Barr project work offers challenges as well as opportunities for learning and growth
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Barr Engineering Company
4300 MarketPointe Drive, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55435

Phone: 952-832-2600

Fax: 952-832-2601
Toll free: 800-632-BARR (2277)
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challenging projects

Maplewood Mall parking lot viewed from a rainwater garden

With acres of impervious parking lots and roads, Maplewood Mall was a perfect candidate for a stormwater-management system overhaul. Working with the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, the City of Maplewood’s staff and the mall’s owner, Barr designed a system that reduces phosphorus runoff to a local lake by 60 t0 80 percent while meeting regulatory, technical, and aesthetic challenges.

The final design incorporated above- and below-ground treatment facilities and storage for stormwater reuse, with care taken to maximize available parking space. Engineered soils and subsurface irrigation allow plantings to thrive even in challenging parking-lot conditions. Barr’s design also introduces public art and gathering spaces in addition to providing community environmental education. Mall owners are excited about the public-relations benefits of the transformation and the opportunity to draw new tenants and shoppers.