TERRA engineered the sitework and storm water detention for this five-acre development for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Center for Supercomputing Activities. The project is located on the Northwest corner of St. Mary’s Road and Oak Street in Champaign, Illinois. The project was challenged to achieve LEED Gold. TERRA’s design concept was to create a natural, maintenance-free habitat on the property.

The site design and landscape plantings reduced the site runoff by more than 25% through the use of bioswales equipped with native and adaptive plantings. Existing parkway trees and berms were maintained and more than 90% of the site was restored with prairie grasses and native seed mixes.

TERRA provided construction services for the project through out each of the phases including site observations during civil design installations, reviewing of product submittals, and coordination with the design team to respond to RFIs and unforeseen conditions upon excavation and construction.

The completed site is extremely efficient in handling stormwater runoff and remains beautiful during all seasons. The installed plantings are thriving in their man-made natural habitat.


University of Illinois