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After years of conceptualizing the Westside Park/Bellwood Quarry project, contractors dramatically broke ground in 2018.
StormCon is the nation’s largest annual conference dedicated to stormwater management and surface water quality.
The Oldcastle network has the experience and scale to support development projects of any size, while still providing localized service and expertise.
This influential homebuilding conference is one of the largest in the nation and offers a great deal of insight into industry trends and innovations affecting residential construction ranging from single family homes to planned community development.
In just a few simple clicks, architects and designers can now easily design with three of Belgard’s most popular commercial paver and wall products:
Taking a proactive approach, Belgard team members across the country work with various organizations and schools in an effort to encourage more young people to consider careers in the landscape industry.
Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC®), LEED® is the premier rating system for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
In order to address issues regarding water conservation, flooding concerns or EPA regulations on water pollution, more and more municipalities are turning to permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) systems
Community Benefits from Upscale Look, Reduced Infrastructure and Reduced Maintenance Costs
This incredible mountainside retreat in the resort town of Whitefish features seamless indoor/outdoor living that highlights the spectacular mountainside views of the valley and surrounding Rocky Mountain range.
This year’s expo was held in Philadelphia and offered a wealth of information on emerging trends and new technologies. Below are some of the team’s key learnings from the show.
The Belgard Commercial team strives to continually improve the products, services and resources offered to the commercial hardscape design.
The top hardscape projects in the United States and Canada were honored during an awards ceremony at the 2018 Hardscape North America (HNA) trade show held recently at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
The Belgard Commercial team busily travelled the trade show circuit throughout second quarter of 2018 in the constant quest to be immersed in the latest industry research, trends and technologies.
The use of PICP continues to spread throughout the country both for new construction and retrofit purposes. Here are a few examples.
2018 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMERCIAL HARDSCAPES PROJECTS OF THE YEAR
One of the largest stormwater events in the nation, the 11th annual Ohio Stormwater Conference was held May 9-11, 2018, and was attended by over 900 engineers, city planners, landscape architects and municipal officials.
One of the largest construction projects currently underway in the state of Connecticut, work continues on the new FedEx® Ground distribution hub in Middletown, Middlesex County, that will include over 310,000 square feet of segmental retaining wall block built to a maximum height of 60 feet—making it one of the largest and tallest SRW projects in North America.
Construction of the new state-of-the-art facility incorporated a gamut of Oldcastle architectural products, including over 9,000 square feet of Belgard pavers.
Belgard Commercial segmental retaining walls (SRWs) provide cost-effective wall solutions to achieve a variety of commercial construction design goals. Below are some examples of how the Belgard Commercial team worked with designers, developers and contractors to find creative solutions to reduce costs, maximize usable space or overcome unique site or project challenges.
More than 85,000 attendees from around the globe converged in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 9-11, 2018, for this year's International Builders' Show, hosted by the National Association of Home Builders®. Once again, the Oldcastle® family of brands was excited to be a part of the show to increase awareness of the Oldcastle Builder Solutions program.
The Crash Pad is a Chattanooga, Tennessee, hostel frequented by adventure travelers who enjoy the multiple outdoor activities that the area has to offer, including the wide variety of water sports afforded by the Tennessee River. However, wading or driving in ankle-deep water at the intersection outside their hotel is not exactly what travelers have in mind.
Belgard hit the 2017 tradeshow circuit, showcasing an array of hardscape product and design innovations at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Hardscape North America (HNA) tradeshows. Below are some highlights from those shows, as well as key learnings regarding the hardscape industry trends heading into 2018.
Since introducing the Mirage® Porcelain Paver line in 2015, Belgard has seen an incredible response from the field regarding this contemporary product line that bridges the gap between natural stone and concrete pavers, installs over multiple surfaces, and allows for outdoor applications that mirror the most current interior design trends.
The Minnesota Vikings are renowned to have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. In planning the site for the Twin City Orthopedic Performance Center, the Vikings’ new headquarters and practice facility, it was appropriate that the team’s strong defensive wall have the support of an equally strong retaining wall system optimizing the site for the new facility.
ICPI released the new "Tech Spec 23" document
OSHA recently announced it would delay enforcement of its updated standard on worker exposure to crystalline silica. Enforcement was set to begin June 23, 2017, in the construction industry but has been delayed to Sept. 23, 2017.
In 2015-16, the Atlanta, Georgia, Department of Watershed Management partnered with Belgard Hardscapes to install over four miles of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP).
Research has found that fine sediments entering Lake Tahoe are a major contributing factor to the reduction of lake clarity over the years. One of the identified sources of those fine sediments is the streets, highways and parking areas of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Chuck Taylor, widely recognized as one of the top experts in segmental concrete pavement systems in the United States, received the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award at ICPI’s Summer Meeting in Nashville.
The Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently held their annual conference at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, where Belgard participated in the three-day event as the title sponsor.
Amidst flooding, droughts, water conservation and pollution concerns, stormwater management has become a prominent topic across the nation in recent years, with regulations and incentives trickling down from the federal level and making their way into local municipalities.
February 17-19, Westile educated thousands of eventgoers on how to improve the performance of commercial roofs or convert rooftops to usable plaza space at the International Roofing Expo in Orlando, Florida, a showcase of the latest trends and technology in the commercial and residential roofing industry.
In planning the hardscapes area for a Sierra Nevada Brewing Company brewery near Asheville, NC, Drake Fowler knew the only solution to meet the environmental and aesthetic needs of this conscientious, high-standards company was Belgard Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers (PICP). The chosen blend of Aqua Roc II pavers satisfied all of the construction goals with the ability to withstand heavy vehicular traffic, reduce stormwater runoff, meet ADA requirements for foot traffic, and offer long-lasting durability and a favorable solid reflexivity index (SRI).
A 10 foot Belgard® Mega-Tandem™ gravity wall installed on the bank of the river was recently put to the test when it successfully withstood a 20-year flood event.
In recent years, the state of Tennessee has aggressively pursued ways to mitigate stormwater runoff quality and quantity. As part of that initiative, Belgard Commercial has now installed over two million square feet of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) systems on various projects across the state.
When slopes have failed due to flooding, heavy rain events and overly saturated soils, SRWs can provide a cost-effective solution to site or land construction costs. Learn the advantages of SRW over cast-in-place or traditional masonry walls.
EPA will award individual grants ranging from $40,000 to $60,000 for qualifying green infrastructure projects in 18 designated Urban Waters Federal Partnership Locations.
As the need for new bridges increases, segmental retaining walls provide an economical solution as part of a Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) Integrated Bridge System (IBS).
The September 2014 issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News profiled the transformation of the historic Indianapolis plaza originally built to the host the 1987 Pan American games.
Mega-Tandem™ Mass Segmental Retaining Wall™ was able to provide both site and aesthetic solutions to meet the project’s construction needs.
The random-score pattern of Keystone® Compac III gave the wall the look of multiple sized pieces without the added installation cost.
Belgard imbed natural stone, shell, and white marble aggregates into the mix when manufacturing the Moduline pavers that would create this plaza for Bayfront Park and the newly renovated Pérez Art Museum
The overall design goal of this multifamily construction project was to create a high-end luxury apartment complex with natural design elements that would complement the Arizona landscape.
David Landwehr, owner of Constance Marina on the Ohio River, wanted to create a more attractive riverside entrance to his facility that would be able to withstand the riverbank’s harsh environment. The 10 foot Belgard® Mega-Tandem™ gravity wall installed on the bank of the river was recently put to the test when it successfully withstood a 20-year flood event, with waters cresting less than 6 inches below the top of the wall and no resulting signs of distress or degradation of the wall system.
Organized and operated by volunteers, the Garden District Farmers’ Market is located on Milwaukee’s south side at the northern entrance of the Milwaukee Green Corridor project. The Green Corridor area is designated by the district to showcase a wide variety of sustainable projects that ultimately seek to improve environmental performance, attract business development, raise public awareness and support regional growth.