A Discussion on "Green Infrastructure"

March 2, 2016 [Garden City, NY] ∼

Nassau Community College in association with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) held their 5th Annual “Green Day” on March 2nd. Industry professionals were asked to present methods used to make projects more energy-efficient and environmentally safe. Among the presenters were Kenneth Keltai, RLA and Annie Bergelin, both certified Arborists and members of our Landscape Architectural team to present our work designing green infrastructure for NYC’s Select Bus Service (SBS) system.

Select Bus Service (SBS) is NYC’s modified version of bus rapid transit intended to provide faster, more reliable service. From 2008 to 2011, our firm collaborated with HDR, Billings Jackson Design, and VJ Associates, to prepare landscape design guidelines as a model for all future SBS lines. We also worked closely with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) on the green infrastructure and stormwater solutions, and followed many of the key principles found in PlaNYC and New York’s Greenstreets program. Technical drawings showing the new infiltration planters and the extended tree pits were presented, with ‘before’, ‘during construction’, and ‘after’ photos revealing the Clarkson Avenue station transformation on the B44 Line.

This project, awarded the 2013 ACEC Silver Engineering Excellence Award, is a great example of multi-agency, multi-disciplinary coordination and innovative green infrastructure.