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Pueblo CO alleywayDesigning Versatile Streetscapes

A number of streetscapes are featured in this article by Janet Aird in Erosion Control Magazine, including the Downtown Pedestrian Alley in Pueblo, CO. UNI Manufacturer Pavestone supplied the Eco-Priora® permeable pavers utilized for the project.


Originally, the project called for traditional pavers, however the city's stormwate enterprise had some concerns about water quality of runoff from the impervious surface. The contractor for the project, Tony J. Beltramo & Sons Inc. of Pueblo asked Steve Schrodeder of Southside Lawn & Landscaping, a certified Pavestone installer, to give a presentation to the city on features of permeable versus impermeable pavers. Schrodeder was given the approval to install the Eco-Priora permeable pavers.


Phase 1 includes a three-block stretch of alleyway that connects the riverwalk channel with B street, where Union Depot, the city's refurbished historic railroad station is located.


For more information on this project read the Erosion Control Magazine article.

Contact at Pavestone Colorado: Mike Midyett

Stormwater Magazine

A Permeable Package

This story by Roberta Baxter appears in the October 2014 issue of Stormwater Magazine. It features projects at Peterson Airforce Base in Colorado Springs, CO, utilizing Eco-Stone permeable interlocking concrete pavers for streets and parking areas.


Produced by Pavestone Company in Colorado Springs, the pavers were an important part of securing LEED certification for the project. One of the base's streets was facing a problem common in urban areas - storm sewers were at capacity and with warehouses flanking the street that drained onto the street during heavy rainstorms the area experienced flooding. Due to space constraints, a detention pond was not feasible and a complete storm sewer replacement was too expensive. The Eco-Stone permeable pavers were a less costly and effective solution.


Fred Brooks, design engineer for the project notes that they are using the Peterson Airforce Base project as a test case and to date the pavers are performing well under harsh winter conditions.


The cover shot shown above is another Pavestone Eco-Priora project - the Colorado School of Mines - read about that story below.


For more information on this project read the full Stormwater Magazine Project Profile.

Contact at Pavestone Colorado: Mike Midyett




Museum of Science and Industry

Last fall, the Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) decided to reconstruct and expand its west parking lot, located off South Cornell Avenue. The largest science center in the Western hemisphere, MSI opened in 1933 and has had more than 180 million visitors from around the world. It is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and is a National Historic Landmark. As federal funding was used for the design and construction of the project, it had to be administered and approved by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Bureau of Local Roads to ensure it would meet all applicable federal, state, and local requirements.


The Eco-Optiloc and Eco-Priora permeable concrete pavers and Optiloc traditional concrete pavers used in the project were supplied by UNI-GROUP USA manufacturer Unilock Chicago of Aurora, IL. Unilock’s commercial product representatives Brad Swanson and Auggie Rodriguez worked with Stanley Consultants on the engineering aspects of the project and coordinated
the paver styles, fi nishes, and color selection with Carol Yetken and Karen Heller of CYLA Design Associates and representatives from the museum.


For more information on this project read the full Stormwater Magazine Project Profile.

Contact at Unilock Chicago: Brad Swanson

F. von Langsdorff Licensing Celebrates 40 Years

F. von Langsdorff Bauverfahren GmbH was founded in Germany by veteran engineer Fritz von Langsdorff in 1964 in order to license a new interlocking concrete paver shape - the original UNI-Stone®. Little did he know that in subsequent decades it would become the world's most successful concrete paver shape. The use of segmental paving has a long history and dates back more than 5,000 years to the Minoans on the island of Crete, but it was not until the advent of precast concrete pavers that their use became commonplace. These modern pavers, with their tight dimensional tolerances and increased structural strength, made it possible to offer designers alternatives in terms of better performance, pleasing aesthetics and lower costs. The invention of the shaped interlocking concrete paver in Germany, especially the UNI Product Line, had tremendous success and in the 1960s, a period of rapid growth commenced within the German UNI Licensing Group.
Soon after their initial introduction in Germany, UNI Pavers were licensed in other countries. These unique pavers were introduced to North America in 1973 and the Canadian office, known as F. von Langsdorff Licensing Limited was established in Toronto to better serve the needs of the North American Licensee. In 1982, UNI-GROUP U.S.A., the nation's first interlocking concrete paver organization was founded. It is now headed by Harald von Langsdorff, the son of Fritz von Langsdorff.


In 1989, F. von Langsdorff Licensing brought the first permeable interlocking concrete paver (PICP) to North America with the introduction of UNI Eco-Stone®. Since then, Harald has expanded the permeable product line with the introduction of several other patented products - Ecoloc®, Eco-Optiloc® and Eco-Priora®. For more than 25 years, the Eco-Stone Family of Permeable Pavers have been the choice of engineers and other design professionals for residential, commercial and municipal applications across the country. Congratulations to Harald and F. von Langsdorff Licensing on serving the world-wide interlocking concrete paver industry for 40 years! 


Licensor: Harald von Langsdorff

President, F. von Langsdorff Licensing Limited and Technical Director, UNI-GROUP U.S.A.

East Village CalgaryEast Village in Calgary, Alberta

East Village, a Brownfield re-development project in Calgary, Alberta, is one of the single largest Brownfield re-development projects to be undertaken in western Canada. Recognizing the unique nature of the project, a different approach to road construction was undertaken by the developer/owner. Unilock’s Optiloc concrete pavers were incorporated into the construction of most roadways and sidewalks throughout the redevelopment area. Concrete paver roadway construction started in 2007 and the final square foot of pavers was laid on Friday October 25, 2013, at the corner of 7th Avenue SE and the newly-built Riverfront Lane South. The project encompasses over 376,700 square feet of pavers. Through this time period the Optiloc paver roadways have performed admirably. "The pavers have stood up to all traffic loading that they have been exposed to thus far and, in combination with the site specific road structure that has been designed to accommodate these concrete pavers, the roadways have withstood the multitude of freeze-thaw cycles common to a Calgary winter season with no maintenance requirements," said Greg Bodnarchuk, P.Eng, Division Manager of exp, engineers for the project.


For more information on this project: East Village Brownfield Redevelopment Project

Contact at Unilock: Dave Laurie