Philadelphia Fire Engine Company No. 38


The Philadelphia Fire Engine Company No. 38 project consisted of the construction of a new fire station on a portion of the existing Disston Park in in Northeast Philadelphia. The existing parcel consisted of a very compact lawn, sparse trees, and old, cracked asphalt paths. To meet both the City stormwater requirements and restore the hydrology of the site, the project includes a large green roof expanding over a majority of the new building, two bio-retention areas that capture over 1.5 inches of rainfall from impervious areas, and intensive landscape restoration that includes amended soils, new trees, meadow grasses, and native plantings. The project is a LEED accredited facility.

Lessons Learned
Proper construction of the bio-retention areas is a critical component in the success of these systems. This includes careful grading, proper soil modifications, and protection of the bio-retention system from sediment and erosion until the site is fully stabilized. Naturalized landscapes must be carefully planted and maintained, and signage helps the public to understand the benefits and intent of the landscape.


County: Philadelphia
Watershed: Delaware River


Cecil Baker Achitects
Viridian Landscape Studio




Molly Julian
Meliora Environmental Design, LLC, Sr. Water Resources Designer
100 N. Bank Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Phone: 610-933-0123

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