Oakley and Pittsburg Civic Centers, including Richard Arnason Courthouse
3231 Main St., Oakley Map
Below: At Pittsburg’s city hall, runoff from parking flows to swales and rain gardens (bioretention areas) with dense, drought-tolerant landscaping that is colorful even in winter.
Below: At Richard E. Arrnason Justice Center (Superior Court courthouse), adjacent to Pittsburg’s City Hall, native redwoods will eventually dominate. Runoff from the building is piped to large bioretention areas equipped with raised drains to prevent flooding.
Below left: Baffles in parking-lot swales slow flow, lessening erosion and encouraging water to soak in. Raised drain at low end of swale takes high flows to storm-drain system, preventing flooding.
Below right: Cobbles at pipe outlets prevent erosion. Bottom right: Another rain garden at the Pittsburg courthouse. Click an image to enlarge it.