Stormwater practices built in infill or redevelopment projects in urban areas with more than 75% site impervious cover.

Example projects include: infill and redevelopment projects, green street retrofits, green roofs etc. Ultra-urban BMPs will be evaluated on their ability to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Achieves a high runoff reduction/pollutant removal rate for the site
  • Utilizes unique combinations of innovative LID practices to achieve goals
  • Creates an attractive site, neighborhood, or street amenity
  • Effectively overcomes the infrastructure, utility, traffic, and other challenges of the ultra-urban environment
  • Other innovative approaches

Applications should describe how the innovative BMP meets any of the relevant criteria above.

Below you will find information about the winners of the Best Ultra-Urban BMP category of the 2015 BUBBAs.

To learn more about our winners, check out the project files on our Google Drive account here.

First Place

Little Gotts Court Parking Facility

Little Gotts Court Parking Facility from above

Project Team:

Owner: City of Annapolis
Funding Source: Maryland Department of the Environment
Project Manager: Lily Openshaw P.E., COA Department of Public Works
Landscape Architects: Shelley Rentsch, Project Designer & Jenny Smeltzer, Project Landscape Architect
Civil Engineer: Terry Schuman P.E., Bay Engineering Inc.
Construction: Kurt Lorentz, Avon Corporation
Terrestrial Archeology: Suzanne L. Sanders, R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc.
Construction Management: Terry Schaub & Henryk Oswiecimka, Century Engineering

With this project, the City of Annapolis transformed a dangerous eyesore into an attractive amenity through the application of effective urban BMPs. Permeable pavement and bioretention were used in combination to redevelop the Little Gotts Court Parking Facility into an appealing entrance for the City of Annapolis Visitor Center. This project successfully met all of the jury’s criteria for the Ultra-Urban category: it achieved a high runoff reduction rate for the site, with 10,000 square feet of permeable pavers and 6 rain gardens, combined the practices in series to improve function, created a beautiful neighborhood amenity that some have referred to as a “parking garden”, and it did all this while facing the urban challenges of working in a historic district (including coordinating with archaeological excavations to preserve artifacts found on the site).

To learn more about this year’s winning projects, visit the project folder on our google drive here.

Second Place

District-Wide LID Demonstration Program

District-Wide LID Demonstration Program
District-Wide LID Demonstration Program

Project Team:
The District Department of the Environment
Tifereth Israel Congregation
Carla Ellern Landscape Architecture, Inc.
The Anacostia Watershed Society

The stormwater retrofits at Tifereth Israel Congregation in Washington, DC incorporated an impressive combination of BMPs into a very small space.  The retrofit includes an infiltration planter, permeable pavement, and two bioswales.  Installation of these practices was combined with outreach efforts to inform engage the congregation and neighbors, seek their input on the project, and educate them about solutions to stormwater pollution.

To learn more about this year’s winning projects, visit the project folder on our google drive here.

 Third Place

Baltimore Community ToolBank Rain Gardens

Baltimore Community ToolBank Rain Gardens

Project Team:
Project Initiator and Funder: Parks & People Foundation
Funding Source: Maryland DNR’s Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund
Project Designer: Biohabitats, Inc.; Wildlife Habitat Council
Project Design Development & Construction: Chesapeake Trees and Landscapes, Inc; Toolbank Volunteers
Project Owner: Baltimore Community ToolBank

The Baltimore Community ToolBank turned a difficult-to-use urban space into a stormwater BMP with an innovative stormwater planter/bioretention area.  While the green space in front of the building appeared to be a perfect location for a bioretention area to treat roof runoff, buried railroad tracks and a lack of underdrain connection options required significant design modifications.  The result was a half-in-ground, half-above ground stormwater planter with a “simple, scalable” design that can be replicated at other space-constrained sites.

To learn more about this year’s winning projects, visit the project folder on our google drive here.

Honorable Mention

Baltimore Blue Alleys and Neighborhoods

Baltimore Blue Alleys and Neighborhoods during construction
Baltimore Blue Alleys and Neighborhoods during construction

Project Team:
Baltimore City Department of Public Works & Transportation
Biohabitats, Inc.
Blue Water Baltimore
Butchers Hill Neighborhood Association
Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.
EP Henry
Patterson Park Neighborhood Association
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

The Baltimore Blue Alleys and Neighborhoods project involved intensively retrofitting several streets and alleys in ultra-urbanized areas of Baltimore City to reduce and treat stormwater runoff through the use of street bumpouts (bioretention) and permeable pavement alleyways. The existing sites consist of 3 alleys and 4 street intersections in the Butchers Hill and Patterson Park Neighborhoods of Baltimore. The objectives of this project, which was funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, were to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of integrating innovative, decentralized stormwater projects into the most densely developed areas of the City of Baltimore to treat impervious surfaces, reduce stormwater runoff volume, and improve the quality of life for residents in these urban areas through greening, neighborhood beautification, and a reduction in pollutants.

To learn more about this year’s winning projects, visit the project folder on our google drive here.

Thank you to all our contestants who participate in the 2015 Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award !

We’d like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of the sponsors of the 2015 BUBBAs.
This year’s contest would not have been a possibility without you!

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