With funding under Onondaga County’s award-winning Save the Rain program, Crest Acura’s porous asphalt lot was completed this summer. The project was designed by Natural Systems Engineering and constructed by Lan-Co Construction (East Syracuse, New York). The porous asphalt was designed to capture runoff from the 10,000 sq ft porous surface and the 9950 sq ft impervious asphalt lot located to the northeast. Roughly 1000 sq ft of greenspace was added to replace asphalt in the right-of-way of the City of Syracuse.
The project will manage a minimum of 400,000 gal of strormwater per year, removing that flow from Syracuse’s combined sewer system.
In November 2016, construction was substantially completed for the Gear Factory Porous Asphalt lot serving the northern 200 block of South Geddes Street. The project involved conversion of impervious alleys and a parking lot associated with the Gear Factory building and the building housing City Hardware into a porous asphalt lot and infiltration basin, which will manage runoff from the 19,000 sq ft of impervious hardscape and almost 15,000 sq ft of rooftop. The project will manage roughly 630,000 gal of runoff annually preventing that volume of runoff from entering the City of Syracuse’s combined sewer system and mitigating combined sewer overflows from that system.
The Ra-Lin “Save the Rain” project designed by Natural Systems Engineering was featured on WSYR News Channel 9 on September 30, 2016. The project involved construction of approximately 16, 000 sq ft of porous asphalt and a bioretention area to manage stormwater runoff from the 1.5 acres of impervious areas at the discount appliance store located on Burnet Avenue in Syracuse. The project will result in the management of over 1.2 million gallons of stormwater annually, preventing that volume from entering the storm sewer system and contributing to combined sewer overflows to Onondaga Lake. The story on Channel 9 shows how the porous asphalt allows infiltration of rainwater through the porous surface.
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).
On September 8, 2015 patent number 9.127,488 was issued by the USPTO for “Retrofit Catch Basin for Use in Stormwater Management Practice.” The device allows a conventional stormwater catch basin to be retrofitted to divert runoff to an alternative practice (such as green infrastructure) while allowing the catch basin to continue to serve as an overflow for the alternative practice. Now looking for a partner with whom to commercialize this!
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.
JC Smith Porous Lot Stone Infiltration Basin with Bioretention Excavation in Foreground.
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.
Porous asphalt lot and added greenspace at 414-416 W. Onondaga St.