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Science Museum of Virginia Expansion Wins Regional Award

The Science Museum of Virginia, located in a former train station along West Broad Street in the City of Richmond, is a beacon of discovery in Virginia. First opened 40 years ago, the museum strives to serve as a catalyst for inspiration and place that sparks curiosity. The Science Museum attracts hundreds of thousands of guests annually through exhibits, artifacts, and interactive technologies. This popularity also posed challenges for the institution and created a need to expand the existing facility in order to provide greater opportunities to meet the Science Museum’s mission. Under the leadership of Rich Conti, the Science Museum embarked on an ambitious campaign to renovate the existing museum and expand with the addition of the Dewey Gottwald Center, a $12 million facility that offers dynamic spaces for events and meetings. Highlighting the success of this project, it was recently honored by Engineering News-Record as the ENR Mid-Atlantic Best...

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Low Impact Design Examples on Display at Science Museum of Richmond

[caption id="attachment_886" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bioretention Area[/caption] As design professionals, many of us feel uneasy about the lack of data documenting stormwater BMPs performance. The data that is available shows a wide range of treatment efficiencies for the same types of BMPs and lacks completeness in documenting how design parameters, maintenance, and other conditions can affect performance. So it’s great to see that the Science Museum of Virginia, in cooperation with Virginia Tech and the City of Richmond, is pursuing several projects to expand the base of stormwater BMP knowledge. The Science Museum has installed the following: • two tree box filters • a bioretention area • a cistern • an area of permeable concrete • vegetated green roof [caption id="attachment_891" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tree Box Filter[/caption] These systems are equipped with instrumentation, including flow weirs and samplers to collect data. The projects are currently collecting data. If you are in the Richmond area, please visit the Science Museum and see...

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