Grasscrete is the Right Choice for River Embankments

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Did you know that Grasscrete can be installed on a slope adequate for slope protection or river embankments? Being structural and continuously reinforced, it allows for vehicle access to the water or over the system without issues such as rutting that would cause bank destabilization with other products.

Grasscrete can be installed on a slope to control erosion while protecting and vegetating banks for both a functional and visually appealing option.

Capable of installing at a slope of 1:2 (50%), Grasscrete has been flow tested to rates in excess of 26 feet per second. This enables it to be used in exacting locations such as emergency spillways. The same testing process has also shown that when used in water flow Grasscrete is hydraulically efficient. Under heavy flow, long stemmed grass is flattened with the resulting thatch reducing the Mannings ‘n’ value for hydraulic roughness to as low as 0.03. Pre-cast concrete systems require infill panels to create directional changes. These spaces can cause turbulent flow that become a focal point for erosion, Grasscrete by contrast is a continuous slab with no such weakness.

 

JP Morgan Chase Bank Eco-Friendly Parking Lot

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JP Morgan Chase Bank Eco-Friendly Parking Lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approximately 130,000 square feet of Grasscrete was installed as a usable parking area for JP Morgan Chase Bank property in Columbus, OH. The parking area was designed to contain bands of regular concrete within the Grasscrete to provide access points for rolling loads or mobility impaired staff. The Partially Concealed Grasscrete System was installed over a drainage layer of crushed stone that will retain water; which was one of the city’s concerns as the Polaris facility is running out of water retention areas. Under drains were installed to catch additional water and pipe it to bioswales adjacent to the lot. Over all the Grasscrete parking area provides a much cooler, reduction in heat Island effect and more visually pleasing area than the typical blacktop parking originally proposed.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Receives Grasscrete Access Road

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The Design-Build team for the memorial to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. consisted of McKissack and McKissack, Turner Construction, Tompkins Builders and Gilford Corporation known as (MTTG). The site is adjacent to the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial on the Tidal Basin and in a direct line between the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and the Jefferson Memorial, symbol of liberty and democracy.

The memorial honors Dr. King’s contributions to world peace through non-violent social change. Natural elements such as water, stone, and trees underscore the themes of justice, democracy, and hope. Quotes from Dr. King’s sermons and speeches capture the essence of his message in the commanding tenants of the American Dream – Freedom, Democracy, and Opportunity for All. The centerpiece of the Memorial, the “Stone of Hope”, features a 30-foot likeness of Dr. King.

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Grasscrete was installed and is used for access to the back of the auxiliary building which houses the Martin Luther King Jr. bookstore, restrooms and a ranger station. The area is approx 2,000 square feet with the voids being planted with grass. The Grasscrete pour used a Buff Integral Color to provide a cohesiveness to the surroundings. The Grasscrete installation minimizes the non-pervious surfaces and includes a letdown between the sidewalk and street to allow daily access for the Park Ranger and maintenance vehicles. Detailed infomation regarding the memorial can be found at http://www.mlkmemorial.org
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Uses Grasscrete For Detention Pond

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Approximately 10,000 square feet of Grasscrete was installed in NREL’s Central Arroyo Detention Pond located in Golden, Colorado by Bomanite Licensee, Colorado Hardscapes. NREL has had great success with the application of on-site pervious pavement systems to reduce site runoff and maintain predevelopment hydrologic conditions.

Over 59,000 square feet of pervious paving materials have been implemented on the Colorado STM campus in support of their living laboratory environment. Grasscrete allows the native planting in the pond to grow, protecting the root systems within the voids, and provides easy cleaning and scraping of the pond as needed without disrupting the pond’s shape and root system. The concrete was integrally colored an earthy brown tone to blend in with the natural surroundings. Grasscrete provided an excellent, continuously reinforced, cast-in-place pervious concrete solution for NREL.