2014 LID Design Competition

Striving for sustainable development using LID principles and practices

1st & 2nd Place Awards

Congratulations to the winners!

Elm Ridge in Broken Arrow (Mixed use Development)
The prize for this category was awarded by Lindsay Perkins from Lindsay Perkins Developments, LLC to a team consisted of employees from W Design LLC, CH2M Hill, and LandPlan Consultants. Their presentation can be found here.
2nd place winners consisted of employees from 1Architecture, DRM Design Group, and Sanders Engineering.

6th Street & Peoria area in the Pearl District in Tulsa (Commercial Green Street)
The prize for this category was awarded by a representative from the City of Tulsa to a team consisted of employees from DRM Design Group, Sanders Engineering Inc, and 1Architecture. Their presentation can be found here.
2nd place winners consisted of employees from LandPlan Consultants, Meshek & Associates LLC, and Fritz Bailey PC.

Barnard Trace at 17th & Lewis in Tulsa (Urban Residential Redevelopment)
The prize for this category was awarded by Phil Marshall from Phil Marshall Properties, Inc to a team represented by employees and individuals from Howell & Vancuren Inc, Flanagan & Associates LLC, and Keithline Engineering. Their presentation can be found here.
2nd place winners consisted of employees from Oklahoma State University and Wallace Engineering.


Maintaining the pace of growth and development in the Green Country area requires those with a vested interest in the design, development, and construction community to adopt new ideas and employ new methods that will insure such growth can be sustained. Low Impact Development (LID), also sometimes referred to as Green Infrastructure (GI), is essentially a toolbox of options for the developer that can improve the sustainability of development while offering the potential to lower the cost of development. These techniques can provide benefits in water quality, natural habitat and flood control, and in the reduction of long-term maintenance costs of storm water management while increasing quality of life and the livability of communities.

The Green Country Sustainability Forum was formed to provide exposure to the full range of these sustainability practices to others in our area, to encourage their adoption through education, to foster necessary changes in zoning codes to allow for better development, and to support their adaptation where needed for the conditions found in our local environment. Our Forum strives to foster creativity in both sustainable development and the regulatory structure that enables it.

What is Low Impact Development (LID)?

LID is a toolbox of site-scale practices that the site designer and developer can utilize to:

  • manage urban rainfall where it occurs for minimized stormwater concentration and runoff
  • potentially lower short-term and long-term development costs
  • improve water quality
  • enhance natural habitat and flood control
  • improve green space aesthetics and potentially increase property values
  • increase community quality of life and livability

There are many practices that are used to support these benefits, including bioretention systems, rain gardens, vegetated rooftops, bioswales, rain barrels, and permeable pavements to name a few. By implementing LID principles and practices, water can be managed in a way that reduces the impact of built areas on the environment while providing numerous additional benefits.

The Competition

All finalists will present at the symposium



Important Dates


Design Goals

Provide a hands-on learning experience through which design, construction and development professionals in the Great Plains region will gain meaningful experience in working with LID principles and practices that can be applied to their everyday practices.

Demonstrate to local design professionals, real estate developers, civic groups, and the general public the economic, environmental and social benefits that are available to entities that adopt and innovate with LID.

Identify and attempt to remove potential barriers to the implementation of LID practices in the area, while illustrating practicality by showing what is feasible.

Encourage through the body of work represented by the entries submitted, greater use of these LID practices in our area and highlight local incentives where applicable.

Recognize the participants and finalist design teams for their creativity, innovation and application of LID principles and practices.

Prepare contestants for potential upcoming regulations requiring LID techniques by giving them an open forum to explore ideas and design methods that strive to accelerate the implementation of innovative LID principles and practices.

Each entry must come from an integrated design team consisting of a minimum of three key licensed participants, including at least one Engineer, one Architect and one Landscape Architect. The Architect member may be replaced by an engineer with transportation expertise on teams competing in the Green Roadway design challenge.

The inclusion of team members from the Land Planning, Development, Homebuilding and Construction disciplines, including students, is strongly encouraged.

Individuals may not participate on more than one team competing in the same Design Challenge Category. There are no limits on the number of individuals from a single firm that may participate in the competition as members of teams.

Teams with members who are based outside the Green Country area are welcome, but at least one member of each team must be verifiably based in the region. A Green Country-based member must be one of the key design professionals.

• ­­­­­­­­­­­November 14th, 2013 Registration opens & competition begins. Kickoff – Mid Continent Tower 4:30-5:30

• February 14th, 2014 Registration closes at midnight

• February 28th, 2014 Entry submittals must be received by 4:00 PM. Competition ends

• March 14th, 2014 Finalists announced

• April 3rd, 2014 Finals Event and Awards Program at Hard Rock Conference Center

Click here for Registration Form.

  • A Registration fee of $250 must accompany the completed Registration Form.
  • Each Registration Form must:
    • Indicate the Design Project Challenge Category that will be the subject of the team’s entry
    • Identify at least two of the required design professional team members.
    • In the event that individuals are not able to be identified at the time of Registration, a firm name may be substituted.
  • In the event that all team members are not identified on the original Registration Form, entry submissions must include a revised Registration Form which includes any individuals who were not originally listed on the original Registration Form and must include all team member information requested, including signatures.
  • Upon acceptance of the Registration, an Identifying Number will be provided to the team via e-mail. This number must be placed on ALL materials submitted, including the first page of the electronic submission, and on any and all correspondence. No other identifying marks are allowable.
  • Preserve and protect natural features that provide natural functions that help with managing and filtering stormwater.
  • Use decentralized, small-scale LID practices to create a system to:
  • Reduce runoff water quantity by mimicking the pre-development hydrology of the site.
  • Improve the water quality of runoff leaving the site.
  • Minimize and disconnect impervious surfaces from the storm sewer and lengthen the time of concentration.
  • Demonstrate cost benefits designing with LID principles and practices.
  • Realize the environmental, social, and economic benefits inherent with the life-cycle costs of LID practices and utilize them to increase marketability of the development and long-term property values.
  • Identify current codes that prohibit or inhibit the construction or implementation of LID techniques.

Design Challenge Categories

Each design challenge represents an actual property for which the owner has an interest in developing utilizing the sustainable methods to be showcased in this competition. In an effort to provide the opportunity for the broadest professional participation, entries will be accepted in the following three Challenge categories:

Mixed Use Development

Commercial Green Street

Urban Residential Redevelopment

Click here for Criteria and program for this project.

  • Design Challenge property is provided by Brown and Perkins LLC.
  • The challenge project is Elm Ridge located at E. 51st Street S. and S. 161st E. Ave in Broken Arrow, OK, 74012.

Click here for Criteria and program for this project.

  • Design Challenge Road section will be provided by the City of Tulsa Engineering Services.
  • The project will entail developing 6th Street in the Pearl District from Peoria to Rockford.

Click here for Criteria and program for this project.

  • Design Challenge venue will be provided by Phil Marshall Properties, Inc. and Lindsay Perkins Development.
  • This challenge is Barnard Trace located at 2324 E. 17th Street, Tulsa, OK 74104.



Expert Judging
- Stage One

Finals Jury Presentation
-Stage Two

More Information

  • All entry submissions must be received no later than 4:00 PM February 28, 2014.
  • Each entry must be submitted as follows:
    • At least one, but no more than two foamcore presentation boards (30”x 40”), on which the team’s key concepts and elements of the design are presented visually, including a summary of the economic and hydrologic modeling results. Selected boards will be displayed, with identifying team information, at the Finals Event and Awards Program, and may be used in a traveling exhibit, following the competition.
    • An electronic submission package must be provided on CD or USB drive, in Power Point (PPT) format which includes:
      • All images and data contained on the foamcore presentation boards submitted with the entry.
      • Images of all drawings, plans and details.
      • A written overview, presenting the design team’s concept.
      • Justification for the hydrologic/drainage modeling used to develop design conclusions.
      • An explanation of project costs and an economic comparison with the same project if developed using traditional methods.
      • Submission plan sets must include at a minimum: Site Plans, Drainage Plans, Landscape and Irrigation Plans, Elevations, and Details.
    • Electronic submissions are limited to a maximum of 30 Power Point pages.
  • Submissions must include no identifying features or marks which might reveal the identity of any member of the design team or any organization that may be represented by members of the team.
  • Submissions must include a revised Registration Form, which includes any team members who were not originally listed on the original Registration Form and must include all team member information requested, including signatures. This form must be submitted in a sealed envelope and marked on the outside with the team’s identifying number.
  • Submissions must also include an identification card (8.5”x11”) containing team, and team member identification for display with the team’s presentation boards at the Finals Event and Awards Program. These cards must also to be submitted in a sealed envelope on which the team’s Identifying Number is prominently displayed.
  • A Submittal Guidelines (PDF) may be viewed/downloaded by clicking here
  • The first round of judging for each Project Design Challenge will be conducted by a panel of five Expert Judges, each with pertinent experience and expertise.
  • The Expert Judges will be professionals from categories such as:
    • Licensed Engineer
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Low Impact Development
    • Architecture
    • Hydrology
  • Finalists will be determined by the scoring of the Expert Judges.
  • For Finalists, the Expert Judges’ scores will represent 80% of their total final score.
    • In the second stage of the competition, finalists will present their entries, verbally and through use of Power Point, to an esteemed local Jury Panel made up of interested and influential leaders in the Green Country area from the development, civic and government community.
      • Tickets will be available to the public for the Finals Event and Awards Program and the event will be highly publicized and promoted.
      • This event will bring together all contestants and other design, development and construction professionals, as well as, civic and governmental leaders from throughout the area.
      • Selected entries, in addition to the Finalists’ submissions will be displayed with team name and member identities, in the public areas of the hall utilized for this program. Attendees will be encouraged to arrive early to allow ample time to view all entries.
    • Finalists must utilize a “Lightning Presentations Format” to present their design challenge solutions to the Jury Panel. This format is designed to make each presentation short, exciting and to the point, and will allow for participation of a maximum number of semi-finalists.
      • Each Finalist team will have up to 7 minutes to make their presentation.
      • Presentations will be stopped at exactly 7 minutes.
    • The scores of the Jury Panel will account for 20% of the Total Final Score for each Finalist entry and will be combined with the Expert Judges scores from Stage One to determine the winners in each category.
    • Tabulation of Jury Panel scores and Total Final scores, and the determination of winners will take place immediately after the finalists make their presentations.
    • Click here for the GCSF website for more information on LID and similar competitions.
    • Team Finder – If you’re interested in joining a team, click here to request team members on our Facebook page.
    • Questions & Answers – If you have questions about the competition or the rules, please email the Competition Committee at GCLID@outlook.com. FAQ’s and updates to competition information will be posted on a regular basis on the GCSF website at LIDcompetition.okstate.edu.
    • For a listing of Oklahoma-licensed Architects and Landscape Architects, visit the Oklahoma Board of Architects and landscape Architects, Landscape Architects, and Registered Interior Designers: https://www.ok.gov/architects/firm_search.php
    • For a listing of Oklahoma-licensed Engineers, visit the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors: https://www.ok.gov/pels/search/searchresults.php