TERRA developed and engineered the site work, including landscape design and stormwater detention, for the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library on the University of Chicago campus.

TERRA accommodated stormwater detention requirements by means of infiltration into sub soils as well as an open bottom stormwater detention vault. Stormwater on site was directed to infiltration trenches while stormwater from the building was directed to the detention vault. This design was permitted through the Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) – Sewer Section to verify 2007 regulation requirements were met.

TERRA provided landscape architectural services which included the planting design and layout of parkway trees, ground cover, pedestrian pathways, and a landscaped berm adjacent to the library structure.

Additional site engineering and design included pedestrian pathways, grading and drainage, and routing of new utilities in a very restricted site.

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


University of Chicago
Murphy/Jahn Architects