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Stormwater Design & Tour of the Updated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden - 2.0 PDHs
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When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
2 - 4 p.m., social following
Where: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden - Walker Art Center
726 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55403
United States
Presenter: Pavel Pyś, Tadd Kreun, Dan Bowar
Contact: 651-457-2347

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  Stormwater Design & Tour

of the Updated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden


2.0 PDHs

This seminar is a tour - no webinar will be offered.


Social to follow at Sisyphus Brewing

Hosted by the MnSPE Young Engineers Committee



Program Overview:


MnSPE members will have the opportunity to tour the redesigned Minneapolis Sculputre Garden. Built on the site of a former wetland, decades of use had left the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in need of serious repairs. Oslund and Associates, along with EVS Inc., replaced the 11-acre site’s failing infrastructure with a long-lasting, eco-friendly system.


Prior to the renovation, stormwater was captured in surface drains and ultimately flowed to an 84” pipe heading east under I-94.  Stormwater was identified as one of the key areas for improvement as the current site captures surface water and dumps directly to the city storm sewer system.  Additionally, the existing water effect of spray from the Spoonbridge and Cherry came directly from the city water service and was essentially a once-thru system spraying into the pond and overflowing to the stormwater system wasting significant amounts of water each year.

OAA and EVS designed a new water reuse system, centered around an 80,000-gallon underground cistern (located near the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry pond), which captures site and pond runoff and provides water to irrigate the site conserving an estimated 4.7 million gallons water each year. The garden’s redesigned north end features a fresh meadow filled with deep-rooted native plants that help manage stormwater, while engineered soils and sub-drainage throughout the site improve its drainage and stability.

The water reuse system, engineered soils, fresh meadow and enhanced turf grass work together to improve the aesthetics, accessibility and long-term stability of one of the state’s most visited destinations.




Pavel Pyś, Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center

Prior to joining the Walker, Pyś served for 4 years as Exhibitions & Displays Curator at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, England. Hailing originally from Warsaw, the Australian-Polish curator and writer has contributed to a range of solo and group exhibitions in the United Kingdom and beyond.

Tadd Kreun, Principal/Partner, FASLA, Oslund and Associates

As a principal and partner since 1998, Kreun has the responsibility for the design and management of the firm’s largest and most significant projects. He has over 24 years of experience on several projects ranging in size from residential projects, courtyards, and gardens to large campuses and professional sports facilities. Kreun’s experience on large, complex site projects and his ability to manage the construction process has contributed to many of the award-winning projects for the firm.


Dan Bowar, PE, Senior Project Manager, EVS


As a senior project manager with EVS, Bower has been involved in the civil engineering field for over 15 years. He has worked on a broad range of projects, including large retail development for a military base, nationwide renewable energy projects and U.S. Bank Stadium. He believes each project requires a unique solution and uncompromised commitment to teamwork which is what drives a successful project.




FREE for current MnSPE members

*Membership must be current on the date of the seminar.
*Not a current member but want to attend for free? Join MnSPE for 6 months free or rejoin here.


Fee-based registration: Individual non-members: $100



Join the MnSPE Young Engineers Committee for a social at Sisyphus Brewing immediately following this tour (approximately 4:30 p.m.).


The brewery is within walking distance of the Walker Art Center Sculpture garden. There is no fee to attend the social (snacks will be provided). Please invite other MnSPE members, colleagues interested in learning more about MnSPE, etc. to join us! This social is open to all.


Tour Registration Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2017

No registrations will be accepted after 9/18.
No walk-in registrations will be accepted.


MnSPE members MUST log in to see the free member rate.



To the best of our knowledge, this seminar meets the requirement for continuing education as outlined by the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Land Surveying, Geoscience and Interior Design.

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