The greenest street in Chicago

On the south side of Cermak Road in Chicago, an existing railroad embankment made it possible to incorporate a continuous bioswale along a major portion of the roadway while still accommodating pedestrians.

A 1.5-mile streetscape project is designed to decrease Chicago's contribution to an already stressed combined sewer/stormwater system.

Working in conjunction with a renovation project at Benito Juarez High School in Chicago, AEC firm Wight & Co. designed a feature that transports rainwater through a depressed, zero-depth interactive plaza via three separate conduits. One uses two downspouts that discharge at the base of an abutment supporting the school addition and flows through runnels to the plaza; a second features an overhead runnel that spills into the plaza from 16 feet overhead; and the third drains to a perforated pipe near the plaza to create a delayed effect in the water feature.

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