Volunteers and Tigers and Gamecocks, Oh My!

Mr. and Mrs. Coach.

Mr. and Mrs. Coach.

College football is back! It makes the prospect of cooler days, longer nights, and back-to-school time much easier to handle.

Speaking of college football, we’ve been excited for the Silva Cell to play a part in renovating the public arenas of a handful of notable college football powerhouses, including perennial SEC powers University of Tennessee Volunteers, Neyland Stadium (named for legendary coach Robert Neyland), Clemson University Tigers Memorial Stadium, and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks Williams-Brice Stadium.

Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN

12 tree openings in a plaza outside the newly constructed Neyland Stadium were augmented with a single layer 48 of Silva Cells, providing an additional 480 cubic feet (13.9 cubic meters) of soil to the trees.

Neyland Stadium soil cell Silva Cell - before (2010)

Silva Cells were installed at Neyland Stadium in 2010.

Neyland Stadium - Google street view

The trees at Neyland Stadium in 2011.

The plaza paving varies between regular pavers, porous pavers, and decorative concrete bands. The site was designed by Carol R. Johnson & Associates and the installation was done by Blaine Construction.

Clemson University Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC

The Clemson University stadium, located at Williamson Drive and Fox Hill Road in Columbia, SC, was designed by Arbor Engineering and installed by Hutchinson in July 2011.

Clemson University soil cell Silva Cell - before (2011)

Silva Cells were installed at the Clemson University football stadium in 2011.

Clemson University soil cell Silva Cell - after (2013)

Here are the trees in 2013.

The photos from this year of the trees are wonderful! Thick, full, dark green canopies. Lovely.

Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC

This project was installed in June 2010. The site was designed by Wood + Partners, and the Silva Cells were installed by LAD Corp. and Heritage Landscaping.

USC soil cell Silva Cell installation (1)

The installation took place in 2012.

USC soil cell Silva Cell installation (2)

450 Silva Cells were installed across from Williams-Brice Stadium.

The trees planted in Silva Cells in 2013. Image: Wood + Partners.

The trees planted in Silva Cells in 2013. Image: Wood + Partners.

There are more pictures of this installation on our Facebook page.

University of Wisconsin Student-Athlete Performance Center in Madison, WI

University of Wisconsin soil cell Silva Cell - before (2013)

Silva Cells were installed at the University of Wisconsin Student-Athlete Performance Center in 2013.

We’re also big Badger fans around here, having worked on the University of Wisconsin Student-Athlete Performance Center (SAPC), an installation that is just finishing up. Here, Silva Cells are providing soil to 34 trees outside the center. This project was designed by Smith Group/JJR and installed by Terra Engineering and Construction Corp.

In addition the four football stadiums I talked about here, we also have some installations at basketball arenas. You’ll have to wait until the start of the season to see the roundup of those, though! Stay tuned.

Graham Ray is the CEO of DeepRoot Green Infrastructure.

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