Poetry Foundation is a new library house, comprising approximately 0.37 acres. The project included design of a new library building; alley resurfacing; new right-of-way sidewalk, parkway and ADA ramps; underground utilities coordination and stormwater detention.

TERRA engineered the site plans for stormwater management of the development on the “Poetry Foundation” property. As the project’s site was a lot-to-lot building, TERRA accommodated stormwater detention in two ways. One, TERRA engineered a 2,353 CF concrete storm tank beneath the building. Two, TERRA provided a nine-inch-wide French drain system along the northern facade, abutting the city sidewalk. The French drain allowed TERRA to meet CDWM volume control requirements in an indiscrete way, not distracting from the architectural detailing. The French drain is comprised of filter fabric wrapped aggregates and a perforated pipe under drain. This design was permitted through the Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) – Sewer Section to verify 2009 regulation requirements were met.

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.


John Ronan Architects