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Investigating CU-Structural Soil®

  • WSSI - Gainesville 5300 Wellington Branch Drive Gainesville, VA, 20155 United States (map)

Healthy roots and paved surfaces can co-exist! Join WSSI and The Davey Institute to learn how CU-Structural Soil® can benefit the urban environment.

  • Gain an understanding of the problem of limited soil volume for tree growth and stormwater management in the urban environment.

  • Learn the ways in which CU-Soil® is one potential solution to the problem of supporting hardscapes while providing soil volume for tree root growth and groundwater storage.

  • View a presentation on the full design and installation process, as well as see first-hand a finished example, of a CU-Soil® project.

  • Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of various systems to increase soil volume in the urban environment in terms of their relative effects on trees and stormwater based on the latest scientific research.

*AIA, PE, and ISA continuing education credits will be available. 

Live Stream Webinar is Available!
The seminar will be available for viewing via live streamed webinar on November 1 from
1pm until 4pm.

If you wish to join us online, please use the link above to access the webinar. Questions asked through the webinar portal will be answered in real time during the seminar. 

*Note: continuing education credits are only available to those who attend in-person. 


1:00 - 1:05     Welcome

1:05 - 1:30      Potential of CU-Soil® as a New Stormwater BMP - Luck Ecosystems & The
Davey Institute

  • Kateri S. Shreve, PE, LEED AP, VCCO - Product Manager

  • Chris Fields-Johnson, Ph.D., ISA Certified Arborist - Technical Advisor

1:30 - 1:50    Implementing the CU-Structural Soil® Patio at WSSI  -  Wetland Studies and
Solutions, Inc.

  • Dillon Conner, PLA, ISA Certified Arborist - Senior Landscape Architect

1:50 - 2:20     Designed soils under pavement: What data is in and available? - Rutgers
University, Department of Ecology Evolution and Natural Resources

  • Jason Grabosky, Ph.D. - Professor, Rutgers University

2:20 - 2:35     Networking Break and Refreshments

2:35 - 3:05     Case Study: A Parking Lot with Traditional Asphalt, Porous Asphalt, Trees,
and CU-Soil® after 13 Years of Limited Maintenance - Davey Resource

  • Andrew Hillman, ISA Certified Arborist, LTE - Northeast Regional Business Developer

3:05 - 3:30     Combining Stormwater Retention with Trees: Experiences with Structural
Soils - Virginia Tech, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental

  • Susan D. Day, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Urban Forestry, Virginia Tech

3:30 - 4:00     Panel Discussion: Q&A on Urban Soils in Relation to Urban Forest and
Stormwater Management

4:00 - 7:00     Outdoor Reception on the new CU-Soil® Installation!

Join us after the seminar for an outdoor reception and see first-hand a completed
project using CU-Soil