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Continued on page 16 14 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The recently opened Centro Plaza, a $16 million multi-modal transit center for the VIA Metropolitan System of San Antonio, Texas, features an architectural design that celebrates the beauty of the natural landscape with a modern, illuminated twist. In addition to incorporating lights, stainless steel, aluminum and glass into the new downtown transportation hub, CityLock and Eco-City Lock pavers from Pavestone were installed to help bring the project vision of landscape architect Bender Wells Clark Design to life. The pavers, which contributed to the project's sustainability requirements, were custom manufactured for Centro Plaza. Larry Clark, Vice President of Bender Wells Clark Design, directed the design of the hardscape and complex water conservation system, and the tree bosque. "We needed a good-looking paving material that would serve for both the permeable and impermeable areas of this downtown plaza. It was a challenge to find a unified paver that would cover the entire plaza, allowing rainwater to pass through in some areas and not in others. The manufacturer worked with us to develop a paver system that served both conditions. One paver lets water seep into the structural soils and sand layers below, while the other is a more conventional concrete paver, but they look alike." Natural and artificial light are projected across the 150,000 square-foot plaza to generate modern color variations against the buildings, canopies and other metallic surfaces throughout the day. "The plaza and tower illumination is definitely one of a kind with almost every element of h a rd s c a p e s by Chad Corley, Pavestone Custom Paver Created For Centro Plaza Transit Hub Landscape architects from Bender Wells Clark Design were retained to design Centro Plaza, a transit center in San Antonio, Texas. The custom manufactured Pavestone CityLock and permeable Eco- City Lock pavers contributed to the project's sustainability requirements.