• The historic context of the site was considered, as the project redeveloped a degraded site.
  • A series of erosion control strategies were implemented, including geotextiles to stabilize the soils, plants for root stability and retaining walls to divert the water.


  • The native prairie and wetland prairie seed mixes were sourced from a local supplier and used to establish the bioswale/retention ecosystem.
  • 15 trees were transplanted on-site.
  • 32 trees were saved.
  • 319 new trees were planted.
  • Fertilizer and pesticides were minimized.
  • Mycorrhizal fungi were implemented in the soil mix to provide increased water and nutrient absorption for the planting. In turn, the planting provides the fungi with necessary carbohydrates.
  • Plants are allowed to go from seed to flower life.
  • Annual planting was avoided.
  • Low water usage planting was used on-site.


  • Stormwater features function as amenities, through the use of bio-retention and a rain garden.
  • Green roofs are installed to reduce the heat island effect, absorb stormwater, and provide enjoyment to the users.
  • Trees have the potential for intercepting 183,000 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 183 American residents for one day.*
  • 41 percent of the site has permeable surfaces.


  • The project uses planting to minimize building energy use.
  • The project uses regional materials.
  • The trees sequester 43,920 pounds of carbon annually, which offset 5.2 cars per year.**


  • The project provides optimum site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
  • The project redevelops a series of public amenities within a marginalized community in Cincinnati. The project injected $300 million into a campus that in many ways is public, helping to make the community safer and more beautiful.
  • The project was a catalyst for growth.
  • Sustainable awareness and education are promoted on-site through educational programs.  

* The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts)**120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)


Envisioned as a mixed-use development, Arboleda will be a premier model for sustainable development in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Latin America's most prosperous suburb serving as an important corporate center in Monterrey, Mexico. The master plan will create a new urban center on a 26-acre site next to the Campestre Golf Club with dramatic views of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

At the core of the project, the leafed shaped park serves as a significant outdoor space; providing a distinct open space and a rich experience for the public and residents. The development will include a vibrant commercial zone and a secure, private residential area, both organized around a central park.

Arboleda offers a diverse variety of site programming. Residents will live in three towers and smaller scaled villas in the residential area and two midrise apartment buildings in the commercial district. This lively, walkable district for business and entertainment will also include office towers, office gardens, restaurants, stores, café bistro, performance pavilion, a hotel and cultural center. The club house will link the commercial and residential zones and will be an amenity for all.

Highlighting the projects' emphasis on sustainable design, Silica will be compliant with LEED for Neighborhood Development, a system of design which integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building.

Location: Monterrey, MX

Team: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, HKS, Inc., KMD Architects, JSa Arquitectura, RDLP Arquitectos, Fountain Source, HWA Parking, Quentin Thomas Associates, Environmental Design