Permeable pavers not the only permeable pavement

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DVS Hardscaper, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    There is a new shopping center on the area. It has a permeable parking lot. But it's not pavers. Seems the paver industry has some competition in the permeable market.
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  2. cameronderzack

    cameronderzack LawnSite Member
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    What is this surface construction of the new shopping center?
     
  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    There are several sample sites I am aware of near me.

    I am not aware they have a good poured conctrete that will hold up in our area.
     
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    Competition is good!
     
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'll shoot a picture of the lot next time I'm there. The shopping center even has signs up that explain the lot is permeable.

    Here all this time I was under the impression that permeable surfaces could only be accomplished with pavers. And that the paver industry would own permeable pavements.
     
  6. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
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    Ive seen permeable asphalt used at shopping centers in literature but not in real life. They should make it mandatory in my opinion these huge aspalt parking lots that are 1/4 full 90% of the time are huge wastes of money , ugly, and bad for water runoff.
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  7. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
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    Permeable asphalt and permeable concrete have been around for quite some time. The University of new Hampshire (where I went to school) is one of, if not the leading university in research of permeable pavements. In 2004 they installed a 5000sf permeable asphalt parking lot that is still in use today. And about two years ago they installed a large permeable paver parking lot for research that I have posted photos on here of in the past.
     
  8. big daddy b

    big daddy b LawnSite Member
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    Yeah we just did a big job in downtown Syracuse, pervious concrete. I didn't believe at first either, but once it was all done we tested it with a water main, the water just dispersed into the concrete. pretty awesome.
     
  9. SVA_Concrete

    SVA_Concrete LawnSite Senior Member
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    Back in 2008 the largest pervious concrete job in the US was here in williamsburg, va. Something like 7a acres.

    http://hamptonroads.com/2008/03/parking-lot-big-big-and-ecofriendly

    a fellow contractor aquantiance of mine is big into it (just did a food lion) pretty cool stuff. Went fishing with him a while back and picked his brain on it. I guess decorative pervious is out now as well.
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  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    The picture in the article looks quite similar to the parking lot I'm referring to.


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