Classes may have just begun but St. Ambrose's latest stormwater management system has already received an A+. Tested by a massive storm Tuesday, Aug. 23, the system performed beautifully, according to Mike Poster, vice president for finance.
"I am happy to report that our stormwater project performed outstandingly during the heavy rain," he said. "Locust Street around the Cosgrove lot stayed open with traffic moving at a normal pace, and our Cosgrove lot drained perfectly. In the past, Locust Street would have grinded to a halt and with that much rain, we would have had major issues in the parking lot. The flooding in this area is one item we can all cross off our list."
Over the summer SAU's physical plant executed the massive $1.85 million storm water improvement project, funded by the university, the City of Davenport, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Retention tanks installed under the Cosgrove Parking Lot now capture more than 1 million gallons of stormwater. During an extreme weather event, water will travel through an underground overflow pipe running north and south between Cosgrove and Ambrose Halls, into the new plunge pool, and gradually dispersing into the swale between Rohlmann and Hayes Halls.