worker planting plants in bioswale curb area

Long Island, New York

NYCDDC Jamaica Bay Green Infrastructure Bioswales

Sustainability & Resiliency in the Street Landscape

Matrix provided landscape architecture design support to AECOM for green infrastructure assets including right-of-way bioswales and right-of-way rain gardens for the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC). The locations of the bioswales and rain gardens range from residential to urban areas throughout the Jamaica Bay drainage area. Strategically placed sidewalk bioswale structures reduce the effects of stormwater runoff on the combined sewer outfalls in the City and contribute to local beautification.

Matrix selected the plant pallets, trees species (where appropriate), and tree guards. Approximately 800 sites were designed in the drainage area. To increase the sustainability and resilience of the green infrastructure, Matrix reviewed the selected locations to ensure that the proposed designs did not obstruct any surface or subsurface utilities. The plant pallets selected reflect the various site conditions based on full sun, part sun, shade, and soil moisture. Matrix also recommended low-maintenance plant pallets that provide seasonal interest for pedestrians to enjoy.

Services Provided:

  • Landscape Architecture