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ASLA Honor Award

Fayetteville State University's Campus Stormwater Master Plan received the American Society of Landscape Architects' Honor Award on October 26, 2012.

The award was given in the analysis and planning category and recognizes outstanding, imaginative and well resolved solutions. Jury comments included "... a template that other universities should use..." and "It is great seeing a landscape architect take the lead on this kind of project. All of the designs have been thoughtful and well-executed." Project design consultant is Lappas + Havener, PA, Landscape Architects, Durham, NC.

Stormwater Management

The purpose of FSU's Stormwater Master Plan (SMP) is to assess how the campus and its infrastructure currently handles stormwater runoff and how these processes can be managed in the future to meet or even exceed stormwater regulations, control costs and maintenance requirements and improve the campus environment. As buildings and parking areas are added to the campus over time the quantity of impervious area on campus must be kept within certain limits in accordance with state stormwater and drinking water regulations and the City of Fayetteville's Stormwater Ordinance. In addition, each project will be designed to treat both the quality and quantity of runoff leaving the project site to specific established standards. (SMP Drawing)


The following goals have been established:

  1. Ensure that FSU complies with stormwater regulations according to State and local laws.
  2. Exceed ordinance-mandated requirements where possible, in order to create a more sustainable campus and to promote flexibility in the event of future changes in stormwater regulations.
  3. Integrate stormwater management into campus landscapes in a way that supports the educational and open space goals of the University; this will include sustainable design and interpretive elements.
  4. Enable new construction projects on campus to fulfill their requirements while avoiding the siting of large ponds or detrimental landscape features in important campus areas.
  5. Provide a framework for ongoing monitoring of campus impervious areas and stormwater resources, and guidance for continuing operation of the stormwater system.


The first noticeable examples of the University's commitment to improved stormwater management are the following best management practices (BMPs): the bioretention cells at Parking Lot T next to the Mitchell Building and Hood Hall (pictured below) and also Parking Lot W near the Southeastern Regional Nursing Building. Also, a permeable paving system is incorporated into Parking Lots T and U serving Mitchell, Hood and Williams Hall.  Other examples addressing stormwater quantity in the form of underground detention and storage systems have been installed as part of Renaissance Hall, Science and Technology Building and Southeastern Regional Nursing Building project sites.  More stormwater best management practice projects are in the planning and design phases. For more information about the University's SMP contact DJ Diop at 910-672-1954 or for general information about the subject visit the City of Fayetteville's Stormwater Division website or the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Division of Water Quality website.

 Bioretention cells at Parking Lot T, between the Mitchell Building and Hood Hall- 2013.

Bioretention Cells at Parking Lot T

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