Porous Pave utilized in 9/11 Garden of Reflection
By: Porous Pave Inc
On February 17, 2020, Ellen Saracini contacted Porous Pave. She described the existing paths and asked if Porous Pave could be used as a new trail system for the memorial garden. Connor Ouwinga spoke with Ellen and discovered that not only has Ellen been the Champion of the memorial garden since the start but Ellen's husband, Captain Victor Saracini, was the pilot of United Airlines Flight #175 that was hi-jacked and crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Connor recalls speaking with Ellen for the first time, "She was so passionate about the memorial garden and the message it portrays to its many visitors. I could tell she wants the best for the memorial garden, and I had hoped we could install Porous Pave for them. As soon as Ellen and I got off the phone, I immediately called Dave (Company founder and owner) and told him about the opportunity. Ellen's energy could be felt through the phone and she had me excited about this opportunity."
Less than 7 months later, the old trails had been ripped out and the proper base was installed and prepped for the Porous Pave install. Material was delivered onsite Friday, September 18, and the installation was set to begin the following Tuesday morning. A typical crew of 6-7 laborers can install around 3,000-4,000 square feet of Porous Pave in a ten-hour day utilizing a standard mortar mixer. Fortunately, Porous Pave had purchased a new front mount skid steer mortar mixer and paving machine earlier that summer. With the help of some local contacts, Aquarius Irrigation Supply, Geesey Rock and Block Designs and Splash Marketing, the entire 10,400 Square feet was fully installed by noon on Wednesday. Dave Ouwinga says, "The installation went great! Not only did we finish quickly but I was happy with the quality of the installation. We are always happy to move fast on an installation, but the quality of the installation and finished product is what really matters!"
After the Porous Pave installation was finished Ellen Saracini said, " I know everyone is going to love this! We are so excited! This even exceeds what it was 15 years ago. Over the years there has been deterioration of the walkways and surfaces. This donation helps bring it back to where we can now offer our community this wonderful peaceful place to walk and to gather, to sit on a bench and enjoy what this is supposed to be, a place where you can honor and remember those we lost."
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