Our irrigation system project at the historic national cemetery was recognized by the American Society of Irrigation Consultants with an Honor Award in Commercial and Public Large Landscape for 2018.
Established in 1867, Dayton National Cemetery is one of 11 federal cemeteries within the National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Over 51,000 people are buried here including five Medal of Honor recipients and soldiers from every major U.S. military conflict since the Revolutionary War.
Approximately 12 acres of the existing site were automatically irrigated using multiple potable water taps. The project objective was to increase irrigation efficiency while improving turf conditions to meet National Cemetery Association National Shrine standards.
Protecting historically-significant monuments and trees was among the project challenges, along with sensitivity to visitor convenience and experience during the installation, operation and maintenance of the irrigation system.
Location numbers on upright monuments were used to create a map for contractors to reference during sprinkler layout and installation. We specified HDPE pipe to allow the use of horizontal directional drilling to minimize damage to tree roots and avoid pipe being installed on top of existing burials.