Design of the Spring Garden Street Connector

NV5 designed streetscape improvements to Spring Garden Street between Columbus Boulevard (Delaware Avenue) and 2nd Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Spring Garden is an important connector street to the revitalizing waterfront.

The project resulted in a reconstructed streetscape with new, widened sidewalks and curbs, pedestrian safety improvements at key intersections, street trees and garden-like plantings, decorative pavement materials, street furniture and kiosks, decorative lighting elements with flags and banners, and attractive and useful wayfinding signage. Sustainable features include porous pavers, high albedo pavement, and continuous street tree trenches.

As part of the project, NV5 also designed an exciting, new artistic and architectural lighting installation that transformed the long, dark, and dreary tunnel under I-95 through which the street passes. At the center of the space is the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line Station entrance. We developed the design concept and coordinated the work of lighting and graphic designers and engineers to see it executed. The dynamic new computer controlled lighting design not only more safely welcomes SEPTA station users, but also encourages pedestrians and bicyclists to travel through the tunnel and explore the neighborhoods on the opposite side, overcoming the barrier that is the highway.



Philadelphia, PA


Delaware River Waterfront Corp.



Design Citation Award, Open Space Category, Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards, American Institute of Architects (AIA) – New York Chapter and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) – New York Chapter (Joint Awards Program), 2018