by Navy Yard
April 5, 2023
The Navy Yard was a must-see stop as planners from around the country gathered in Philadelphia for the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference 2023 (NPC23) March 31-April 4 – with a focus on how the planning community can lead the way to develop solutions to today’s most pressing problems.
They Navy Yard hosted several different tours for nearly 100 attendees to talk about challenges in developing a former military installation into a diverse business campus that is now home to more than 150 companies and 15,000 employees.
During the different events at the Navy Yard, attendees:
- Got personalized tours around the Navy Yard campus to discuss the history, the diversity in the companies (from industrial shipbuilding to innovation in life sciences), sustainability and resiliency efforts, and future development plans
- Walked through the URBN campus to witness how pre-World War II buildings have been adaptively reused and modernized into URBN’s corporate headquarters
- Rode the new, innovative, and electric Navy Yard A/V Shuttle, which is expected to be fully operational on the Navy Yard campus this summer
- Saw the newly debuted Ensemble/Mosaic Marketing Center that shows what future development plans at the Navy Yard will look like through an interactive model that is synched with a video screen highlighting realistic views of architectural design features like pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, stormwater management systems, and innovative building designs
In total, nearly 100 planners from around the country got to experience the Navy Yard and learn about the future development plans to be able to use it as an example of how approach projects in their part of the country.