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Chuck's Produce and Street Market

A family-owned fine specialty food store in Vancouver, WA, Chuck's was committed to reducing impact on the environment when it came to the store's hardscape areas. As the facility was over-sized for the originally- proposed stormwater plans and the property is within a critical aquifer recharge area,, an alternative solution needed to be found. The engineers for the project, AKS Engineering and Forestry, said they had two options to manage the stormwater - permeable pavers or rain gardens - they decided to do both. Protecting the watershed required some underlying soil amendment.

 

The owners liked the look of the Eco-Priora permeable pavers and preferred them over building a more expensive retention pond. They also like the fact that on rainy days, there is no water ponding at all and no erosion on the site.

 

UNI manufacturer Mututal Materials supplied over 25,000 square feet of Eco-Priora permeable pavers in 4 x 8 inch and 8 x 8 inch sizes with a red color blend for pedestrian areas and grey for parking areas.

 

This project is featured in the July/August issue of Erosion Control Magazine read more here - Popular & Permeable.

 

Contact at Mutual Materials: Fred Davis

Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

This half-million square-foot complex includes residences for students and faculty, as well as classrooms and administration. The project achieved LEED® Gold certification, due in part to the use of Eco-Priora pavers for the courtyard and walkways, which satisfied permeability criteria.

 

The designer, Chris Fee, RLA, project manager at Stantec, liked the Eco-Priora for its classic brick shape and interlocking spacer design that prevents the pavers from shifting. Multiple colors in alternating bands provided a sophisticated look for a thoroughfare that connects the site to the rest of the campus. The university feels the complex is the flagship part of their campus and they can promote the LEED Gold achievement. In addition, they like the fact that they don't need to use salt in the winter, because water drains through the surface. They simply plow with a rubber-coated blade.

 

UNI manufacturer Unilock New England supplied over 20,000 square feet of Eco-Priora permeable pavers in a 5 x 10 inch size with a granite-look finish.

 

This project is featured in the July/August issue of Erosion Control Magazine read more here - Popular & Permeable.

 

Contact at Unilock New England: Daniel Neviackas

Loyola University St. Ignatius Community Plaza

Loyola University in Chicago recently expanded its Lake Shore campus to the south and decided to close the entire 6300 block of North Kenmore Avenue, to car traffic between Rosemont Avenue and Sheridan Road to connect new buildings to its main campus. The university decided to replace the avenue with a wide concrete paver shared-use plaza, which is one of the first pedestrian-only streets on the far north side.

 

The new plaza was designed to allow pedestrians and bicyclists safe passage between the southern areas of the school, which includes the new Institute of Environmental Sustainability building and several student dormitories, and the main campus. The plaza represents a 39,000 square-foot expansion of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus and builds upon the University’s commitment to sustainability by featuring a new storm water management system, Eco-Priora permeable interlocking pavers, native plantings, and a meadow living-learning laboratory for students and visitors.

 

UNI manufacturer Unilock Chicago supplied over 20,000 square feet of Eco-Priora permeable pavers in 5 x 5 inch, 5 x 10 inch and 10 x 10 inch sizes in multiple colors to create the striking design. The permeable pavers allow for rainwater infiltration to manage stormwater on site.

 

Contact at Unilock Chicago: Brad Swanson

Peterson Air Force Base Embraces Permeable Pavers for Better Stormwater Management

By Elizabeth Millard - Interlock Design Magazine Spring 2015

 

"Arriving at the base operations building at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, civil engineer Fred Brooks, P.E., LEED AP, is still struck by the beauty of an intricate compass design. It’s created with multi-colored concrete pavers, arranged in a huge circle. But he’s equally thrilled by the pavers in the parking lot. “Everyone loves these pavers,” says Mr. Brooks, U.S. Air Force Environmental Element Chief, 21st Civil Engineering Squadron. “We may have started these projects on this base as a way to handle stormwater, but they’ve done much more than that. They’ve shown how attractive and welcoming a base can look.”


Peterson AFB first started considering pavers to help meet the stormwater runoff requirements established in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. Section 438 mandates all federal facilities manage runoff from 95 percent of all storms. Meeting this requirement often requires permeable pavements.
In Colorado, storms can come up suddenly with short-term deluges, causing flooding. Mr. Brooks says airfields quickly became submerged and buildings flood as well. Even without Section 438’s mandate, Mr. Brooks knew something had to change. After attending a seminar in Spokane, WA, and hearing about permeable pavers, he experienced a light-bulb moment. “This was the answer we needed,” he says. “I just had to get everyone else to see the light, too.”"

 

For the complete article on this project read about it in Interlock Design Magazine.

Contact at Pavestone Colorado: Mike Midyett

4th Space Conrol Squadron ParkingPeterson Air Force Base Paves the Way

In 2009, Fred Brooks, civil engineer with the 21st Civil Engineering Squadron (CES), was tasked with researching options to solve the base's ongoing drainage issue. Flash flooding, inundated strom sewer infrastructure, and runoff were common. Brooks and Rany Hawke, architect for the 21st CES realized something innovative had to be undertaken to address the issue.

 

After extensive review, it was determined the best option for detention, flow control and project cost was the use of permeable interlocking concrete pavers. The first project was Paine Street where minor flooding had been a constant problem due to the semi-industrial nature of the surrounding area. The project contractor, TDF Construction, installed UNI's Eco-Priora pavers produced by Pavestone LLC of Colorado Springs.

 

SInce then the base has continued to use permeable pavers for a number of other projects, including Thule Street, Base Operations parking lot, the 4th Space Control Squadron parking lot, and more.

 

For more information on this project read the Erosion Control Magazine article. Click here for a PDF of the article.

Contact at Pavestone Colorado: Mike Midyett

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

MSI

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

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