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Stata Center Outwash Basin

  • Location: Cambridge, MA
  • Designer: Olin Partnership and Nitsch Engineering
  • Client: MTI
  • Last Updated: Feb 20 2007

 The designed the landscape for this Frank Gehry building on the MIT campus.  Nitsch Engineering designed the storm water bioretention system. Wendy Goldsmith Bioengineering did the planting design.  This system is multi functional: it is a constructed wetland that detains runoff to reduce peak downstream flow, the wetland's plants and planting medium cleanses the runoff, it allows some ground water infiltration, and a solar powered pump pushes the water back up to the wetland after its first pass through the water quality polishing cycle.  This pumping not only cleanses the water a second time it also maintains the wetland moisture level required for plant health and vigor.  The Olin concept was based of creating a "slice of new England," a piece of a riverine and wetland system.  MIT was not very interested in green design when these ideas were put first forth by the landscape architects and engineers. Once the university realized that the EPA would reduce some of their pending fines for other violations, they became supporters of these ideas! (Tim Baird)

Added by admin on Jan 1 2007

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

Pierce County Environmental

  • Location: Chambers Creek, WA
  • Designer: The Miller|Hull Partnership, LLP
  • Client: Pierce County
  • Last Updated: Feb 4 2007

The design presents a particularly effective strategy using a long water trail exhibits a variety of water treatment approaches and design elements in sequence: the trail begins on a corner of the building at a dramatic scupper from which water falls into a concrete basin incised with a spiral runnel.  In a rain event, water spirals from that basin into an adjacent wetland that visitors are invited to explore by walking across an elegantly meandering boardwalk.  At the end of the wetland the water disappears briefly under a roadway to reemerge in a bioswale designed to clearly indicate its function: the bioswale is lined with river stone and plants interspersed with pieces of driftwood, to drive home the water theme.  The bioswale forms a long axis, edged on one side by the parking lot and on the other by a walking trail—which ensures maximum visibility of the water treatment system.  At the end of the bioswale the water system again disappears briefly under a roadway, to end in a particularly intriguing piece of the system: a "flow splitter plaza".  Here effective signage and three visible valve heads indicate how the system diverts runoff into two different conveyance/infiltration swales: one grass-lined, and one rock-lined, while a third diverter awaits development of future treatment strategies.

Added by admin on Dec 31 2006

Glencoe Elementary School

  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Designer: t
  • Client: t
  • Last Updated: Feb 4 2007
Added by admin on Dec 31 2006