Southern Highlands Reserve

The Southern Highlands Reserve is dedicated to sustaining the natural ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains through preservation, cultivation, and display of plants native to the region and by advocating for their value through education, restoration, and research. Southern Highlands Reserve has faced persistent challenges with storm water flooding, soil erosion, loss of topsoil and plant material, and degradation of aquatic ecosystems. Sitework Studios partnered with Robinson Design Engineers to create unique storm water solutions that would blend into the natural settings and encompass the vision of the reserve. This process began with a 2-day intensive charrette to understand the site and develop solutions in which the staff could implement themselves.

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