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ICPI awards Nitterhouse Masonry project

The Boulevard Mall project located in Baton Rouge, La., landed Nitterhouse Masonry Products LLC top honors in the Commercial Concrete Pavers (over 50,000 sq. ft.) category of Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s Hardscape North America awards. The Chambersburg, Pa., producer shipped 85,000 sq. ft. of 24-in. and 12-in. squarer architectural pavers, and the 12-in. square truncated dome (ADA) pavers.

The project included a pedestrian boulevard and roof deck designed for the upscale lifestyle center within the Mall. The paver installer was faced with several major challenges: 1) completing paver installation (including 50,000 sq. ft. of highly complex and argyle/ checkerboard patterns) in nine weeks; 2) performing installation simultaneously with other trades on site; and, 3) creating a 13,000-sq.-ft., completely flat, totally paved surface above an existing sloped roof.

The roof-deck area proved to be the most challenging. Each 24-in. square architectural paver was installed using an exclusive, proprietary SRS pedestal-set leveling system developed by the installer’s engineers. In order to convert an existing sloped roof into an attractive dining area for several upscale restaurants, high-density foam blocks were used as pedestals. Each pedestal block had to be cut separately to exact dimensions in order to create a level surface for the pavers. In addition, the depths of the pedestals varied from very high areas to extremely thin pedestal allowances and odd shapes.

Another unique aspect of the project was that it required the use of three different setting methods: sand-set pavers in the pedestrian walkway areas, mortar-set pavers for the roadways, and pedestal-set pavers for the rooftop dining area. Project principals include owner General Growth Properties, Chicago; designer CMH Architects, Inc., Birmingham, Ala.; and, paver installation contractor Syrstone Inc., East Syracuse, N.Y.