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.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.