Archives for August 2017

Asphalt Slurry Seal

What is Asphalt Slurry Seal?

Slurry seals are basically a topcoat applied to existing asphalt surfaces and are made from a mixture of water, asphalt emulsion, aggregate composed of finely crushed rock, and additives.

The additives may differ depending on the desired mixing properties, but tend to include polymers, which are long molecules consisting of repeating chain structures. Depending on the structure, polymers can bestow materials with desirable qualities such as high permeability or flexibility and strength.

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What is the Urban Heat Island Effect?

When you think of sprawling urban areas, there are a few issues that may come to mind. You might go into an inner rage thinking of traffic congestion and gridlocked streets. Or lament the lack of parking and curse the meter maids.


What you might not think of, however, is the fact that cities are much warmer than their adjoining rural areas – sometimes as much as ten degrees hotter. How is this possible?


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ADA Accessible Design for parking lots and garages

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ensures equal opportunity for US citizens suffering from any form of disability by prohibiting discrimination and promoting accessibility. Nearly 57 million Americans live with a disability, over half of whom cannot get around without the assistance of a wheelchair, cane, crutches, or walker.


The ADA of 1990 and the 2010 updated version makes public and commercial businesses responsible for designing their property to accommodate the needs and limitations of people suffering with disabilities. Public facilities are different than government-entities and are defined as any business open to the general public, such as hotels, restaurants, theaters, convention centers, malls, museums, and banks.

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