Category Archives: Business

To Prevent Legal Problems, Be a Great Communicator

I know a construction foreman who freely shares that contractors are not “411 kind of guys.”  Construction is much more about doing than about talking about doing.  The downside of this ethic is that lack of communication breeds disputes on jobs. Communication is absolutely essential to jobsite coordination, but more than that it is the Read more

Permeable Paving Systems – Three Options

In today’s construction environment, “green” building choices which are cost effective and long lasting are often a developer’s best option for building and pavement installation. Pervious concrete, permeable pavers and crushed top and bottom stone for synthetic athletic fields are all excellent selections for storm water management and drainage. Pervious concrete pavement is a unique Read more

Can Road Problems Be Fixed Through County Service Area (CSA) Formation?

Editor’s Note: Zach Friend was elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in 2012. Supervisor Friend’s article addresses road problems, and a potential solution to those problems, in Santa Cruz County, but the issues he identifies are common to counties across California. Graniterock’s publication of this article is not an endorsement of any Read more

Harvest Construction

When Ken and Janice Rudisill started Harvest Construction 26 years ago, they drew from deeply shared values to form a long lasting and successful business venture. Harvest Construction is a general contractor which creates beautiful environments in Monterey County. This family business builds and remodels custom homes and commercial properties, primarily in Pebble Beach and Carmel, Read more

One of Santa Cruz County’s Most Important Resources – Sand

Although Santa Cruz is famous for its beaches, one of the County’s most important stretches of sand lies inland in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in an area known as the Zayante sandhills. Tucked between the communities of Bonny Doon and Scotts Valley, the sandhills are isolated pockets of ancient sand that support an ecologically distinct Read more

SB 1270 Proposes Significant California Mining Reform

Editor’s Note:  SB 1270 (Pavley), a bill to significantly rewrite the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), was recently introduced by California State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica), who chairs the Senate Natural Resources Committee. The bill would, among other provisions, transfer traditional authority of local government to a newly created State Mine Inspector office at the Read more

Recognition Day – Building a Positive Culture

More than 25 years ago, former Graniterock CEO Bruce Woolpert introduced the idea of “Recognition Day” to Graniterock People. He brought the core of the idea from his experience as a manager at Hewlett-Packard, where legendary leaders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard visited each HP Division once-a-year for a day-long “Division Review” to evaluate business Read more

Doug Sanders Concrete – Part of the Graniterock Family

Doug Sanders literally grew up with Graniterock concrete. His dad Larry, now retired, was a loyal Graniterock customer during his career as one of the largest concrete contractors in Santa Cruz County. Doug learned his trade next to his father, playing in sand piles on construction sites as a youngster. “Dad was always 100% Graniterock, Read more

Growing and Protecting Endangered Species: California Red-Legged Frog Habitat

Over the past fifty years, many state and county mining regulations and federal and state environmental laws have been created to protect and conserve local habitat and rare and endangered species.  The California red-legged frog was designated as a threatened species in 1996. Its range is mostly limited to the Central California coast, from Marin Read more

Graniterock Celebrates 114 Years in Business

by Amanda Bayhi Aggregates Manager, February 13, 2014 Valentine’s Day is typically celebrated as a day of love, but one manufacturer has another reason to celebrate. California-based manufacturer Graniterock celebrates its 114th anniversary on Feb. 14. Graniterock spokesperson Keith Severson says the manufacturer — which produces aggregates, concrete, asphalt and construction materials — got its Read more