Hinsdale, IL and HR Green win 2014 APWA Sustainability Practices and ACEC Special Achievement Awards
The Woodlands – Green Initiative Infrastructure Improvements – Phase I, was awarded the 2014 APWA Sustainability Practices Award by the Suburban Branch and the Chicago Metro Chapter. The project also received the ACEC Special Achievement Award.
HR Green was retained by the Village of Hinsdale for this very unique and significant project that consisted of green initiatives, concepts and designs that included 28 rain gardens, 17 bio-swales and 29,121 cubic feet of underground storm water storage with sub-surface infiltration. Environmental benefits included efficient management of storm water runoff, reduction in storm water pollutants and an increased amount of storm water infiltration/groundwater recharge.
Additionally, the project design/construction included more than 7,800 lineal feet of new water main, 2,895 lineal feet of rehabilitated sanitary sewers (CIPP Lined) and 7,923 feet (1.5 miles) of reconstructed neighborhood roadways with low-profile concrete curb and gutter and minimal inlets to meet the residents desire to minimize conventional storm water management methods and their embracing of a low impact philosophy which promotes the preservation and enhancement of the existing neighborhood characteristics.
The design, creativity and ingenuity in the use of sustainable storm water management systems, as retrofitted within the neighborhood with minimal negative impacts to existing environment, are a superb example of the use of Sustainable Infrastructure resulting in positive changes to the project aesthetics, environmental impacts and costs.