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Automated Trading Desk

  • Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Designer: Nelson Byrd Woltz and SWA
  • Client: Automated Trading Desk
  • Last Updated: Mar 11 2007

Automated Trading Desk is a high-tech company that specializes in the development of computer programs and mathematical models to buy and sell securities. The client desired a campus that tied closely to the natural setting yet reflected the innovative work of the company. A sustainable design agenda was incorporated from the outset of the project. The 70,000sf building was carefully laced between historic trees and an interconnected series of stormwater ponds. The architects and landscape architects worked very closely to connect interior and exterior spaces. Stormwater is visibly traced from the roofs to open drain channels to meandering constructed stormwater basins. (From Nelson Byrd Woltz)  An article "Going with the Flow" detailing the design appears in the October 2004 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Added by admin on Dec 30 2006

Willow Run Park

  • Location: Camp Hill, PA
  • Designer: Chris
  • Client: Camp Hill
  • Last Updated: Feb 13 2007
Willow Run is located in Camp Hill Borough, Cumberland County Pennsylvania along 1,400 feet of an unnamed tributary of Cedar Run.These ground-fed, cold water streams are perfect habitats for trout.The area abounds with springs that once made Cedar Run one of the finest trout streams in Pennsylvania.

In the top portion of the park, water will naturally flow towards a low point in an ongoing attempt to find the fastest way across the land.This process often times results in organic shapes and forms and fluid landscapes.Over the course of time Willow Run has become a circuitous, meandering stream and provided the inspiration for the design in the northern third of the park.This area of the park allows visitor to see how organic, flowing, and at times untamed forms can be utilized in mitigation of storm water.The organic forms created in this area provide basis for comparison to the two other areas of the park.

Contrasting the first area of the park, the middle section is created with the interaction of humans and natural processes in mind.Humans influence on nature can be seen at Willow Run in the bank erosion, sedimentation and erosion.The design in the middle section demonstrates alternative ways to the mitigation of stormwater as a fusion between natural forms and constructed forms takes shape.This area creates a transition between the organic section of the park and the urban section of the park.

The third area is designed with an urban setting in mind as it played into its adjacency to Camp Hill's main street.This area of the park utilizes rigid forms and materials (juxtaposing the first section of the park) to demonstrate that the mitigation and cleansing of water will work despite the form that is used or the setting.

Added by admin on Jan 12 2007

Cedar River Education Center

  • Location: Cedar Falls, WA
  • Designer: Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects, Ltd.
  • Client: Cedar River Watershed Education Center
  • Last Updated: Feb 14 2007

At the Cedar River Watershed Education Center runoff is conveyed from the roof via downspout into a sculpted basin; from that point the water traverses a stone terrace in a most elegant meander.  That water trail is clarified, enhanced, and made safe by a cover of steel grating perforated with lilting curves that extend the "liquid" theme, alternating with river pebble fill.  Whatever the compositional decision, manipulation of the line of the water trail is a great design opportunity in artful rainwater design.  Mark Puddy from Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Idaho has provided a wonderful A Case Study: Cedar River Watershed Education Center.

Added by admin on Dec 30 2006

12th Avenue Green Street

  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Designer: Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA
  • Client: Cith of Portland Oregon
  • Last Updated: Apr 4 2007

The 12th Avenue Green Street project disconnects street stormwater runoff from a storm sewer that drains directly into the Willamette River and manages it on-site using a landscape approach. Stormwater runoff from SW 12th flows downhill along the existing curb until it reaches the first of four stormwater planters.  A 12-inch curb cut channels the street runoff into the first stormwater planter. Once inside the planter, the water is allowed to collect until it reaches a depth of six inches. The landscape system within each planter allows the water to infiltrate in the soil at a rate of four inches per hour. If a rain event is intense enough, water will exit through the planter’s second curb cut, flow back out into the street and eventually enter the next downstream stormwater planter.

The SW 12th Avenue Green Street Project has received a national award of honor from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Bureau of Environmental Services green street specialist Kevin Robert Perry designed the innovative street stormwater project.

Added by admin on Feb 22 2007


  • Location: Maplewood, MN
  • Designer: Joan Naussauer, Chris Cavett
  • Client: City of Maplewood
  • Last Updated: Mar 11 2007
The City of Maplewood, Minnesota, working with designer Joan I. Nassauer, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan, created lovely formal homeowner rain gardens that set a new standard for attractiveness. This 1996 project took the rain garden movement even farther by making a rain garden, and stormwater management, part of an accepted formal landscape element for residences. Joan Nassaur's professional skills, and interests in both landscape design and in watershed planning, resulted in lovely garden designs that are very well accepted in Maplewood. The project was funded in part by Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources.
Added by admin on Jan 1 2007