Public Works Expo 2018

WE12 - Building Resilient Infrastructure: Bagby Street Greenroads Project Weathers Harvey

Aug 29, 2018 9:30am ‐ Aug 29, 2018 10:45am


In 2013 Bagby Street, which runs through the heart of Houston’s Midtown District, underwent a street reconstruction and drainage improvement project. It included features, such as rain gardens and landscaping in the right-of-way, that were designed to filter harmful contaminants before any runoff could reach the Buffalo Bayou. Bagby Street was the first in Texas to earn a Silver Greenroads Certification and in the summer of 2017, Hurricane Harvey put the Greenroads sustainability certification to the test. This presentation will highlight how this project has emerged as an excellent example of resilient and high-performing infrastructure.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, you will be better able to: 

  • Identify the socio-economic issues that impact public works services and organizations.
  • Examine the performance expectations of Greenroads sustainability practices for high-flood conditions.
  • Compare the pre-storm performance expectations


  • Jeralee Anderson, PhD, PE, LEED AP, President/CEO, Greenroads Foundation, Redmond, WA
  • Charles Penland, PE, LEED AP, Senior Principal, Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc., Houston, TX

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