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The Pond Project includes water quality terraces, a stormwater wetland and wetpond, a stepped rock swale, and over 10,000 plants including aquatic trees, vigorous shrubs, native grasses, and numerous flowering specimens that will provide improved water quality and beauty year round.

The project is designed to filter, store and treat runoff from the original Museum as well as the newly-opened 70,000 square foot Gallery Expansion, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners, and all of the parking, garden and plaza spaces. This was a tall order for the original stormwater pond, constructed in the early 1980's. Changes in stormwater management standards since this time, and the existing site infrastructure required a new approach.

The pond project retrofits the existing site and storm sewers to work in a new way; to direct stormwater to surface drainages, to spread runoff out instead of concentrating the flows, and to provide contact with soils and vegetation. The design also reveals the inner workings of the storm drainage, allowing for visitors to observe the flow of stormwater runoff, and its treatment in the swales, terraces and wetland.

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The North Carolina Museum of Art has recently dedicated the Pond Project, a 5 acre stormwater retrofit and landscape project at its Raleigh North Carolina campus. The project is part of the expansion project, which includes the new gallery building that opened in the spring of 2010, and a landscape which features a number of ArtifexED designed stormwater features. The project is a key component of the Museum's Art Park, a 165 acre park that offers opportunities for recreation, art exploration and a variety of natural features and habitats.

The pond project was funded in part by the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, a North Carolina grant agency created by the state legislature to create and fund opportunities to improve water qaulity and to protect the high quality water resources in the state.

The Museum of Art is owned by the people of North Carolina, and managed by the Department of Cultural Resources. The project allows museum visitors to experience the arts, natural features and recreational opportunities in a vibrant outdoor setting.

Stormwater runoff overflows into bioretention terraces and forms shallow pools as it infiltrates and flows into the next terrace and wetland.
Terrace Rain
Native grasses in bioretention terraces filter, absorb, and infiltrate runoff from the museum grounds.
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Overflow of terrace weir during storm event. July 2012
Overflow of terrace weir during storm event. July 2012
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