Parking solutions

Using innovative technologies to treat stormwater runoff

Proctor's new city hall and community center, located near the banks of Kingsbury Creek, incorporated an innovative design to deal with stormwater runoff from the parking lot and rooftop. The parking lot drains into two vegetated swales with rocky bottoms. Some of this water can then naturally infiltrate into the ground. What's left, along with the water from the building rooftops, flows through a peat filter, which pulls out sediment and other pollutants and gives the water a chance to cool before it enters the stream. This design cools the water and reduces the amount of runoff and some of the pollutants that would otherwise enter Kingsbury Creek, if the parking lot was designed with curb and gutters and a direct storm sewer connection to the creek.

To learn more about innovative building technologies, visit the NEMO website.