Press Release
January 29, 1998

Graniterock Chosen For Quality In Construction Award

19th Avenue Project Trumpets the Success of Quality Control Procedures

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has chosen Granite Rock Company to receive a Quality in Construction Award for the repaving job done on 19th Avenue in San Francisco. The job was completed in September of 1997. Construction projects throughout the nation were submitted to NAPA and judging was completed by the staff of NCAT at Auburn

University. The NAPA Paving Awards are open to all Hot Mix Asphalt producers and contractors. The projects must be surfaced within the current or preceding calendar year and completely document smoothness of the finished project. The award will be presented during the annual NAPA convention held in February.

In 1996 the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began implementing a more effective means of defining, measuring and achieving quality in construction projects as part of an overall quality management strategy. This program is commonly known as QC/QA for Quality Control and Quality Assurance. This project was the first Caltrans QC/QA job that Graniterock has participated in. Working in conjunction with Ghilotti Construction and Caltrans, Graniterock provided the Hot Mix Asphalt, as well as the quality control and quality assurance plan.

“Receiving this award validates the outstanding results reported in the final QC/QA report for this project,” said Rich Sacher, Division Manager for Graniterock. Congratulations to the entire Research Technical Services staff, South San Francisco Road Materials and Northern Road Materials Team members on this tremendous accomplishment. Results enjoyed on this project were only achieved through consistent teamwork.”

QC/QA is here to stay in California. Results from almost all QC/QA projects completed in the state have been favorable. Cooperation among Caltrans, Graniterock and Ghilotti Construction resulted in completion of the project 2 months ahead of schedule with minimal disruption to the public. Test results showed that production and placement operations produced a pavement that met all Caltrans specifications, but most importantly produced a quality pavement.

For more information, contact:
Rich Sacher, Road Materials Division Manager, 650.482.3803
Keith Severson, Marketing Services Manager, 831.768.2063