Locus Architecture Raingarden

A new raingarden treats dirty runoff and gives an aesthetic boost this small commercial site in Minneapolis' Kingfield neighborhood.


Locus Architecture in South Minneapolis.

Before: Locus Architecture's front yard prior to the raingarden installation.

Justin Merkovich of Locus Architecture tends to the new raingarden.

Runoff flows into the raingarden during a storm.

An MWMO intern greets visitors during Open Streets Nicollet.

Project Details

City: Minneapolis

Type: Mini Grant

Status: Completed

MWMO Funding: $3,000

Partners: Kingfield Neighborhood Association; Locus Architecture

Staff Contact:
Tammy Schmitz
Stewardship and Community Outreach Specialist
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The corner of 45th Street and Nicollet Avenue is greener thanks to the efforts of Locus Architecture and the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, who partnered with MWMO to install a raingarden to capture and treat roof runoff from the architecture firm’s building.

The addition of the raingarden complemented existing efforts at the site, which included a rainbarrel and plantings. The raingarden created more visible green space and helped illustrate a comprehensive approach to treating stormwater runoff at a neighborhood commercial building site.

Educational signage increased visibility and promoted the benefits of raingardens to the more than 11,000 participants of the annual Kingfield Garden Tour and Nicollet Open Streets events.