Silva Cell Installation in Duke Park

In the heart of Durham, Duke Park plays an important role in the quality city amenities protecting that community’s lifestyle standards.

The 17.3-acre property was originally a farm owned by Brodie Duke in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The city’s Service League persuaded Duke to donate the land for a park site.

Today the popular Duke Park, bordered on the north by I-85 and on the east by NC Bus. 15, offers Greenways, Dog Parks, and Picnic and Playground facilities.

Recently, the City of Durham contracted Mount-Airy based Carolina Environmental Contracting to install the Silva Cell structure: a modular suspended pavement system that uses soil volumes to support large tree growth and provide powerful on-site stormwater management through absorption, evapotranspiration, an interception.

“We needed to meet regional stormwater requirements using underground bio-retention designed for Duke Park’s tight spaces,” says Joanne Cheatham, President of Carolina Environmental Contracting. “Silva Cell is a stormwater management tool that leverages soil and trees to provide water quality and pollutant control, control peak overflow, grow and protect big trees and require little to no maintenance.”

“This unique project is a perfect fit for Durham’s needs and our proven and custom-designed stormwater management solutions,” Cheatham said. “Silva Cells create an underground rain garden used to grow fully-mature trees and manage the quality/volume of stormwater. With CEC’s help, this subterranean stormwater system will allow for bigger tree planting and growth in Duke Park.”

“We congratulate Durham’s leaders for the vision, and thank them for engaging Carolina Environmental,” she added.