Viridian's Tavis Dockwiller speaks to Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, on Healing Landscapes in a Pandemic
Like so many small businesses, Roxborough’s Tavis Dockwiller is struggling to keep her company moving forward and her people employed. A hugely talented landscape architect, she is the founder and principal of Viridian Landscape Studio, housed on Terrace Street not far from the Spicy Belly restaurant (which she recommends). You’ve likely seen Viridian’s work-- maybe the Schuylkill Center’s still-new entrance on the Schuylkill River Trail, or the Philadelphia Zoo's children’s zoo, among many others.
Viridian's New Pedestrian Bridge at Fairleigh Dickinson University officially opens: Ceremony officially opens new Metropolitan Campus Footbridge
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 15, Fairleigh Dickinson University President Christopher A. Capuano, along with community members including trustees, officially celebrated the opening of the new pedestrian footbridge connecting the Hackensack and Teaneck sides of the campus across the Hackensack River.
Viridian's Restoration of Rose Garden at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur officially opens: Published in Visions Magazine, Fall 2019
Viridian's work with Overbrook Environmental Education Center featured in article published in Community Design Collaborative's Design Matters newsletter: The Future Unfolds at Overbrook Environmental Education Center
Tavis Dockwiller, principal of Viridian Landscape Studio, says, “JASTECH wanted the facility to be a safe, good place to learn and a facility that was sustainable through the use of green infrastructure. Not everyone was talking about that at the time.” She adds, “In our conceptual design, we had to consider how we could do more than clean the site up… how we could make it a demonstration site that the kids would change over time.”
Viridian’s Farm for the City featured in the October 2018 issue of
Farm for the City grows food that reflects Philadelphia’s diversity and feeds it’s homeless too. An ecologically conscious, socially driven landscape architecture firm, Viridian is honored to share our impactful work and we are grateful for visionary clients @phsgardening, exceptional partners @thinkgreenllc @melioradesign @broadstreetmin @project__home, and generous funders @pewcenterarts.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
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Lions Gate at Penn State Abington
Viridian's Lions Gate at Penn State Abington, in collaboration with SMP Architects, was awarded a 2018 Montgomery Award for Excellence in Planning and Design. According to the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, "Lions Gate at Penn State Abington is an outstanding example of successful site reuse and sustainable design. This exemplary redevelopment project transformed a neglected site into a community amenity that helps to complete the fabric of Penn State University and Abington Township. The jury applauds the public process that was undertaken."
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The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education River Trail Gateway Ribbon-Cutting
Viridian is proud to be the designers of choice for the new landmark entrance connecting the beloved Schuylkill River Trail to the renowned Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. This hidden gem of the region is no longer “the best kept secret” - it is a welcoming destination for all to explore and enjoy, again and again. Andrew Johnson of the William Penn Foundation notes, “By creatively establishing a direct physical link to the trail, the center will be able to connect with thousands of people on the trail to increase their awareness of the Schuylkill River and its important role in the Delaware River watershed.”
Open Space Master Plan for Society Hill, Philadelphia
Viridian is honored to have been a part of continuing Ed Bacon’s legacy by being entrusted to develop the 2017 Open Space Master Plan of the future for the historic Society Hill Neighborhood in Philadelphia. With their eyes on the future and hearts committed to historic preservation, the Society Hill Civic Association hired KSK Architects, Planners, Historians to produce a master plan with an emphasis on clearly defining the neighborhood’s assets and at-risk properties. Part of the planning effort, Viridian Landscape Studio was brought on board to identify ownership and maintenance responsibilities for the vital open space network that defines the cultural and historic fabric of the neighborhood. The inventory details the community’s open space assets and care requirements so that the integrity of these spaces are protected and enhanced through current and future planning efforts. The plan has been singled out for praise.
AIA Pittsburgh Regional and Urban Design Honor Award
Viridian's Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan, in collaboration with Perkins Eastman, was awarded a 2012 AIA Pittsburgh Regional and Urban Design Honor Award . The jury lauded the project as "more than a plan, it is a compelling vision. The industrialized riverfronts [are reclaimed] by engaging the natural environment. The jury applauds the public process that was undertaken."
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INFILL Philadelphia: Transforming Urban Schoolyards
Learn more about our work with the Community Design Collaborative on the John B. Kelly Elementary School in Germantown and Henry C. Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia
NewsWorks Tonight Host Dave Heller, Viridian founder Tavis Dockwiller, and Joanne Dahme of the Philadelphia Water Department discuss Infill Philadelphia's SoakItUp competition. The competition is designed to uncover innovative "green" storm water management practices.
Feature on stormwater basin retrofits with Viridian founder Tavis Dockwiller
New York Water Environment Association, Inc. publication featuring information on Onondaga County's Save the Rain initiative.
Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Philadelphia’s Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School has been named a national Green Ribbon School by the US Department of Education, one of 64 nationwide, for its efforts in environmental stewardship.