Drilling was completed on May 12, 2016 for an urban retrofit geothermal system being installed at 248 Bryant Avenue in Syracuse, New York. Two vertical closed loops of 300 ft each were set in two wells and will serve the 4-ton combination heat pump system yet to be installed. Drilling was initiated using an air rotary rig, but was switched to a cable tool rig on the second hole when water was pushed back through the first hole through a void in the bedrock geology. Water was encountered in each hole, but was contained on-site. Saline groundwater was a concern, but wasn’t encountered until ~280 ft depth. System design by Natural Systems Engineering. Drilling performed by Caster Well Drilling and Water Conditioning (Fulton, New York).
Construction of green infrastructure was completed in late 2015 consisting of a dry well to management roof runoff and a porous asphalt system to manage parking lot runoff. Green infrastructure was designed by Natural Systems Engineering and construction was performed by the Rich and Gardner Construction Company (Syracuse, New York). The project was funded by Onondaga County’s award winning Save the Rain program.
In October 2015 construction was completed on the porous asphalt installation at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Oakwood Avenue, Syracuse, New York designed by Natural Systems Engineering. The project involved construction of 12,000 sq ft of porous asphalt surface to manage runoff from approximately 70,000 sq ft of impervious lot and rooftop. The project was funded by Onondaga County’s award-winning “Save the Rain” program and will remove over 1.5 milion gal of stormwater per year from the City’s combined sewer system! The contractor was Ruston Paving Company (DeWitt, New York).
As seen from a passing drone, shown is the new vegetated roof at Zip Networks, 100 Wilkinson Street, Syracuse. The green roof is an extensive green roof planted with sedum. Construction was performed by Shaffer Building Services (Syracuse, New York) based on the design of Natural Systems Engineering. The roof looks brown due to the erosion control mat, but will be green by the end of the season! The project was funded by Onondaga County’s award-winning Save the Rain program.
Work is almost complete on the porous asphalt lot at Crest Acura. The permeable base is shown below. The project was designed by Natural Systems Engineering and construction is being performed by Rich & Gardner Construction Company (Syracuse, New York). In addition to managing incident precipitation to the ~15,000 sq ft lot, the project will also infiltrate runoff from the adjoining Crest Acura showroom and service areas. A total of 1.5 million gallons of stormwater will be managed annually.
On June 1-2, 2015, following placement of the permeable base course shown below, NSE measured the site-wide infiltration rate through the roof sump/overflow catch basin. Following the June 1 rain event, the site exhibited an infiltration rate of 0.35 in/hr. Based on this rate, the infiltration basin will completely dewater in roughly 10 hours assuming no additional rainwater input.
The third phase of the Onondaga Commons Green Infrastructure project, consisting of a porous asphalt lot at the Rural Metro facility located at 488 W. Onondaga Street, Syracuse, was completed on November 24, 2014. The project was designed to capture runoff from the surrounding asphalt parking lot and the Rural Metro building, estimated at over 1 1/2 million gallons annually. The project was designed by Natural Systems Engineering in partnership with Short Enterprises (Syracuse, New York). Construction was performed by Daly Construction (Sacketts Harbor, New York).
Construction began last week on the JC Smith green infrastructure (GI) project located at 338 Peat Street in Syracuse consisting of a porous asphalt lot, and streetside bioretention areas. The porous asphalt lot will manage stormwater that formerly ran off the impervious storage lot, The bioretention areas will manage runoff from Peat Street and the Canal Street Extension. See photos below. The project is funded by Onondaga County’s Save the Rain program and Natural Systems Engineering, worked constructively with the City of Syracuse to address sewer connection issues given the constraints of the County’s award and the owner’s budget for the project. Construction by J & J Landscaping of East Syracuse.
On October 28, 2014, the City of Syracuse dedicated the Kirk Park Outdoor Classroom located on Onondaga Creek in Syracuse, New York. The project was undertaken by the City with funding from the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Natural Systems Engineering supported the lead designer, Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects, with stormwater management design and floodplain modeling for the project.
Construction of green infrastructure consisting of porous asphalt and added greenspace was completed on October 14, 2014 at 414-416 W. Onondaga St., Syracuse. The project is the latest project of the Onondaga Commons redevelopment and is funded by Onondaga County’s Save the Rain program. Natural Systems Engineering successfully collaborated with Short Enterprises on this phase as well as the preceding AAA, Lean-on-Me Day Care projects and the forthcoming Rural Metro green infrastructure project to be completed in 2015.
This project will manage over 1 million gal of what would otherwise be stormwater runoff to the City of Syracuse combined sewer system annually.
Green infrastructure consisting of porous asphalt and rain gardens was constructed at the Grace Episcopal Church in Syracuse, New York in 2013. The project was funded by Onondaga County’s award-winning Save the Rain program. The project was designed by Natural Systems Engineering and constructed by Lan-Co Companies, East Syracuse, New York. The photographs below were taken in the Summer of 2014, 1 year following construction.