Instead of just replacing the former boulevards with newer concrete curbs and sidewalks, Peter Clewes and his colleagues worked to create a design that would increase the street trees and the amount of soil they receive using Silva Cells.
The facility was named after General Sir Arthur William Currie, commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on the Western Front during World War I. Redevelopment project uses urban rainwater runoff to create greenscape in urban settings. Brownfields have been replaced with rain gardens, vegetated swales and gravel infiltration trenches.
The University of British Columbia is leading a national initiative that is intended to create a national network of experts that collaborate and share their experiences. “The conference provided a forum that enabled practitioners, researchers and decision-makers from across Canada to share knowledge and experiences regarding advances in the theory, methods and practices of rainwater management and planning,” stated Hans Schreier.