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UBC Stormwater Detention : South Campus Stormwater Management Project Mendoza, Antonio; Mitchell, Kyle; Wagih, Ali; Gumuchian, Robert; Oosterman, Haley; van Engelen, Anthony


Recent studies by the UBC SEEDS Sustainability Program show that a 1 in 100-year storm event would cause overland flooding in the southern parts of UBC campus, with flows capable of severely damaging the delicate sandy cliffs above Wreck Beach. This report covers the design of a multipurpose stormwater management facility in south campus which will mitigate damaging storm event runoff while providing a useful and respectable space for students, faculty, and visitors to enjoy. The final design is a miniature golf and stormwater detainment facility, appealing to all ages as a space for fun outdoor activity while efficiently storing, cleaning, and carefully releasing all storm runoff in UBC’s south water catchment area. To align with UBC SEEDS sustainability goals, a facility has been designed to meet or exceed expectations in areas of multifunctionality, low-impact development, and cost. The facility includes three at-grade pools which serve as scenery during the summer and large collectors of potential flood water during seasons of high precipitation. Vegetation such as moss and reeds will aid in filtering all water that enters the system in this way. Supplementing the storage capacity of the pools is a large underground tank structure, with an oil and grits chamber to further clean the water and outlets designed to control the rate of flow back into the existing stormwater system. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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