The parking areas and drive lanes around the Mazie S. Woodruff Center at Forsyth Tech were in need of some reconstruction. The full depth reclamation process with Portland cement was determined to be the most cost effective method to fix all the problems with the deteriorated pavement structure. Our Greensboro crews were more than willing and able to get the job done. The result is a finished job that the college is thrilled with and will last for years to come.
Our Northern Virginia division was contracted to perform asphalt repairs at the Potomac Run Shopping Center for Kimco Realty. Kimco is North America’s largest owner/operator of neighborhood & community shopping centers. The repairs seen here involved edge milling and necessary key-ins along with a pavement overlay and striping. This is the third year that Ruston Paving has completed a project at one of their shopping centers. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Kimco for many more years!
Our Manassas division was recently contracted by EDC to overlay the Turnpike Shopping Center in Fairfax. In addition to the asphalt overlay, the shopping center got a new façade along with some new tenants, namely Ross Dress for Less and Caribou Coffee. Because the shopping center’s existing stores were to remain open throughout the job, our crews worked closely with EDC to ensure minimal disruption. This required that each phase of work had a 24 hour turnaround time. Both the owner, Combined Properties, and general contractor, EDC, were very impressed with the professionalism and workmanship Ruston Paving displayed throughout the job.
In an effort to spread the word about the full depth reclamation process (FDR), Tim McConnell, our pavement and soil specialist, recently was a guest lecturer at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. Professor Spencer Thew, Director of the Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program, had learned about our work with FDR and graciously invited us to share our knowledge with the students. Tim introduced the process to the CE-441 Construction Materials class, which is an upper level class for civil engineers that have a concentration in Construction Engineering Management. It is the goal of Ruston Paving to educate these future engineers so that they may go out into the world knowing that FDR can be a viable alternative to the traditional remove and replace option for pavement reconstruction.
Randy Ketola began his career with Ruston Paving on a paving crew in our Rochester division and quickly advanced to the position of paving foreman. Although he was performing admirably, Randy felt that our grading operations would better suit his skill set so he became a foreman on one of our grading crews.
In 2006, an opportunity arose out of our Manassas division. Because of his versatility, Randy was asked to transfer to Virginia. After careful deliberation, Randy and his family moved South. He already could grade and pave but received his Class A license so he could also move equipment, which truly made him a jack of all trades. Now that Manassas is firing on all cylinders, Randy has settled back into his role as a grading foreman but he will always be ready to help if need be. Thanks for your 15 years of dedicated service, Randy!
(Randy is pictured wearing his leather jacket that recognizes his anniversary after receiving it from Ben Miller, our Manassas division manager.)
Tri Properties contracted Ruston Paving to rehabilitate the parking areas at Chelsea Place – Imperial Center. This project marks the seventh year in a row that Ruston Paving has worked on one of Tri Properties’ locations. This particular parking area was milled our by our crews on the weekend and paved over the course of the following week. Through a collaborative team effort, the required work was completed in phases so as to accommodate the busy work schedule of the building’s tenants.
The Woodlake Community is no stranger to Ruston Paving’s Durham office. Over the last decade, we have developed many budgets, bids and completed several projects in this neighborhood. It has even been called home for a few of our employees.
In 2011, the Woodlake Homeowners Association (WHOA) invited Ruston Paving to collaborate on a budget and make recommendations for their community’s deteriorating clubhouse parking lot. As with prior years, Ruston Paving was again selected as the contractor of choice.
WHOA selected the full depth reclamation option because of its uniform restoration to the lot’s unsuitable base as well as its prolonged life span in comparison to a traditional repair and overlay option.
Two employees from Ruston Paving’s Rochester division were recently recruited to travel south and assist with the Manassas division’s Embassy Suites project. Starting with a blank slate, this newly constructed hotel in Springfield, VA needed a parking lot created and prime contractor Balfour Beatty chose Ruston Paving to fulfill the job.
While enjoying a bit of spring sunshine, our workers were busy installing a stone base. After this, we will complete three phases of asphalt paving before finishing out the project. We certainly have our work cut out for us before the hotel opens this fall.
Pictured above are crews from the Manassas division of Ruston Paving working to complete the Fort Myer project in Arlington, VA. Lying adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer is a military post that traces its origins back to the civil war. Our task here was to complete a reconstruction project. The scope of work included reconfiguring, regrading, and repaving the pavement sections to allow trucks easier access to the loading dock area. With winter winds still whipping in the air, our crews managed to get the pavement down and complete the job before the latest blast of snow hit the area.
Though it’s still snowy in New York, we’re gearing up for spring and getting employees ready for another year of paving. Thus, Ruston Paving invited Wirtgen America to host a clinic in our Rochester shop. This annual Q & A training session covered information on our Wirtgen paver including performing proper inspections of the paver, making adjustments to the equipment, and other maintenance and use inquiries. Shop and crew members from both the Syracuse and Rochester divisions were in attendance. Teamed up with Wirtgen paving representative Tom Knowles, it proved to be a highly productive session.