In 2011, flooding from Tropical Storm Lee caused significant damage to the Owego-Apalachin School District. Consequently, FEMA announced the approval of $23 million in funding to relocate its schools to a less flood-prone area and construct the administrative, maintenance, and storage buildings that were badly damaged. One of the final steps was to reconstruct the roadway through the school’s campus, which was originally budgeted to cost $800,000. By utilizing the Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) process, Ruston Paving’s Syracuse division was awarded the job and saved the district $300,000.

We were able to coordinate and present an on-site FDR seminar with the reclamation work, which was attended by school officials, local companies and municipalities. WICZ, the local FOX affiliate, even came out to do a TV news story about the project.

Owego Schools FDR Seminar

Owego Schools FDR

2015 Clarkson Scholarship WinnerClarkson University’s Construction Engineering Management (CEM) program has awarded the 2014-15 Ruston Paving Scholarship to a civil engineering student.

Jacob Bohnert ’16 of Sherburne, N.Y., was selected for his academic achievements and student involvement throughout campus. He serves as the captain of the Steel Bridge Team, which is part of Clarkson’s Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design (SPEED) program.

“The satisfaction I felt knowing that someone understands and respects the time and effort put into my studies is irreplaceable, and provides the motivation to achieve greater,” Bohnert said. “A Ruston Paving Scholarship is more than a monetary value — it’s a step toward the future for an internship or the beginning of a career.”

Lang Butler, vice president of Ruston Paving, said Bohnert stood out as an applicant for his direct interest in the paving industry and his hands-on internship experiences.

“Mr. Bohnert is the kind of candidate that represents our vision for our scholarship recipient,” he said.

Ruston Paving, a commercial and industrial asphalt paving and site work contractor, supports the Construction Engineering Management program at Clarkson through financial and other means.  The professional concentration in Construction Engineering Management is available to civil engineering students to focus their electives on courses pertinent to the field of construction engineering management.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

A special note of thanks to Annie Harrison, Clarkson University’s social media manager, who put together the press release.

Pictured from left to right:  Erik C. Backus, Director of CEM; Jeff Pawlicki, Division Manager, Ruston Paving; Jacob Bohnert, Clarkson Student BSCE ’16; Don Barry, Director of Business Development, Ruston Paving; and Spencer Thew, Adjunct Associate Professor, CEM.

The end of one construction season brings Ruston Paving the dawn of another. As 2015 will mark our 72nd year in business, we hope this will be our best year ever. It is this wish we also hope for everyone.

Happy New Year!

Dawn of a New Season

Christmas Announcement 2014

Happy Halloween

Pavement Maintenance ArticlePavement Maintenance & Reconstruction magazine just published a fantastic article about Ruston Paving’s efforts to use the full depth reclamation process on commercial projects.

Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction is the leading magazine serving contractors in the paving, sealcoating, pavement marking and sweeping industries by providing “how to” information to help contractors run their businesses more effectively and profitably.

Rochester Construction Career DayRochester Construction Career Day LetterRuston Paving once again participated in the Rochester Construction Career Day.  2012 marks the 15th year the event has taken place.  The purpose of the career day is to provide area high school students with a unique and informative look at the construction industry in hopes of generating interest in the skilled trades.  With the skills gap continuing to grow, it is more important than ever to educate our young workforce that the trades are a viable career choice.  Utilizing a scale model of a parking lot, we were able to demonstrate the use of a laser level to ensure proper surface drainage.

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Ruston Paving is always looking for new ways to promote our industry.  The video below surely represents a fun way to do just that!

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Some of you may have driven by one of Ruston Paving’s paving crews and seen them laying down asphalt.  However, not many have been to a quarry or blacktop plant to see how asphalt is made.  This video from The Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” series does a great job explaining the process.

In 2011, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) used several innovative recycling methods to rehabilitate a 4 mile stretch of Interstate 81.  One of the techniques involved pulverizing the existing material in place and mixing it with Portland cement to establish a stabilized base on which an asphalt surface course could then be applied.  This process has been used by Ruston Paving for many years and is becoming more popular given the cost and time savings associated with the procedure.  A YouTube video of the project can be viewed below. VDOT also described the job in a brochure that can be found here: VDOT I-81 Recycling Brochure

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