Hired to assist with developing civil site drawings for the then-new Fuqua Orchid Center at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Prime Engineering was faced with the challenge of where to hide the ugly detention pond. After considerable thought, the idea was hatched to have a beautiful water garden that would serve the dual-purpose of a detention pond. The firm’s engineers designed the pond level to fluctuate less than nine inches, while the landscape architect selected plants that
could tolerate the fluctuations. And with that, a “dream” detention pond resulted. Photographer’s note: This photo was taken by the design engineer’s wife a year after the facility opened. She thought it was a great photo because of the train exhibit and sent it to her husband, who immediately responded that the train meant nothing, but the pond picture was ‘awesome’!