A new transit exchange at UBC Okanagan was among the first construction projects to implement low impact development (LID) rainwater management features, in compliance with UBC Okanagan’s Integrated Rainwater Management Plan.
These prevent the need for costly piping improvements to the campus’ existing rainwater management system, and reduce flood risks.
The site features a bioswale – a landscaped LID drainage course that surrounds the perimeter of the transit exchange and parking lot area. The bioswale receives rainwater diverted from the hard surface area for transfer, filtration and absorption, and by doing so replenishes natural groundwater and enhances campus ecology.
Together with other actions, bioswales support UBC Okanagan to maintain our performance in diverting 100 percent of campus rainwater from the municipal system – a 2050 Whole Systems Performance Goal.