TERRA provided full site / civil engineering and landscape architectural services
including construction documents, specifications, permitting and construction
assistance for the Chicago Fire Station Engine Company #109 in the Little
Village neighborhood. The scope of work included site preparation, demolition,
dimensional control, grading and drainage, utilities, landscape plans, construction
details and construction services.

TERRA designed the stormwater detention facilities using the latest stormwater
best management practices (BMPs). The majority of the stormwater detention
for the site is accommodated in the permeable paver parking lot. In addition to
permeable pavers, a rain garden was designed to accommodate stormwater runoff
from adjacent concrete pavement. The rain garden includes the use of porous soil
media to allow stormwater to percolate and filter through the soil providing water
quality and stormwater detention benefits. The stormwater detention design was
permitted through the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management.

The innovative stormwater detention design, rain garden, permeable paver parking
lot and careful selection of drought-tolerant plants enabled this project to achieve
LEED Silver. This project was awarded the 2011 New Construction – Chicago
Project of the Year by The Construction Industry Service Corporation and the 2012
Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) Merit Award.


DLR Group, Architect
TGRWA, Structural Engineer
Primera, MEP Engineer
Hutchinson Design Group, Roofing Consultant