Diamond Green Student Housing

posted Oct 31, 2011, 8:51 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Oct 31, 2011, 9:37 AM ]

PHILADELPHIA, PA (SITE DESIGN) - Rodriguez Consulting LLC (Rodriguez), under contract with Orens Brothers Real Estate Inc. and Mosaic Development, provided civil engineering and site design services for the Diamond Green student housing complex.  This $20M project, involved the construction of 92 units and 12,000 SF of ground floor retail space, on approximately one (1) acre adjacent to the Temple University regional rail station in Philadelphia.  The proposed building will be five (5) stories high.  The project broke ground on October 28, 2011.  

Rodriguez worked with the developer to implement environmentally beneficial building practices that will improve urban livability within this community.  A green roof was designed to reduce the site's impervious area and prevent approximately 9,000 gallons of rainwater from discharging into the combined sewer system during a typical 1" rain event.  Additional stormwater runoff from the site is managed using an underground detention system that consists of two (2) 96-inch corrugated metal pipes.  The system has a total capacity of 75,000 gallons.  

Additional services provided:

  • Water system design: Domestic  and fire service 
  • Sanitary sewer design
  • PA Act 537 permit 
  • Stormwater Management—PWD Stormwater Permit
  • Construction Drawings: site plan, grading plan, utility plan, erosion control plans, and construction details.


  • Green Roof
  • Underground Stormwater Detention Facility (75,000 gallon capacity; two (2) 96" diameter pipes)


  • Site Area (sq ft): 42,920 (0.985 acres)
  • Earth Disturbance area (sq ft): 42,920 SF (0.985 acres)
  • Proposed Green Roof (sq ft) 14,500
  • Proposed Temple University student housing located at 10th & Diamond Streets