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The Simon Property Group will install pervious concrete next week at its University Park Mall property in Mishawaka, Indiana, reports the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's (NRMCA) Midwest National Resource Director Jon Hansen. This 10,000 square foot test section will be monitored by Simon for performance and durability, and will become a model for design as Simon looks for stormwater management methods and green building practices for its shopping centers and commercial properties.

The test section this week and the larger placement next week will both be under the watchful eye of Pat Kiel of the Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA). "With 325 properties across the United States, the success of the Mishawaka test section will represent a huge opportunity for the concrete industry," Hansen said.

"The ground work done with Simon here in Indiana, and with its headquarters in Indianapolis, will have a positive effect from border to border and coast to coast," reports Hansen. "We are pleased and excited to have Simon Property Group testing pervious concrete and evaluating its performance and to have such a knowledgeable and active partner in the Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association to help in this endeavor."

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest U.S. real estate company. Simon is a fully integrated real estate company which operates from five retail real estate platforms: regional malls, Premium Outlet CentersĀ®, The MillsĀ®, community/lifestyle centers and international properties. It currently owns or has an interest in 380 properties comprising 258 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. The Company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. Simon Property Group, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the company's website at or visit the Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association at