April 25, 2014
Jeffrey Macko

Students Engineer Campus Storm Water Project

As part of the Environmental Protection Agency's Campus RainWorks Challenge, three students have designed a water diversion project that will be installed at Busch Student Center.

Three Saint Louis University students have designed and created an innovative urban storm water project that has been selected for funding by the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District. Construction for the team's design is slated to begin in April 2014.

Engineering students James Buerck, Diana Byrne, Michael McFadden and Monica Stochl entered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Campus RainWorks Challenge with a project designed to sustainably manage storm water on campus. They were supported by adjunct professor, Jay Hoskins, P.E., who works at Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).

The EPA launched the challenge in May 2012 as a student competition designed to inspire the next generation of landscape architects, planners and engineers to develop green infrastructure systems that mitigate the impacts of urban storm water while supporting sustainable communities.

The project is underway at the east side of Busch Student Center, and affects 5,380 square feet of impervious area and will redirect a projected 13,000 cubic feet of water from the combined sewer system.

Included are three rain barrels, construction of two bio-retention basins with filter bed, a pervious (flagstone) path and re-grading of the area. The downspouts from the roof covering the walkway from the BSC to the underground Lecture Halls will collect into rain barrels and drip into an underground irrigation system dispersing amongst the existing grass area and native plantings in designated predetermined areas.

Funding for this project is in conjunction with an MSD grant titled "Early Action Program." The materials and labor costs are covered by the University with 100 percent reimbursement by MSD at the conclusion of the project. The project is estimated to cost approximately $15,000.

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