Living Building Collaborative Study Sessions - Water Petal: "Creating water independent sites, buildings, and communities." in support of the ASLA Conference
Green Streets and Urban Stormwater BMPs
Jim Schuessler and Aaron Ross from BNIM Architects with be presenting two of the 2011 ASLA honor award winning projects recognized here in San Diego at the national convention.
Greensburg Main Street: A Catalyst for Rebuilding (Green Streets)
After a tornado destroyed 95% of their town, the citizens of Greensburg understood that they had to rebuild in a different way. As one of the first major infrastructure projects in Greensburg, the Main Street Streetscape is a signature project and has helped to sustain the momentum for rebuilding a model sustainable town. A catalyst for development downtown, the streetscape integrates pedestrian amenities and stormwater infrastructure into a unique aesthetic experience.
Multi-Variate Study of Stormwater BMP's
(Stormwater Design/Monitoring)Best Management Practices (BMPs) create systems to capture stormwater runoff near the point of generation, slow runoff rates, increase infiltration, and remove pollutants. Information on how well facilities perform is critical to quantify their benefits, lower maintenance costs, ensure public safety, and improve utilization, treatment, infiltration and storage. Sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the BNIM team’s research on monitoring stormwater advances sustainable building practices and encourages market transformations. Completed in February 2011, the team’s research of BMP performance examines rain gardens, infiltration basins, and treatment trains in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Monitoring equipment measures rainfall quantity and intensity, as well as runoff quality and flow rates. Each type of monitoring equipment provides stand alone data, but when combined together depicts the larger story. Research conclusions include the analysis of BMP performance, the evaluation of vegetation and soil composition, and recommended design modifications. This research advances sustainable building and site design, as well as illuminates possibilities to improve development policy and standards, facility operations and maintenance standards. This topic affects many fields – architecture, construction, facility maintenance, engineering and, most importantly, human behavior and health. Lessons and information gathered from the research have the capacity to alter design standards, and policymaking and to significantly impact human health. This research includes thoughts related to the potential to influence building and site design as well as development policy and standards, facility operations and maintenance standards.
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: US Green Building Council - San Diego Chapter Office
5010 Shoreham Place
San Diego, CA 92122
($5 for members, and $15 for non-members)