A team of fourth-year environmental engineering students will present their approach to managing storm water at Toronto’s Exhibition Place at the Water Environment Association of Ontario’s annual Student Design Competition, Sunday in Ottawa.
Christina Ure, Shannon Deehan, James Park and Lina Florian were tasked with designing a storm water management system the mixed-use district, located by the shore of Lake Ontario. The team will have 15 minutes to present its design proposal to representatives of the association, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, and the City of Toronto.
The students’ design focuses on enhancing and retrofitting problem areas within the site, like parking lots and rooftops.
“Incorporating engineered green spaces will improve the quality of water being discharged into Lake Ontario and reduce the effects of large storm events associated with on-site flooding,” Ure said. “In addition to these changes, our proposed design will feature value added components like streetscapes and outdoor art galleries that the local community can enjoy.”
The Student Design Competition gives post-secondary student teams from Ontario a chance to work on a real-world problem in the water industry. The winning team will represent Ontario on an international stage at the Water Environment Federation’s Student Design Competition.