Tamien Park is the newest park in San Jose, one that the community has been waiting years for. Since 2009 residents have spent countless hours in city meetings to help bring this family-friendly park to their community. Designed to meet the needs of the family-oriented community the 3.5 acre park features a playground, picnic areas, basketball courts, multi-use fields, and eventually an exercise station, Tai Chi area, community stage area and jogging path. Along with all those amenities, Tamien park was also designed to manage all of its stormwater on site - 90% of the park's 3.5 acres are permeable!Read More
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To improve traffic flow at a busy intersection in Elk Grove, the City turned a four way intersection into a round-about. But it's not just any round-about, the new intersection also included features to enhance pedestrian safety and pleasure. Among those features is the new pervious concrete pedestrian and bike path that encircles the round-about. See more by watching the virtual fly-over video.Read More
What makes a good pervious concrete specification? This article explains how keeping your specifications up-to-date will allow you to promote good practices, have better performance, and protect you should there be any problems.Read More
Have you considered using pervious concrete on your project, then wished it came in a more appealing color or texture? At Bay Area Pervious Concrete it does! We have developed a wide array of finish options to choose from. Finish options can even be combined to create a truly customized look that will complement your chic, modern design, or something classic and timeless.Read More
Bay Area Pervious Concrete created a multi-generational and multi-functional driveway for the Tah Mah Lah Residence, the "greenest house in America". Held to a high environmental impact standard, the driveway performs beyond typical requirements, providing regeneration of groundwater resources and representing a 64% savings in embodied carbon. It also features BAPC's latest finish option, Portola!Read More
Are you looking for a natural-looking, low-impact hardscape material? BAPC would like to introduce our latest new finish option - Portola™!
Our Portola Pervious Concrete™ provides a similar aesthetic to Decomposed Granite (DG), while providing the same durability, permeability and low-maintenance as the rest of our pervious concrete. All without the mess and maintenance challenges of DG.
The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) is a non-profit organization that protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. It was very important that their office's renovation represented their commitment to their environmental mission. Working with their designer Steve Kikuchi, from Kikuchi + Kankel Design Group, they decided to use pervious concrete for their new parking lot.
Integral color and decorative accent borders of conventional concrete were utilized in order for the parking lot to complement the building's design. So this does not look like any other parking lot you've ever seen.
Last week, in the heart of Half Moon Bay, CA the community was celebrating the re-grand opening of Mac Dutra Plaza. Curving throughout the plaza is Bay Area Pervious Concrete's signature Colored Polished Pervious Concrete. A combination of pervious concrete and pavers were used to aid in stormwater management for the plaza.Read More
What do you do when you love to entertain in your backyard, but every time it rains your backyard gets flooded with puddles? That was the problem one of our clients was trying to solve when they discovered pervious concrete. The only problem was that many of the examples they saw online were mostly rectangular, solid color, installations - something that would not provide a unique show-piece for their backyard. They wanted something that was a talking point for their guests, a patio that stood out from the rest. Luckily, they contacted Bay Area Pervious Concrete. Working with them we developed this custom designed curvaceous patio.
The patio was designed to flow around the backyard, to provide enough room for entertaining, while still leaving room for the owner's gardening projects. Best of all, the pervious concrete put an end to the flooding and puddling issues that sometimes put a damper their party plans.
To create the visual interest that the owner desired colored borders were tooled in by our NRMCA Certified Installers and Technicians. A Polished Pervious finish was also applied to the large center section, while the colored border was left in the Classic Pervious Concrete finish. The terra cotta color was chosen for the border to compliment existing walkways along the sides of the house. We achieved this unique look using only one concrete pour, rather than the standard two pours that most borders tend to require. This allowed us to pass along some savings, in time and money, to the owners, while still achieving a hand-crafted result.
When our clients request something unique Bay Area Pervious Concrete delivers! Let us know what you think. If you have a unique pervious concrete project you want to discuss, please Contact Us.
The Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP) announced that the San Jose Environmental Innovation Center (SJEIC) was among the winners of the 2015 Site Design for Protecting Water Quality.Read More
If you haven't been lucky enough to experience the renovated Arana Gulch Trail in Santa Cruz yet, you are in luck! Thanks to a video shot by Greg McPheeters, of People Power, you can ride the trail from anywhere.
We are so happy that people are excited about the new trail and are sharing their experiences of it. If you have your own Arana Gulch trail photos to share we would love to see them.
Renovated Heart of Soquel Park in Santa Cruz, CA features colored pervious concrete in the plaza and parking lot, installed by Bay Area Pervious Concrete.Read More
Park 20 apartments chose colored and Polished pervious concrete for their emergency vehicle access road, installed by Bay area Pervious Concrete.Read More
....for park multi-use trails!!
While we know pervious concrete is a great multi-use trail material, the City of Santa Cruz spent years seeking the perfect trail material before they settled on pervious concrete for the Arana Gulch multi-use trail project. They needed something that was safe and non-slip in all weather conditions, accessible for wheelchairs in all weather, protected water quality, was permeable, low maintenance, and looks the part- clearly pervious concrete!
The City agreed that pervious concrete met all their needs and then some. Below is the list of features they considered in selecting pervious concrete:
- Durable; does not rut, ravel or crack easily
- Strong; stays firm, level and safe
- Long life expectancy
- Low glare
- Integral color of native earth
- Low maintenance
- Good for wheelchairs, strollers etc.
- Less inviting for skateboards and fast traffic
- Accommodates light maintenance vehicles
- Rustic appearance
- Cost effective
We don’t need to quote them further, read their original blog post for more details. Great work, Santa Cruz!! Even more great they hired BAPC to install it. Above you can see a photo of the Broadway Brommer Arana Gulch path that we installed. If you use the Arana Gulch Broadway Brommer Multi-Use path, send us your photos, and we would love to post them!
We just finished another residential driveway, this time in the faculty housing area of Stanford University’s campus. This mix features an integral concrete color called ‘Sandstone’ and a modern landscaping. What do you think?
The view from the front steps:
The view, heading to the street:
We have just compiled an entire gallery of Bay Area Pervious Concrete’s own decorative concrete innovations! Featuring everything from a metallic fleck, to our exposed smooth aggregate finish, and custom aggregates and borders. Pervious concrete no longer has to look like rice crispy treats. Visit our Bay Area Pervious Concrete’s Decorative gallery for all the hot looks!