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Retirement Community Finds Green, Safe Solution
Installs Material Made from Rubber Chips on Surface of New Outdoor Area

Retirement Community Finds Green, Safe Solution

To comply with municipal stormwater retention requirements, 8,100 square feet of permeable pavement was installed in the new courtyard garden at a senior living neighborhood in Pennsylvania.

When Meadowood Senior Living in Worcester, Pennsylvania, wanted to add a multi-purpose garden courtyard, they came up against local regulations for stormwater retention. To help solve the problem, the retirement community relied on Design for Generations, LLC from Medford, New Jersey, and Eric's Nursery and Garden Center out of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Together they designed and developed a resort-style outdoor space that is striking in its beauty, engaging in its varied features and amenities, and met some important needs.

To satisfy the local requirements, the courtyard includes 8,100 square feet of permeable pavement, installed with Porous Pave XL. Made in the U.S.A., the material is a highly porous and durable paving material made with 50 percent recycled rubber chips and 50 percent aggregate mixed with a liquid binder.

"Meadowood has always been known for the exceptional beauty of our retirement community campus. In 2009, it was recognized by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society for its stunning natural beauty," said Shannon Grieb, vice president of marketing for Meadowood "The old courtyard, however, was just a pass-through area, not an inviting destination in the heart of our park-like campus."

"The project was required to capture and hold or permeate all water run off on the site," said Christopher Kendzierski, LLA, commercial and residential landscape division manager for the project's landscape design-build contractor. "That is why it includes two rain gardens and the permeable pavement."

"We had a long list of requirements in selecting a permeable paving material," said Jack Carman, FASLA, RLA, landscape architect at Design for Generations. "Porosity, non-slip and safe for seniors, attractive with colors to complement the garden plan, less reflective glare than concrete, and a somewhat more forgiving surface comfortable for walking, outdoor fitness classes, and outside physical therapy sessions."

The project's building committee made site visits to evaluate the permeable paving material. They visited Chanticleer, a public garden near Philadelphia, which completed its first installation with the product in 2013. "The rainy day we went to Chanticleer was a terrible day to visit a public garden. But the rain gave us the chance to see the material's permeability. There were no puddles on the permeable pavement paths," said Jim Mangol, senior director of fitness and wellness at Meadowood. "We brought along a wheelchair, a walker and a folding chair to test them out. We came away convinced that (it) was a good choice."

The new garden courtyard features a lap pool with a pool area that can be opened to the outdoors, a variety of seating areas and patios, permeable pavement walkways with a bridge along a stream with a waterfall, a spray jet fountain, kinetic sculptures, a fire pit, and an outdoor kitchen.

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October 17, 2019, 7:06 am PDT

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