Nitsch Engineering provided sustainable site strategies associated with the creation of a new lake system, designed by the National Palace Museum, for the Southern Branch on a 250-acre site in Taipei, Taiwan. Due to the fact that annual precipitation rates are equal to the annual evaporation rates in this tropical climate, the lake would completely evaporate without engineering ingenuity. Nitsch Engineering developed the conceptual and schematic designs for the creation of a two-level lake system. The system stores water in a “created-aquifer” system, then pumps that water from a lower lake into an upper lake, which is held at a relatively constant elevation. Nitsch Engineering completed concept designs and calculations, and assisted the local (Taiwanese) designers through construction documentation and construction administration.

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