TORONTO, June 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Specializing in concrete and paving,
Bevcon Construction has created a new finish for Hydromedia, Lafarge's
industry leading pervious concrete. Hydromedia with Aquatere combines
the strength and function of Lafarge's Hydromedia with Bevcon's
innovative Aquatere finish.
This enhancement provides both aesthetic beauty and increased
functionality to paved surfaces.
Using Lafarge's Hydromedia as a base material, Bevcon has created
Aquatere to provide an attractive look without compromising strength or
function. Its flexural strength is comparable to that of conventional
concrete pavements creating an ideal solution for managing storm water
runoff from walkways, parking lots and driveways.
"We believe Hydromedia should be the industry standard for pervious
concrete", says Massimo Tutino, Project Manager with Bevcon. "With our
Aquatere finish, we can now provide the added benefit of reduced
maintenance in addition to increasing the aesthetic appeal".
The use of Aquatere does not hinder the drainage ability of Lafarge's
Hydromedia, maintaining a permeability rating of 25 -35%. This allows
the system to rapidly direct water back into the natural sub-grade.
Landscape architects such as Kim Allerton of Northwood Associates
Landscape Architects Ltd, a 33-year-old firm whose business focuses on
public sector work such as schools and streetscapes, found it the ideal
solution for a project at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in
"School boards have been experimenting for about 15 years with various
solutions for treating water as a resource rather than waste - for
intercepting surface runoff that conventionally is being directed off
site and safely diverting it to on-site retention and infiltration
zones where storm water would then be passively available for trees and
other vegetation", Allerton says. "Although permeable unit pavers have
been used in the past, they have some distinct disadvantages."
Using Hydromedia with Aquatere as the primary drainage system for the
entire school parking lot and children's play area has provided a
solution that provides a safe hard surface for the 500 students who use
it daily. It also keeps the surrounding trees well watered with natural
Allerton adds, "It has not only allowed water to go through to the
ground below but has provided a very durable yet functional solution
for the kids' play area. And even for parking where winter snow storage
and removal is a major consideration." While aesthetics may not always
be a priority when drainage is the main concern, Hydromedia with
Aquatere is able to achieve an aesthetically-appealing decorative
surface that eliminates virtually all loose or un-bonded aggregate
materials typically found in standard pervious concrete finishes.
Hydromedia with Aquatere can level out any high or low spots for a more
consistent finish. It can also provide variable surface traction
Bevcon was last year's winner of the 2013 Ontario Concrete award for
material development and innovation.
Features of Hydromedia with Aquatere:
Better draining than permeable unit paving
Eliminates the need for catch basins
Provides erosion control
Ideal for driveways, walkways and paths, parking lots, and schoolyards
It is also available in a variety of finishes including:
Anti-slip: Hydromedia with Aquatere provides safety and peace of mind
safety with a range of textured slip resistant finishes
Polished: Aquatere offers stunning, high gloss or matte, finishes
Coloured: Hydromedia with Aquatere can incorporate specialty coloured
aggregate materials such as black granite to provide a striking colour
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BEVCON Construction & Paving Ltd. is a family owned and operated construction company established in
1992 and since then has grown into a diversified construction firm.
Bevcon's core work includes excavation, asphalt placement, concrete
placement, interlocking, precast wall systems, drainage/sewer works and
water main rehabilitation and installation. The company maintains a
hands-on approach for each project with the management team often
onsite involved with each aspect of a project. Their customers can be
found in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential
sectors as well as municipal, provincial and federal governments.
Lafarge Canada Inc. is Canada's largest provider of solutions to the construction and
development industry. With more than 6000 employees across Canada, our
mission is to provide construction solutions that build better cities
and communities. The cities where Canadians live, work, and raise their
families along with the infrastructure that supports their communities
such as roads, bridges, transportation links, water, and waste
management benefit from the solutions provided by Lafarge.
Image with caption: "Hydromedia with Aquatere maintains a permeability rating of 25-35% allowing water to rapidly drain back into the natural sub-grade. (CNW Group/Bevcon Construction and Paving Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140617_C7399_PHOTO_EN_41459.jpg
Image with caption: "Hydromedia with Aquatere has been successfully used to much acclaim in neighbourhoods throughout the GTA to help solve the ongoing challenge of constructing functional urban streetscapes. (CNW Group/Bevcon Construction and Paving Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140617_C7399_PHOTO_EN_41460.jpg
SOURCE: Bevcon Construction and Paving Ltd.
For further information:
Katie Burns, Project Coordinator