The Adkins Arboretum is a unique 400-acre Delmarva site preserving 600-plus native Mid-Atlantic coastal plain plant species. Its 18,000 annual visitors can walk 5 miles of trails through diverse habitats. The Arboretum’s 3-acre parking lot was an expanse of asphalt without tree canopy, stormwater management, or a sense of place.

Designgreen provided engineering consulting, in collaboration with Campion Hruby Landscape Architects, to move Adkins’ land stewardship vision from concept through construction. This included the creation of permit ready plans used to raise implementation funds. Our analysis encompassed drainage and flow models, hydrologic and nutrient load reduction computations, problem solving for high water table, engineering sufficiency reviews, design alternatives, cost analysis, construction bid document production, construction inspection, and interpretive signage.

This project was funded through the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) grant program.