Santa Fe Railyard – Sustainable Station on Schedule
A forgotten train station will be the new tourist attraction for the heart of New Mexico, flaunting innovative engineering and rainwater harvesting. The resurrection of one of the oldest railroad stations in the Southwest will bring excitement and energy to the capital of New Mexico. The Rail Yard will offer tourists retail shopping, a farmer’s market, galleries, parks and a state-of-the-art green design.
A common concern in Santa Fe is rainwater or rather the lack of rainwater. Therefore an extensive rainwater harvesting system was a critical component of the Rail Yard’s initial plans. Architects designed the water catchment system to utilize 5 Flowtite® water tanks, or cisterns, each with a capacity of 15,000 gallons to collect from roof tops and drain spouts. The recycled rainwater would then be used to irrigate more than 400 indigenous trees as well as the new park landscaping. In addition to the Flowtite tanks, the Rail Yard plans will create and improve existing culverts for runoff water diversion. The final water management system will be capable of handling more than 100,000 gallons of water. This massive project was described as “a new millennium model for urban development” by Jason Silverman, writer for Santa Fean.
This enormous project will cost an estimated $125 million dollars and was initially aimed at a Silver Level LEED® score but once completed some sections could reach the highest level of LEED certification, Platinum. The Flowtite rainwater harvesting tank will allow hundreds of thousands of tourists and residents to enjoy this engineering masterpiece. A new piece of American history built on the foundation of an American made fiberglass tank.
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