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Toomer's Corner Rebirth: Future Auburn Oaks to Grow in Hi-Tech Environment

"This approach will provide the best growing environment possible for the future trees."

— Ben Burmester, campus planner

Although the exact species of trees that will replace Auburn's famed oaks has yet to be determined, the literal foundation for their survival is nearing completion at Toomer's Corner. The future oaks – scheduled for planting in early 2015 – will grow in a high-tech environment that will maximize their chances of living many years.

Construction crews have installed a modular, underground structural system known as Silva Cells, which are designed to support large tree growth while reducing soil compaction and providing stormwater management. The project in Samford Park is the first in Alabama to use Silva Cell technology.

Read more on the main Auburn University website.

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