Acton / Aqua Dulce Public Library, Acton, CA

Project Name: Acton / Aqua Dulce Public Library

Products: Rainstore3 and Gravelpave2

Applications: Underground Stormwater Detention (Rainstore3) and Porous Paving Parking (Gravelpave2)

City: Acton

State/Province: California

Install Date: March 2009

Client: County of Los Angeles Library

Install Size: 2880 Units, Rainstore3; 450 sq meters (4,800 sq ft), Gravelpave2

Address: 33792 Crown Valley Rd. Acton, CA 93510

Designer:  URS Cash & Associates, TetraDesign

Contractor: Morrissey Construction

Directions: 33792 Crown Valley Rd. Acton, CA 93510

Photography:  Al Green, Gersen Co. (2016)

Summary: The designers of the library have Gravelpave2 porous pavement infiltrating into an underground Rainstore3 detention system.  The surface water from the surrounding impermeable pavement is directed toward the Gravelpave2 parking area and swale and then passes through the cross-section to the Rainstore3 chamber underneath.

Gravelpave2 parking over Rainstore3

The Gravelpave2 parking area receives runoff from the adjacent asphalt drive aisle.

Gravelpave2 swale

The Gravelpave2 swale area between the parking bays, also functions as an infiltration vehicle to the Rainstore3 below.

Gravelpave2 and Rainstore3 detention systems

Gravelpave2 parking area infiltrates into the Rainstore3 detention systems below.

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Data Safe, Newark, CA

Project Name: Data Safe

Products: Gravelpave2

Applications: Fire Lane and Access Road

City: Newark

State/Province: California

Install Date: March 2012

Client: Data Safe

Install Size: 1,200 sq meters (132,000 sq ft), Gravelpave2

Address: 37580 Filbert St. Newark, CA

Designer:  N/A

Contractor: Gateway Landscape

Directions: 37580 Filbert St. Newark, CA

Photography:  Ernie Cowell

Summary: A tough and durable surface was needed for the fire lane and access area at the Data Safe site.   They also had to comply with stormwater regulations on the amount of impermeable surface that was allowed.  Gravelpave2 was the solution they needed – strong for fire lanes, durable for travel as an access road, and of course, porous to meet the regulations.

Gravelpave2 porous fire lane

The finished Gravelpave2 fire lane.

Gravel is place into the rings. Do not drive on empty rings - follow the procedure shown here.

Gravel is place into the rings. Do not drive on empty rings – follow the procedure shown here.

Gravelpave2 fire lane

Black Gravelpave2 opens up to a wider area in the back corner of the building.

Gravelpave2 area.

Gravelpave2 is fitted to the area.

Gravelpave2 being filled.

A close-up of the gravel fill in the cylinders and void space of Gravelpave2.

Gravelpave2 in a fire lane

The 13,000 sq ft of black Gravelpave2 is ready for fill.

Gravelpave2 fire lane.

A view of the gravel being pushed into the Gravelpave2.

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Freeman, Batavia, OH

Project Name: Freeman Enclosure Systems

Products: Rainstore3

Applications: Underground Stormwater Detention

City: Batavia

State/Province: Ohio

Install Date: February 2016

Client: Freeman Enclosure Systems

Install Size: 6720 Units, Three separate chambers.

Address: 4160 Willimasburg Township, Batavia, OH

Designer:  Larry Roberts Construction

Contractor: Larry Roberts Construction

Directions:4160 Willimasburg Township, Batavia, OH

Photography:  John Miles, Hydrosource

Summary: Freeman Enclosure Systems manufacturing was expanding and needed more parking.  Parking was moved to the front of the building from the rear.  With the expansion, additional stormwater detention was needed.    The site and surrounding area has a high water table and space was limited.  Rainstore3 was chosen for it’s efficiency (94% void space), flexible design, and stack heights.  Stacks of 10 high / 1 meter / 3.28 ft, were placed in the chambers.  Three separate beds/chambers were placed on site.  Two of the chambers are connected by pipes and essentially create one larger chamber, hydraulically. The three beds of Rainstore3 chambers work in conjuction with the existing detention pond to capture and detain the stormwater falling onto the property.

Positioning Rainstore3 stacks

The Rainstore3 stacks were easily adjusted by one worker for exact positioning.

Unrolling geogrid for Rainstore3 installation

Geogrid is placed on the prepared excavated area, then geotextile fabric encases the Rainstore3.

Stacked at 10 units high (1 meter / 3.28 ft), Rainstore3 was placed in the excavated area.

Stacked at 10 units high (1 meter / 3.28 ft), Rainstore3 was placed in the excavated area.


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Foster Church, Spring Valley, New York

Project Name: Foster Church

Products: Terratame2

Applications:  Overflow Grass Parking

City: Spring Valley

State/Province: New York

Install Date:  April 2015

Client: Foster Church

Install Size: 840 sq meters (9,000 sq ft)

Address: 467-477 Pascack Road, Spring Valley, NY

Designer:  N/A

Contractor: N/A

Directions:467-477 Pascack Road, Spring Valley, NY

Photography:  Ralph Morgan, NECR

Summary: Terratame2 provides overflow parking for the Foster Church.  Used only at peak times, this was a great application for grass parking.  To get the best possible installation, void spaces in the Terratame2 were filled with topsoil and then seeded.  The prepared ground also optimized the chances for a good installation.

The parking lot was the design of an Architect in the Congregation of Foster Church.

Terratame2 for parking

Grass from seed, coming up into the Terratame2 overflow parking lot.

Seeded Terratame2

The Terratame2, just visible, was filled with top soil and seeded.

Rolled Terratame2

Terratame2 was rolled out onto prepared soil.

Terratame2 is just visible after the top soil is spread.

Terratame2 is just visible after the top soil is spread.

Nine thousand square feet of overflow parking was provided by Terratame2.

Nine thousand square feet of overflow parking was provided by Terratame2.

Grass seed was planted in the top soil-filled Terratame2.

Grass seed was planted in the top soil-filled Terratame2.

Terratame2 grass planting

Areas seeded/installed at different times, show the intermediate and maturing grass plants.


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Cell Tower Access Road, Norton, Massachusetts

Project Name: Cell Tower Access Road

Products: Gravelpave2

Applications:  Road Reinforcement

City: Norton

State/Province: Massachusetts

Install Date:  December 2015

Client: NA

Install Size: 230 sq meters (2,460 sq ft)

Address: NA

Designer:  NA

Contractor: CVS Foundations, LLC

Directions:NA

Photography:  Ralph Morgan, NECR

Summary: Custom sizing model 2520 to achieve the needed dimensions for this access road was easily accomplished.  Workers joined one full 2520 roll (8.2 ft/ 2.5 m) and a 1/2 cut roll (4.1 ft/ 1.25m) together to create a total width of 12.3 ft (3.75 m) with an approximate length of 200 ft.

The base course has been placed and compacted. Workers being unrolling and anchoring the black Gravelpave2.

Anchors are hammered through Gravelpave2 and into the base course.

A view of the 200 foot long access road to the cell tower.

Gravelpave2 will provide the road erosion control and mitigate rutting.

Another view of the access road.


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Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital and Fire Department Test, Germantown, TN

Project Name: Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital & Fire Department Test

Products: Grasspave2

Applications:  Grass fire lane

City: Germantown

State/Province: Tennessee

Install Date:  April 2008

Client: Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital

Install Size: 1800 sq meters (19,400 sq ft) 

Address: 7691 Poplar Ave, Germantown, TN 38138

Designer:  NA 

Contractor: Pro Green Landscapes

Directions: 7691 Poplar Ave, Germantown, TN 38138

Summary: The Germantown Fire Department required onsite testing for the Hospital fire lane installation.   Invisible Structures recommends testing with grass grown on the system (with two weeks of rooting), however even without grass, this installation passed with flying colors.

Even with the fully extended ladder, the outriggers are no match for the impressive 15,940 psi compressive strength of Grasspave2.

The ladder is extended with the outriggers engaged.

The ladder is extended with the outriggers engaged.

The Grasspave2 grass fire lane extends around the hospital.

The Grasspave2 grass fire lane extends around the hospital.

Germantown Fire Department tests the Grasspave2 filled with sand.

Germantown Fire Department tests the Grasspave2 filled with sand.

Even with the outriggers down, the Grasspave2 holds up to the enormous pressure.

Even with the outriggers down, the Grasspave2 holds up to the enormous pressure.


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PowellsWood Garden, Federal Way, WA

Project Name: PowellsWood Garden

Products: Grasspave2

Applications:  Grass parking lot

City: Federal Way

State/Province: Washington

Install Date:  September 2014

Client: PowellsWood Garden

Install Size: 900 sq meters (9,100 sq ft) 

Address: 430 S Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98003

Designer:  Ned Gulbran 

Contractor: PowellsWood

Directions: Traveling Northbound or Southbound on I‑5, take exit 147 and proceed west on South 272nd Street.

At Pacific Highway South, turn left and proceed south to South Dash Point Road. Turn right and follow South Dash Point Road approximately 1 mile. PowellsWood will be on your right, 430 South Dash Point Road.

Photography:  PowellsWood Garden, 2015

Summary: Monte Powell wanted to keep with his vision that the PowellsWood Garden remain sustainable and beautiful.  Mr. Powell chose Grasspave2 for his grass parking lot after a lifetime of gardening, landscaping, and exposure to competitive products. “It’s a great product,” said Powell and he also commented, “I’ve used other grass pavers, your product is superior.”  

Mr. Powell worked with Landscape Architect Ned Gulbran to design the 23 parking stall grass parking lot at the PowellWood Garden.  The soils analysis was a “dream” to work with under a grass paver, according to Powell.  The area was hydroseeded in October of 2014.

Powell relayed that the City is pleased with Grasspave2 at the Garden.  

Grasspave2 parking lot

The Grasspave2 area was hydroseeded and coverage was excellent.

powellswood2

The parking area has space for 23 cars.

powellswood3

A Jaguar club visits the Garden and parks on the Grasspave2.

powellswood4

“It’s a great product,” said Monte Powell. “I’ve used other grass pavers, your  product is superior.”


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Iowa State Fairgrounds / Ruan Plaza, Des Moines, Iowa

Project Name: Iowa State Fairgrounds / Ruan Plaza

Products: Grasspave2

Applications:  Overflow, vendor parking and green space

City: Des Moines

State/Province: Iowa

Install Date:  Summer 2014, Phase I.  Winter 2015-16, Phase II. 

Client: Iowa State Fair

Install Size: Phase I: 4,000 sq meters (44,000 sq ft); Phase II: 1,960 sq meters (18,200 sq ft);  Phase III (2016): TBD.

Address: 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

Designer:  Kirkham Michael

Contractor: Country Landscapes, Inc., Ames, IA

Directions: I-235 to East University Ave.  Go East to E 30th and turn South.  Turn left onto E Grand Ave.  Directly East of the Varied Industries Building.

Photography:  Country Landscapes, Inc.

Summary: Kirkham Michael Consulting Engineers were hired by the Iowa State Fair to solve a parking problem: not enough.  Instead of making a sea of hot asphalt or concrete parking –  in August, in the middle of Iowa – Kirkham Michael presented Grasspave2, a cooler and greener alternative.  The Ruan Plaza transformed into a lush, green space that doubles as a parking lot for vendors during the fair.

The base is prepared and ready for Hydrogrow and Grasspave2.

The base is prepared and ready for Hydrogrow and Grasspave2.

Grasspave2 is ready for sand fill.

Grasspave2 is ready for sand fill.

Grasspave2 installed. Grasspave2 was easily cut for lamp post bases and other obstacles.

Grasspave2 installed. Grasspave2 was easily cut for lamp post bases and other obstacles.

Grasspave2 Iowa State Fair

Plaza installation complete. Area was sodded for use in time for the Fair.

Completed sod installation on Grasspave2.

Completed sod installation on Grasspave2.


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Estadio BBVA Bancomer (Rayados Soccer Stadium), Guadalupe, Nuevo León, MX

Project Name: Estadio BBVA Bancomer (Rayados Soccer Stadium)

Products:   Grasspave2 & Gravelpave2

Applications:  Grass parking and Gravel reinforcement

City: Guadalupe

State/Province: Nuevo León

Install Date:  May 2015

Client: FEMSA

Install Size: 30,000 sq meters (323,000 sq ft) Grasspave2 and 2,280 sq meters (22,400 sq ft) Gravelpave2

Address: Avenida Pablo Livas 2204, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Designer:  Populous, VFO Architects, and Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V.

Contractor: Constructora Maiz Mier

Directions: Avenida Pablo Livas 2204, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Photography:  NA. Rendering courtesy of Populous, 2015. Dario Guarrero, 2016.

Summary: The Stadium, designed by Populous and VFO Architects, was set out to integrate the site with the surrounding area.  More than one third of the site will be green areas, including the 30,000 square meters (323,000 sq ft) of Grasspave2 parking.  The stadium will accommodate 50,000 visitors mainly fans of the Rayados Football (Soccer) club, CF Monterrey. 

Grasspave2 was used to filter and restore rainwater back to existing aquifers.  The parking lot is distributed around the stadium and integrates the existing wooded areas.  The Stadium will also be integrated, via parking and green space, with a future Ecological Park.

22,400 square feet of Gravelpave2 was installed in some drive aisle and parking areas to increase the perviousness of the site.

Grasspave2 Grass paver parking

Grasspave2 parking bays are separated by concrete drive aisles.

Grasspave2 Parking

An arial view of the stadium and surrounding Grasspave2 parking.

Gravelpave2

Tan Gravelpave2 was used in some drive aisles and access roads.

Rendering of the stadium parking lot.

Rendering of the stadium parking lot.

Ground level view of the installed Grasspave2 parking and the stadium.

Ground level view of the installed Grasspave2 parking and the stadium.

BBVA Stadium

A look at the new stadium’s seats and playing field. BBVA Stadium has become a tourist attraction.


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Christ Chapel, Fort Worth, Texas


Project Name: Christ Chapel

Products: Draincore2 and  Grasspave2

Applications:  Grass parking  lot with drainage layer

City: Fort Worth

State/Province: Texas

Install Date:  August 2014

Client: Christ Chapel

Install Size: 6500 sq meters (70,000 sq ft) Draincore2 and 6500 sq meters (70,000 sq ft) Grasspave2

Address: 3701 Birchman Ave, Fort Worth

Designer:  Scott Martsolf, Architect

Contractor: Roger Henjum, Concrete Paver Systems, 1215 Crest Lane Dr, Duncanville, Texas  75137

Directions: 3701 Birchman Ave, Fort Worth

Photography:  Roger Tadlock, MKM Sales

Summary: 70,000 sq ft of Draincore2 and 70,000 sq ft of Grasspave2 makes the Christ Chapel parking lot a model of drainage efficiency. Draincore2 sits atop an impermeable liner and conveys water, at a slope, to pipe at the lowest portion of the system.  Pipe carries water to a sump pump.  A geotextile filter fabric separates Draincore2 from 12 inches of base course.  Grasspave2 was placed on top of the base course for 70,000 sq ft of grass parking.

The parking lot is only open when services are in session.  All other time bollards prevent the Grasspave2 parking lot from being used.  Daily visitors park in a impermeable concrete lot.


Grasspave2 Parking lot

Concrete curbing surrounding the Grasspave2 parking lot.

Grasspave2 parking

The 70,000 sq ft of Grasspave2 is placed and ready for sand.

Grasspave2 grass paver parking lot

Rolls of Grasspave2 are placed and fastened together.

Draincore2 to pipe

The Draincore2 portion is connected, via pipe, to the sump.

Draincore2 sub drainage

The surface is ready for Grasspave2. The liner is just visible coming up from under the Draincoe2.

Draincore2 and Grasspave2 parking lot

The area is graded and ready for construction.

Grasspave2 and Draincore2 parking lot

The parking lot is graded and ready for base course.


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