Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) are hosting a design competition to create an “Image Maker” landscape at the Airport. The competition is an opportunity to demonstrate Philadelphia’s position as America’s Garden Capital and create a welcoming image for the Greater Philadelphia region.

The goals of the project are to create an iconic PHL landscape, enhance the environmental sustainability of the Airport landscape, and provide a customer-friendly arrival and departure experience. The focus areas are all landscapes visible to the traveler going to or from the Airport – a scope of approximately 130 acres visible from motor vehicles or from an airplane. The new design will replace the current landscape that features large areas that are both planted and naturalized.

The competition opens June 8 with an international Request For Qualifications (RFQ), which will result in the selection of four finalist teams to be invited to the juried Design Competition. The competition phase will immediately follow the RFQ phase. Applicants are encouraged to assemble interdisciplinary, integrated teams, including a landscape architect, civil engineer, traffic engineer, stormwater specialist, and environmental or ecology expert.

Each finalist team will receive a stipend of $20,000 to develop a thoughtful, creative, environmentally appropriate concept plan and associated budget for the Airport. The winning concept will be used in efforts to identify funds for design development and project implementation.

Beginning June 8, participants can register using the form found at

After registering, they will be able to download the RFQ. A web-based information session will be held June 28; registered participants will be contacted with additional details. All responses to the RFQ must be received by 4 p.m. EST on July 21. Send questions by July 7 to [email protected]. In the final stage of the competition, all four teams will have their concepts displayed and have the opportunity to present during the 2018 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, an annual event that welcomes 250,000 visitors.

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