To quell the frustration and annoyance of traffic in the Phoenix metropolitan area, the city of Glendale (Ariz.) constructed a new park-and-ride facility across the street from the Arizona Cardinals' stadium. The city's goal was to use as much of the available space as possible and do so in an environmentally friendly way.
Glendale wanted to keep costs low and to explore the use of pervious concrete as a sustainable stormwater solution, and so it awarded the installation contract to Progressive Concrete Works Inc., Phoenix, a firm experienced with pervious concrete projects. At bid time, it was the only Arizona-based company with experience installing pervious concrete.
Progressive installed 144,000 square feet of their trademark DrainScape pervious concrete as the primary paving system at the facility, making it the largest installation of pervious concrete in the Southwest. Pervious concrete provides first-flush pollution mitigation by eliminating runoff, directing all surface water into the subgrade below where it recharges groundwater aquifers beneath the site. It also reduces the urban heat island effect when compared to asphalt. Pervious concrete allowed Glendale to achieve all of its goals in a cost-effective and sustainable way.