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Green Building & Infrastructure

Rain Garden created by Landscape Architecture students and faculty

New Bioretention Swale Diverts Rain, Preserves Wetlands

Created by students and faculty in Landscape Architecture along with staff from Construction and Grounds.

Check out this 150-foot by 20-foot channel with catch basins and plantings, located just north of the Studio Arts Building between Stockbridge Road and North Pleasant Street.

Its purpose is to "protect the Mill River and its wetlands on the campus west side from receiving thousands of gallons of warmed, sediment-laden storm water that sluices off campus roads and parking lots every time it rains." (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 7/22/2010). 

To learn more about Rain Gardens, click here.