C&S proposes rainwater harvesting for Syracuse University Carrier Dome roof

PostStandardDomeWaterArticle-smallC&S principal engineer Bruce Wanlass, P.E., LEED AP, is always looking for sustainability opportunities. in 2011, he found one right over his head. Bruce and his son were attending a Syracuse University basketball game in the college’s famous Carrier Dome and realized how much runoff it must generate from rain and snow events. C&S had already designed a rainwater harvesting system for the renovation of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, and Bruce realized that rainwater harvesting for the Dome was a perfect opportunity. Bruce approached other engineers at C&S and then the university, who agreed that using runoff from the roof for toilet and urinal flushing was a valuable step toward sustainability. C&S worked with the university to secure a $1.35 million grant from the Environmental Facilities Corporation for the project. The proposed project will harvest up to 20,000 gallons of runoff and store it in large tanks. The water will then be used during sporting and entertainment events for flushing, saving up to 880,000 gallons of municipal water a year.

The Syracuse Post-Standard published a front page article on the project on January 6. Read the whole story at Syracuse.com.

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