Four student teams have been selected as winners of the
Campus RainWorks Challenge, a new design challenge created to inspire the next
generation of landscape architects, planners and engineers to develop
innovative green infrastructure systems that reduce stormwater pollution and
support sustainable communities. The competition was jointly held by the
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency’s Office of Water, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the
Water Environment Federation.
The Campus RainWorks Challenge engages students and faculty
members at colleges and universities to apply green infrastructure principles
and design, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, and increase the use of
green infrastructure on campuses across the nation. Teams of undergraduate and
graduate students, working with a faculty advisor, developed innovative green
infrastructure designs for a site on their campus showing how managing
stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment.
“We are very proud of all the student teams who entered this
competition, and warmly congratulate the winners who were selected,” said Nancy
Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. “These
students have shown their commitment to clean water and healthy campuses.”
The selected challenge winners are:
- University of Florida, Gainsville, Fl. (1st
prize, large institution)
The team’s design plan centers on the redevelopment of Reitz Lawn, an
11-acre open area and pedestrian corridor on campus. The plan aims to remove
pollutants from stormwater before they reach nearby Lake Alice, which drains
directly into the Floridian Aquifer. The team’s plan incorporated student input
into the project design and will include an educational component to raise
awareness about how water travels through the urban environment.
- Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ill. (1st
prize, small institution)
The team’s design plan centers on the redevelopment of a 1,200-foot long
section of Dearborn Street on campus. The plan incorporates a number of green
infrastructure design elements, including rain gardens that double as outdoor
seating areas and permeable walkways. The plan estimates that, through
collection, infiltration, and storage, stormwater runoff will be reduced from
the site by 70 – 80 percent.
- University of Arizona, Tuscon, Ariz. (2nd
prize, large institution)
The team’s design plan centers on the redevelopment of a 70,000-square-foot
parking lot located within a cluster of academic buildings. The design will
replace the parking lot with a campus common area featuring two rings of
retention basins to infiltrate stormwater runoff, five underground cisterns to
harvest runoff and HVAC condensate from the adjacent buildings, and a
translucent shade structure with an ephemeral water feature. Water collected in
the underground cisterns is used to irrigate the landscape, reducing potable
water use from 700,000 to 90,000 gallons/year.
- Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla,
Mo. (2nd prize, small institution)
The team’s design plan focuses on three green infrastructure projects:
green roof, rain garden, and permeable pavement projects. Phased implementation
will take advantage of existing plans for university projects, allowing for cost-effective
improvements in campus stormwater managment that will mitigate eutrophication
and sedimentation in Frisco Lake.
-Teams from Kansas State University, Columbia University,
California State Polytechnic Institute at Pomona and University of Texas-Arlington
were recognized as honorable mentions for their entries.
The challenge received submissions from 218 teams, which
were reviewed by more than 30 expert judges from EPA, ASLA, the Water
Environment Federation, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Many of
the submissions proposed transformative additions to the campus landscape that
would reduce stormwater impacts while educating students about the movement of
water through the urban environment. The winning teams were selected based on six
criteria: analysis and planning; preservation or restoration of natural
features; integrated water management; soil and vegetation management; value to
campus; and likelihood of implementation.
Green infrastructure helps communities to maintain healthy waters,
support sustainable communities, and provide multiple environmental benefits.
Green infrastructure captures and filters pollutants by passing stormwater
through soils and retaining it on site. Example of effective green
infrastructure include green roofs, permeable materials, alternative designs
for streets and buildings, trees, rain gardens and rain harvesting systems.
More information: http://www.epa.gov/campusrainworks
About the American Society of Landscape
Founded in 1899, the
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional
association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in
49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The Society's mission is to
lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning,
and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the
Society use the “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their
commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.