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Eco-Priora Pavers Help to Achieve Platinum LEED Certification

The challenge for this project was to design and build a national showcase demonstrating the integration of high-performance design features, passive energy strategies and renewable energy as a prototype for the future of large-scale net-zero-energy buildings.

Pavestone Company supplied 20,000 square feet of permeable Eco-Priora pavers throughout the campus to control runoff and improve water quality. Several aspects of the Eco-Priora pavement contributed to LEED Platinum certification, including stormwater mitigation and a color specifically produced for the project. Recycled concrete was used for the aggregate drainage zone beneath the pavers. Mike Midyett, Pavestone General Manager in Denver, who won the 2011 UNI Watch Contest for this project noted that building green is perceived to be more expensive, but this is proving not to be the case and in fact, green infrastructure is proving to be cost-effective, as well as beneficial to the environment. To read more, download the full story.

Entranceway Utilizes Eco-Priora to Help Achieve LEED Certification

The color and special finish (Unilock's Umbriano Winter Marvel) were specified to contribute towards LEED CR 7.1 with it's SRI value of 38.

Tetra Tech engineers and architect ARC Architectural Resources worked with
Unilock New England  and Genzyme to choose a paver that would reduce runoff and improve groundwater recharge. Genzyme had previously used UNI Permeable Pavers on another facility and were happy with the pavement's performance and ability to manage stormwater runoff.

Hartford, CT City Hall
Stormwater Specialty Seminar for New England Water Environmental Association - Larry Murphy, P.E. - CDM Smith

CDM Smith was hired to determine the effectiveness of green stormwater solutions that had been installed at the City Hall in Hartford, Connecticut.

This project was part of the Greening America's Capitals program, a partnership between the EPA, HUD and USDOT to help state capitols develop an implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally-friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green building and infrastructure strategies.

The project included a roof garden, street planter, and three types of pervious pavement - porous asphalt, pervious concrete and permeable interlocking concrete pavers.
Pavers by Ideal supplied the Eco-Stone that was used for the cross-walk application at the site.

Several infiltration tests were conducted with the permeable pavers achieving an average infiltration rate of 2470 inches per hour. The pervious concrete had an average rate of 1600 inches per hour and the porous asphalt 1876 inches per hour. Click here for the full presentation.


Eco-Stone Parking Lot Receives Stormwater Credit

The parking lot for this project did not start out to be a permeable pavement, as the original plan called for asphalt. However, the city required zero runoff and the property owners would have had to put in a retention pond that would have taken up half of the parking lot area.

As a result, they decided to install 43,000 square feet of Eco-Stone pavers supplied by Borgert Products of St. Joseph, MN. By using the Eco-Stone, they were able to put in an additional 900 parking stalls. An added benefit was that the property received a stormwater credit from the county.

By using the Eco-Stone, they were able to meet runoff requirements, make better use of available land, and save money with the stormwater credit.


Eco-Stone Chosen to Reduce Runoff and Pollutant Impacts on Biscayne Bay

Rickenbacker Causeway links the City of Miami to Miami Beach by land and elevated bridges. The area had been used by the general public for years as a recreational area. Dade County decided to designate the land as a park and make upgrades to the site by adding parking. To reduce stormwater impacts on the bay, the county decided to use over 85,000 square feet of Eco-Stone permeable pavers, in conjunction with 225,000 square feet of Uni-Decor traditional interlocking pavers.

Manufacturers Oldcastle Coastal worked closely with CSE Paving to ensure that production and deliveries of the pavers were made in a timely fashion and work proceeded uninterrupted. The pavers were installed mechanincally to save time and money.

The paver project was completed on schedule and the park opened to the public in January of 2011.


LEED-Certified Project Used Eco-Optiloc Permeable Pavers to Reduce Impervious Cover

This property was a brownfield site that both the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and RGB Architects had initiated cleanup for planned reuse.

Post-development site runoff could not exceed pre-development volume and as such, Unilock New England recommended Eco-Optiloc pavers for both permeablility and superior strength under heavy bus loading.

Over 46,500 square feet of pavers was used for the project. The site allows for improved vehicular circulation and is utilized by buses, as well as staff and public parking. In addition to the permeable pavers, bioswales were also incorporated into the project.


Largest permeable paver project in Illinois in 201

This project marks the first permeable paver project installed in Plano, Illinois, a prime growth area on the outskirts of the Chicao suburban area. Originally, the land on which this new satellite campus is located was discarded by the developer as unusuable due to the wetlands on the site.

By creating a design sensitive to the environmental restrictions and by utilizing Eco-Optiloc permeable pavers, the project was made possible.

Unilock Chicago manufactured over 120,000 square feet of Eco-Optiloc pavers for the project. The environmentally-sensitive design approach used for the project is considered a role model for future development in the area.


First Project in Chicago with Novel Smog-Eating Permeable Pavers by Unilock

Read more about this project in Landscape Architect & Specifier News - Mary Bartelme Park and Playground.

Site Design Group, an award-wining landscape architecture firm worked with the Chicago Park District and the West Loop Community Organization to design a truly unique park that features salvaged and recycled architectural elements from the previous on-site building, native plant materials to conserve water, and the newest technology in permeable paving.

The most striking feature of the park is sculptural interactive stainless steel structures that incorporate a mist feature. This is surrounded by planter walls filled with native perennials and brilliant white Eco-Priora® permeable pavers manufactured by Unilock with TX Active® cement, which actually reduces pollutants and is self-cleaning due to its photocatalytic properties.

The park's three main features, a dog park, a playground and lawn areas are bisected by three primary walkways constructed of approximately 16,000 sf of Eco-Priora® pavers in three colors.


The pavers were chosen to meet runoff regulations

Learn more about this project Air Force Space Command...Beautiful pavers serve purpose, handle storm water runoff.

Though the colored interlocking Eco-Priora® pavers supplied by Pavestone Company are attractive, they also serve a purpose...handling stormwater runoff. Due to EPA Department of Defense Mandates, engineers were charged with developing ways to handle the stormwater runoff.

In 2008, the Energy Independence and Security Act established new stormwater design requirements for federal development and redevelopment projects.

Randy Hawke, an architect with the 21st Space Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, wanted to ensure that they didn't create significant stormwater runoff issues as a result of construction, especially on the base, where water runs into Sand Creek. It was noted that the Eco-Priora® pavers would allow stormwater and snow melt to drain through the joints in the surface and filter out pollutants, as well as ultimately recharge the aquifer.

Fred Brooks a 21st CES civil engineer noted that during rainstorms, there has been a noticeable reduction in stormwater flow in the area. He added that there was an added benefit in that the pavers would not have to be sealed every few years, nor the surface milled and overlaid like asphalt.


Downtown Residential Street in Charles City, Iowa Features Eco-Optiloc Pavers

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Suffering from deteriorating streets and stormwater catchbasins, the downtown historic residential district retained Conservation Design Forum to develop a comprehensive plan to address the streets and stormwater issues, as well as evaluate performance of the existing and proposed site improvements.

CDF worked with the city to develop a Permeable Streets plan for a 16-block area of the city. Alternative suggested included permeable paving, bioretention, intersection narrowing and infiltration beds. The design of the system was to capture runoff from streets, yards, and alleys and provide complete infiltration for a 2-year storm event. Peak discharges for a 10-year storm would be reduced by 90%.

The reduction of stormwater would also have an added benefit of reducing the need for replacement of existing storm sewers. Over 150,000 square feet of Eco-Optiloc® was supplied by Unilock Chicago for the proejct.





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