Locus Architecture Raingarden

Locus Architecture in South Minneapolis.

Before: Locus Architecture's front yard prior to the raingarden installation.

Justin Merkovich of Locus Architecture tends to the new raingarden.

Runoff flows into the raingarden during a storm.

An MWMO intern greets visitors during Open Streets Nicollet.

Project Details

  • Mini Grant
MWMO Funding
Kingfield Neighborhood Association; Locus Architecture
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The corner of 45th Street and Nicollet Avenue is greener thanks to the efforts of Locus Architecture and the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, who partnered with MWMO to install a raingarden to capture and treat roof runoff from the architecture firm’s building.

The addition of the raingarden complemented existing efforts at the site, which included a rainbarrel and plantings. The raingarden created more visible green space and helped illustrate a comprehensive approach to treating stormwater runoff at a neighborhood commercial building site.

Educational signage increased visibility and promoted the benefits of raingardens to the 11,000+ participants of the annual Kingfield Garden Tour and Nicollet Open Streets events.

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