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2017 Roller Compacted Concrete (Industrial) Awards

(Silver Award)   Bayport Container Yard, Seabrook, Texas

Contractor:  A.G. Peltz Group, LLC           

Owner:  Port of Houston Authority (POHA)           

Engineers:   LAN Engineering | HVJ Associates Inc.           

 A.G. Peltz Group, LLC was contracted by the POHA to place 98,000 SY of 18” Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) pavement. This marked the fourth large project for the port authority to use RCC, and several additional projects also are planned.  

By 2020, the Port is expected to have 380 acres of mostly 18-in.-thick RCC, making it the largest RCC site in the United States.   Just how much RCC is this?  This amount of RCC would form a 6-in. thick, single lane road stretching more than 800 miles from the state’s easternmost city of Orange to El Paso in the far west corner of Texas

Since 2007, RCC has filled a key role in the port authority’s Bayport Container Terminal expansion, and integral part of a capital improvement program that totaled about $314 million in 2016. High-performing, low-maintenance RCC pavements are strong and dense, so they can handle the weight of heavy container-handling equipment such as gantry cranes that load containers on and off ships.

“The goal was to reduce cost and ensure long-term durability, and port leadership at that time believed RCC offered a sound solution,” said POHA Chief Construction Engineer, Brock Lewis, who commented that the environment, working with surrounding jurisdictions, meeting numerous business requirements, and excessive rainfall in the Houston area were challenges during construction. “By placing RCC, we were able to return to business sooner than expected while also minimizing down time.”  POHA was also able to reduce the construction schedule by four months, while keeping maintenance to a minimum. 

This facility and POHA’s overall increased container-handling capacity is keeping pace with increasing demand, including more and larger ships that pass through its waters, thanks in in part to the Panama Canal expansion.

 

(Gold Award) Walmart Distribution Center, Mebane, N.C.

Contractor: Morgan Corp.                          

Owner:  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.   

Engineers:   Kimley-Horn              

The successful completion of the RCC pavement at Wal-Mart’s Distribution Center #6858 marked a significant milestone in advancing RCC pavements.  It was the first RCC paving project ever built by the world’s largest retail company, and building on the project success, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is now specifying RCC for many other distribution centers in the United States.

Since Morgan Corp. completed this project, the giant retailer has since specified RCC for its distribution centers in Mobile, Ala.; Bentonville, Ark. near the firm’s headquarters; and Cocoa Beach, Fla.

The Mebane distribution center project used 83,300 SY of 10.5-in. thick RCC; 7,100 SY of 6-in. thick RCC; 5,400 SY of 11-inch reinforced concrete dolly pads; and 2,450 linear ft of curb and gutter.

Construction was completed in just over six months, in spite of many difficulties including delays by other parties with site preparation; severe winter conditions; the complex details of reinforced concrete dolly pads, which used a combination of PNA Construction Technologies* patented dowel baskets and square dowels.

Morgan Corp. has been awarded the contract to build the second Wal-Mart RCC project at its Super Distribution Center in Mobile, Ala. This upcoming project encompasses 380,000 SY of 10-in. RCC, and is scheduled for completion in mid-2018.

 

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* ACPA Member.

2017 Commercial Service & Military Airports Awards

(Silver Award)  Runway 14-32 Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh International Airport, Findlay Township, Pa.

Contractor: Golden Triangle Construction Company, Inc.

Owner:  Allegheny County Airport Authority        

Engineer:  Michael Baker International   

When bids were let for the reconstruction of the cross wind Runway 14-32, Golden Triangle was the successful bidder on all six construction bids. 

The project involved removal and replacement of 185,936 SY of concrete pavement.  All the concrete was produced using Golden Triangle’s portable batch plant set up on airport property about 20 minutes from the project site.

In addition to the concrete pavement replacement, the project included subgrade, base, and drainage improvements along with complete asphalt shoulder replacement, as well as electrical circuit, lighting, and airfield signage replacement.

The original concrete pavement was crushed to a 2A or R4 gradation and was either used on the project or was stock piled on airport property for future reuse by the owner.  All the bituminous asphalt was milled and stockpiled on site for future reuse by the owner.

Precise grade control was a must as the runway intersected with two other parallel runways and intersected with 10 taxiways. The initial phases used traditional string line paving techniques, and then transitioned to GPS and stringless technology.

Close coordination was required with multiple subcontractors, as well as multiple prime contractors on adjacent airport projects. There were also rigorous quality control requirements to meet FAA specifications, and testing results confirmed consistency. 

Making this project even more challenging were the many sub-phases of each of the six construction phases, which led many working restrictions and extremely tight time frames.  In spite of all these factors, project milestones and completion dates were met and the owner and air travelers to the region now have a reliable, high quality facility.

 

(Gold Award)    Runway/Taxiway Reconstruction, Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Mich.

Contractor: Ajax Paving Industries, Inc.  

Owner: Wayne County Airport Authority

Engineer:  RS&H

Arguably one of the greatest challenges facing the Wayne County Airport Authority recently was the reconstruction of Detroit Metro Airport’s Runway 4L/22R, which is vitally important to the airport, as well as air traffic in southeastern Michigan.

Located in the world’s automotive capital, the airport commonly known as Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) serves more than 30 million passengers per year. As one of the busiest airports in the region, the facility generates over $10 billion in economic impact annually.

The project consisted of nearly 450,000 SY of concrete pavement, encompassing 6.5 miles of airfield space, making this project the largest airport concrete pavement project constructed in the United States at the time. The runway is 10,000 ft long and 150 ft wide, and in high demand, so the airport authority had to “fast track” the design and construction.

Typically, the runway is used for aircraft arrivals and can accommodate operations in low-visibility conditions, making it critical to the airport’s operational efficiency and business continuity. The project also involved reconstruction of the associated taxiway system, providing a safe connection for aircraft from the runway to the passenger terminals at Detroit Metro Airport.

In addition to quick and efficient design and construction, the planning, design, and construction incorporated sustainable practices, including the re-use of stormwater for dust control during construction, along with other initiatives proposed by the contractor during construction. This monumental project was completed on schedule, allowing Ajax to achieve the maximum allowable incentives outlined in the contract.

In July 2016, ACPA hosted its Airport Pavement Design & Construction Best Practices Workshop near Detroit Metro Airport. As part of the workshop, the project was highlighted and workshop participants had the opportunity to tour of the construction.

 

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* ACPA Member.

2017 Reliever & General Aviation Airports Awards

(Silver Award)  Jack Edwards National Airport Improvements, Gulf Shores, Ala.

Contractor: A.G. Peltz Group, LLC            

Owner:  Jack Edwards National Airport

Engineer:  Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.

 

As tourism in this resort city and overall region has increased, the Jack Edwards airport has seen increased demand for additional aircraft apron areas that can accommodate all types of aircraft, including heavy aircraft.  In response to these increasing demands, the Federal Aviation Administration granted funds to construct a new heavy aircraft apron.

A.G. Peltz Group* won a competitive bid to construct the new heavy aircraft apron. The scope of work included taking a greenfield site and performing the required grading, drainage, base, pavement, aircraft tie downs, and lighting for the new apron. The pavement section consists of a 6 in. P-304 cement treated base layer and a 15 in. P-501 plain jointed concrete pavement layer.

A.G. Peltz performed both the cement-treated base and concrete paving required to complete the project. The pavement was constructed in 30 ft paving widths to shorten the duration of the pavement placements and try to recover time lost during the grading phase of the project.  In spite of an unusually wet spring that caused delays, the 27,555 SY heavy aircraft apron now serves the air travel needs of the region, and allows aircraft up to 737 class. This apron will now allow the airport to accept a larger volume and larger size of aircraft.

 

(Gold Award)  Reconstruction Project at Northwest Missouri Regional Airport, Maryville, Mo.

Contractor: Ideker, Inc.

Owner:  City of Maryville, Missouri          

Engineer: Jviation, Inc.

Pavement evaluations on Runway 14-32 at the Northwest Missouri Regional Airport in Maryville, Missouri, resulted in low Pavement Condition Index numbers for a portion of the runway, north turnaround, and the northernmost taxiway connector from the apron.  Also, deterioration of the north 4,000 ft. of the runway since 2011 required emergency replacements of select concrete panels on an annual basis.

Ideker, Inc. proved they were up to the task of completing this challenging project. Because of these factors, a comprehensive reconstruction project was required and involved the removal and replacement of the existing pavement.  The project involved pavement demolition; fly ash stabilization of the subgrade; in-place recycling of the existing 6 in. concrete and reuse as aggregate base course; drainage pipe installation; underdrain construction; and a new edge lighting system.  

The airport was closed for the duration of the project to allow for the complete removal and replacement of the northernmost 4,000 ft. of runway pavement.  In all, 38,000 SY of 6 in. concrete pavement was placed over the recycled concrete aggregate and subgrade. A geotextile fabric between the subgrade and base course minimized the amount of fines entering the base course.

Weather delays and unanticipated poor subgrade conditions complicated the project, but the contractor and other project partners worked through these issues together to keep the project moving forward with minimal delays. 

Ideker used stringless grade control for establishing the finished subgrade elevations, finished recycled concrete base course elevations, and placement of the concrete.  Ideker also sequenced paving lanes so to avoid driving on the subbase during paving.  

The consistent thickness results and profilograph results—with no deficiencies to correct—are a testament to the tight grade control and attention to detail that was achieved during the project.  

In addition, the specifications were exceeded for flexural strength gain for this project. The smooth ride of the new runway exhibits the high quality of workmanship that was achieved on this project.

 

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* ACPA member.

ACPA Presents Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has named recipients of its 28th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” awards, which recognize quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada.

The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship in concrete pavement projects, and serves as a way to share information about challenging and highly successful projects.  This year’s 29 awards were selected from 78 total submittals.  In all 21 contractors won awards for projects in 12 ACPA-affiliated Chapter/State areas.

Thirty-six judges representing various stakeholder groups throughout the transportation-construction community evaluate projects for the award consideration. The program recognizes contractors, engineers, and project owners who completed outstanding projects.  The program requires projects to be completed in the calendar year prior to judging (2017). 

Please click on the award category below to view individual pages with project details and photos of projects and award recipients. If you would like to view or download additional photos, please click here to access our OneDrive folder, which contains additional photos.   

 

Reliever & General Aviation Airports 

(Silver Award)
 Jack Edwards National Airport Improvements, Gulf Shores, Ala.

(Gold Award) Reconstruction Project at Northwest Missouri Regional Airport, Maryville, Mo.

 

Commercial Service & Military Airports

(Silver Award) Runway 14-32 Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh International Airport, Findlay Township, Pa.

(Gold Award) Runway/Taxiway Reconstruction, Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Mich.

 

Roller Compacted Concrete (Industrial)

(Silver Award) Bayport Container Yard, Seabrook, Texas

(Gold Award) Walmart Distribution Center, Mebane, N.C.

 

Industrial Paving

(Gold Award) Circle Test Track Reconstruction at GM’s Milford Proving Ground, Mich.

 

Roller Compacted Concrete (Special Application)

(Silver Award) Crossgate Road, Port Wentworth (Savannah), Ga.

(Gold Award) Brickhaven Ash Unloading Facility, Moncure, N.C.

 

Concrete Pavement Restoration (CPR)

(Silver Award) Douglas County Concrete Pavement Preservation Program, Highlands Ranch, Colo

(Gold Award) State Highway 52 CPR Project, Winneshiek County, Iowa

 

Municipal Streets & Intersections (>30,000 SY)

(Silver Award) State Route Rehabilitation Project, Curry County, N.M.

(Gold Award) I-49 & Peculiar Way Interchange Improvements, Peculiar, Mo.

 

Municipal Streets & Intersections (<30,000 SY) 

(Silver Award) Diagonal Highway Reconstruction, Boulder, Colo.

(Gold Award) State Highway 42, Sister Bay, Wis.

 

County Roads

(Silver Award) Voca Road & US 69 West, Atoka County, Okla.

(Gold Award) County Road M-56, Dickinson County, Iowa

 

State Roads

(Silver Award) Route AC Construction in Perry County, Perryville, Mo.

(Gold Award) US-56 Reconstruction, Gray, Kan.

 

Overlays, Streets and Roads

(Silver Award) Merriam Lane Reconstruction & Improvements, Wyandotte, Kan.

(Gold Award) Allamakee-B-38-Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa

 
Overlays, Highways

(Silver Award) State Highway 51, Blaine County, Canton, Okla. 

(Gold Award) State Highway 13 Resurfacing Project, Moffat County, Colo.

 

Urban Arterials and Collectors

(Silver Award) New York Gateway Connections Improvement Project – U.S. Peace Bridge Plaza, Buffalo, N.Y.

(Gold Award) State Highway 119 Reconstruction, Longmont, Colo.

 

Divided Highways (Rural)

(Silver Award) Wood County I-75 Reconstruction, Perrysburg, Ohio

(Gold Award) South Lawrence Trafficway (K-10), Douglas, Kan.

 

Divided Highways (Urban)

(Silver Award) I-25, Lincoln Avenue to County Line Road, Douglas County, Colo.

(Gold Award) Grand Parkway Project, Houston, Texas

 

ACPA Names Niederriter as 2018 Chairman

ACPA’s 55th Chairman of the Board says, “I’ll be right there with you to push for concrete pavements and celebrate our victories, too!”

ACPA has named Chuck Niederriter, Chief Operating Officer of Golden Triangle Construction Company, as its 2018 Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Niederriter became the 55th person to serve as ACPA Chairman during a ceremony at ACPA’s Annual Meeting, where he accepted a ceremonial concrete gavel from 2017 Chairperson Lori Tiefenthaler, Senior Director of Marketing for Lehigh Hanson, Inc.

“The mission for 2018 will be for the national organization to work closely with the ACPA-affiliated chapters to provide increased service and assistance to our governmental partners at the state and local level,” he said, adding, “This is in direct support of decisions-making about pavement design and selection process for our highway systems.

“This is of great importance today considering the heightened awareness nationally for much needed improvements to the infrastructure in the United States,” he said, adding, “The transportation departments across the country are asking for help, and we are prepared to step in!”

Celebrating Successes
During his acceptance speech at ACPA’s 54th Annual Meeting, Niederriter said, “Our clients expect our projects to last a generation. Unfortunately, the measure of success for our product is that often goes unnoticed for 50 years. As such, we need to celebrate our successes.”

Addressing an audience of 285 association members, affiliates, and other guests, “As we move forward in 2018, I want to encourage, challenge, and invite you to ‘get into the trenches.’ I know your ACPA national and Chapter staff will be there, and I promise you I’ll be right there with you to push for concrete pavements and celebrate our victories, too!”

Niederriter’s comments including a poignant story about the founding and evolution of Golden Triangle Construction, where he began his career as a project engineer. During his approximately 32-year tenure, he has overseen tremendous growth of the company, he said, recalling his first project with the company, a new taxiway and cargo apron at Pittsburgh International Airport. Today, the company as an industry leader in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

About Chuck Niederriter
Chuck Niederriter graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Engineering in 1982, and has worked at Golden Triangle Construction since 1986. He serves as Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the overall day to day operations.

In addition to his position at Golden Triangle, he also serves in several volunteer leadership roles, including Vice President of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors. He is also past Chairman of the ACPA-Pennsylvania Chapter and past-President of the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (the local chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America); he also has served on numerous other Boards of Directors.

About Golden Triangle Construction
Founded in 1952, Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc. is headquartered in Imperial, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The company grew from a subcontractor doing curb and drainage work to its current role as a leading heavy/highway/utility construction company. Today, the company has 350 employees who work in western Pennsylvania, throughout West Virginia, and in eastern Ohio.

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