PROJECT

Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration.

Dubuque, Iowa

Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration

project details.

Client

City of Dubuque

Location

Dubuque, Iowa

Services

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Structural
  • Municipal
  • Traffic & Transportation
  • Land Survey
  • Field Services

Creating a design to serve as a watershed solution and a catalyst for neighborhood reinvestment & revitalization.

project overview

The Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project includes two distinct sections, Lower Bee Branch and Upper Bee Branch.

The Upper Bee Branch portion was designed to take on storm water during rain events and move it safely through the area without flooding adjacent properties. It includes a 2,300-foot long landscaped creek and green space that accommodates low intensity recreational use, including a multi-use trail system, a play area with slides, scenic overlooks, an urban orchard and garden and an outdoor amphitheater which provides a venue for teaching and neighborhood gatherings.

The Upper Bee Branch bridges span the flowing creek providing horizontal and vertical clearance for a multi-use recreational trail beneath. The bridges were seen as an opportunity to create a “gateway” experience for travelers at the street level to send a message they were entering something unique and special. This was the driving force behind incorporating the planters with pedestrian viewing and seating areas and open railings. The project has the added value of improving water quality and property values and stimulating investment.

IIW served as the project manager, architect, and structural engineering consultant for both the Lower Bee Branch and Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration projects.

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#tbt We asked Cody Kelchen what his favorite project is that he has worked on since starting at Origin Design 2 years ago. The answer: "My favorite project I have worked on while at Origin Design was a local industrial project. There were some unusual challenges with this project that really struck my curiosity; one being the presence of coal.....Using our best judgement, we had to determine how much, if any, coal residue was acceptable underneath our roadway without causing long term damage to the pavement structure. I learned so much both in the field and in the office from this project."

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