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Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Post-Construction BMP Strategies

Find below the link to watch this free webcast addressing best practices for integrating green infrastructure into stormwater designs and Post-Construction BMP strategies. Bill Wood, PE, and John Helfrich, PE, ENV, SP, Associate Civil Engineers for SmithGroupJJR, presents a case study on green infrastructure at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus: Restoring Hydrology through Campus Redevelopment. Chad W. Brensinger, PE, LEED SP, Project Manager at Charles E. Shoemaker, Inc., presents a case study on an automobile dealership development in Willow Grove, PA. The presentation covers stormwater best management practices used at the dealership to provide several levels of water quality and flow reduction to minimize local stormwater runoff issues, localized flooding and stream bank erosion.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how a comprehensive approach to stormwater management can mutually benefit an institution and its larger urban community.
  2. Understand how green infrastructure can be integrated into a stormwater mitigation strategy to solve campus-wide stormwater issues.
  3. Learn how community collaboration can forge partnerships to align public and private initiatives.
  4. Review design considerations for underground stormwater detention facilities, and learn how to solve site constraints while maximizing potential land use.

Project Descriptions

Loyola University – Chicago, IL  – Chicago, IL

In the early 2000s, Loyola University Chicago embarked on their REIMAGINE Campaign, an ambitious capital improvements plan to create a more attractive, cohesive campus that engages students, welcomes the neighboring community, and reflects the institution’s strong environmental ethic. To further realize the campus’s ecological and community potential, Loyola developed a Stormwater Management Master Plan featuring a holistic approach to green infrastructure and stormwater strategies.

Completed in 2016, the multi-phased development implemented new varsity and intramural athletic facilities, a new student center and dining facility, a new academic building, signature quad spaces, and campus-wide infrastructure over an 8 year period. Underground stormwater storage and infiltration vaults became integral components of the implementation plan and contribute to diverting over 6 million gallons of rainwater annually from Chicago’s aging combined sewer system.

Thompson Lexus – Willow Grove, PA

Thompson Lexus Willow Grove redeveloped their 9.9-acre site at 2560 Maryland Road in Upper Moreland Township for a new Lexus automobile dealership. The project constructed an integrated stormwater management system that involves rain gardens, underground detention, and infiltration structures around the buildings and under the large 513-car parking lot of this new dealership.

Due to the site’s proximity to the Pennypack Creek, the design of the stormwater management systems on this site were critical for the success of the life cycle of the project, as well as for the health of the Pennypack Creek channel and downstream aquatic ecosystem.




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