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Pipe Takes Off in Airport Storm Water Detention System

einforced concrete pipe (RCP) has many advantages as 60-in. diameter
when it comes to the construction of storm water HDPE conduit
detention systems. According to the U.S. Army with HDPE pipe
Corps of Engineers, RCP has a service life of 70 to 100 years, fittings, with 72-in.
while corrugated metal pipe, aluminum pipe and high- diameter RCP with
density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe have material service lives fittings as
of roughly 50 years. an alternate.
Experienced contractors know that RCP producers The contractor
supply quality-certified products ideally suited to the vast chose RCP to reduce
majority of storm water detention projects. System designers the structures
can choose from five concrete pipe classes and special footprint, footage of
designs, and four installation types. pipe to be installed
Concrete pipe makes particular sense in certain applications and the amount
due to its intrinsic structural benefits. For example, RCP of work required to complete the load requirements of the
was recently selected for a major airport project because it installation. RCP provided security and strength below the
is highly durable and offers protection from environmental 10 to 15 ft of fill and live load of the parking area. In addition,
risks such as fire and collapse from vehicular weights. a redesign reduced the spacing of the pipes from 5 ft to
The 10-year, $110 million capital improvement plan at 32 in., resulting in significant savings in structural backfill
the Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio included construction of material. The project began in the fall of 2011 and was
an underground storm water detention system under a new commissioned in 2012. SWS
parking lot. RCP was selected by the contractor because
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