The Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) named the stormwater management project at Conowingo Elementary School in Conowingo, Maryland as the winner of the 2017 Award of Excellence in the Green/Sustainability/Environmental Award category during the annual awards banquet at the Baltimore Convention Center on January 26, 2017.
The project included the design and construction of multiple stormwater management facilities using Environmental Site Design (ESD) practices on the school campus. The ESD practices were designed to capture and treat stormwater runoff from parking lots, walkways, roofs, and other impervious surfaces on the campus, with the goal of removing sediment and other pollutants from stormwater runoff and preventing them from being carried into surface waters that ultimately flow into the Chesapeake Bay.
Geosyntec's role on the project was to design a rainwater harvesting system that captures rainwater from roof gutters for irrigation. The system will serve as an educational tool for teachers and elementary school students while encouraging water reuse and minimizing wet-weather discharges from the site. All components of the rainwater harvesting system are connected to an automated, continuous monitoring and control platform provided by Opti, Inc.
The project was a collaborative undertaking between Development Services Division of the Cecil County Department of Public Works and Cecil County Public Schools, which will maintain the facilities and incorporate them into the school's curriculum.
MdQI is a cooperative effort by Maryland's transportation industry dedicated to continuous improvement in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of all elements of Maryland's transportation system in order to support economic development and growth in the state. Its membership includes the Federal Highway Administration, agencies of the Maryland Department of Transportation, the City of Baltimore Department of Transportation, engineering and construction industry associations, and the County Engineers Association of Maryland. The MdQI Awards Subcommittee selects one Award of Excellence winner annually in each of six categories.
The MdQI award is the second award the project has won. It was also named the 2016 Project of the Year in the small project category by the County Engineers Association of Maryland (CEAM) in September 2016.