North Central College – Sesquicentennial Walkway

North Central College – Sesquicentennial Walkway

Hitchcock Design Group

Chicago, IL

The Sesquicentennial Walkway at North Central is a 16-foot-wide path extending between Jefferson and Benton avenues and located in a former alleyway between Brainard and Loomis streets.
“The walkway was widened and rebuilt so it becomes the main north-south thoroughfare through campus,” says Mike Hudson, North Central College’s assistant vice president for business operations.
The environmentally friendly design of the Sesquicentennial Walkway features permeable brick pavers, which will aid in stormwater infiltration and collection. The College received a grant from the DuPage County Stormwater Management Division to include sustainability features.
Water will drain into several new rain gardens, which will be planted with native grasses and plants. These areas will increase the amount of open green space on campus and capture stormwater runoff, filtering suspended solids and nutrients that otherwise would drain into the West Branch of the DuPage River.
The project includes improved energy-efficient, lantern-style LED lighting and enhanced pedestrian crossings at Van Buren and Benton avenues. Overhead utility lines were buried as part of the project and new seating areas were installed.
Permeable brick pavers also were installed in the newly redesigned Van Buren parking lot, which was expanded by 16 spaces to a total of 40.