Strong productions at San Jose Airport paving job

Graniterock’s paving job at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport has been one of strong productions and efficiencies.

Graniterock is working with general contractor Weitz Construction of Arizona to help build a new private jet terminal.

The Construction Division project calls for a total of 56,000 tons of asphalt from Graniterock’s Redwood City plant for the 900,000-square-foot apron to be used for plane parking.

“All of the final grade preparation and planning that went into getting the site ready to pave these high production nights was made possible by Project SupervisorRicky Smithand his top notch grading crew,” Project Manager Jim Mitchell said. “Field SupervisorRobert Lauderdaleand his crew proved once again they are the best in the business. The entire crew has done a phenomenal job hustling out here.”

In addition to the paving crew, the plant and RTS have ensured the asphalt mix meets the FAA’s tight specs and compaction requirements.

“The plant has met and exceeded expectations on tons per hour and load times with the trucks,” Jim said. “RTS has ensured we’re using the right testing criteria and receiving excellent feedback on QC data. With the nuclear gauge, they’re testing compaction and making sure we have the right rolling patterns and right compaction.”

Grade setter and GPS guruJason Smythhas also played a key role in operating the 3D paving system to control the grade.

“Thanks to Jason, we’re on grade with every pass of the paver, which is vital out here,” Jim said. “Without him we’d be paving blind.”

The 29-acre terminal on the northwest side of the airport will feature 240,000 square feet of hangar space. Of the seven hangars constructed for Signature Flight Support, five will house Googlejets.

Other Graniterock work for the new terminal includes 6,000 yards of concrete poured this pastMarch for new taxiways, sub-grading, lime treating, CTB, concrete work for all of the vertical curbs and sidewalk, base rock placement and fine grading.

Graniterock is expected to wrap up its work on the Signature hangars in early October.

A special thanks goes out toBobby Gill, Robbie Kashka, Brad Croft, Pedro De La Riva, Nicholas De La Torre, Robert Gutierrez, Luis Leyva, Jose Martinez, Ramiro Mercado, Gustavo Padilla, Justin Reinman, Jose Romero, Jason BauerandArthur Siqueiros Jr.