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Deeproot Silva Cells Help Protect The Bloom Project’s Groundwater

JT is always looking for the latest technology to develop sustainable solutions to allow us to protect the environment while continuing to meet our clients’ needs. One recent development we are excited to share is the use of Deeproot Silva Cells on The Bloom Project in Monona, WI. 

Director of Land Development, Dylan Douglas, partnered with The Noel Development and Compass Properties to design this unique mixed-use development, which focuses on maintaining external spaces using DeepRoot Silva Cells for storm water management and bioretention. 

Silva Cell Model Rendering

Silva Cells are modular frames installed underground. They work to transfer weight from the surface down to a subbase, while their interior is filled with a much less compact soil. This allows trees to expand their roots into the cells and thrive in urban environments like never before. These trees, along with the less compact soil, also work to manage storm water, essentially becoming underground rain gardens. This creates some very beneficial environmental effects, including:

Increased infiltration: Due to the increased absorption, the amount of storm water entering drainage systems is reduced.

Retention and delay: Because of the void spaces in the cells, excess water is held to delay the peak flow of storm water, reducing flood risk.

Water quality improvement: As water moves through the soil in the cells, it undergoes a natural filtration process, removing pollutants and contaminants.

We are eager to see the completion of the Bloom Project and the effectiveness of the Silva Cells as they transform our communities and preserve their environments. 

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