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The Silva Cell can be used in a wide variety of tree and stormwater management projects and has been installed across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. For a comprehensive list, please visit our complete map of Silva Cell installations worldwide.

The case studies here showcase just a handful of these projects and demonstrate the Silva Cell’s utility and effectiveness in projects of varying complexity, scope, climate and soil type, and application. Click on the thumbnail images below to initiate a download, or click on the arrow icon to see the installation on YouTube. Please check back often for updates

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  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape
    Bothell, WA
    48 Trees and Silva Cells Part of "Flex Space"

    The trees, their support unit (Silva Cells), and the ability to cater to bikes, cars, pedestrians, and outdoor dining are just some of the long-term planning efforts that have made Bothell’s main thoroughfare attractive not just today but for the next 30, 40, and 50 years.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza, Streetscape, Green Roof/On-Structure
    Edmonton, AB
    Award-Wining Federal Plaza Hosts 70 Street & Plaza trees

    A five-year construction renewal project from 2010–2015 included the installation of 3,000 (2X and 3X) Silva Cells supporting the health of 70 trees.

  • Trees, Housing, Streetscape
    Tysons, VA
    Silva Cell Trees Reach New Height at Highgate

    Four years after 252 2X Silva Cells were installed at High Gate at The Mile the trees are big and full enough to provide shade and pedestrian comfort.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza, Streetscape
    Toronto, ON
    Lisgar Park Transformation

    Functioning utilities and healthy tree canopies are possible thanks to the ability of the soil cell systems and utilities to co-exist harmoniously. This is an excellent example of engineers and landscape architects working together to improve the public realm.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza, Streetscape
    Chattanooga, TN
    Miller Park

    Chattanooga’s downtown was strengthened with green infrastructure in 2017 when 37 trees were planted as part of a renovated, 2-acre urban area redesign project.

  • Trees, Streetscape, Parking Lot
    New London, CT
    Eugene O’Neil Silva Cell Case Study

    The trees along Eugene O’Neil and Green Street guide commuters and downtown visitors to from the large parking lot to the city’s fantastic waterfront and business community, serving professionals, boaters and tourists alike.

  • Trees, Streetscape, Housing
    Palo Alto, CA
    Eight Sycamores on Sherman

    In 2016, a few blocks from the Stanford campus, in Palo Alto’s Evergreen Park district, a new multiuse building was constructed. The project included eight shade trees as part of the streetscape along the sidewalk on Sherman Avenue.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza,
    Yonkers, NY
    Ridge Hill Mall Playground

    Eye-catching results in an urban park within a children’s playground. 647ft3 (128m3) of soil volume in tree pits support seven trees throughout the past decade in the urban park.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape, Transit,
    Liverpool, UK
    Regenerating The Strand

    Liverpool’s famous The Strand, which runs past the historic Royal Albert Docks, benefits from a two-part urban renewal project that includes green infrastructure throughout its highly trafficked corridor. 

  • Trees, Housing, Streetscape, Plaza
    New York City, NY
    Waterline Square

    West Side waterfront prioritizes health of 96 trees with 36,000 ft3 of soil fill in a 5 acres of public space, sustaining the health nad urban green space at Waterline Square.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape, Transit
    Leeds, UK
    Headrow City Centre Gateway

    The major transit and metro hub of Leeds City Centre, Headrow Gateway, has been renovated and rejuvenated with green infrastructure and sustainable transportation.

  • Trees, Plaza
    Richmond, VA
    17th St. Multi-Use Plaza

    A 240-year-old market glows with resilient green infrastructure and people-centric design

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza, Streetscape, Housing
    Austin, TX
    Arrive Hotel

    Arrive Hotel preserved its old architecture while enriching its future landscape with healthy trees and onsite stormwater management with Silva Cells.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape
    Del Mar, CA
    Camino Del Mar

    The City of Del Mar Improves its Main Camino with Trees and Silva Cells; an integrated solution to promote stormwater and tree growth.

  • Trees, Plaza, Streetscape
    St. Paul, MN
    Dorothy Day & Higher Grounds

    Silva Cell brings unequivocal results, essential support, and B3 requirements to a 5 acre Catholic Charities campus.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Housing
    Sunnyvale, CA
    East Arques

    New Home development planted trees and installed Silva Cells to satisfy the regulatory need to adhere to California’s C3 stormwater requirements

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape, Transit, Promenade
    Etobicoke, ON
    Six Points Interchange

    Silva Cells helped the project meet its Green Standard Goals, managing 55% of the stormwater catchment area in a 6.47-hectare site, while ensuring the health of 300 newly planted trees with 30m3 soil volume each.

  • Trees, Streetscape
    Greenwich, CT
    Greenwich Ave Transformation

    42 Silva Cells, using approximately 1, 050 ft3 (30 m3) of soil, helped to create exponential growth in two Silver Linden (Tilia Tomentosa) trees on Greenwich Avenue.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape
    Oakville, ON

    The Lakeshore Road Reconstruction project includes a total of 1,633 DeepRoot Silva Cells, incorporating over 1,758m3 soil volume, 82 trees, a bike path, and an urban art aesthetic.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza, Streetscape, Waterfront
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Las Olas

    – A $51 million-dollar project that took two years and two phases, incorporated 100 new palm trees into two new public parks with Silva Cells.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape, Convention Center
    Miami, FL
    Miami Beach Convention Center

    Silva Cell adds lasting legacy supporting sustainable design in a new chapter of the Miami Beach Convention Center

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape, Housing
    San Marcos, CA
    North City East

    Innovative Storm Water Solutions employed through Silva Cell technology where runoff from the public streets at North City East is treated using median and curbside biofiltration facilities that incorporate underground detention modules for pollutant control, hydromodification, and 100-year peak flow migration.

  • Trees, Plaza, Educational Institutions, Streetscape, Plaza
    Columbia, South Carolina
    University of South Carolina Stadium

    5 ASLA awards and 3 sustainable design elements make the two USC projects green infrastructure champions

  • Trees, Plaza, Green Roof/On-Structure
    Dallas, TX
    Pacific Plaza

    Originally a parking lot transformed into a 3.7-acre slice of green, in downtown Dallas, providing a welcome refuge for shade in urban heat.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza, Streetscape, Educational Institutions
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego Schools

    The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is teaching by example, adding Silva Cells to its campuses.

  • Trees, Streetscape, Plaza
    Seattle, WA
    Denny Substation

    Construction on the Denny Substation was completed in 2018. The uniquely designed substation, named after its host street, Denny Way, in Seattle has unique amenities that provide a vantage point for viewing the city, education and art spaces, and accessible areas for pedestrians and their pooches.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape
    Toronto, ON
    Waterfront Toronto

    – The Waterfront Toronto development consists of multiple green infrastructure projects across Toronto’s waterfront. This case study highlights four projects where Silva Cells were used to achieve Waterfront Toronto’s green infrastructure objectives. – Sugar Beach trees have matured into an iconic, lush canopy that extends over the plaza. For those who wish to escape from… More

  • Trees & Stormwater, Museums, Promenade, Streetscape, Plaza
    New York, NY
    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    New York City Landmark shows exponential growth of 92 trees since the 2013 Siva Cell installation.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape
    Dallas, TX
    400 Record Street Adds 14 trees to Dallas UTC

    Trees Planted With and Without Silva Cell in the same project highlights Silva Cell trees as bigger and fuller.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza, Streetscape
    Bethesda, MD
    Marriot International Hotel & HQ

    The new construction project, Marriot International Headquarters and Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland hosts a slew of green infrastructure achievements. The 2.14-acre project site will manage stormwater, accommodate on-site green roof over a parking lot, and create a lush green space for pedestrians, with the support of DeepRoot Silva Cells.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Courthouse Square

    The Santa Rosa Courthouse reunification is a long-awaited project that helped restore the city’s downtown square. The outdoor plaza serves as a destination for public events with 87 trees providing shade and green infrastructure.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape, Housing
    Washington D.C.
    17 Thriving Trees in Capitol Hill, D.C.

    17 trees that surround 128 luxury residence buildings covering the entire block at 777 C Street St Pennsylvania Ave. SE help to achieve principles of new urbanism, support neighborhood activity, and well-being, and harvest site stormwater in the historically significant neighborhood.

  • Trees, Green Roof/On-Structure, Plaza
    Mississauga, ON
    Mississauga Civic Square

    Silva Cells were able to reduce from what is normally required to meet H-20 standards, using a thinner pavement. 30 Autumn Blaze maples were planted at Mississauga Civic Centre 10 Years Ago, and today they are thriving.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza, Educational Institutions
    Berkeley, CA
    Haas School of Business

    After 10 years, the work of GLS Landscape Architecture combined with 500ft3 of soil volume provided by DeepRoot’s Silva Cell, the trees and students are thriving.

  • Trees, Plaza
    New York City, NY
    La Plaza De Las Americas

    A permanent public space reclaimed for the community of Washington Heights elevates large city space transformation via incorporating green infrastructure.

  • Trees, Plaza
    Leeds, UK
    Silva Cell “Leeds” the Way in Sovereign Square:

    Sovereign Square is a gateway into a future City Park that will help transform Leeds into a healthier more attractive and ecologically diverse place.

  • Streetscape, Plaza, Trees & Stormwater
    Boise, ID
    City of Trees Rooted in Silva Cells

    Since 2009, the City of Boise has implemented 28 Silva Cell projects to revitalize historic downtown in a healthy and sustainable way.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape, Housing
    San Marcos, CA
    Silva Cell Support Trees in San Marcos

    Integrated trees and stormwater project breathes new life into formerly industrial stretch in San Marcos

  • Trees & Stormwater, Streetscape, Housing
    North Vancouver, BC
    Remix Condo, Mosquito Creek Watershed

    Below ground, the “swale” portion of the design removes pollutants and improves water quality, making it safe for the excess water to drain into the Mosquito Creek habitat and watershed.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza, Streetscape
    Banff, AB
    92 Trees Enhance Downtown Banff, Alberta

    In 2021, a near 30-year-old vision to create a cohesive, connected, and safe thoroughfare came true for both Bear and Moose streets in Banff, Alberta.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza, Housing
    Washington D.C.
    The Guild Lofts

    Eight trees each have 800 ft3 of soil and manage 1,600 gallons of stormwater at The Guild Lofts with 282 2X Silva Cells.

  • Plaza, Trees
    Leeds, UK
    Dortmund Square

    Dortmund Square in Leeds City Centre has undergone a makeover adding 30 m3 of soil that will add longevity to the London Plane.

  • Streetscape, Trees & Stormwater
    Carmel, IN
    Monon Boulevard & Midtown Plaza

    A .5 mile stretch of the famous Monon Greenway running through Carmel, Indiana received an urban makeover in 2017. At the foundation of the reconstruction: 2,000 Silva Cells.

  • Plaza, Trees, Educational Institutions
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Bald Cypress Trees thrive at University of North Carolina

    The trees and stone seats are 750 2x Silva Cells that have ample soil volume, exactly 700 ft3 each. The designers wanted the young, new trees to grow to similar sizes over the decades, therefore consistent amounts of shared soil volumes were implemented.

  • Streetscape, Trees,
    London, UK
    Bomber Command Memorial

    The RAF Bomber Command Memorial in London’s Green Park is complemented by London Planes.

  • Streetscape, Trees
    Salford, UK
    Quays Gateway Regeneration

    An oasis of nine trees thrives below a bustling roundabout in Salford, U.K. Part of the Gateway Quays project, the Himalayan Birch (Betula Utilis Jacquemontii) trees are supported by 184 Silva Cells, providing over 47m3 of shared rooting volume.

  • Streetscape, Trees & Stormwater
    Normal, IL
    Uptown Renovation

    Landscaping codes that emphasize tree growth, shade, and the minimization of heat-island effect are increasingly taking hold around the twin cities region of Bloomington and Normal, Illinois.

  • Streetscape, Trees, Housing, Waterfront
    Vancouver, BC
    Silva Cells Helped Create an Olympic Village and a Lasting Neighborhood in Vancouver

    South East False Creek, in Vancouver, Canada has 80 trees that are thriving with over 7,000 Silva Cell units below ground.

  • Streetscape, Trees & Stormwater
    Toronto, ON
    The Queensway Case Study, Toronto's Waterfront Along Queens Quay

    In 2008 a Sustainable Sidewalk Pilot Project was built on The Queensway using DeepRoot Silva Cells to create two underground bioretention areas supporting four trees. A decade later the results are stunning.

  • Trees & Stormwater,
    Greenville, SC
    Silva Cells Then and Now

    One of DeepRoot’s earliest Silva Cell projects involved Jim Urban, FASLA, and Drew Smith of Greenville, South Carolina.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Educational Institutions,
    Tempe, AZ
    Silva Cells Part of ASU Masterplan

    Silva Cells supporting more than 30 trees on the ASU campus, and thousands of cubic feet of soil volume is an exciting step for ASU’s landscape architecture.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Plaza, Streetscape
    London, UK
    Silva Cells Bolster Trees at Wembley Way

    Silva Cell was the No. 1 choice to promote healthy tree growth and provide a safe pedestrian walkway and increase accessibility for all patrons.

  • Trees & Stormwater, Housing, Streetscape, Green Roof/On-Structure
    Bethesda, MD
    40 Sidewalk Trees Shine at Pike & Rose

    1,300 Silva Cells help make tree health and urban forestry health central to a new sustainable development in North Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Trees, Parking Lot, Promenade
    Miami, FL
    Silva Cells Support Mature Trees at Historic Lincoln Road

    Large, native, live oak, kapok, and bald cypress rise majestically above the famous pedestrian mall, their shady native ecosystems offering an urban respite from the hot sun. The project won multiple awards in the years after its completion.

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