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ReWa Gate A and Water Discovery Lab Site Greenville, SC

Davis & Floyd, a leading engineering, planning, and landscape architecture firm, partnered with Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) to transform a once heavily industrialized site in Greenville, South Carolina, into a functional, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing environment. This case study explores the various aspects of the project, including landscape architecture, site planning, and sustainable practices employed by Davis & Floyd and its partners.



Project Background:

The project site, located along Mauldin Road in Greenville, was formerly an industrial area with Imhoff tanks, dosing tanks, and a complex network of active and abandoned pipes. ReWa contracted with Davis & Floyd’s environmental group to remove hazardous materials from the site, ensuring responsible planning and sustainable practices were followed. Davis & Floyd worked closely with the architecture firm LS3P to develop a site plan for the 18,000 SF Water Discovery Laboratory building.


Landscape Architecture:

Davis & Floyd developed a comprehensive landscape architecture plan, beginning with the natural stone signage at Entrance A and extending down the main road as part of the ReWa/Mauldin Road Beautification Project. The plan also included extensive landscaping using a drought-tolerant plant palette that created a uniform campus effect from the administration and laboratory building complex to the maintenance building, approximately 3,700’ away.


Retaining Wall & Walkway:

The project involved constructing a 12’-tall, segmental-block retaining wall on the site to accommodate changes in elevation and ensure stability. In addition, Davis & Floyd designed a walkway under the Mauldin Road bridge along the banks of the Reedy River. This created a safe, quiet, and pleasing pedestrian experience from the new laboratory building to the administration building without having to cross this very busy road.


Site Planning:

The team at Davis & Floyd conducted extensive site planning, including programming the site; planning for delivery and service vehicle access, parking, and handicap parking; conducting due diligence; and collaborating with LS3P and Britt, Peters and Associates to determine how to position the laboratory building on top of the abandoned Imhoff and dosing tanks. Davis & Floyd team members also calculated all site plan and utility elevation requirements and stormwater management techniques to create a functional site that met all mandated requirements.


Storm Drain System:

One of the significant accomplishments of the project involved integrating an existing storm drain system into the new drainage plan. This allowed for efficient water management to address the treatment of stormwater quality and quantity requirements while reducing the need for additional infrastructure.


Mechanical Yard:

Davis & Floyd meticulously planned the drainage system in the mechanical yard to eliminate the possibility of stormwater intrusion into the building and ensure proper water flow and stormwater management. Downspouts tied into this drainage system to eliminate overland flow originating from the building’s roof. Also, a riprap-lined swale between a slope and the mechanical yard intercepted and diverted stormwater runoff to a series of in-line atrium grates to convey stormwater away from the building.


Plants & Irrigation:

The master plan incorporated a thoughtful selection of low water use, deer-resistant plants, and an efficient irrigation system. Large southern magnolias and willow oak trees were preserved and protected during construction and served as the signature plant material to establish the theme for the new landscape design. Water sensors and a smart irrigation controller operated rotor and drip zones for turf and planting beds. This attention to detail and sensitivity to existing conditions not only enhanced the site’s aesthetics, but also contributed to its overall sustainability.



The collaboration among Davis & Floyd, ReWa, and other valuable partners transformed a once heavily industrialized site into a functional, sustainable, and visually appealing environment. This project demonstrates the power of strategic planning, environmental responsibility, and innovative design in creating spaces that serve the community and respect the natural environment.

Services Provided

  • Civil Site Design
  • Construction Contract Administration
  • Construction Documents
  • Landscape Architecture