Pare has submitted the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island for consideration in the 2012 Innovation in Sustainable Civil Engineering award being given by the ASCE. The Sustainable Design Committee reviewed several projects PARE has recently completed and selected the CBLS project as it fit the following award selection criteria:
- Incorporated an innovative stormwater management system that serves as a “living classroom” in addition to its water quality and stormwater control benefits. Students and staff of the CBLS and other programs at URI can use the space for hands-on, real-world educational opportunities.
- The project has allowed the university to promote, replicate, and extend additional developments in sustainability by adopting an increasingly sustainable approach to stormwater management on campus. Three new projects, two academic buildings and a new residence hall, are underway and are integrating comparable sustainable stormwater management practices.
- Educates the public on sustainable stormwater management practices. The University’s Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program has used the design calculations and final construction details as an example for other communities in Rhode Island to consider to meet their low impact development (LID) needs.
Deadline for project submission was June 1st. We will submit a project each year for consideration for this award. Let us know if you are aware of a project that you believe may fit the selection criteria.