Working with the Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District (Metro Parks), the City of Columbus, and the National Audubon Society, B&N served as the site Certified Professional overseeing mitigation of Whittier Peninsula’s environmental issues through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Voluntary Action Program.
B&N also was responsible for the civil/site design of the improvements, which included the Audubon Nature Center and Scioto Audubon Metro Park. As a part of the site design, B&N evaluated several alternatives for the management of site stormwater. This included reviewing the estimated cost, effectiveness, maintenance requirements, and safety features of each alternative. The final site design incorporated a vegetated roof, rain gardens, constructed wetlands, bioswales, vegetated filter strips, pervious pavements, and a dry storage basin for the control of both stormwater quantity and quality leaving the site.
B&N has continued to assist Metro Parks with the development of maintenance strategies for these low impact design features. The Audubon Center has subsequently developed K-12 educational programs around the site redevelopment and these stormwater management features, while Metro Parks have established both passive and active outdoor activities around the site.
These systems exceed current regulatory requirements for both improvements to the quality of stormwater leaving the site, as well as controlling the rate of runoff.
This project was awarded the Environmental Stewardship Project of the Year by the Ohio Department of Development.