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Hanson Hardscapes helps Palmetto Bay project pace LEED Platinum

Hanson Hardscapes provided more than 40,000 sq. ft. of AquaPave permeable pavers for the three major spaces—civic green, Bismarkia palm court and entrance plaza—that create the public realm around the new Village of Palmetto Bay City Hall project, housing the police station, building department, municipal offices and council chambers. The AquaPave on-site stormwater management system supports the Florida town’s commitment to sustainability through its capacity to harvest stormwater for re-use.

The Palmetto Bay City Hall project was recognized in the pavers category of the 2011 National Concrete Masonry Association/Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Design Awards of Excellence competition, and in the commercial/industrial concrete pavers category of the Hardscape North America Hardscape Project Awards. It was chosen by NCMA/ICPI for design excellence and environmental advancement and by HNA based on use of colors, shapes, textures and patterns; systems and construction innovation; and excellence in craftsmanship.

Landscape architect and project designer O’Leary Richards Design Association, Inc. enlisted Hanson Hardscapes and installer Oliva Brick to provide the AquaPave permeable on-site stormwater source control system, citing cost efficiency and environmental benefits. “Our product also allowed the project’s designer to select custom paver colors complementary to the village center’s unique Spanish Revival architecture,” said Hanson Hardscapes Vice President of Sales Pete Zingarella.

Hanson’s materials met or exceeded the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements for rating points, while still creating spaces that aesthetically and functionally met the program elements of the project. The Palmetto Bay Municipal Center is on track to be Florida’s first LEED Platinum-certified municipal building.