Transforming Brownfields into Urban Futures
You'll learn about:
The complex issues and opportunities surrounding prominent urban brownfield sites
The key steps in the transformational process from off-limits brownfield to successful redevelopment projects that unlock major economic, social, and environmental value
Current case studies from multiple firsthand perspectives, including the planner's, the engineer's, and the developer's for a holistic understanding of how brownfield sites can transform into vibrant innovation districts and livable mixed-income communities
Untouchable and therefore avoided, urban brownfields increasingly represent the most promising future (and fundamental challenge) for cities competing in the innovation economy and a new generation of urban lifestyles and values. These include some of the most strategic undeveloped sites left in urban portfolios, including decommissioned coal-fired power plants along downtown riverfronts, former chemical plant sites along transit corridors, and contaminated rail yards in downtown hearts. Especially in cities with nowhere else to build, these typically large and eminently well-located properties are the only downtown real estate available to establish high-demand innovation districts and add affordable housing.
Successful transformation from blighting void into innovation community requires a highly complex, integrated approach led by a partnership between pioneering private developers and an interdisciplinary team of urban planners, engineers and other specialized professionals. With a presentation and roundtable discussion led by members of Stantec’s Urban Places Group and pioneering brownfields redeveloper SunCal, this session will profile several current examples of once-in-a-generation brownfield redevelopment master plans, including downtown Sacramento’s district-scale Railyards to Somerville, MA’s seven-block transit oriented Union Square infill redevelopment, and the indispensable public-private partnerships and federal grant programs (like the Sustainable Communities initiative) crucial to unlocking these sites’ transformative potential.
, Sleepy Hollow
Confirmed Speaker• Mr. Peter Johnson is Corporate Vice President, Director of Land Development, for SunCal. • As a member of the company’s senior management team, he is responsible for strategic and day-to-day management of the various development projects he oversees. • He is currently leading a 3,900-unit master-planned community in Northern Virginia, a 1,100-unit redevelopment project on the Hudson River in New York State and a 3,200 unit urban-infill project in Boston, MA. • Additionally, he plays an active role in the company’s continued efforts to acquire new development opportunities throughout the nation by assisting in the due diligence efforts.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerMr. Brett Sherman is Vice President of Acquisitions & Special Projects for SunCal and is based in New York City. He has consulted for a wide variety of global companies and advised on infrastructure projects well in excess of $1 Billion. He is responsible for deal origination, project acquisition, feasibility analysis and energy efficiency, sustainability and infrastructure optimization of new projects. Brett also has experience working with state and federal agencies on municipal financing, agency grant support, project demonstration funding and non-traditional financing structures.
Confirmed SpeakerJeff Sauser is an associate urban designer at Stantec and a founding member of the Stantec's Urban Places Group. Jeff manages many of the group's largest, most complex urban planning, design, and redevelopment projects across North America.
, Stantec's Urban Places
Confirmed SpeakerDavid is Stantec’s Urban Places Planning and Urban Design Leader. Urban Places, an interdisciplinary practice within Stantec, is committed to helping communities benefit from the accelerating pace of demographic, economic, and social change. Over the past three years David has participated in planning more than $9 billion in higher density, walkable, mixed-use urban districts—in cities and suburbs alike. A recipient of more than two-dozen awards from national planning and design organizations, David received the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. for “a lifetime of … significant achievement in [creating]… livable neighborhoods, vibrant civic spaces, and vital downtowns ...” Residential Architecture Magazine named David as the recipient of its 2012 Hall of Fame Award “as the person we call when we have a question about cities.” He is co-author of Urban Design for an Urban Century: shaping more livable, equitable and resilient cities (Wiley, 2014) and is currently co-editing Suburban Remix: creating a new generation of urban places for Island Press (Feb. 2018).