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Speed Tables in Town of Cheverly, MD

Alternative Paving Concepts recently installed 6 speed tables and crosswalks in the Town of Cheverly, MD using StreetPrint. This is a great solution and look for the local area. Being next to Saint Ambrose Parish and also Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School, these speed tables and crosswalks will provide a safe way for pedestrians to cross the street. These StreetPrint speed tables will also act as a traffic calming solution.

These were done in an Offset Brick pattern, with the color Brick.

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Stamped Asphalt at Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk VA

Alternative Paving Concepts recently completed a decorative stamped asphalt project at the World’s largest naval base: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk VA. Naval Station Norfolk, also known as Norfolk Naval Base, is a base of the United States Navy. It occupies about four miles of waterfront space and seven miles of pier and wharf space of the Hampton Roads peninsula. It is the world’s largest naval station and supports about 75 ships and 134 aircrafts alongside 14 piers, 11 aircraft aircraft hangers, and houses the largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces.
This project consisted of decorative stamped asphalt around a building on base. Naval Station Norfolk already utilizes  stamped asphalt throughout the station for walkways, sidewalks, and also intersections and crosswalks. This new addition was installed to match the existing pattern and color seen throughout the base.
Pattern: Ashlar Slate

Color: Khaki

Here are some photos. Visit our Facebook to see more completed photos.

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High-Preformance Crosswalks – StreetPrintXD

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StreetPrintXD is a functional, durable, and practical solution for high-performance crosswalks. Perfect for high traffic conditions and engineered    to stand up to extreme use and weather conditions.

StreetprintXD provides the decorative look of brick, but with added advantages that far surpasses other decorative solutions. StreetPrintXD is applied to existing pavement and does not disrupt the asphalt surface. This eliminates the risk of heaving and settlement, and ensures a smooth, pedestrian-friendly surface.

In addition, unlike regular thermoplastics, which are typically 90 mils thick with glass beads; StreetPrintXD is 180 mils thick and aggregate reinforced. This results to superior durability and a non-skid surface.

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This is quality assured and involves cost-efficient installation. Crosswalks take hours, not days, to install, minimizing traffic disruptions. StreetPrintXD can also be installed at night.

Durable.

Unlike conventional thermoplastic road markings StreetPrintXD incorporates a unique aggregate-reinforced formula with unprecedented wear resistance. When installed using the patented StreetHeat asphalt reheating technology StreetPrintXD permanently bonds to the asphalt.

Practical. StreetPrintXD makes economic sense.

-fast and efficient installation means you invest less up front

-durability means low maintenance which translate into savings in the long term

-repairs can be made with minimal disruption

Safe. StreetPrintXD is road-safe

-smooth and trip-hazard free

-skid and slip resistant

-a friendly solution for the physically challenged, StreetPrintXD complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

StreetPrintXD is a perfect solution for high traffic conditions; definitely something to look into.Alternative Paving Concepts StreetPrintXD

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USGBC LEED Certified – The Basics

Welcome 2012! With the new year here, we thought we would talk about what will be even more prominent in today’s buUSGBC LEEDildings, developments,and projects… LEED accredited projects… Contributing to LEED Points is something Alternative Paving Concepts and our Street Print products are proud of, and with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) discussing the next update of the LEED rating system, coined LEED 2012; we thought it would be helpful to learn a little more about the basics.

So what is LEED? LEED, or “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”; is a certification given by an independent, third-party, verifying that a “building, home or community is designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health.” –U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED projects are rated for sustainable materials and building practices. LEED projects take into account 5 areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability. The system is based on prerequisites and credits. After the process is complete, projects are awarded one of four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000, the LEED rating systems are an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees. The next update of the LEED rating system will be coined LEED 2012.

LEED is transforming the way building environments are designed, constructed, and operated; including individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities.

Below are just 2 examples of LEED certification

The University or Florida (UF) owns the most LEED accredited buildings by any university in the nation. UF also adopted a policy that all future buildings be designed and built according to LEED standards.

 

UF LEED

Photo Credit: University of Florida, College of Design, Construction, and Planning

In 2009 Google’s office in San Francisco, rated Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED.  Google has also added its first LEED-certified building to the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA.

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Googleplex - Credit: Sarah Perez, Techcrunch.com

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Decorative Stamped Asphalt, Contributing to Washington DC’s “Great Streets” Initiative

“Neighborhoods in the District of Columbia want vibrant and distinct neighborhood centers filled with proud merchants, well-maintained shops in attractive buildings, excited patrons, and supportive residents. These neighborhoods and others are linked by a series of major corridors that have significant potential to be “great streets” – places where people want to be.” –  The District of Columbia – dmped.dc.gov

The District on Columbia has embarked on the Great Streets Initiative. The Great Streets Initiative is a multi-year, multiple-agency effort aimed at transforming nine under-invested corridors into thriving, inviting, safe, and beautiful neighborhood and community centers. The District seeks to revitalize critical transportation and retail corridors throughout the city. According to Debra D. Yogodzinski, Partner Nixon Peabody LLP Co-Chair, and DCBIA Retail Business Development Committee; “the primary goal of the initiative is to make the designated streets-all major thoroughfares and commercial corridors in the District into attractive neighborhood destinations by…infrastructure improvements and economic and community development projects that will act as a catalyst for private investment in housing and retail developments.” These improvements will comprise of public realm investments, strategic land use plans, public safety strategies, and economic development assistance.

Alternative Paving Concepts (APC) is proud to be contributing to the Great Streets Initiative. APC will be installing nine Street Print XD crosswalks, as well as DuraTherm intersections for the Georgia Avenue Great Renovation portion. These high performance crosswalks and intersections will provide an attractive and long lasting touch to Georgia Avenue, as well as a safe and traffic calming way for pedestrians to cross.  These stamped asphalt crosswalks will incororpate thermoplastic materials that are made to be extremely durable and cost effective. Street Print XD and DuraTherm will give Georgia Avenue the authentic and historic look of brick, while also adding highly visible intersections for pedestrian safety against traffic.

According to Greater Greater Washington, The District of Columbia’s stated goals and objectives for the ” Great Streets projects” are to:

  1. “Improve the quality of life in neighborhoods along the corridors, including public safety, physical appearance, and personal opportunity”
  2. “Support local demand for goods and services through economic development”
  3. “Expand mobility choices and improve safety and efficiency of all modes of travel”
  4. “Attract private investment through the demonstration of a public commitment to Great Streets communities.”

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has partnered with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Office of Planning (OP) to manage this program. More than $200 million is being invested in new development projects, including storefront improvements, transportation, streetscape beautification, and transit improvements along these corridor and centers.

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Areas included in the “Great Streets” Initiative are:

  • 7th Street and Georgia Avenue Great Streets Initiative
  • Benning Road NE and SE Great Streets Initiative
  • H Street NE Great Street Initiative
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and South Capital Street Great Streets Initiative
  • Minnesota Avenue NE and SE Great Streets Initiative
  • Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE Great Streets Initiative
  • North Capitol Great Streets Initiative
  • Pennsylvania Avenue SE Great Streets Initiative
  • Rhode Island Avenue Great Street Initiative

Examples of Alternative Paving Concepts High Performance Street Scapes:

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