One of the redevelopment projects they were interested in was the Bloody Run Creek Greenway, an urban greening project on which NTH Consultants collaborated. We invited them to come into our office for a talk with the Project Manager on this project, Keith M. Swaffar, P.E., our Executive Chairman.
Keith spoke to the students about the project, the plans and challenges and answered their questions not only about Bloody Run Creek, but also Detroit in general as Keith and NTH have a long history of working on Detroit based projects. The students, Marion Plegt, Martijn de Gruij and Foekje van Schoot, had some great ideas for the city and were very positive about what they have seen and heard about Detroit.
Working with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) at the University of Detroit Mercy, NTH lead the initial engineering planning and concept development phases to evaluate the feasibility and engineering requirements associated with “daylighting” the creek to serve as a stimulus for the redevelopment of a large portion of the City’s east side. The conceptual creek alignment shown to the left includes a daylighted creek of over 37,100 lineal feet.