NBW is currently designing landscape and infrastructure improvements within a seven-acre area of the Eco Commons district, a series of green spaces planned within the South Central Sector Plans which reference historic, buried streams, reduce stormwater runoff, and increase campus tree canopy. The previously leveled land will be sculpted to create waterways and topography that honor pre-disturbance regimes and manifest Georgia Piedmont ecologies and processes.
Through strategic soil amendments and infiltration zones, the Eco Commons will accommodate more than 150,000 cubic feet of stormwater control volume per average year of rainfall, resulting in a significant reduction of stormwater entering the City of Atlanta sewer system. Environmental monitoring technology will be installed to provide quantitative insights into how the landscape is facilitating the reuse of captured water for campus irrigation needs. Interwoven into to the campus pedestrian network, the Eco Commons will promote awareness of ecological processes as it provides respite within the dynamic fabric of campus life. A reflection grove, learning deck for outdoor classes, and areas for play will offer diverse opportunities to be immersed in the landscape, its seasonally diverse plantings and revelatory sensory experience of water.