Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure Rainscaping Retrofit of Urban Plaza

Located in the heart of a vibrant St. Louis neighborhood’s business district, Fountain Park Plaza is a half-acre public area used for community events. The Lafayette Square Restoration Committee (LSRC) sought to make improvements to the plaza but lacked the necessary capital. On behalf of LSRC, TRC successfully secured grant funding from the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) for the design and construction of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) including bioretention and pervious pavements.



The Lafayette Square Restoration Committee

Project Location

St. Louis, MO

Within the plaza, pedestrian pathways of limestone screenings were replaced with a pervious concrete system. A permeable paver gathering area was constructed where once a non-functional bandstand stood. Bioretention basins were constructed within the footprints of newly constructed traffic calming bump-outs. The basins provide an attractive and functional landscape for managing stormwater runoff from the surrounding city streets.

The BMPs are sized to treat the 90th percentile (1.14 inch) rainfall event over a capture area of one acre. These measures result in a reduction of 404,500 gallons of runoff from entering the combined sewer system annually.

Client Benefits

Bioretention functions by allowing stormwater to temporarily pond within the basins. As the stormwater percolates through the engineered soil over 48 hours, contaminants such as oil and heavy metals are removed. The deep-rooted native plants maintain the soil’s hydraulic conductivity and transpire significant volumes of water. Beneath the soil, a stone reservoir retains water while it slowly infiltrates into the native subsoils. An underdrain, placed within this reservoir allows the system above to slowly drain to the sewer system.

Traditional pavements cause all precipitation to quickly runoff whereas pervious pavement allows stormwater to pass through the pavement surface and into a stone infiltration reservoir below.

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