Specify Concrete

FREE Parking Lot Design Assistance

Flip It

The benefits of concrete just keep getting better. In addition to its great strength, durability, aesthetics and sustainable benefits, concrete is proving its cost-effectiveness and true value more than ever. PACA and pavement engineers with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) will work hand-in-hand with you to convert your parking lot design from asphalt to concrete without hurting your bottom line.

Whether you’ve worked with concrete on flat surface applications in the past or not, you’ve got nothing to lose with PACA’s free design specification assistance for concrete parking lots. Let us help you make the FLIP from asphalt to concrete and start reaping concrete’s great rewards today! 

This program provides design assistance, including CAD/CAM drawings that include guidance for the project designer, contractor or owner to allow them to design, specify and build an economical and well-designed project. To view a copy of a sample report click here.

Need a quick design reference? Check out our generic designs for both light duty and heavy duty pavement sections.


In order to qualify for this free design assistance program, your project must meet the following criteria:

  • Incorporate a parking lot or other flat surface (i.e., patio, campus, walkways, etc) that covers 10,000 sq. ft. of surface.
  • Must use a PACA supplier for the concrete material on the project.
  • The project must be located in Pennsylvania.

What Is Included?

PACA will provide its best recommendation for a concrete pavement jointing plan for the subject site, developed with consideration of constructability, long-term performance, economy and aesthetics. For each application containing the necessary project information, PACA will provide the following design suggestions:

  1. Scale CAD drawing with jointing plan and suggested typical design details, including curbs, gutters, drains, contraction joints, isolation joints, construction joints, thickened edges, tied joints, doweled joints, lug anchors sidewalks, etc.
    1. Following the guidelines of the concrete pavement industry.
    2. With alternatives for pervious pavement sections if requested.
  2. A detailed transmittal letter, which may include the following:
    1. Recommended concrete pavement thicknesses to be determined by acceptable engineering practices for anticipated loading conditions, including ACI 330R “Guide for Design and Construction of Concrete Parking Lots,” NRMCA’s Concrete Pavement Analyst software and other thickness design software programs offered by the American Concrete Pavement Association and the Portland Cement Association.
    2. Potential sources of project specifications
    3. Base materials
    4. Potential for LEED points
    5. Subgrade and drainage, for pavements with and without detention
    6. Hydrological illustration for pervious concrete projects
  3. Disclaimer stating that the Design Suggestions are not every known fact about concrete pavement but complies with current industry standards. The final design is the responsibility of the engineer on record for the project.


Concrete: It Just Makes Cents

  • While lifecycle costs of concrete parking lots have always outperformed asphalt, the new reality is that concrete’s stable price index has made it extremely competitive and often cheaper on initial costs than asphalt as well.
  • Parking areas paved with pervious concrete drastically reduce or eliminate the need for storm sewers and detention systems or ponds – often beating out total installation costs for asphalt systems.
  • Concrete parking lots reduce the heat island effect, saving energy costs for adjacent buildings.
  • The high reflectivity of concrete reduces the amount of lamps and energy needed to light a parking area.
  • The permeability of pervious concrete allows rainwater to filter or seep directly into the ground, reducing stormwater runoff and decreasing taxes that many cities are beginning to levy on businesses based on the amount of their stormwater runoff.
  • Concrete provides long service life with very low maintenance – offering a significant cost savings over the life of the parking lot.
  • Concrete pavement does not need to be resurfaced or resealed, eliminating possible business interruption costs associated with those activities.

Submission Form

A project is submitted by contacting PACA staff member Ken Crank (717-468-0259) to discuss and complete the application form (click here te see the form and the details that will be discussed). The form and all related project information are then forwarded to the NRMCA for the concrete pavement design recommendation. The process is quick, easy, and costs you nothing but a few minutes of your time to complete the application process.