- Dundee Elementary Stormwater Demonstration
Faculty and parents from Dundee Elementary School wanted to address multiple stormwater runoff issues through the creation of an outdoor classroom. The goal for the outdoor classroom was to help teach faculty, students and parents the value of managing water in a sustainable manner through the use of green infrastructure principles and practices.
The Dundee Elementary outdoor classroom occupies the entire northeast side of the school. The site incorporates a tall grass meadow, three rain gardens interconnected with bioswales, two patio areas and a 65-foot-long driveway of permeable pavement. An 80-foot long flagstone path meanders through the tall grass meadow and crosses over a bioswale. The site contains natural seating elements such as limestone slabs and recovered tree stumps throughout.
Three roof drains were disconnected from the sewer system and incorporated into the project. Two drains empty directly into the bioswales and rain gardens. The third roof drain empties into a 500-gallon tank. This rain silo contains a water spigot with a hose attachment, providing a way to water the site plants. The Dundee Elementary outdoor classroom incorporated several green infrastructure elements to provide a unique opportunity for family-focused STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math) for students and the surrounding community.
The American Public Works Association - Nebraska Chapter selected the Dundee Elementary School Stormwater Demonstration Classroom as Project of the Year for environmental projects under $2.5 million. The project was also recognized by the Nebraska American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) with a merit award in the Water Resources category.