polished pervious concrete

White Hill Middle School - A Revisit

Back in 2013 Bay Area Pervious Concrete was hired to install some BAPC Polished Pervious Concrete™ on the newly expanded campus of White Hill Middle School in Fairfax, CA. The project's site designs were done by our friends at Sherwood Engineers. Recently, a group of Sherwood Engineers project managers took a tour of the school to review how the site improvements fared after five years of use. They were kind enough to share some photos with us.   

School's courtyard and amphitheater feature BAPC Classic Pervious Concrete. Credit: Sherwood Engineers

School's courtyard and amphitheater feature BAPC Classic Pervious Concrete. Credit: Sherwood Engineers

Our friend was happy to report that the pervious concrete still looked great and was performing well. The school appeared to be very happy with the site improvements, and it showed! The pervious concrete had been maintained, kept clean, and looked as good as the day we polished it.

Conventional concrete walkway bisects the pervious concrete and planter areas. Credit: Sherwood Engineers

Conventional concrete walkway bisects the pervious concrete and planter areas. Credit: Sherwood Engineers

Green Infrastructure Tour - UC Berkeley

Green Infrastructure Tour - UC Berkeley

A summary of the green infrastructure tour of the University of California Berkeley (UCB) campus hosted by the ASCE SF Chapter's Sustainability Committee. The tour covered a variety of stormwater best management practices, including rain gardens, pervious concrete, and greywater systems. The tour even got to check in on the Melvin Calvin Lab pervious concrete walkway Bay Area Pervious Concrete installed back in 2013.

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Pervious Concrete Provides Both Modern and Classic Curb Appeal

Pervious Concrete Provides Both Modern and Classic Curb Appeal

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. 

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Mac Dutra Plaza Revitalized with Pervious Concrete

Mac Dutra Plaza Revitalized with Pervious Concrete

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.

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Creating a Curvaceous Polished Pervious Concrete Patio

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

White Hill Middle School Gets a Brand New Courtyard

White Hill Middle School up in Marin County is the first school to put in polished pervious concrete! WRNS Studio designed it in the main courtyard area between classrooms as well the shaded amphitheater style steps, shown below.

The finishing touches were just getting completed as teachers were prepping classrooms in anticipation of classes starting. It was very exciting!


We were able to get this fantastic design installed with the help of a dedicated team of design professionals. Joel Williams and Pauline Souza from WRNS Studios were invaluable as design advocates for pervious concrete from the beginning of the project. Mike Hastings, from Sherwood Engineering, was the civil on the project, and his collaboration and cooperation on the technical aspects enabled us keep momentum going. We look forward to working with both of these firms in the future, for more pervious concrete projects!!

And here is our favorite shot - a close up of the nice tidy finish, and the subtle color variations in the polished finish the school administrators were looking for.


UC Berkeley's newest path is pervious

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing has a new home in the Melvin Calvin Laboratory building on UC Berkeley’s campus. And skirting the southwest edge is a new polished pervious concrete path! The next time you find yourself on campus, I hope you bring some water and pour some out on their new pervious path!
This is where the path is adjacent to Optometry Lane.

Polished Fine Pervious Installed in Los Altos Hills!

Polished Fine Pervious Installed in Los Altos Hills!

A new residence has installed a pervious concrete driveway - but what is special is the size of the aggregate! It is a 1/8 inch aggregate that polishes up beautifully! You can see this incredibly smooth and polished look starting at the gates and sweeping up to the front of the house. Pervious concrete is also featured around the parking pad in the back and there is a wonderful view of the valley below. All the photos in the gallery below!

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Pervious Patio at the Hyatt Regency SFO

The Hyatt wanted a new look and feel for two areas on either side of a walkway that connected the north entrance and the parking garage. They wanted to rip out the existing plants and replace it with a usable patio space. They also wanted pervious concrete - so they called us!

After we installed the Polished Pervious® concrete, we scored it, completing the look. The Hyatt put out this sleek and modern furniture, turning this previously unusable corner into a nice place to take a break! Below is the larger area, to the east of the pathway.

If you have a before and after job for us, let us know- contact us or leave a comment below!

 

 

Did You Say Decorative Pervious Concrete?

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!  

Polished pervious concrete featuring integral color and metallic fleck finish

Polished pervious concrete featuring integral color and metallic fleck finish

Give us a call or email us if you would like more information, a driveway or parking lot in the below finish, or an in-office presentation with samples!

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