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Two projects—one with permeable pavers—win Hardscape North America competition

December 4, 2012

Two projects that used genuine clay pavers from Pine Hall Brick Company were winners in the recent Hardscape North America (HNA) Hardscape Project Awards competition.

The projects are Artists’ Backyard, a vest pocket park on the NC State University campus in Raleigh, NC, which won in the Clay Brick – Residential/Commercial Permeable category and the Old Palm Model Home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, which won in the Clay Brick – Residential category.

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The HNA Hardscape Project Awards recognize outstanding hardscape projects by contractors building residential walkways, patios, driveways, and commercial plazas, parking lots and streets. Entries were judged on project intent, design, quality of construction and craftsmanship, compatibility with related construction materials and systems, construction innovation, detailing and overall design excellence.

Artists’ Backyard is a joint project between the NC State University departments of Landscape Architecture and University Housing. It includes a plaza and rain garden between two older residence halls using a combination of StormPave® permeable pavers by Pine Hall Brick, along with materials that were recycled from a building demolition.Image

Andrew Fox, an assistant professor in the university’s School of Design, led students through a design/build project to teach them how to turn a site where surging stormwater would carry leaves, mulch and other debris across an existing concrete sidewalk into a beautiful park. New benches anchor a gathering space where students visit with each other, read a book or text-message their friends.

To carry out the permeable paver installation, Fox and the students turned to the expertise of Fred Adams Paving of Morrisville, NC, and the students and the professionals worked side by side for weeks during a North Carolina summer.

In the second project, the design centered on providing a backdrop that catches the eye and draws it naturally to the home beyond. South Florida Homes wanted a warm, inviting approach to the model home in the Old Palm Single Family Home Subdivision in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, but needed a versatile product to carry it off.

Genuine clay pavers from Pine Hall Brick and distributor Old Castle Coastal were specified as a starting point. Hasey Construction gave the model house a stunning look by combining herringbone and running bond patterns in a circle around a planting area that includes a single tree, shrubbery and flowers. The natural light tones and reds of the pavers are a complement to the stucco and terra cotta roof overhead.

Ted Corvey, vice president of sales & marketing for Pine Hall Brick Company, says the two installations show the versatility of clay brick pavers.

“These two projects are different in design and in the way they will be used, but both show how designers have increasingly begun using natural materials that can be found in many different kinds of installations, from college campuses to private residences,” says Corvey. “And both use a product that is beautiful, durable and green.”

The HNA Hardscape Project Awards are produced by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and supported by the National Concrete Masonry Association and the Brick Industry Association.

To learn more about the outstanding hardscape projects recognized as HNA Hardscape Project Award winners or the Hardscape North America trade show, visit hardscapena.com.

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