As part of SUNY Upstate Cancer Center’s expansion a new pedestrian and automobile plaza was constructed surrounding the new Cancer Center building. The new plaza promotes safe travel not only by pedestrians, but also by vehicles. Green infrastructure was incorporated into this plaza in the form of a rain garden and tree plantings. Combined, the rain garden and tree plantings capture 4,000 square feet of impervious area, preventing 65,000 gallons of stormwater from entering the combined sewer system annually.
Construction of the campus building and pedestrian/automobile plaza began in spring of 2011. These green projects are part of a larger “green initiative” SUNY Upstate is undertaking. Several other green infrastructure elements are being incorporated into other SUNY Upstate projects within Onondaga County. These projects range from green roofs, to rain gardens to tree plantings.
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