American Society of Civil Engineers

Collapse of Underground Storm Water Detention System

by Rubin M. Zallen, P.E., F.ASCE, (Principal, Zallen Engineering, 1101 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701)
Section: Technical Session 5a: Unusual Failures, pp. 95-101, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Forensic Engineering
Abstract: Shopping malls have large roof areas and large paved areas for parking. In many cases, during heavy rainfall, the drainage from these roofs and parking lots will overload the municipal storm sewer system. Therefore, many municipalities require a temporary storm water detention system on the property of the mall, when the mall is being built or enlarged. Many of these detention systems are located under the parking lot pavement and have various constructions.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Detention basins
Stormwater management