August Project of the Month – Pueblo County Health Department Building
Paver Contractor: South Side Lawn & Landscape, LLC – Pueblo, CO
General Contractor: Bassett Construction Co. – Pueblo, CO
Owner: Pueblo County – Pueblo, CO
Pueblo County Health Department Building is our project of the Month for August. Installed in May of 2009, the Health Department Building was the catalyst for the continued use of interlocking concrete pavers in Pueblo.
The importance of responsible building has become more apparent with issues such as erosion, water quality and elevating temperatures in streams, rivers and lakes, which are a direct result of stormwater runoff from impermeable pavements. The federal government, with the assistance of the U.S. Green Building Council, has offered incentives to business and local municipalities to utilize green building techniques such as permeable pavements.
Permeable concrete paving stones have been used in Colorado for a number of years. In areas which experience large stormwater volume, permeable paving stones help control runoff, mitigate storm surge and improve water quality. While completely functional, these paving stones appeared industrial, minimizing the aesthetic appeal typically associated with concrete pavers.
In 2009, South Side Lawn & Landscape LLC installed the first Eco-Priora pavers into the parking lot for the Health Department Building for the County of Pueblo. Eco-Priora pavers are ADA compliant variations of the old permeable pavers, but with the look of a normal paver. While drainage was not an issue at the site, Pueblo opted to take advantage of the LEED Credits and wanted to control the stormwater runoff before it made its way into the stormwater system. The design of this particular pavement utilized a containment area beneath the aggregate bedding layer, storing the stormwater. The aggregate bedding layer coupled with on site storage reduced the impact on the storm sewer system, reduced the water temperature and removed many of the pollutants which would have normally passed into the watershed.
Due to the success of this project, Pueblo has installed 2 other Eco-Priora projects at the Annex Building and the Municipal Justice Center totaling more than 45000 sf of permeable pavers.