Silva Cells: Supporting Stormwater Runoff, Utilities, and Long-Term Tree Growth in High-Traffic Areas
Often times, in design, monetary constraints affect the long-term integrity of a building, the landscape, and the overall site. All too often, cut backs on spending negatively impact an under-rated landscape. This impact can quite literally stunt the growth of the landscape in which every person moves.
At the forefront of these cut backs are items and systems hidden below ground that allow for the mature landscapes we often enjoy, to thrive. One such system is the Silva Cell; a modular frame and deck that houses soil media, free from the fear of soil compaction, while allowing stormwater runoff to be treated on site, and large trees to grow. Often, street trees are short lived due to cut backs in funding, which lead to tree pit wells, filled with minimal soil media proficient enough to allow a tree to survive, let alone thrive.
These modular systems are often prescribed by Planners, Landscape Architects, and Architects, in a range of applications and scales. Including Silva Cell, and other storm water treatment and tree growth systems, design guidelines ensure a sustainable and long term vision of a site.
Silva Cell Benefits:
- Allows stormwater runoff to percolate into the ground and be treated on site;
- Houses utilities lines in the cells;
- Supports large and long-term tree growth in high foot traffic areas.
Undercutting the landscape can lead to an aesthetic, and functionality, that falls short of the client’s and user’s long-term vision. Many times, the landscape can add value to site, and aid in attaining LEED certification.
With such an opportunity for a landscape to grow and prosper, shouldn’t more time, money, and foresight be spent in the entire site, not just the building?
Have you seen a landscape suffer from a cut in a budget?