Community planners for the redevelopment of Stapleton International Airport were committed to both conserving resources and integrating natural processes into the community's built fabric. Wenk Associates served as part of an engineering team to develop concepts for the surface stormwater system, which became an integral part of that community's parks and open space network.
Subsequent to the framework plan, Wenk Associates developed the Stapleton Water Quality Guidelines to provide specific best management practice (BMP) information for dealing with redevelopment of the Stapleton International Airport site in Denver. The visionary plan for the redevelopment of Stapleton incorporates a strong environmental ethic, and proposes innovative strategies to address contemporary environmental issues, such as urban pollution, water conservation and water quality enhancement. The guidelines bridge an informational gap between the structural BMPs described in Urban Drainage and Flood Control District manual Volume 3, and Denver's site planning and landscape requirements.
Typical details of the system were developed in a manner to convey stormwater away from streets and developed areas quickly, to irrigate landscape areas and riparian and wetland habitat.