Magazine article University Business

Fountain and Rain Garden at Mercer University

Magazine article University Business

Fountain and Rain Garden at Mercer University

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Mercer University Bears football fans who enter the Macon, Ga., campus through the Stadium Drive entrance now pass the school's new fountain and surrounding rain garden. The garden, which is 1.5 acres, is not only attractively landscaped--it serves a dual purpose by collecting rainwater runoff from nearby parking lots.

* CHALLENGE: The former tension pond near Mercer's football stadium had been built to code to control runoff but was unattractive and occupied a lot of space, says James Netherton, executive vice president for administration and finance. "Quite frankly, it was ugly/' he says. "The area had always been a problem, but it motivated us to think of something new that was both attractive and functional."

The area was also seeing an increase in foot traffic from nearby student apartments and football fans. Last year, Mercer started playing football again for the first time since 1941, when the team was disbanded because of WWII. New walkways and space for tailgating were also needed near the stadium, says Netherton. …

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