The pond project is being built in two phases, but are both part of a comprehensive sustainable plan for water management on our Museum campus. The first phase has just been completed: a “swale” designed to channel storm water run-off from the new building and landscape in a slow and controlled method though boulders and grassy areas heading towards the Pond.
The second phase, funded by a grant from the Clean water Management Trust Fund, is a very innovative retention of storm water run off from the new building, landscape and adjoining parking areas into a series of planted terraces. It is under construction now and will be partially planted this fall, with the balance planted in May/June. By October 2010, we will be able to dedicate this ambitious project as part of a progressive green initiative at NCMA.