronx.

The pumping station handles a dry weather flow of 1.49 million gallons per day (MGD) and has a total station capacity of 10.9 MGD. The 235th Street Pumping Station receives combined sewer flow from approximately 80 acres of sewershed and is the last in a series of three pump stations.

This state of good repair project includes replacing the existing above grade pumping station building with a new building covering the same footprint as the existing building. The foundation and subgrade structure will remain in place with concrete repairs performed on the structure and new equipment (pumps, valves, controls, etc.) installed. A new emergency generator will provide backup power for the station, therefore providing for continuous sewer service to the surrounding area even in times of emergency. A new 20-inch diameter force main from the pumping station will be constructed to provide more reliable service to the surrounding community, and the roadway will be repaired at the end of the project construction.

The primary goal of the PS-313 project is to design a safe, reliable, efficient, resilient, and low maintenance pumping station. In order to achieve this goal, sustainability has been a major focus for the project team since the early planning phases. The ISI Envision rating system was identified early on as an established framework that could guide the project team to meeting this goal, and therefore the team elected to pursue an Envision Gold verification.

“As an Accountable Manager with the PS-313 design team, it was a great experience to see the different facets of the Envision requirements being implemented throughout the design phase and coming together in the construction documents. For a pumping station rehabilitation, the goal was not only to make a better station for the Operators, but also to make a better station for the surrounding community and environment as a whole.” – Steve Elie-Pierre, P.E. – NYC DEP, PS-313 Accountable Manager

“This project met several ambitious sustainability goals which were established at the outset of the project including reducing station energy requirements and greenhouse gas emissions, reducing potable water consumption and eliminating waste from operations and maintenance activities,” said Melissa Peneycad, ISI’s Managing Director. “The project team was able to achieve its sustainability goals largely due to the successful implementation of a comprehensive sustainability management system—one of the best examples of such a system we have evaluated as part of our project verification program. We are pleased to present the Envision Gold award for sustainable infrastructure to New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection and its project partners for the PS-313 project.”

“Tetra Tech is pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with the New York City DEP on this challenging and innovative project. The sustainable features of the upgraded facility integrate DEP’s system and culture of incorporating sustainable Envision certificate requirements into the planning, design and construction to achieve desired goals and provide indispensable operational, social and environmental benefits to residents.” – Joko Osinulu, P.E., PMP – Tetra Tech PS-313 Project Manager.



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AIA Envision Webinar on July 7, 2020, Featuring CEO Anthony Kane

This event is occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program; please continue to register.*

This webinar, sponsored by the Center for Architecture, will provide an introduction to Envision, a tool within a larger system developed to help evaluate the sustainability of civil infrastructure. The program will feature a detailed overview of the tool, case studies of Envision in use, and a moderated panel of experts.

As cities continue to grow and development continues to move forward, the need for sustainable infrastructure becomes paramount. In 2017, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutteres stated, “Infrastructure investment will be crucial. The world should adopt a simple rule: if big infrastructure projects are not green, they should not be given the green light. Otherwise, we will be locked into bad choices for decades to come.” Envision provides a consistent, consensus-based framework for assessing sustainability and resilience in infrastructure and serves as a decision-making guide, not a set of prescriptive measures. Envision not only asks, “Are we doing the project right?” but also, “Are we doing the right project?”

Joshua DeFlorio, Chief of Resilience and Sustainability, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 
Anthony Kane, President and CEO, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure
Ruth Krieger, Associate Vice President, HDR
Jennifer Ninete, Sustainability Consultant, HDR
Matthew Potter, Project Architect, HNTB
Michaella Wittmann, Director of Sustainability, HDR

Organized by

AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Tuesday, 7/7, 6pm – 7:30pm



AIANY Member: Free
AIA Member (not AIANY): $5
Student with Valid .edu Email Address: Free
General Public: $10

Tamiami Station Park-and-Ride/Bus Terminal Facility Earns Envision Silver Award for Sustainability

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, June 29, 2020 – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the Tamiami Station Park-and-Ride/Bus Terminal Facility (Tamiami Station) in Miami-Dade County is the recent recipient of the Envision® Silver award for sustainable infrastructure.


To earn an Envision award, a project must deliver a range of environmental, social, and economic benefits to the host and affected communities and have these benefits validated through a rigorous third-party review process against the Envision sustainable infrastructure framework.

Project Background and Context

The objective of the Tamiami Station is to offer customers a safe, comfortable, and convenient public transportation option connecting to major employment, education, retail, cultural, and recreational destinations. The Tamiami Station is part of the SR 836 Express Bus Service and will primarily operate on the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836). It is part of the county’s rapid public transit expansion initiative along the East-West Corridor. This project aligns with the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan, the Five-Year Implementation Plan of the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP), and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

“Receiving the first-ever certification at any level from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure for a County project demonstrates that hard work and commitment to the community pay off. This award is a direct result of the outstanding collaboration between DTPW, the County’s Office of Resilience and private partners in order to ensure the project’s infrastructure achieved high marks for sustainability and resiliency from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“The Tamiami Station exemplifies how the County can plan and develop public infrastructures that not only create positive social and economic impacts for the community but also provide environmental benefits. The Envision Silver Award is a great honor for Miami-Dade County and our community,” Gimenez added.


July 2020 Social Media Campaign

To kick off the ‘Sustain or Explain’ advocacy campaign, ISI’s task force (made up of 15 engineers and sustainability experts) is holding a social media campaign throughout July.

Every Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. EST, we will be releasing tweets and posts directly related to our social media campaign.  We encourage you to share them (on LinkedIn and Twitter) to spread Envision sustainability awareness.

The advocacy campaign’s overall goal is to promote the urgent need for the architecture, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) industry to focus on rebuilding better and stronger moving forward.

In light of COVID-19, governments everywhere are allocating stimulus dollars to communities to rebuild civil infrastructure to boost local economies and bring back good-paying jobs. That’s a wonderful opportunity for the A/E/C industry. However, this is a watershed moment— a critical time for the industry to reimagine a better tomorrow and rebuild infrastructure that avoids or mitigates future pandemics and calamities. 

How can the A/E/C community be part of the solution and not part of the problem?

We encourage infrastructure stakeholders to focus on sustainability, resiliency, and equality as they plan, design, and build infrastructure. By casting aside inefficient and outdated practices and processes and prioritizing sustainability and resiliency, they will save money in the long run—especially if climate change impacts come to fruition.

To meet those looming challenges, we urge the A/E/C community to adopt Envision sustainability.  Over the past ten years, the Envision framework has been applied to hundreds of projects, and Envision certified professionals have guided planners, designers, and teams through the complexities of resilience and sustainability. When project teams and organizations use the Envision framework at the start of a project and continue using it through a project’s lifecycle, they save money, protect the environment, bolster economies, and enhance human health. 

No doubt, there’s much work to be done to convince the A/E/C industry to change its focus, but now is the time to ‘sustain it or explain it.’  In other words, we can no longer afford to ask, ‘why should we?’.  We should be asking, ‘why aren’t we?”.

To achieve our long-term sustainability and resiliency goals and objectives, it will require educating the A/E/C industry as well as local, state, federal, and provincial governments and the public. The advocacy toolkit, which is currently under construction, will contain targeted messages, proclamation templates, press release examples, and advocacy tips—everything a person or organization will need to promote awareness. We are hoping to have it published by July 29. In the meantime, if you are passionate about sustainability and resiliency, please take part in our July social media campaign. Download the social media portion of the advocacy toolkit and share the posts and tweets whenever you can.

Your help in building awareness will be greatly appreciated.

Together, we can bring about meaningful change, tackle future threats, and Envision a sustainable world!

Alliant Energy’s West Riverside Energy Center Project Earns Envision Platinum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 19, 2020 – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that Alliant Energy’s West Riverside Energy Center project recently earned the Envision Platinum rating for sustainable infrastructure – the highest Envision recognition level. This is Alliant Energy’s sixth power generation facility to receive Envision recognition, which demonstrates the company’s commitment to sustainable infrastructure planning and design.

West Riverside Energy Center is an important part of Alliant Energy’s vision to transition to a cleaner energy future. The $660 million generating facility is a highly efficient combined cycle natural gas facility located near Beloit, Wisconsin. The generating station produces 730 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 550,000 homes.

The West Riverside Energy Center continues the company’s more than 90-year history of serving the Beloit community. Alliant Energy ensured a collaborative and transparent public participation process, engaging community leaders and representatives from over 60 community groups throughout the design and construction process. HDR served as Owner’s Engineer and led the Envision implementation process specified by Alliant Energy.  This was a project team effort between the owner, HDR as the Owners Engineer and AECOM, serving as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor.


PHX Sky Train – Stage 2 at Sky Harbor International Airport Earns Envision Gold Award

PHX Sky Train - Stage 2Daily vehicle count at the airport to be reduced by 20,000, reducing congestion and improving passenger experience and safety as second phase of automated people mover comes online.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 30, 2020 – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that Stage 2 of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport Sky Train (PHX Sky Train®) is the recent recipient of an Envision Gold Award for sustainability. This is the airport’s first Envision award and the third Envision-awarded project in the State of Arizona.

Stage 2 of the PHX Sky Train® is underway at the Sky Harbor International Airport. This is an extension to the existing 3.2-mile PHX Sky Train, which currently operates between the 44th Street PHX Sky Train station and Terminal 3. When Stage 2 is complete and fully operational in 2022, it will extend another 2.5 miles to the airport’s rental car center. The project includes:

  • aircraft bridges that will carry two future taxiways over the train system;
  • an elevated station which will accommodate parking, ground transportation, and future development;
  • an elevated rental car center station built directly into the existing rental car center at the airport;
  • three traction power substations to provide power to 24 additional transit vehicles.

The project aims to enhance customer service and improve accessibility, ease traffic congestion on Sky Harbor Boulevard, and make travel easier and more efficient between terminals. The project will serve as a catalyst for long-term airport growth and adjacent private development. It also helps support the airport’s sustainability goals as it will help reduce the daily vehicle count by an estimated 20,000 vehicles per day. The project is funded from rental car facility charges and airline passenger facility charges; no taxpayer dollars are being used to fund this state-of-the-art, sustainable project.


Upcoming Event: Sustainability Workshop Presented by ASCE Arizona Section Phoenix Branch


ASCE Arizona Section Phoenix Branch Presents Sustainability Workshop

Sustainable Infrastructure, Access, and Mobility

The ASCE Phoenix Branch will be holding a series of presentation briefs on sustainable infrastructure, access, and mobility on August 29, 2019. Presenters from the ASCE Phoenix Branch, Psomas (representing the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure), ADOT, City of Phoenix, and Arizona State University will speak.

Event Details

When: Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM MST

Where: Maricopa County Dept. of Transportation, 2901 West Durango Street, Phoenix, AZ 85009

For further information or to register, click HERE.