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Environmentally Friendly Pavers Enhance Ballpark

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is one of the best ballparks in major league baseball today. The state-of-the-art ballpark and surrounding areas have been designed to offer plenty of enjoyment for Baltimore Orioles fans. The attractive ballpark features a large area surrounding the park for visitors to relax and spend time; turning a trip to the ballpark into an affordable, all-day family event.

Included within this surrounding area is a large picnic space located left of centerfield behind the bullpen, which can be rented for parties or for Orioles fans to use at no addition cost with their paid admission to the park.

AquaPave permeable pavers were designed to be ADA compliant.  Interlock Paving workers calculate the material needed to install the two-toned pattern in the picnic area.  The large new picnic space at the Baltimore Orioles’ ballpark is just one of several new features added for their fans this season.

When the ballpark was initially built, stone was used to pave this area. In an effort to make the picnic area at Oriole Park even more enjoyable for their fans, the Baltimore Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) made a joint decision to retain the services of Beck Powell Parsons, Towson, MD, and WBCM Engineers, Baltimore, MD, to re-design sections of the picnic area in attractive, functional permeable pavers. Henry H. Lewis Contractors, Owings Mills, MD, was the construction manager chosen to oversee the work being done on the project.

Paving contractor, Interlock Paving, Inc., Baltimore, MD, elected to use the patented AquaPave Permeable Paving System. The AquaPave System is a new, environmentally friendly product that controls storm water run-off. With this system, storm water can be reclaimed and reused, and prevent soil erosion. The system uses a patented geotextile fabric that removes 99% of oil and hydrocarbons, and up to 87% of heavy metals from storm water through microbial action prior to returning it to the earth.

The AquaPave permeable paving system enabled MSA to use the existing underground drain system, as well as to prevent any future storm water run-off issues. In addition, MSA was looking for a paver system that was ADA compliant.

Interlock Paving began installing approximately 8,000 square feet of the permeable pavers the first week of March, and scheduled to complete the entire project by the end of March. A unique, attractive design was created using red and charcoal matte pavers produced by Nitterhouse Masonry Products, LLC.

Nitterhouse Masonry Products, LLC has an 86-year-old heritage, and is one of the leading producers of architectural concrete masonry products in the Mid-Atlantic States, which includes the AquaPave Permeable Paving System, Allan Block, and other and hardscaping products. For more information about Nitterhouse Masonry Products, LLC, call (717) 267-4500 or visit www.Nitterhouse.com.

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