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Cleveland Green Infrastructure Planning & Design

CLIENT: Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

SCOPE: Master Planning Through Construction

STATUS: In Progress

AWARDS: American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Ohio Engineering Excellence Award, Fairhill-MLK 2019

Human Nature was part of a team chosen to lead the planning and design of large-scale green infrastructure projects for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s combined sewer service area. This project focuses on green infrastructure features that meet the objectives listed in Appendix 3 of the District’s Consent Decree. Together with Strand Associates, Human Nature has gained a comprehensive knowledge of the District’s combined sewer system, the Consent Decree requirements, the relationships with stakeholder groups, as well as the cultural and natural resources of each site and regional watershed. Human Nature has provided a tailored, place-specific design approach to this major engineering feat by drawing inspiration from historic glacial, ecological, and hydrologic patterns of the region. To convey the vision for these state-of-the-art green infrastructure elements, Human Nature has developed a distinctive combination of graphics including plans, sections, and 3D renderings throughout planning and design, in addition to construction documents and implementation. Human Nature led the planning and design of landscape and site restoration for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Green Ambassador Projects. Two of the three projects - Urban Agriculture and Slavic Village - took advantage of vacant, land bank, and underutilized lands, which are prevalent in portions of east Cleveland. These projects required a site-specific design approach and integrated highly-visible green infrastructure like rain gardens and bioretention basins. Throughout planning and design, Human Nature developed a distinctive combination of graphics, including plans, sections, and 3D renderings. These materials were used to gain input from the public and project stakeholders on planting palettes, site features, and general landscape aesthetic.

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