Colby Co. Completes Engineering Design for Sculptural Biofiltration Wall

Colby Co. recently provided structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineering support for Michael Singer Studio’s design of the Seminole Coconut Creek Sculptural Biofiltration Wall in Florida. The piece is comprised of precast concrete modules designed to filter water from an on-site retention pond. The sculpture utilizes a range of biofiltration and aeration systems to actively cleanse up to 100 gallons of water a minute. The sculpture also supports native vines, groundcovers, aquatic plants and fish. The sculpture is 25’ wide by 40’ tall and is mounted on the side of the new parking structure. The project is powered by solar canopies on the top floor of the parking structure.

The engineering scope included:

Structural Engineering
Analysis and design of supporting structural steel elements and coordination with the existing parking garage structure to which it is mounted, location and design of mounting hardware and reinforcing for the sculptural precast elements, and design of cast-in-place three pool lily pond with weirs adjacent to the wall.

Mechanical and Plumbing Engineering
Design of the pump and filtration system utilizing a skid mounted permabead and UV filtration system for partial treatment of the water, coordination of plumbing schematics to draw and store water from the retention pond and rainwater collected from the garage roof via 10,000 gallon water storage tanks, design of plumbing distribution piping to supply biofiltration aquatic garden.

Electrical Engineering
Design of all lighting and system electrical components, including underwater lighting of lily ponds, LED uplighting of precast wall elements, and power for the pumps, skid, and all valves and sensors utilized for system automation.

All photos are courtesy of Michael Singer Studio.