By Clark Pierce
A Seabee detachment from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) -1, home ported in Gulfport, Mississippi, is close to completing a new low-impact development parking lot that will add 98 new parking spaces to NAS Jacksonville Building 919 - the headquarters of Commander, Navy Region Southeast.
Site Supervisor EOC Aaron Nagel explained, "Permeable paving is an important component of low-impact development (LID) because it aids in gradually absorbing storm runoff. Instead of storm drains that quickly dispose of street runoff into creeks and rivers, they are designed to hold rainwater naturally - filtering it through the ground to remove contaminants that may be present in the water."
The site, located at Saratoga Avenue and Langley Street, is approximately 36,000-sq.-ft. and designed to use approximately 7,800 permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP).
The parking lot mirrors the Navy's goals for environmental sustainability - by incorporating features such as PICP parking surfaces and landscaping designed to reduce rainwater runoff into storm drains.
LED lighting in the parking lot also reduces energy consumption.
Nagel added, "This is the type of green project in which the Navy is investing more in order to be environmentally efficient.
Permeable paving includes a range of sustainable materials and techniques for creating PICP pavements with base and sub-base materials to allow the movement of storm water through the land surface.
PICP is also a durable, cost-effective solution for compliance to national, state and municipal storm water regulations.
PICP can reduce runoff and pollutants from walkways, driveways, parking lots, and low-volume streets.
"We're doing well with this LID construction schedule and should complete the project by mid-March," said Nagel.