Lane Transit District’s Springfield Station was the first new development in downtown Springfield in thirty years. Cameron McCarthy provided assistance with master planning, site review, and comprehensive design services for all landscape improvements. The project incorporated a design concept of celebratory storm water treatment throughout the entire facility. All rooftop water was gathered and then run through a series of gardens and storm water bio-swales to both showcase rainwater and to reduce or remove any pollutants prior to the storm water’s discharge into the adjacent, historic Springfield Millrace.
The centerpiece of the transit station is the Platform Garden, a garden where the rainwater from the shed roofs of the transit shelters falls in sheets into a rich and varied planting area mimicking a natural stream course. The seasonal plantings in this garden were chosen for both their appearance throughout all four seasons of the year and the plants’ abilities to enhance the water quality of the rainwater passing through the garden.