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sustainable site design for watershed organization headquarters

sustainable site design for watershed organization headquarters
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

brownfields site showcases stormwater management

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization built a new headquarters along the Mississippi River in northeast Minneapolis. Working with project architects and the client, we applied best practices for brownfields remediation and ecological stormwater management to the site design.

Roof runoff from the building and a neighboring property is collected, stored, and used to water trees during dry spells. It also flows into a rainwater garden that treats the water and slowly releases it to the Mississippi River.

An agreement to share parking space with a tavern next door eliminated the need for separate lots, reducing the non-permeable paved surface area. Permeable pavement was also used to reduce runoff.

The building demonstrates that environmentally friendly stormwater management features can be successfully incorporated in brownfields redevelopments. Connected to surrounding trails and green spaces, the facility not only provides views and access to the Mississippi River, but also serves as an outdoor classroom for school groups.

The project won a 2014 Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Award in the Environmental Impact category.