January Project of the Month – St. Augustine Catholic Church
Paver Contractor: Continental Hardscapes – Golden, Colorado
General Contractor: Bernard’s Custom Construction – Brighton, Colorado
Owner: St. Augustine’s Church – Brighton, Colorado
The St. Augustine Catholic Church project in Brighton, Colorado consisted of a large parking area of 64,000 sf, installed with the use of Optimus mechanical paver laying equipment.
St. Augustine’s Parish began in 1887 with the collaboration of Bishop Machebeuf, William Howlett and the assistance of 12 area families. Originally, the parish was a quaint brick building with a wooden steeple. Since then, the parish has expanded into a majestic facility with over 800 families attending Sunday services.
With such an increase, it became evident additional parking was required. Not only must the site accommodate the parishioners, but it also needed to compliment the aesthetics of the church itself. In addition, a major concern was safety and the possibility of ice forming in low spots and potholes in asphalt.
As the existing storm sewer infrastructure in Brighton exceeded capacity, the City encouraged church officials to consider alternative designs and advocated a permeable parking structure. St. Augustine’s reviewed a variety of permeable and porous pavement systems before choosing Pavestone Eco-Priora™. Coupling the “front end” costs with life-cost analysis, the church decided Eco pavers “had the better package” according to Ken Anderson, Business Administrator for St. Augustine Catholic Church. Furthermore, they opted to utilize Pavestone’s new Platinum series, which added additional vibrancy and greater color variation.
50,000 sf of the main parking area was installed mechanically. Material was installed a layer at a time (approximately 10 sf per layer), which dramatically reduced installation time and labor costs when compared with hand lay. Water filters between the pavers, through a stone-bedding layer, then directly into the ground, recharging area groundwater.
Permeable pavers have provided the church with the results they were looking for. The Platinum Eco-Priora™ is not only “lovely” but also very functional, ecologically friendly with the benefit of addressing the “icing” issue.
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