- The historic context of the site was considered, as the project redeveloped a degraded site.
- A series of erosion control strategies were implemented, including geotextiles to stabilize the soils, plants for root stability and retaining walls to divert the water.
- The native prairie and wetland prairie seed mixes were sourced from a local supplier and used to establish the bioswale/retention ecosystem.
- 15 trees were transplanted on-site.
- 32 trees were saved.
- 319 new trees were planted.
- Fertilizer and pesticides were minimized.
- Mycorrhizal fungi were implemented in the soil mix to provide increased water and nutrient absorption for the planting. In turn, the planting provides the fungi with necessary carbohydrates.
- Plants are allowed to go from seed to flower life.
- Annual planting was avoided.
- Low water usage planting was used on-site.
- Stormwater features function as amenities, through the use of bio-retention and a rain garden.
- Green roofs are installed to reduce the heat island effect, absorb stormwater, and provide enjoyment to the users.
- Trees have the potential for intercepting 183,000 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 183 American residents for one day.*
- 41 percent of the site has permeable surfaces.
Carbon, Energy + Air
- The project uses planting to minimize building energy use.
- The project uses regional materials.
- The trees sequester 43,920 pounds of carbon annually, which offset 5.2 cars per year.**
- The project provides optimum site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
- The project redevelops a series of public amenities within a marginalized community in Cincinnati. The project injected $300 million into a campus that in many ways is public, helping to make the community safer and more beautiful.
- The project was a catalyst for growth.
- Sustainable awareness and education are promoted on-site through educational programs.