Session D1 - Stormwater Restoration as an Urban Asset: Durham's South Ellerbe Stormwater Project
Walter Havener, PLA, LEED AP
Michael Fowler, PE
Sandra Wilbur, PE
South Ellerbe Creek collects runoff from a highly impervious area of Durham and nearby neighborhoods, receiving almost half the stormwater runoff from the downtown business district. Working with the City of Durham, the project transforms the former Duke Diet and Fitness Center site into a 7-acre natural stormwater restoration that integrates a constructed wetland, stream restoration, and community amenities to improve the health of South Ellerbe Creek and Falls Lake, an important regional water supply reservoir. The site is adjacent to the future Duke Belt Line Trail, creating a community asset with an overlook, boardwalk, and seating areas that will connect downtown Durham with the existing greenway network. The project offers a unique opportunity to change the public perception of stormwater management through green infrastructure to absorb and filter polluted runoff and slowly release the treated stormwater into South Ellerbe Creek to restore a healthy hydrologic balance and create a valuable resource for the community.
Session D2 - Landscape Architects and Arborists: Did we just become best friends?
Laura Ballock, PLA
Zak Pierce, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP
Katie Rose Levin
Trees are more than just circles on a paper, they are living infrastructure that can make or break the long term look and success of your landscape. This presentation will feature three case studies highlighting different aspects of successful tree management, including large tree preservation, tree transplanting, and innovative tree applications. We'll review when and how to involve arborist into your design team strategies to utilize their expertise. During this presentation we will celebrate the deeply rooted landscape architect-arborist relationship, leaf no idea behind and branch out into amazing designs!