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Base Design Tables - Handy Design Cheat Sheets

Base Design Tables - Handy Design Cheat Sheets

Bay Area Pervious Concrete strives to provide designers and engineers with resources to make their stormwater & pervious concrete designs smarter, easier, and more cost effective. Our Technical Services division has out done themselves with their latest addition to our Resource library providing something you can't find anywhere else - Base Design Tables.

Want to know how much base rock you need under your pervious concrete pavement? We've done all the calculations for you! Designed with low infiltration soils, like Class C & D, in mind these design tables allow you to quickly size the infiltration bed underneath your pervious concrete. Tables feature calculations for infiltration rates as low as 0.025 inches per hour! Read for more details.

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Spring Cleaning! Download New Specifications, Design Details and Performance Data Sheet!

Spring Cleaning! Download New Specifications, Design Details and Performance Data Sheet!

It's April, so it's the perfect time for some spring cleaning! Time to clean out those dusty pervious concrete specifications and design details you have laying around, and replace them with something new and fresh. We have released new updates on all the favorites!

Visit our Resources Section and you can download the latest the industry has to offer

  • Specifications 

  • Typical Design details

  • Performance Data Sheet 

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Heavy Fog and Wind, No Problem! Installing Pervious Concrete on a Mountain Top

Heavy Fog and Wind, No Problem! Installing Pervious Concrete on a Mountain Top

Most of the time in Northern California we enjoy fairly mild weather and sunshine, but it's not always sunny in the Golden State. The San Francisco bay area is known for its fog. This can provide some unique installation conditions, especially when you are installing pervious concrete on the top of the highest peak of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mount Umunhum.

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Tamien Park - Community Driven Design with Stormwater in Mind

Tamien Park - Community Driven Design with Stormwater in Mind

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!

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Staying Up-To-Date with Pervious Concrete Design

Staying Up-To-Date with Pervious Concrete Design

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. 

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Want to Improve your Low-Impact Development Projects? Take This Tour.

Want to Improve your Low-Impact Development Projects? Take This Tour.

Santa Cruz County is providing a tour of five of its recent low-impact development projects. At each stop on the tour you will be able to gain insights from the project managers, engineers, architects and contractors that worked on the projects. In addition, the tour features Bay Area Pervious Concrete's installation at Heart of Soquel Park. David Liguori will be at the Heart of Soquel Park tour stop to talk about the pervious concrete courtyard and parking lot we installed at the park in 2015. 

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Stormwater Sleuthing - Episode 3 - El Camino Park, Palo Alto

Stormwater Sleuthing - Episode 3 - El Camino Park, Palo Alto

El Niño brought us a gift this winter, some much needed rain! The most recent storm allowed us to finally bring you another in our Stormwater Sleuthing Video series. This episode features a real-life demonstration of the performance of pervious concrete at our recently completed project at El Camino Park in Palo Alto, as compared to traditional asphalt and concrete.

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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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Arana Gulch Trail - A Revisit

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.

Sneak Peek of Boeddekker Park- A Tenderloin gem

The Grand Opening of Boeddeker Park is on December 10, 2014 from 1-4pm. The park is located in the Tenderloin at 246 Eddy Street in San Francisco. Why are we so excited about this park? Because most of the hardscape is our Fine Grain Pervious Concrete and it looks gorgeous!

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We hope you swing by to check it out, either on the 10th or sometime after. It has exercise equipment for adults, play equipment for children and seating and grass for general playing. It is a lovely open oasis in the middle of the Tenderloin. For more information about this park click here to go to the SF recreation department page on the celebration.

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Santa Cruz loves Pervious Concrete

....for park multi-use trails!!

Revisited the trail in March 2015.

Revisited the trail in March 2015.

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
  • Porous 
  • 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!

Commodore Park in San Jose is now ready for a Frisbee!

San Jose’s newest park features a colored pervious concrete path going around the park! And it is finally open! Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program honored the City of San José with an award for Commodore Park’s Site Design and Low Impact Development for Storm Water Pollution. The award recognizes the park's low-impact development features that are helping to protect water quality by filtering stormwater through plants and soil, while allowing stormwater to infiltrate into the ground to help replenish groundwater. 

Time to load up the family, grab the frisbee and explore this great new space. It has children’s playground equipment, adult’s exercise equipment, picnic areas and a grassy expanse, all accessed by ADA friendly pervious concrete. It is a lovely space to spend the day.


If you head out there, please send us photos of you enjoying the park! We will post them here! :)

 

Sausalito Fairytale: Harrison Park

Harrison Park, a tiny oasis in the residential area of Sausalito boasts one of the only playgrounds in the city, as well as a pervious concrete path!  Take a look around and the next time you are there, check out Harrison Park in the hills of Sausalito!!

Have you been? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below: