Silva cells are modular load-bearing pavement units that contain soil. They allow for tree growth in dense urban spaces, promoting stormwater management through bioretention while remaining strong enough to support vehicles weighing up to 32,000 pounds per axle. Silva cells are easy to install, low-maintenance and flexible enough to use in a wide range of applications.
Complete Landscaping Service offers Silva cell engineering support and installation for commercial clients throughout the DC Metro area. If you’re interested in learning more about this innovative technology, and the ways it can benefit your property, contact our office to request a consultation.
How Silva Cells Work
Silva cells feature fiberglass reinforced polypropylene construction with galvanized steel tubes for extra strength. They consist of two components — a frame and a deck — which can be stacked on top of each other, up to three units high.
Silva cells serve multiple functions when installed in the ground. They make it possible for streets and pedestrian plazas to support large tree growth while remaining useful and accessible to people and vehicles. They can also act as a bridge going from street tree root systems to parks and lawns, or as a support for green wall and green roofing systems.
Benefits of Silva Cells
The main benefit of Silva cells is that they encourage healthy tree growth in areas where it would not otherwise be possible due to soil compaction. In doing so, they also promote bioremediation, as large root systems filter contaminants out from stormwater runoff. As trees age, they become even more effective at promoting improved water quality and nutrient removal. By encouraging tree growth and health, Silva cells’ extended lifespan makes them a highly effective long-term solution for urban environmental management.
Use Silva cells in any type of soil. They require little ongoing maintenance — a fact that has made them a popular choice among urban planners in cities such as New York, Toronto and Vancouver, in addition to many private properties and commercial spaces.
Commercial Silva Cell Installation
Silva cells are relatively easy to install, but making the most of them requires specialized expertise. Complete Landscaping Service can help you determine whether or not Silva cells are the right choice for your space. We can assist with design and engineering, and complete any project installation quickly, with a minimal amount of disruption to your business. We will provide accurate estimates and quality work at a fair price, as well as excellent communication and customer service every step of the way.
Learn more about our commercial landscape construction services:
- Commercial Plant Installation with Quality Plants
- Commercial Irrigation Design, Installation and Maintenance
- Commercial Drainage Solutions and Erosion Control
- Hardscapes – Natural Stone Pavers, Concrete Unit Pavers, Permeable Pavers, Pedestal Pavers
- Retaining Walls – Block and Timber
- Ipê Deck Tiles
- Grass Pavers and Reinforced Turf Paving
- Water Features
- Wetland, Bioretention, Rain Garden and Naturalization Plantings
- Site Furnishings (Bike Racks, Benches, Tables, Grills, Planters, etc)
- Dog Park Equipment and Surfacing
- Playgrounds and Play Surface
- Silva Cells