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Pervious Concrete

Photo courtesy of Concreteman
Pervious concrete was used to eliminate the need for swales or retention ponds, saving more room at the Regional Athletic Complex for sports fields.

Regional Athletic Complex

Location: Lacey, Thurston County

Owner/developer: City of Lacey

Project team: Ceccanti, general contractor; Concreteman, concrete contractor; Bruce Dees & Associates, architect; Justus Fisher Engineers, structural engineer; Miles Sand and Gravel Co., ready-mix supplier

The Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey is a $10 million, 100-acre recreational sports center with nearly a dozen athletic fields as well as parking, playgrounds, walking paths, picnic shelters, half-basketball courts, and a 6-acre outdoor event and festival arena.

A retention pond would have limited the space available for athletic fields, so pervious concrete was installed to eliminate the need for the pond, swales or other stormwater-management devices.

Concrete also provided a durable surface for the complex. Large crowds were expected to gather for tournaments and fill the plaza. Many in attendance would be wearing cleats, and so a surface was needed that could withstand the constant pounding, especially during hot weather when softer materials such as asphalt would be unsuitable.

The plaza contains a large open-sided shelter, a restroom and concession building, and groups of shade structures.

Ready-mix concrete, which was poured amid the structures, was able to be placed and finished quickly with little risk of damage to the structures.

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