Campus Planning

Sitework for South Kohrman Renovation ~ 2007

Storm Water Management:  Issues and Strategies

South Kohrman Project     Green Design     Richmond Center Project

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bullet Any built environment - buildings, parking lots, sidewalks, tennis courts, playgrounds, etc. - replaces water-absorbing soil with non-porous surfaces.

bullet The rapid flow of rainwater and snowmelt onto non-paved areas can result in soil erosion, which further deteriorates the ground's ability to absorb run-off.   Pollutants and debris, such as rock salt and gravel from parking lots, travel with the flow.

bullet The waters that cannot be absorbed on the site continue to travel through the watershed or into storm sewers and on to the regional sewage treatment system. Retention of stormwaters enables the soil to naturally filter the water on site.

bullet It is now recognized that it is necessary to compensate for the loss of water-absorbing surfaces in any building project.   An effective stormwater retention strategy will plan, design, and implement solutions to runoff and erosion.

bullet Potential stormwater loads are defined as "ten-year", "fifty-year", or "hundred-year" storms.   There are standards for determining what kind of load and volume of water each retention strategy must control.

bullet Common retention solutions are storm swales, run-off ditches, and the ubiquitous "retention pond".

bullet After one hundred years of development, the WMU campus is heavily-built, with a large amount of paved, non-absorbing surfaces.   The situation is further complicated by the sloping terrain that drains water into the Goldsworth Valley and the Arcadia Creek.

bullet In the area of campus near Miller Auditorium stormwater run-off has caused significant problems for many years.  The Richmond Center and South Kohrman projects provided the opportunity to solve the stormwater problems as part of the construction.

bullet The stormwater retention solution for the South Kohrman / Richmond Center area was to construct underground structures on prepared gravel beds.   These collect the run-off and allow the water to slowly seep into the ground below.

Site Work July 2007

July 6:
Preparing Site for Overflow Piping

South Kohrman Site Work July 6

July 6:
Installing Overflow Piping

Installing Overflow Piping July 6
July 13:
Site Work for Overflow Piping
Site Work for Overflow Piping July 13

July 13:
Installing Dry Well

Installing Dry Well July 13
July 25:
Installing Separator Tanks
Installing Separator Tanks July 25
July 25:
Installing Separator Tanks
Installing Separator Tanks

 

 

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