THIS COURTYARD AREA at the Research Support
Facility combines xeriscaping, pervious pavers, and
bioswales to enhance water quality.
FOCUSES ON NATIVE
seasonal changes may be
more pronounced. This will
create a dynamic presentation as plants bloom and shift
This bioswale (left) is comprised of native vegetation
that is drought tolerant and
will also filter and convey
surface stormwater events.
THESE DRAINAGE STRUCTURES ARE KEY components that host initial
stormwater flows and provide an open area for dirt to settle. Infiltration
and pollutant uptake functions for water quality are enhanced because
wetland plugs are planted in the pervious holes formed into the concrete.
GROUPS OF XERISCAPE VEGETATION species “creates
a painterly palette with a low maintenance regime for
parking lot island plantings,” explains Slovensky.
This campus view (below) highlights NREL’s three
landscape stewardship approaches: conservation,
transitional, and managed areas.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DENNIS SCHROEDER / NREL