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At roughly 30 years old, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center’s cafeteria patio had begun to show its age. The rooftop space was difficult to maintain with crumbling brick pavers and cracked concrete. Attractive, light-weight and low-maintenance AZEK Pavers enabled the hospital to rehabilitate the space, used by about 75 people daily, in a short amount of time.

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center’s cafeteria patio

“Our goal was to improve the look of the patio for the staff and visitors who use it, without adding weight to or otherwise damaging the roof itself,” explains Kathy Partrick, director of facilities for Crittenton Hospital Medical Center. “We were looking at options such as repairing the existing concrete and bricks, or tearing it all out and replacing with concrete pavers, when AZEK Pavers were brought to our attention.”

Sean Bell, owner of Zenco Construction, recommended AZEK Pavers for several reasons - the green aspect of the pavers, the ability to install the pavers over the existing product which eliminated costly removal of the old materials, and the pavers’ lighter weight being ideal for the rooftop installation were three primary benefits. Additionally, the stain- and scratch-resistant, low-maintenance pavers stand up to harsh weather and freezing temperatures without heaving or cracking.

AZEK Pavers are revolutionary pavers made of up to 95% recycled tires and various plastics. They are lighter weight than traditional concrete pavers, easier to cut with regular wood saws and install three times faster on a unique, self-aligning grid system that is placed over a prepared sub base.

“The pavers are a cleaner product that were easier to transport through the hospital, and they create less noise and odor during installation compared to concrete pavers. They were the optimal choice,” explains Bell. For this project, he recommended AZEK Standard Pavers, which provided the extra height needed to eliminate existing access ramps at entrance points to the terrace without creating too much slope in any given area. “There is now zero incline, so we gained improved accessibility,” says Partrick.

AZEK Paver Installation at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center’s cafeteria patio

To install the pavers, Zenco first removed all loose and or damaged concrete, pavers and vegetation that had grown on the terrace. They then brought in bedding sand to properly grade the existing substrate and eliminate any uneven transitions. Finally, the grids and pavers were installed. The whole process took seven working days.

“It was a real, feel-good project because it improved a space that had become difficult to maintain and unappealing to use, and the employees were able to lead the effort to create an area they can really enjoy,” says Partrick.

And, as if that isn’t enough to feel good about? They can rest assured they have chosen the most environmentally responsible paver on the market. To date, the manufacturing of AZEK Pavers has diverted in excess of 1 million tires from landfills. Now, that is something to feel good about!

AZEK Pavers at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center’s cafeteria patio