The University of Louisville School of Dentistry renovation features new pervious pavement, one of the largest applications in the region. Luckett & Farley, Architects and Engineers is responsible for the facility’s current renovation. Traditional asphalt pavement was replaced with pervious pavement for the new parking and turnabout areas surrounding the front entrance. In doing so, Luckett & Farley provided a solution to UofL that not only reduces their impact on the environment, but helps their bottom line as well.

Nearly 90% of all pollutants in the pervious installation area will be treated through the underground stone chamber.

In a typical rainfall event (1-year storm), this pervious installation will prevent over 7,500 gallons of water from reaching the storm sewer.

Even in the most extreme rainfall event, this pervious installation will be able to handle all of the runoff flows.

 

Local benefits for the use of pervious pavement in projects

Initial benefits

    • Green Infrastructure Incentives from MSD
    • Maximize Property Development (More Underground Storage = Less Detention or Retention Area Needed 
    • Attractive Areas for Users
    • Campus Educational Opportunities
    • Good Community Partner and Environmental Stewardship

Long-term benefits

    • Discounted MSD Stormwater Fees
    • Reduced Sewer Overflows and Flooding 
    • Reduced Heating and Cooling Costs
    • Improved Air Quality and Human Health
    • Increased Land Values

Still not convinced?

Take a look at these videos to see pervious paving materials in action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prYQjNM7wgs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08MdQ4CT6iw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59efh2eqR04

To learn more about the benefits of pervious pavements check out this article by Adam Meyer, a LEED Accredited Professional and Graduate Civil Engineer at Luckett & Farley.

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