“ . . . celebrates existing landscape . . . a garden problem becomes a solution . . . stormwater management integrated into design . . . could be pilot project for the rest of campus implementation . . . ”
As a result of spotty development over many years, development of the open space on campus has not been cohesive or integrated. Current development, significant stormwater runoff from adjacent communities, and deteriorated infrastructure have led to a sizable volume of unmanaged runoff. This plan aims to solve perennial flooding problems caused by inadequate stormwater management while also providing a blueprint for a campus with a new sense of place tied to its unique natural heritage. By using Chestnut Branch and historic hydrology as guides, the plan seamlessly integrates green infrastructure and natural systems into the campus open space network. The plan addresses flooding while knitting together a cohesive, functional, and engaging campus. Viewed as living infrastructure, each stormwater practice on campus becomes a functional landscape, a component of a natural system that not only slows down and filters stormwater, but links open space and connects the campus to its ecological context.
Biohabitats, Inc.; Ayers Saint Gross; Urban Engineers