Brighton Park II School is a new elementary school for Chicago Public Schools, comprising approximately 2.3 acres. The Public Building Commission (PBC) managed the project for CPS. The project includes design of a new elementary school building, the expansion and construction of Chicago roadways, artificial turf fields and track, asphalt parking lots, utilities and stormwater drainage.

TERRA engineered the plans for stormwater management of the development on the Brighton Park II Elementary School property. As the project’s substrate was clay and non-favorable for infiltration, TERRA accommodated stormwater detention in an innovative way. A large French drain was engineered underneath an artificial turf field. The French drain was comprised of filter fabric wrapped aggregates and perforated piping underdrainage prior to releasing stormwater to the City sewer system. This design was permitted through the Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) – Sewer Section to verify 2011 regulation requirements were met.

TERRA provided landscape design services for the school site and for streetscape. Grasspave 2 was introduced to the project in order to minimize the effect of additional pavement on the environment and stormwater detention while accommodating the Chicago Fire Department’s fire lane requirements.

TERRA coordinated with the design team to achieve a LEED Silver certification. TERRA contributed to the Erosion and Sedimentation Control Prerequisite, Sustainable Sites (SS) Credits 6.2 and 7.1, and Materials Resources (MR) Credits 5.1 and 5.2.

TERRA provided construction services for the project, including site observations during civil design installations, review of product submittals and coordination with the design team to respond to RFIs.


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