Nitsch Engineering Wins Award For University of Virginia Stormwater Plan

July 28, 2008; Boston, Mass. – Nitsch Engineering won an Excellence in Landscape Architecture Merit Award for their work on the University of Virginia’s (UVA’s) Meadow Creek Regional Stormwater Management Master Plan from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). Nitsch Engineering was the only engineering firm to win an award in SCUP’s annual award competition.

To support UVA’s plans for development in the Meadow Creek watershed, Nitsch Engineering created a plan that manages stormwater on a regional basis – using key locations at the Dell Pond, the Emmet Street and Ivy Road parking garage, and the John Paul Jones Arena – instead of a building-by-building basis. The plan uses natural systems such as created wetlands, daylighted streams, and feature ponds to manage stormwater in a way that decreased costs, improved water quality, decreased stormwater flow from campus, and created beautiful campus amenities.

“One of the most interesting things about the Meadow Creek Plan is that we were able to find a solution to managing the quantity and quality of the site’s stormwater runoff in a way that is aesthetically pleasing,” said Nitsch Engineering President Judith Nitsch, PE, LEED® AP. She went on to say, “The Dell was the first visual outcome of the stormwater master plan. It’s a beautiful campus amenity that also performs stormwater management functions, such as reducing flooding, decreasing erosion, and improving stormwater quality to the City of Charlottesville downstream. This plan will yield benefits to the University and the City for years to come.”

Nitsch Engineering has applied lessons learned from UVA to similar stormwater projects at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton universities. SCUP also recognized Nitsch Engineering for their work with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners on the Princeton Campus Plan, which won an Excellence in Planning for an Established Campus Honor Award.

About the Society for College and University Planning

Founded in 1965, the Society for College and University Planning is an international association of professionals involved in all aspects of planning for higher education institutions. The Excellence in Planning, Excellence in Landscape Architecture, and Excellence in Architecture Awards Program began in 2000 as a joint venture between the Society for College and University Planning and the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education. The juried competition recognizes state-of-the-art planning and excellence in higher education environments. This year, the judges selected 12 honor awards and seven merit awards from 170 submissions spread over nine categories.