Cawrse Office Site
This site design restores and retains natural systems through building placement and green stormwater management technologies. The zoning line respects an existing stream, which will be partially fed by the designed stormwater system on site. The majority of the open space is intended to remain naturalized, and will be enhanced by plantings in the bio-swale and bio-detention basin.
Because of this ecologically grounded approach, the Chagrin River Watershed Partners Inc. awarded the project a monetary grant to help defray the cost of the proposed porous paver parking lot, rain garden, and bio-swale. As part of the grant, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has installed sensors and monitoring equipment throughout the site to help provide real-time data on how the system is performing. This collected information was compiled in to a report 'Hydraulic Characteristics of Low-Impact Development Practices in Northeastern Ohio, 2008–2010' prepared by Robert A. Darner P.E. of the USGS Water Resources division.