The University of Virginia (UVA) faced stormwater problems. Rather than managing stormwater at each building, which was inefficient and costly, Nitsch Engineering developed a first-of-its-kind “regional” stormwater management plan using natural systems such as created wetlands, daylighted streams, and feature ponds.
Nitsch Engineering performed an area-wide hydrological assessment of existing and proposed conditions for the entire West Side of the University. We recommended creative stormwater management solutions for the entire 850-acre watershed, such as streambank/floodway restoration, created wetlands, and green Best Management Practice solutions to restore the degraded creek environment. This solution improved water quality, decreased stormwater flow from campus, and created beautiful amenities.
As a result of this plan, individual site development projects no longer need their own stormwater management systems; instead, they reap the benefit of the three “regional” facilities installed across the campus: The Dell, the Emmet Street Garage site, and the John Paul Jones Arena site. Our work on this project won the 2007 ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award (first place) and a 2007 ACEC National Engineering Excellence Honor Award, as well as a 2008 Excellence in Landscape Architecture Merit Award from the Society for College and University Planning.
Following implementation, Nitsch Engineering worked with UVA on a research project to measure the effectiveness of the stormwater management approach. Click here for more details on that research.