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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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.