Hall & Hall Engineers was responsible for the site design and engineering of the new Kirkwood-Oakdale campus. HHE’s role included concept design of innovative stormwater treatment solutions including rain gardens & bio-retention cells, native landscaping, permeable pavers, alternative energy, concept planning, and construction administration.
Earning a LEED Gold Rating, this design utilized innovative ecological solutions to reduce the environmental impact on the site. The campus parking lot plays a critical role in this goal. The large parking lot, usually made of impervious material, instead utilizes permeable pavers, reducing stormwater run-off. In addition, the conventional curb around the parking was eliminated allowing stormwater to flow to nearby rain gardens and the bio-retention cells, which filters and decreases storm run-off. Native vegetation was used in the gardens and cells to aid in the absorption and cleansing of the rain water. The alternative energy solution is actually unseen to users in the form of a geothermal well, as part of the mechanical system, to heat and cool the building.