Safeway Goes 100% in Pervious Concrete Parking Lot
The Pinehurst Safeway is the first Safeway Store in Washington State to have a full parking area completely designed in pervious concrete. The store has been awarded a LEED Silver Certification, a designation given only to buildings that meet strict standards of sustainable design, construction and operating practices.
The entire parking area features over 68,000 square feet of pervious concrete pavement. The principle pedestrian areas; sidewalks, crosswalks and the store entrances are integrally colored in red pervious concrete. This design utilizes the unlimited ability to color pervious concrete to identify specific areas for parking, truck traffic, pedestrian areas or other facility features and really demonstrates the decorative capabilities of pervious concrete in a modern retail store design.
Site storm water runoff is infiltrated directly into the ground to comply with the new water quality standards as required per the Department of Ecology and in keeping with emerging storm water management strategies to protect Puget Sound.
Bryan Gootee, Safeway Construction Department Manager for the project is very pleased with the results; “Pervious is great! I have a concrete parking lot and I don’t have the expense of a traditional storm system.”
This facility represents the 2nd retail facility in Washington State with a 3rd Safeway on Admiral Way in Seattle to start in the spring of 2011. The design phases are to utilize pervious concrete in part or in whole as Safeway’s growing commitment to managing site storm water using pervious concrete.