Hollister runway open for fire season

Runway reconstruction completed in time for fire season

Posted by Spencer Wright on May 4, 2016

The start of California’s fire season drove the Construction Division to work efficiently under a tight deadline to get Hollister Municipal Airport’s runway reconstructed and open again for Cal Fire planes by May 1.The $5 million project for the city-owned airport required crews to work six days a week in 10-hour shifts since February, along with several areas of the Company pulling together to ensure its timely completion – including materials and transportation.Bid by EstimatorBob Williams, ...
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Downtown San Jose's largest residential project

Graniterock pours for massive project in downtown San Jose

Posted by Zack Booth on Apr 25, 2016

SAN JOSE – Graniterock is helping to reshape San Jose’s skyline by providing 60,000 yards of concrete for the largest residentialproject ever built in downtown.The dual tower high rise project by Cupertino developer KT Properties includes 643 residential units and 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail at North San Pedro and West St. James streets, next to San Pedro Market Square.Working with Largo Concrete, the Graniterock team has had several Saturday pours of nearly 5,000 ...
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Half Moon Bay bluff gets lift from Graniterock

Half Moon Bay bluff gets lift from Graniterock

Posted by Kyle McLean on Apr 13, 2016

HALF MOON BAY – When it comes to projects that improve the environment and help others enjoy our natural surroundings, the Graniterock Construction Division feels they'resecond to none.The Construction team recently wrapped up a rock slope protection project at Surfer’s Beach in Half Moon Bay, which enhances coastal access and recreation along a 175-foot stretch of eroding bluff.The $850,000 Caltrans job on Highway 1, won by EstimatorRob Snyderand led by the project management team ofKyle McLean ...
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Essential keys to working with green concrete

Essential keys to working with green concrete

Posted by Willie Diaz on Apr 11, 2016

There’s no getting around green concrete.More and more construction projects require it and research proves green concrete is a more sustainable building material than traditional concrete.We all know concrete is one of the most durable building products out there. When specified, mixed and placed properly, it can be nearly indestructible — just ask the Romans.However, cement, the glue that holds the combination of rock, sand and gravel together, is one of the world’s primary producers of ...
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Monterey County engineer takes road less traveled

Rock Star: Billy Issa chases the American dream from Lebanon to Monterey

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Apr 7, 2016

SALINAS – Billy Issa landed in Monterey from the Middle East in 1989 pretty much broke and speaking little English, but he carried with him the kind of determination that can only lead to success.While today Billy is celebrating 18 years as one of the most respected engineers at theMonterey County Public Works Department, the path was certainly not straight or easy.To start, his mother hid his passport when he announced he was leaving his hometown ...
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Graniterock extends life of Santa Cruz County landfill

Graniterock helps extend the life of Santa Cruz County's landfill

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Apr 5, 2016

Santa Cruz County leaders Bruce McPherson, Zach Friend and Greg Caput, along with members of the local media, watched Tuesday as the first load of garbage was delivered to the county's new cell at the Buena Vista Landfill, which Graniterock Construction crews worked on for more than a year.Graniterock crews built the landfill's second trash cell by excavating a giant pit 7 acres wide with 250,000 square feet of floor space that will allow the dump ...
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BART extension project starts strong

BART extension project starts strong

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Mar 25, 2016

SAN JOSE – Dirt is a huge issue on the Construction Division project to help build the final stop on a 10-mile BART extension in San Jose.Graniterock is off hauling roughly 18,000 yards of dirt from the 20-acre site to make room for the new BART police station, parking lot, bus transfer center and Station Concourse Plaza.The station includes a street level concourse and above-ground boarding platform.Located between Berryessa and Mabury roads, adjacent to the San ...
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Benefits of CIR for road maintenance

Benefits of cold in-place recycling for road maintenance

Posted by Dennis McElroy on Mar 9, 2016

Tina Cutter keeps asphalt business thriving

Tina Cutter keeps Redwood City asphalt business thriving

Posted by Shanna McCord Crigger on Mar 4, 2016

REDWOOD CITY – With San Francisco Bay Areaconstructionbooming in recent years, Graniterock’s asphalt plant in Redwood City has beena busy place.High demand for hot mix asphaltand other road materials means the Blomquist Street plant will sometimes run 24 hours a day to meet customers’ needs.Aggregates to feed the plant are delivered by rail from Aromas six or seven days a week, and asphalt customer trucks stream in and out the plant with increasing frequency. To keep ...
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Caltrans and industry work to improve Section 39

Caltrans and industry work together to improve Section 39

Posted by Mike Cook on Mar 1, 2016

Over the past few years, Caltrans has worked on a major overhaul of theSection 39 specificationfor producing and placing hot mix asphalt on state roads.The idea behind the change was to bring California more in line with national asphalt standards and to produce more consistent and accurate test results.But when the new Section 39 changes first showed up in paving contracts, it quickly became apparent that some aspects of the new specification were not truly “street ...
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