Pine Hall Brick, the largest supplier of clay brick pavers in the United States, had its StormPave permeable paver chosen for a project that won its category in the Hardscape Project Award competition at the 2013 Hardscape North America trade show.
Sutton Park, a community park in Palmetto, Florida, won in the Clay Brick (Permeable) Residential/Commercial category. The project incorporated green construction materials and techniques to build a community park that’s fast becoming the town’s centerpiece. The award recognizes Stellar Development, the general contractor, and is scheduled to be presented during ceremonies at the Hardscape North America trade show. The show is taking place Oct. 23-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.
Sutton Park is a central part of the Palmetto, Florida community. Families picnic regularly there and on Friday nights, there are outdoor movies. Bicyclists and pedestrians share the space. The challenge in designing the project was twofold. First, the designers wanted to incorporate green construction into the design. Second, it placed a specific emphasis on minimizing stormwater runoff which flooded during heavy rains dumping untreated water into the Manatee River.
For the first priority, the design included permeable pavers, LED lighting, drought tolerant landscaping and a low-volume irrigation system using treated effluent. To treat the storm runoff, approximately 23,000 square feet of StormPave pavers from Pine Hall Brick Company were specified because they provided a way to treat stormwater on site, were durable enough to withstand both pedestrian and vehicular traffic and were inexpensive to maintain. Several heavy rainfalls, including one tropical storm, tested the StormPave installation and it worked flawlessly.
On the ground, the aesthetics of the pavers are an advantage. The variety of colors allowed design flexibility both in how the project looks and in how it allowed designers to create gathering areas using concentric circles and other patterns to subliminally guide visitors around the park. In one example, paver patterns were altered to help steer pedestrian and bicycle users in separate directions.
Because the projects were built to last for decades, the town chose materials built to last, include of faux stone and concrete. The color in clay bricks and pavers goes all the way through and never changes, so they will look the same 50 years from now as they do today, with minimal maintenance. That means they’ll be there today and they’ll be there tomorrow, just like Palmetto itself.