Croton Water Filtration Plant

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Croton Water Filtration Plant

Aerial sketch of rooftop golf course at Croton Water Filtration Plant
Great Ecology was on the Grimshaw Architects team along with Ken Smith Workshop, Rana Creek, and Sherwood Design Engineers to plan, design and oversee a series of constructed wetlands at the Croton Water Filtration Plant in Van Cortlandt Park, currently the City’s largest infrastructure project. Great Ecology conceived of a wetland habitat for the perimeter of the facility to store both groundwater and stormwater, process and improve its quality and recycle it for irrigation on site. The system uses both stormwater that is collected from the nine-acre green roof—the largest in the country--and upwelling groundwater that is collected by the plant structure built approximately 80-feet underground. The wetland habitat designs were influenced by the natural landscapes of the Bronx and surrounding New York State region. Great Ecology produced construction drawings, participated in value engineering and construction scheduling, designed an operations and maintenance program for the client, and interfaced extensively with the NYC client stakeholders. The project received the NYC Public Design Commission Design Award of Excellence in 2008.

About this Project

  • Watershed: Croton
  • Key Services: Ecological Planning & Design, Habitat Restoration, Constructed Wetlands
  • Unusual Fact: The Croton Water Filitration Plan includes a greenroof which is used as a golf driving range

Illustration of a Gabion

Illustration of a gabion as part of a constructed wetland

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