Jul 03, 2018

Improving Campustown: Using Green Infrastructure to Mitigate Flooding

Webinar addresses green infrastructure in Champaign, Ill.

Green infrastructure mitigates flood risk in Champaign, Ill.

This webinar is now available to view on-demand. To view the webinar, click here.

Rick Hitchcock, senior principal, and Mark Underwood, principal, of Hitchcock Design Group will discuss green infrastructure improvements in Champaign, Illinois.

For decades, the Campustown neighborhood near the highly channelized Boneyard Creek was subject to frequent and significant flooding. As part of comprehensive watershed improvement and related neighborhood redevelopment strategies, city leaders constructed extensive storm water improvement projects at Scott Park and the Second Street Basin. Webinar participants will learn how the improvements have substantially reduced flooding, increased water quality, added valuable community space, connected neighborhoods, and stimulated private sector investment and redevelopment.

Participants will earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH). Register here.


Richard G. Hitchcock, Senior Principal & President, Hitchcock Design Group; American Society of Landscape Architects 

Hitchcock’s recognized leadership skills and outspoken client advocacy have helped hundreds of government clients envision and create distinctive and genuinely sustainable places that skillfully balance diverse stakeholder interests with valuable community resources and evolving marketplace conditions. He is an experienced group facilitator who builds consensus, as well as promotes a bold concept. Since 1980, Hitchcock’s passion and reputation for creating better places has positioned Hitchcock Design Group as one of the leading urban planning and design providers in the Midwest, with offices in Austin, Texas; Chicago; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Naperville, Illinois.

Mark E. Underwood, Principal, Hitchcock Design Group; American Society of Landscape Architects 

As a veteran designer in the Urban Studio, Underwood brings a creative perspective to every project, making him a key contributor to Hitchcock Design Group. Practicing since 1992, his experience has given him the ability to manage design projects of all scales. One of Underwood’s achievements is his ongoing work with the city of Champaign. Involved since the Burnham Redevelopment Master Plan in 2004, Mark has been integral to the implementation of the award-winning citywide storm water and open space strategy, including Boneyard Creek, Scott Park, John Street Drainage, and Washington Street Drainage Improvements Phases I, II and III.

ILASLA Profile:

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) was organized in 1899 as the first professional organization for landscape architects. Today, nearly 18,000 landscape architects in public, private and academic practice nationwide are members of ASLA.

Illinois has one of the largest chapters of ASLA in the nation with almost 500 members.

Its mission, is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.