Press Release
December 18, 2009

Graniterock Wins Quality in Construction Award

Pavex Fremont Federal Stimulus Project Wins Napa Award

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) informed Graniterock’s Pavex Construction Division, that the Fremont Asphalt Overlay project is the winner of the “Quality in Construction Award” for 2009. Pavex will be honored at NAPA’s 55th Annual Meeting in mid-January.

This project was one of many Federal Stimulus jobs bidding during this special paving season, and was scheduled around several other city and county overlay jobs. The job called for a very special new mix design. The mix was a ½″ Rubberized Hot Mix Asphalt (RHMA) with unusually difficult design standards. Specifically, the VMA (Voids in Mineral Aggregate) and compaction requirements exceeded that of the new Caltrans Section 39.

The scope of work included over 40,000 tons of RHMA and Hot Mix Asphalt placed during the day on various streets within the city. Operations required daily coordination of heavy traffic as well as pedestrians through the work area. This complicated the work because of the large number of trucks involved in multiple operations for grinding, base repair, AC (Asphaltic Concrete) leveling, cement stabilization, street reconstruction, and RHMA overlay on the same day.

Through extensive planning, constant, diligent Quality Control, the ability to control material from the Quarry to the final warranty, Graniterock’s Pavex Construction Division completed a job that is certainly worthy of the award but more importantly garners the approval of the motoring public. The final paving rides very smoothly.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association is the only association that exclusively represents the interests of the Hot Mix Asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of HMA pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, highways, parking lots, airports and environmental and recreational facilities. The Association, which counts more than 800 companies among its Members, was founded in 1955.

Graniterock has been headquartered in Watsonville, California, since its founding in 1900. The Company’s employees work in branch locations in South San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Salinas, Monterey, Oakland, Watsonville, Felton, Cupertino, and Santa Cruz. Graniterock supplies construction materials including ready-mix concrete, hot mix asphalt, building materials, landscaping supplies, rock, sand and gravel. The Company’s Pavex Construction Division is a significant regional heavy engineering contractor building roadways, airports and private commercial and residential projects. Graniterock received the 1992 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the 1994 Governor’s Golden State Quality Award.

For more information, contact:
Keith Severson, 831.768.2063
Jinga Zhang, 408.574.1400