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Titan America parlays permeable articulating concrete block pavement

Sources: Titan America LLC, Norfolk, Va.; CP staff

Titan America will introduce the proprietary PaveDrain system to the south Florida market later this month in a 650-sq.-ft. demonstration at Ft. Lauderdale City Hall. A Permeable Articulating Concrete Block Pavement System (P-ACB), PaveDrain is placed either in mat sections, typically 8-feet wide and up to 40-feet long, or as individual units much like conventional paving stones.

Produced from Besser-sourced molds, the PaveDrain unit integrates a patented arched reservoir to maximize onsite storm water retention capacity during extreme weather events. PaveDrain mats can be pre-assembled in a variety of configurations customized for specific applications and installed quickly with conventional construction equipment.

Titan Block is the Sunshine State’s exclusive distributor of PaveDrain, producing units on standard machines in plants nearest construction sites. The system is designed to mitigate storm water flooding and advance low impact development. Titan Block underscores the performance pavement’s suitability to south Florida projects, as it allows storm water to infiltrate naturally back into the aquifer while eliminating the need for retention ponds or underground containment vessels.  

“PaveDrain is a 100-percent Florida-made concrete product, utilizing local materials, labor and other resources,” says Titan Advocate Ayis Mikrakis. “Unlike other paving materials, PaveDrain blocks are manufactured with local materials that are limerock based, so there’s no need to use oil and granite, which are not produced in Florida. Investments in PaveDrain remain right here in the Sunshine State.”

“We know that concrete is always an excellent building material choice. It lasts three to five times longer than asphalt, which reduces the use of virgin materials,” adds Chief Government Affairs Officer Tim Kuebler. “Also, its light color reduces the urban heat island effect and increases visibility at night.”