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2012 Campus RainWorks Challenge Winners

In 2012, the U.S. EPA launched its first ever Campus RainWorks Challenge. A total of 218 student teams from 42 states submitted green infrastructure designs for the challenge. Many of the designs proposed transformative additions to the campus landscape that would reduce stormwater impacts while educating students about the movement of water through the urban environment. On April 22, 2013, EPA announced four winners and four honorable mentions for the 2012 Campus RainWorks Challenge.
 

Congratulations to the Winning Teams!

First Prize Winners

Second Prize Winners

Honorable Mentions

*Large institutions were defined as those receiving more than $35 million per year in federal funding for research and development, while small institutions were defined as those receiving less than $35 million per year.
 

First Prize Winner (Small Institution): Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology Design Image
The design submitted by the winning team from the Illinois Institute of Technology integrates green infrastructure practices into the campus’ primary pedestrian thoroughfare to demonstrate water infiltration and conservation strategies while redefining some of the campus’ underutilized green spaces. The design features rain gardens that double as gathering and seating areas, and also includes 2.6 acres of permeable pavement, 3 acres of new native plant communities, underground cisterns, water channels, and information panels. The design reduces the campus’ impact on the municipal combined sewer system by reducing annual runoff volume by 70-80%. The addition of underground cisterns and native plant communities also reduces the campus’ dependence on potable water from Lake Michigan.
 
View the video below to learn more about the design in the team’s own words. Each team also presented its design proposal via two design boards and a project narrative. The team’s design boards and an EPA summary of the project narrative are presented below:

Video (MP4)   (13.2 MB)  /  Transcript of Video (PDF)  (1 pg, 59K, About PDF)
Design Board 1 (JPEG) (11MB)
Design Board 2 (JPEG) (10MB)
Project Summary (PDF) (1 pg, 93K, About PDF)
 
Student team: Anne Brask, Bernardo Loureiro, Brandon Linder, David Abad, David Wilcox, Gwendolyn Parker, Jacob Singer, Kathryn Manwaring, Lara Rivera, Rachel Doliber, and Xingu Zhang (College of Architecture); Patrick Miller and Alex Brown (Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering); and Brock Auerbach-lynn (School of Business)
 
Faculty advisors: Mary Pat Mattson (Program of Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture), and Dr. Paul Anderson (Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering)
 

First Prize Winner (Large Institution): The University of Florida

University of Florida Design Image
The design submitted by the winning team from the University of Florida targets Reitz Lawn, a central pedestrian corridor on campus, with an integrated system of green infrastructure practices designed to improve infiltration and stabilize ecosystem conditions in Lake Alice. The design includes naturalistic rain gardens and bioswales, two architectural collection pools, a green wall, a green roof, and a campus garden. The team’s design was unique among the entries received in seeking student input. The team displayed an informational kiosk at the University’s Student Union, where team members surveyed students to identify major pedestrian routes through the Reitz Lawn, learn more about current uses, and solicit opinions on potential design elements.
 
View the video below to learn more about the design in the team’s own words. Each team also presented its design proposal via two design boards and a project narrative. The team’s design boards and an EPA summary of the project narrative are presented below:
 
Video (MP4) (7.3 MB)  /  Transcript of Video (PDF) (1 pg, 93K, About PDF)
Design Board 1 (JPEG) (37MB)
Design Board 2 (JPEG) (41MB)
Project Summary (PDF) (1 pg, 93K, About PDF)
 
Student team: Emily Sturm, Hannah Plate, Jayne Branstrom, Tracy Wyman, Jabari Taylor, Gregory Ford, Brenda Lugano, and Joshua Evitt (Department of Landscape Architecture); Tracy Fanara (Environmental Engineering); and Natalie Nelson, Angelica Engel, and Wesley Henson (Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering)
 
Faculty advisors: Glenn Acomb (Department of Landscape Architecture)
 

Second Prize Winner (Small Institution): Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri Design Image
The design submitted by the winning team from the Missouri University of Science and Technology recommends the phased implementation of three green infrastructure projects in the campus’s northeast quadrant to provide an educational experience for students and to address eutrophication and sedimentation in Frisco Lake. The team developed designs for five green infrastructure projects, but identified the green roof, rain garden, and permeable pavement projects as the most cost-effective. The team selected highly visible sites for all three projects, and calculated the anticipated runoff reduction, pollutant removal, and cost of each proposed design. The team’s plan was unique among the entries received in seeking input from campus planners and decision makers to coordinate their projects with planned university improvements and minimize project costs.
 
View the video below to learn more about the design in the team’s own words. (Note: video is large and may take several minutes to load.) Each team also presented its design proposal via two design boards and a project narrative. The team’s design boards and an EPA summary of the project narrative are presented below:
 
Design Board 2 (JPEG) (758K)
Project Summary (PDF) (1 pg, 93K, About PDF)
 
Student team: Charles R. Beauvais, Courtney Kulinski, Rachel Schneider, Jiayi Liu, Molly R. Prickett, Austin W. Nieman, Jay A. Weber, Lucy E. Wright, Edward Speckart, Kyle Daniels, Grace Harper, and Matthew Holmes (Environmental Engineering); Alisa Bala (Civil Engineering); Luce Crim (Chemical Engineering); Omar Al-Amody (Mechanical Engineering); Quentin C. Ortega, Stephane Dominique Menand, Sarah Wilson, Sara Dyan Shafer, and Melanie Wulff (Master of Business Administration Program); and Julie Glenn (Biology)
 
Faculty advisors: Joel Burken (Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering) and Bonnie Bachman (Department of Business and Information Technology)
 
Additional advisors: Jim Duncan (Custodial & Landscape Services); JoAnne Steineman (Design & Construction Management); Mark Fitch (Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering); Robert Holmes (Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering); Dulce Alford (Video Communications Center); Tony Hunt (Environmental Health & Safety); and Jay Hoskins, P.E. (Principal Engineer, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District)
  

Second Prize Winner (Large Institution): The University of Arizona

University of Arizona Design Image
The design submitted by the winning team from the University of Arizona centers on the redevelopment of a 70,000 sq ft parking lot into a new campus common area. The design adds rings of native vegetation and retention basins to the site as well as five underground cisterns to reduce stormwater runoff, minimize potable water use, recharge groundwater tables, and provide a gathering space for students. The dynamic design mimics the shape of the agave or the eye of a storm and includes several innovative features to educate students about the movement of water through the urban environment. These include ground level viewing windows into the underground cisterns and an ephemeral water feature that flows when the cisterns are at capacity. By harvesting rooftop runoff and HVAC condensate from the adjacent academic buildings, the design reduces potable water use for irrigation by 88%.
 
View the video below to learn more about the design in the team’s own words. Each team also presented its design proposal via two design boards and a project narrative. The team’s design boards and an EPA summary of the project narrative are presented below:
 
Video (MP4) (11.6MB)  /  Transcript of Video (PDF) (1 pg, 93K, About PDF)
Design Board 1 (JPEG) (1.8MB)
Design Board 2 (JPEG) (2.3MB)
Project Summary (PDF) (1 pg, 93K, About PDF)
 
Student team: Micaela Machado and Rayka Robrecht (College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture)
 
Faculty advisor: Ron Stoltz (College of Architecture Planning and Landscape Architecture)
 

Honorable Mention: Kansas State University (Runner Up)

Kansas State Design Image
The design submitted by Kansas State University modifies the university’s master plan in order to create an environmentally sound stormwater system and improve water quality and stormwater runoff. The design includes a garden that revives the site’s natural native prairie wetland, a series of ponds with wetland terraces, and an amphitheater constructed with regional limestone. This design is recognized as runner up in the Large Institution category.
 
View the video below to learn more about the design in the team’s own words. Each team also presented its design proposal via two design boards and a project narrative. The team’s design boards and an EPA summary of the project narrative are presented below:
 
Video (MP4) (10MB)  /  Transcript of Video (PDF) (1 pg, 93K, About PDF)
Design Board 1 (JPEG) (8.9MB)
Design Board 2 (JPEG) (8MB)

Student team: James Devault, Cydnie Jones, and Abigail Glastetter (Landscape Architecture); Sarah Auvenshine (Civil Engineering); Phillip Denker (Biological and Agricultural Engineering); Joseph Weeks (Agronomy); and Zakary Ratajczak (Biology)
 
Faculty advisors: Dr. Stacy L. Hutchinson (Biological and Agricultural Engineering); Lee Skabelund and Jessica Canfield (Landscape Architecture)
 

Honorable Mention: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Runner Up)

Cal State Poly Design Image
The design submitted by the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona proposes green infrastructure interventions in three areas along the campus’ southern periphery to address gaps in the campus’ proposed Stormwater Management Plan. The team analyzed the campus’ topography, existing land uses, proposed land uses, and proposed Stormwater Management Plan to identify priority areas for stormwater management, and to determine the design goals for each priority area. The team’s design proposes a system of bioretention ponds, bioswales, percolation wells, and wetlands to meet the design goals of pollutant reduction, runoff reduction, and improving campus connectivity and aesthetic appeal. This design is recognized as runner up in the Small Institution category.
 
View the video below to learn more about the design in the team’s own words. (Note: video is large and may take several minutes to load.) Each team also presented its design proposal via two design boards and a project narrative. The team’s design boards and an EPA summary of the project narrative are presented below:
 
Video (MP4) (13MB)  /  Transcript of Video (PDF) (1 pg, 93K, About PDF)
Design Board 1 (JPEG)
(3.3MB)
Design Board 2 (JPEG) (3.9MB)

Student team: Carlos Flores, Hieu Nguyen, and Elena Tucci (Department of Landscape Architecture)
 
Faculty advisor: Dr. Weimin Li (Department of Landscape Architecture)
 

Honorable Mention: The University of Texas at Arlington (Creative Video)

University of Texas Design
The design submitted by the University of Texas at Arlington proposes to solve the campus’ stormwater runoff problems while defining an attractive campus edge. The design replaces impervious surface parking with increased tree canopy and vegetation, while also adding campus rain gardens, green roofs, a rain barrel-staircase, vegetated swales, “hydrowalls,” vegetated terraces, permeable paving and an aqueduct. This entry is recognized for its exceptionally creative video.

View the video below to learn more about the design in the team’s own words. Each team also presented its design proposal via two design boards and a project narrative. The team’s design boards and an EPA summary of the project narrative are presented below:
 
Video (MP4) (8MB)  /  Transcript of Video (PDF) (1 pg, 93K, About PDF)
Design Board 1 (JPEG)
(5.4MB)
Design Board 2 (JPEG) (5.6MB)

Student team: Kent Elliott and Blake Samper (Landscape Architecture)
 
Faculty advisor: Dr. Taner R. Ozdil (Landscape Architecture)
 

Honorable Mention: Columbia University (Innovative Technology)

University of Columbia Design
The student team from Columbia University designed an innovative green infrastructure system for an underutilized rooftop space to help reduce pollution from New York City’s combined sewer system while creating a living classroom. The design links a rainwater harvesting system, a vine and trellis system, and a smart control system to store rainwater which would otherwise enter the combined sewer system, and to release as much of the stored water as possible into the atmosphere. The smart control system is designed to optimize the system’s performance by integrating real-time data on predicted precipitation, soil moisture in the vine and trellis system, and water levels in the rainwater harvesting system. This design is recognized for its exceptionally innovative design.
 
View the video below to learn more about the design in the team’s own words. Each team also presented its design proposal via two design boards and a project narrative. The team’s design boards and an EPA summary of the project narrative are presented below:
 
Video (MP4) (8.6MB)  /  Transcript of Video (PDF) (1 pg, 93K, About PDF)
Design Board 1 (JPEG) (2.5MB)
Design Board 2 (JPEG) (1.7MB)

Student team: Robert Elliott and Aine Chalmers (Civil Engineering), Nelson Dove (Earth Resources Engineering), Melissa von Mayrhauser (French/Sustainable Development); Steven Lau (Economics); Yuma Shinohara (Comparative Literature); Savannah Kuper (English); Kevin Chen (Biological Sciences); Colin Block, Sammy Roth and Yoko Takemura (Sustainability Management); and Abe Bendheim and John Barnes (Architecture, Planning and Preservation)
 
Faculty advisor: Dr. Patricia Culligan (Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics)

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