Hindu Temple Expansion - Karins Designs Green Technology

Hockessin, DE
Hindu Temple Association

The Hindu Temple was originally a small place of worship for a few local families but has grown into a large regional congregation from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. The original building footprint (a 5,576 sf Temple and 9,300 sf annex) and 60 paved parking spaces were not enough to accommodate this growing community however, any modifications on this 4.4 acre site required that the site, which is entirely in the Cockeysville Water Resource Protection Area (WRPA), have consideration for the impervious coverage limitations and the percentage of the site that could be disturbed within the WRPA. 

Karins has been an advisor to and retained by the Temple during expansions as it has grown to the current 30,808 sf Temple and Multi-Purpose Hall and additional 95 overflow parking spaces.  During the most recent expansion, Karins collaborated with and secured grants from DNREC for the implementation of innovative green technology practices that include a wet-pond, rain garden, a wetland pond, and “grass-trac” parking, a Delaware first pervious paving system. 

Karins not only successfully helped the Hindu Temple navigate the complexities of expanding their facilities in a WRPA, but also integrated educational and community outreach that raises awareness of sustainable and green technology stormwater practices to the temple congregants as well as to the larger community and visitors to the site. 

The impervious cover limitations required a unique solution and a public-private partnership that integrated community outreach and educational programming.