Permeable parking lot surface can help green facilities
Combining prefabricated pavement bricks and ground asphalt, paving system makes parking lots less of an environmental albatross and more a tool of sustainability.
The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority , owner and operator of U.S. Cellular Field , home of Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox, revealed last week a new, environmentally friendly parking lot at the facility. Featuring a permeable paving surface, parking lot “L” lies south of the stadium and covers more than 265,000 square feet.
The system interlocks 12-square-foot blocks of prefabricated pavement. Implanted on a bed of gravel, individual bricks are pieced together in sections, leaving a
“This type of system costs less,” said Perri Irmer, chief executive officer of the ISFA. “In fact we save 12 to 15% over a traditional asphalt system.”
The permeable pavement lasts twice as long as traditional asphalt, Irmer added, and it, “requires far less maintenance then a traditional paving system.” Other benefits to the local community and surrounding areas include reducing localized flooding, eliminating stormwater runoff, recharging the groundwater system and reducing urban heat island effect.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey