HomeEarly Adopters Project Winner: 2017 Excellence in GSI Awards


Congratulations to Villanova University, the Early Adopter Winner for the 2017 Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony.


Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP) Bio-Infiltration Traffic Island

Photo source: Villanova University


Client: Villanova University
Planning/Design Team: Villanova University
Construction Team: Villanova University
Maintenance Team: Villanova University
Location: 800 East Lancaster Avenue, Villanova University, PA
Watershed: Darby-Cobbs


Recognizing the need for research and public education, the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP) was launched in early 2000’s as the product of a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), private industry, and Villanova University’s (VU) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


VUSP’s mission is to advance the evolving field of sustainable stormwater management and to foster the development of public and private partnerships through research.


VUSP’s Stormwater Control Measure Research and Demonstration Park includes a stormwater wetland, bio-infiltration and bio-retention rain gardens and swales, pervious concrete / porous asphalt installations, infiltration trenches, and a green roof.


One of these practices is a bio-infiltration traffic island. In August of 2001, VUSP retrofitted an existing traffic island in Villanova University’s West Campus Apartment Complex to manage stormwater runoff from an impervious access road, parking area, and a basketball court.


This small but mighty BMP continues to be used as an example across the country and as the subject of research for many students including high schoolers, and undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Many publications covering several different topics have been issued and presented at national and international conferences over the years.


Educational signage has been installed at each site to enhance passive learning experiences. The experiences gained through the construction, operation, monitoring, and evaluation of each site form the basis for the outreach and education component of the Research and Demonstration Park. 


In addition, a number of technical guidelines have been written with the intent of standardizing the design of structural BMPs such as this bio-retention traffic island, based on learnings from the design, construction, and maintenance of this project.  Two manuals of note are the Maryland Stormwater Design Manual and the Pennsylvania Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual.



All of the winners will be announced and presented with an award at the 2017 Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony on May 11th at FringeArts!  We’re looking forward to seeing you at the ceremony! 


*Group rates and discounts for members are available


2017 Excellence in GSI Awards
Thursday, May 11
6 PM to 9 PM
140 North Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106







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