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During the design stage for our manufacturing plant, we included several aspects that help naturally filter the storm water run-off from our plant. Whether it is rainwater or water from our manufacturing activity, the water goes through two settling areas before it reaches a field of native Texas grasses. These native prairie grasses further help passively filter sediment as well as aid in returning a great deal of the water to the ground and underlying aquifers.
Lonestar Prestress President, Brad Boyer, reached out to Garry Stephens with the Wildlife Habitat Federation to rehabilitate the vegetation on the plant's property. A mix of 30 varieties of native grasses and wildflowers was planted on the property, and over a year later the re-introduced natives are doing very well. Mowing the grasses happens only periodically, which may look unkept at first glance, but is indeed very necessary to the success of the native habitat. The deer that live on site have improved in health, antler size, and number over the years and a quail population is slowly building on the property. Wildlife overall has improved on the plant site.
Garry Stephens and his team at the WHF assisted Brad and Lonestar Prestress not only in the implementation of a healthy, native habitat on the property, but also provided a vast amount of important information. He helped in educating us about the causes of native habitat destruction, the negative effects of proliferating invasive species, and the immense benefits a healthy ecosystem can bring to land. For a more detailed look into the work Garry does with landowners like us all around Texas, visit the Wildlife Habitat Federation's website.
During the design process, LPMI decided to be as environmentally-friendly as possible with our new facility. We decided to utilize a geothermal system for our air conditioning for the indoor spaces on our site. This process involves installing hundreds of feet of pipe in the ground and filling these pipes with water.
The installation of this system can be seen in the picture above.
Once installation is complete, water is pumped through these underground pipes to release the heat gathered from the air conditioning process into the ground and subsequently return to the building as cool water. This system is environmentally-friendly as the heat transferred to the ground does not affect the earth or have any impact on the environment.
A year after installation, the remnants of the geothermal installation can no longer be discerned from the surroundings.