Presenters: Don Rissmeyer, PE, CFM – Associate at A. Morton Thomas & Assocaites
Ingrid Stenbjørn, PE – Town Engineer at the Town of Ashland
Topic: Green Infrastructure in the Town of Ashland
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After having success with the functionality and aesthetics of the Town’s permeable paver parking lot, the Town of Ashland was inspired to proceed with additional water quality retrofits as part of the Railroad Avenue street-scape project. In addition to street-scaping amenities such as landscaping, new street lights, lighted crosswalks, and decorative sidewalks, the project included Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) in the on-street parking spaces, and micro-bioretention.
Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc. (AMT) provided the site planning and engineering design, assisted the Town with public meetings and consensus building in the community, as well as providing construction phase support. The project was constructed in 3 phases. The first 2 phases were completed spring of 2014, and the third phase was completed in late 2015.
As the project progressed through the phases of work, the Town and AMT learned valuable lessons about the various applications of these water quality improvement measures. The Ashland Town Engineer and AMT’s lead design engineer, will both discuss the details of the project, lessons learned, and overall planning for incorporating green infrastructure into your municipal stormwater system.
DON RISSMEYER, PE, CFM
Don Rissmeyer is a licensed professional engineer in five states and Washington DC, as well as a Certified Floodplain Manager. He has 25 years of experience in providing consulting engineering services to governmental clients at the local, state and federal level. He currently manages the Richmond Office for A. Morton Thomas and Associates, is a Past-President of the Richmond Branch and Virginia Section of ASCE, and a member of the ASCE Stormwater Technical Committee in Virginia.
Mr. Rissmeyer also served on the 2014 DDOT Green Infrastructure Standards Development Team, and is currently serving on the ASCE National Committee for Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP), who is developing a national standards manual for design, construction and maintenance of PICP permeable pavement systems.
INGRID STENBJORN, PE
Ingrid Stenbjørn, PE, has worked as the Town Engineer for the Town of Ashland since 2005. Ms. Stenbjørn has coordinated and collaborated on many projects during her tenure with the Town. Among these were several innovative stormwater management projects: Municipal Parking Lot Permeable Pavers and Bioretention Area, Ashland Police Department Parking Lot Retrofit and Stream Restoration, College Park Permeable Pavers and Bioretention Area, and Downtown Street-Scaping.
Ms. Stenbjørn has worked in the fields of Environmental and Civil Engineering for more than 30 years. She is a licensed PE in 4 states and the District of Columbia. Prior to her job with the Town of Ashland, she held positions in both the private and public sectors. Ms. Stenbjørn is a Past-President of the Richmond Branch of ASCE. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia, and is also a proud graduate of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College with an A.S. in Engineering.