The Southland Lane Detention Pond, a project conducted between the City Engineer’s office and Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. out of Sioux Falls, has earned a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
The Southland Lane Detention Pond project was initially recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Dakota on November 12, 2011. The project posed many design challenges including effective storm water management with a park-like aesthetic design, enhanced landscaping features and water quality benefits. From the outset of the project design, the City sought to make it a neighborhood amenity and not just a necessary evil. The ability to incorporate unique design considerations that are environmentally sustainable, functional, and still a neighborhood asset, was a priority. The finished project provides recreational opportunities, including walking trails around the pond, a nature viewing area and a future picnic area to all Brookings residents and direct neighbors of the pond.
On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, the Southland Lane Detention Pond project will be recognized at the2012 Engineering Excellence Awards competition in Washington, D.C., the ‘Academy Awards’ of the engineering industry. The City of Brookings will be sending a representative to accept the award.