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NCLC Winners Advance to HNA Competition
Get highlights from this year's National Collegiate Landscape Competition and see who's advancing to HNA in October.
National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC)
Belgard is a proud sponsor of the 2022 National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC).
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Learn more about our paver design services in this month Technical Bulletin on interlocking concrete pavers.
TRENDS IN ROOFTOP PAVER SYSTEMS
By converting a rooftop into a plaza or terrace, the space can be used for outdoor living, traffic areas, or a variety of income-producing commercial usage.
INFILTRATION RATES FOR BELGARD® PERMEABLE PAVERS
Belgard permeable pavers are an excellent choice for stormwater management providing property owners with a low maintenance stormwater control measure and structural pavement surface in one system. And best of all, it is considered green infrastructure, infiltrating rainwater directly through the pavement openings, improving site drainage and dramatically reducing the need for deicing salts. This Technical Note provides information concerning joint aggregate permeability and surface infiltration performance for Belgard permeable pavement systems.
Permeable Paver Technical Bulletin
The latest information on the maintenance of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) systems including comparative research, the best equipment to use and our updated best practices manual.
Limited for space and facing stringent stormwater quality and storage regulations, a Belgard Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) system was the perfect prescription for this medical building parking lot.
RESULTS FOR DE-ICING RESEARCH - PICP
Runoff containing de-icing road salts can potentially harm waterways and biological systems.
Specifying Pavers for Commercial Applications
This Paver Technical Bulletin addresses design considerations for various paver applications with downloadable resources specific to traffic types and load requirements.
Rhode Island Saves Taxpayers with New Bridge Technology
Rhode Island has successfully constructed seven additional GRS-IBS projects providing financial savings to taxpayers
Digital Learning Center
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INSIGHTS FROM 1Q 2020 INDUSTRY TRADE SHOWS
The Belgard team once again hit the first quarter trade show circuit to keep a finger on the pulse of industry innovations, needs and design trends.
Key Learnings from the 2019 ASLA Conference
The largest annual gathering of industry professionals in the world
Atlanta’s Westside Park and Reservoir Megaproject
After years of conceptualizing the Westside Park/Bellwood Quarry project, contractors dramatically broke ground in 2018.
KEY LEARNINGS FROM STORMCON 2019
StormCon is the nation’s largest annual conference dedicated to stormwater management and surface water quality.
OLDCASTLE OFFERS COMPREHENSIVE LAND DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS
The Oldcastle network has the experience and scale to support development projects of any size, while still providing localized service and expertise.
Highlights From PCBA 2019
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.
Belgard Commercial Releases Innovative BIM Design Tools
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:
BELGARD INVESTS IN THE FUTURE OF THE LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY
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.
How LEED v4.1 Affects The Hardscapes 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.
Why Municipalities Choose PICP for Stormwater Management
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
Permeable Pavers Provide a Win-Win-Win for 500-Acre Development
Community Benefits from Upscale Look, Reduced Infrastructure and Reduced Maintenance Costs
DESIGNER’S PERSPECTIVE OF THE HGTV® DREAM HOUSE 2019 OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES
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.
Key Learnings From ASLA Expo 2018
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.
Looking Ahead to 2019 Commercial Hardscapes
The Belgard Commercial team strives to continually improve the products, services and resources offered to the commercial hardscape design.
Belgard Projects Snag Multiple Nods at 2018 HNA Project Awards
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.
Key Learning from 2018 AIA & PCBC Trade Shows
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.
Permeable Pavements Go Mainstream
The use of PICP continues to spread throughout the country both for new construction and retrofit purposes. Here are a few examples.
Sierra Commercial Projects of the Year
2018 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMERCIAL HARDSCAPES PROJECTS OF THE YEAR
Key Learnings from the 2018 Ohio Stormwater Conference
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.
Work Nears Completion on Fed Ex Ground Distribution Hub
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.
Belgard Commercial Paves The Way To One Of The Largest Stadiums In The U.S.
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.
Wall Solutions Case Studies
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.
Highlights from the NAHB® 2018 International Builders' Show
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.
Pilot Public-Private Partnership Provides Dual Environmental Solution
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.
Stepping Into the Future of Hardscapes
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.
Design Considerations for Mirage Porcelain Pavers
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.
Mega-Tandem™ MSRW® System Optimizes Site for Future Minnesota Vikings Headquarters
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.
New ICPI Permeable Paver Maintenance Guide
ICPI released the new "Tech Spec 23" document
Enforcement of OSHA’s New Silica Rule Delayed
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.
Belgard Partners with the City of Atlanta for the Largest Permeable Pavement Project
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).
Eco Dublin Plays Role in Cleaning Up Lake Tahoe
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 Receives ICPI Lifetime Achievement Award
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.
Belgard Sponsors 2016 Texas ASLA Conference
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.
PICP Rainwater Harvesting
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.
Westile Attends International Roofing Expo
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.
Permeable Pavement System On Tap to Protect Purity of Brewery Water Supply
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).
Mega-Tandem™ Flood Wall Performance
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.
Over 2 Million SF of Permeable Pavers Installed in Tennessee
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.
Repairing Slopes with Segmental Retaining Walls
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 Awarding $2.1 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters
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.
SRW Bridges Gap between Budget and Functionality
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).
Custom Color Blend Coordinates With Limestone Veneer
Mega-Tandem™ Mass Segmental Retaining Wall™ was able to provide both site and aesthetic solutions to meet the project’s construction needs.
Keystone® Compac III Provides Economical Design Solution
The random-score pattern of Keystone® Compac III gave the wall the look of multiple sized pieces without the added installation cost.
Special Aggregate Mix Adds Classic Touch To Miami’s Bayfront Park
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
Urbana Creates Harmonious Look For Luxury Apartment Complex
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.
Mega-Tandem™ Flood Wall Performs During 20-Year Flood Event
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.
Belgard Aides Milwaukee in Urban Stormwater Management Program
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.