KriStar sees future for stormwater cubes

Santa Rosa company relocates, launches Cudo Stormwater

SANTA ROSA -- Water-quality regulators increasingly want property owners and builders to keep as much rainwater and sediment on site for as long as possible, and a longtime local manufacturer of stormwater- and erosion-management products is expanding and launching a new line of products to address the trend.

KriStar Enterprises Inc. relocated to 360 Sutton Place in south Santa Rosa from 1219 Briggs Ave. The 15-year-old company needed more office space for its engineering and design staff and more yard space for finished products, according to CEO Doug Allard.

The new site has 8,100 square feet of office space compared with 1,800 before. Storage under roof is about half as much at 17,000 square feet, but the new yard is five times as big at 5.25 acres.

Some of KriStar’s new office space will be for Cudo Stormwater Products Inc., a company Mr. Allard launched in September to make and market the Cudo Cube modular catchment system. Measuring two feet on a side for the version made from injection-molded recycled plastic, the cube is designed to maximize storage capacity – 95 percent of its volume is available – strength and flexibility. Cube halves are assembled on site to limit transportation costs.

With circular portals on each side, the cubes can be combined horizontally or stacked four high, with adapters to block or couple portals to hold water for reuse in irrigation or control water flow off a property. It’s needed for a maturing regulatory approach called low-impact development or green infrastructure. Those regulations often require that a developed site have similar runoff characteristics to those that exist in its natural state.

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