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May 17, 2013

Pervious concrete
Woods at Golden Given

Photo courtesy of WACA [enlarge]
Pervious pavement was used throughout this Habitat for Humanity development in Pierce County.

Location: Midland, Pierce County

Owner/developer: Habitat for Humanity

Project team: RPD, general contractor; Apex Engineering, engineer and design consultant; Concreteman/Global Contractors LLC, concrete contractor; CalPortland, ready-mix supplier

Habitat for Humanity works with low-income families to help them build and own affordable homes.

The Woods at Golden Given is a 30-house development on 7 acres just south of Tacoma.

Pervious concrete is being used throughout the development for its low environmental footprint.

The project was the local Habitat group’s first low-impact development to preserve wetland areas. A large green space in the center of the site retains many of the existing trees.

Sidewalks, drive aisles, parking areas were all paved using pervious pavement — 50,000 square feet in all. The pavement system eliminates the need for stormwater facilities to collect, convey, treat and release the runoff.

Standard gray pervious pavement was used for the main roadway, with red pervious pavement for the community parking areas, and gold for the sidewalks.

Even the tennis court was built with pervious pavement.

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