Weight and See
Engineers and architects often must emphasize that concrete pavers can handle the weight of large trucks, as well as heavy traffic. But on a military base, perceptions about weight can be even more acute. For example, when it comes to a 68-ton tank that repeatedly traverses one area, some assume that pavers won’t work. They believe it is a residential-only product for patios.
When considering pavers for Peterson Air Force Base, Fred Brooks also encountered hesitation from others about weight loads, especially on well-used roads. So, he invited all the base’s operations professionals to a meeting with one of the developers of permeable pavers. “A subject matter expert stood at the front of the room and everyone just threw questions at him,” says Mr. Brooks. “They were invited to ask whatever they wanted. Voicing concerns and receiving information about weight loads went a long way toward increasing assurance about the issue,” he notes.
Because the pavers can accept high loads, other military bases began noticing the success at Peterson AFB. Recently, Fort Carson in Colorado Springs constructed a permeable paver test pad for tanks in part due to the example set by Peterson AFB. The test pad easily accommodated the weight and turning forces from one of the heaviest battle tanks in service, the 68-ton M1A1 Abrams.