PALMETTO BAY, Florida – Hanson Hardscapes, a premier North American manufacturer of hardscape products, was recognized by the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and Hardscape North America (HNA) for their materials contribution to the Village of Palmetto Bay City Hall project. Hanson provided more than 40,000 square feet of AquaPave permeable pavers for the three major spaces — the civic green, the Bismarkia palm court and the entrance plaza — that create the public realm around the new village center, which also houses the police station, building department, municipal offices and council chambers. Hanson’s AquaPave on-site stormwater management system supports the village’s commitment to sustainability through its ability to harvest stormwater for re-use.
“Contributing to sustainability through stormwater management is one of the most important benefits of our products,” said Pete Zingarella, vice president of sales, Hanson Hardscapes. “We are proud to be recognized for our efforts in this category, and we hope to continue supplying our customers the best variety of products for their needs.”
The Palmetto Bay City Hall project received the Award of Excellence in the pavers category for the 2011 NCMA/ICPI Design Awards of Excellence competition, as well as the commercial/industrial award in the concrete pavers category of the HNA Hardscape Project Awards. The project was chosen by NCMA/ICPI for its design excellence and environmental advancement and was selected by HNA based on use of colors, shapes, textures and patterns; systems and construction innovation; and excellence in craftsmanship.
Hanson was chosen by landscape architect and project designer O’Leary Richards Design Association, Inc. to provide AquaPave’s permeable on-site stormwater source control system for the project due to cost efficiency as well as the environmental benefits of the product.
“Our product also allowed the project’s designer to select custom paver colors complementary to the village center’s unique Spanish Revival architecture,” said Zingarella.
Hanson’s materials met or exceeded the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements while still creating spaces that aesthetically and functionally met the program elements of the project. Approximately 20,000 square feet of roadways at the center are paved with AquaPave. The product eliminates stormwater runoff by allowing rainwater to infiltrate its unique sub-base, then treats and siphons the water into a 65,000-gallon cistern, removing up to 99 percent of pollutants (i.e. oils and heavy metals) while harvesting the rest for wastewater re-use. For more information about AquaPave’s stormwater source control system, visit the Hanson Hardscapes website.
The Palmetto Bay Municipal Center is currently on track to be the first LEED® Platinum municipal building in Florida. Hanson’s product for the Palmetto Bay City Hall project was installed by Oliva Brick.