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Porous Pave for Tree Surrounds
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, chose to replace tree grates with porous paving.

When the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan decided to replace 250 old and damaged tree grates it opted to install porous paving (Porous Pave XL) around its municipal trees. The city saw it as a cost effective solution upfront, and lowering maintenance costs in the long run.

"The material we selected offered a key advantage for making the installations easier, quicker and less costly," noted Karie Enriquez, PE, assistant project manager in Grand Rapids' engineering department. "We could install [the porous paving] without first removing the grates' metal frames that were affixed to the sidewalks on the edges of the tree openings. Prying out the frames would have damaged the sidewalks and necessitated costly repairs," Enriquez explained.

The engineer noted the porous pave bonded to the metal, and the porosity of the new surfacing helps capture storm water runoff. The porous paving is also ADA compliant and eliminated the tripping hazards that existed because of damage to some of the grates.

Brick Off the Ol' Block


The Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios site on the Near West Side of Chicago is now a pile of rubble.
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The Chicago Tribune reports the demolition of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios site on the Near West Side of Chicago has instigated the pilfering of bricks from the rubble as souvenirs. A brick from a building that housed Oprah's show may seem a tenuous connection to the star, but as Simone Signoret noted in her biography, Nostalgia Isn't What It Used to Be.

Reports say a security firm was hired to keep people off the West Loop site. As a funny aside, it has also been reported that some people have offered money to the security guards if they toss a brick or two over the fence.

The building was home to the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for 11 years, before Oprah pack her bags in 2011 to head to West Coast studios.

Developer Sterling Bay bought the building complex for $30.5 million in 2014; McDonald's will build a new corporate headquarters in it place, scheduled for completion in 2018.

Hardscape North America Show


With "Year of the Dealer" as its theme, Hardscape North America (HNA) will co-locate with GIE+EXPO ( again this year. Billed as the green industry's largest trade show, GIE runs Oct. 20-21.

HNA reports this year's hardscape trade show (Oct. 19-21) will feature 50 new exhibitors. More than 200 new and returning exhibitors will fill the new, larger indoor HNA trade show area and 19-acre outdoor exhibition area at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Exhibitors will include paver producers, dealers, equipment and tool manufacturers, and more.

HNA will offer a wide variety of demonstrations in its outdoor exhibition area. Those sessions will range from paver installation to basic wall building, from tools of the trade to lighting and water feature installation.

HNA has also just released a schedule of educational sessions for Dealer Day, Oct. 19, at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

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Hardscape Affixer


Minnesota-based SRW Products, a national hardscape products and accessories supplier, has introduced a new adhesive called Vertical Instant Lock. The product is designed to securely affix stone and other hardscape materials to vertical surfaces in under five seconds.

The manufacturer says the adhesive secures stone pavers as heavy as 25 pounds to a wall, and is ideal for outdoor kitchens, veneers, masonry and repairs.

As seen in LASN magazine, September 2016.

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