This Wednesday (February 25th), one of our engineers, Rebekah Weston, had an opportunity to speak at the 2015 Seattle Public Utilities Green Gardening Workshop held at South Seattle Community College. Rebekah partnered with Ida Ottesen, landscape architect from Nakano Associates, to present “From Asphalt to Bioretention – Lessons Learned from Two Parking Lot Retrofits.” Both Rebekah and Ida have over 10 years of experience working on projects in which landscaping plays a key role in stormwater management.
Rebekah and Ida described their process for retrofitting existing parking lots with bioretention to address the health of nearby water bodies and meet current stormwater regulations. In addition to the process of designing and retrofitting parking lots with bioretention, the presentation enforced the idea that engineering and architectural firms need to be involved with maintenance planning for the site, to ensure a lasting positive impact to the environment.
A video recording of the presentation will be made available here on SPU’s website, https://www.seattle.gov/util/ForBusinesses/Landscapes/TrainingCertification/PastPresentations/index.htm. All the presentations from the conference will be available to watch, all with the focus of Green Gardening practices on SPU’s site shortly after the workshop.