United States Botanic Garden: Bartholdi Park

Client: The United States Botanic Garden
Location: Washington, D.C.

Bartholdi Park is part of the US Botanical Garden located in Washington, D.C. and is famous for the historic fountain at its center that was designed by Frederic Bartholdi in 1876. For the US Botanic Garden, Meliora designed bioretention systems distributed throughout the site in the landscape to serve as demonstration pieces as well as to meet the new Federal Regulations for stormwater management as part of Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act. These regulations require the design, construction, and maintenance of stormwater practices that either prevent offsite discharge of the 95th percentile rainfall events (small storms) or preserve the pre-development runoff conditions following construction. The redesign of the Garden captures adjacent street runoff and focuses on restorative measures that mimic natural systems and will serve as an educational resource and demonstration of stormwater techniques that can be applied in highly urban environments. The project is a Sustainable Sites Initiative pilot project.