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McCarthy Improvement Named a National Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award Recipient

The 31st Annual National “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” award recipients have been announced, and we are pleased to be among 23 unique contractors recognized for hard work, outstanding quality, and demonstrating creative approaches to problem-solving. We have been recognized for our work at the Augusta Regional Airport – Air Carrier & GA Apron Phase II Rehabilitation project.

To learn more about the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) annual awards, click here. Or to view a complete list of winners, click here.

Quad-City Airport Works to Maintain Workforce & Make Construction Improvements

The Quad City International Airport (QCIA) is working extremely hard to maintain its workforce and make continuous construction improvements according to the Quad-City Times. The QCIA Board awarded  McCarthy Improvement a contract to repair concrete sidewalks and roadways in the terminal’s parking lot in an effort to prevent passengers from tripping or falling. Last year, we were responsible for similar sidewalk repair work.

CEMEX Assists McCarthy Improvement – Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Project

The Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. Last summer, McCarthy Improvement started work on the reconstruction of the airport’s 9L-27R runway and corresponding taxiway as part of the airport’s US$6 billion expansion and makeover plan. World Cement wrote an article on the project and highlighted CEMEX’s ability to adhere to strict completion timelines, delivering cement 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from its plant in Clinchfield, Ga., to assist McCarthy Improvement in its efforts.

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The Iowa Concrete Paving Association Offers 2021 Scholarship Program

The Iowa Concrete Paving Association is pleased to announce its 2021 Scholarship Program for assisting the future development of the highway construction industry in Iowa by providing scholarships to Civil and Construction Engineering and/or Construction Management students at Iowa State University (ISU), the University of Iowa (U of I), and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI).

To learn more, click here.

 

RDU Completes 2020 Work on Emergency Runway Preservation Project

The Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) embarked on an emergency preservation project in 2019 that was one of the airport’s most important capital projects. With the help of McCarthy Improvement, RDU completed reconstruction on Runway 5L-23R.

To learn more about the project, read RDU’s press release here.

AGC Iowa Offers Scholarships

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa (AGC Iowa) is dedicated to improving the quality of construction through a broad range of member services. In addition, AGC Iowa also provides annual scholarships to high school students interested in Highway Construction and Diesel Technology.

The deadline to apply is April 12, 2020, and recipients will be announced on May 1, 2020.

Highway Construction Scholarship

Currently, the heavy highway industry is facing a shortage of qualified individuals. The AGC Iowa Foundation is offering scholarships to high school seniors interested in Heavy Equipment Operation, Engineering Technician, or general construction programs. Preference will be given to individuals who are interested in working in the heavy highway industry.

Download the scholarship application:

Diesel Technology Scholarship

Currently, the heavy highway industry is facing a shortage of diesel technicians/mechanics. The AGC Iowa Foundation is offering scholarships to high school seniors entering diesel technician or diesel engine diploma programs at community colleges across the state.  Applicants must demonstrate a strong desire to work on diesel engines.

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Maureen Roe Named to ACPA 2020 Board of Directors

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) is the world’s largest trade association that exclusively represents the interests of those involved with the design, construction, and preservation of concrete pavements. Membership includes concrete paving companies, cement companies, and other industry professionals.

McCarthy Improvement has been a member of ACPA since 1986 and supports the association’s expansive efforts to help the concrete paving industry grow. Maureen Roe, McCarthy Improvement Estimator, is actively involved in the organization.

Fueling Growth

Maureen’s involvement began in 2010 and has steadily increased, from attending annual meetings to being nominated for the inaugural Emerging Leaders Group in 2016. While in line to be the next chair of the Group, Maureen is also a member of ACPA regional organizations. In 2018, Maureen was voted on to the Board of Directors of the Southeast ACPA, and in 2019 became the chairman of ACPA Georgia.

Maureen’s latest accomplishment has been being named to the ACPA’s 2020 Board of Directors, and she is well equipped for that position. As a fifth-generation family member, Maureen combines her own construction experiences with industry lessons learned from her father and grandfather.

“I am extremely proud to represent McCarthy Improvement as a board member of our premier industry organization. I am looking forward to helping shape and grow the industry with other leaders and members of the ACPA in order to build a bright future for concrete paving.”

ACPA is an excellent organization that works hard to promote and enhance the concrete paving industry. McCarthy’s involvement will remain strong and steadfast.

ACPA Membership Benefits

The ACPA offers a broad range of educational opportunities and helps fund research to develop best practices and promote technological advances in concrete paving. Also, the ACPA:

  • Offers tools for members to help promote best practices.
  • Includes a legislative group, and members help lobby to congress for transportation funding.
  • Awards and showcases members’ high-profile projects.
  • And acts as an industry advocate and technical resource.

To learn more about the ACPA, click here.

Iowa Recognition of Construction Safety Excellence

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa established the annual “Recognition of Safety Excellence Awards” (ROSE) to recognize contractor member companies who develop and implement excellent safety and loss prevention programs.

In order to be acknowledged as a top safety contractor, the following requirements must be met:

  • Nominations should highlight outstanding achievements in the area of safety.
  • Activities can include training, program development, innovative techniques or procedures or other activities, which promote or enhance safety awareness and/or achievement.
  • Significant reduction in incidents, lowering the member’s Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and/or Days Away from work Restricted or job Transfer (DART) rates.
  • The creation of incentives, awards and recognition programs or other noteworthy actions taken to enhance the member’s safety program.

McCarthy Improvement received a second-place ROSE Award in the Portland Cement Paving Division for contractors in the 100,000 – 400,000 work hours category.

“McCarthy Improvement considers our employees to be our most valuable assets; as such, we are dedicated to their protection,” stated Donna Said, Safety Manager of McCarthy Improvement. “The only way to achieve this is by ensuring that all employees, regardless of their position, are fully engaged in maintaining our proactive safety culture throughout the company. In addition, we have also developed a rigorous set of policies and procedures to prevent worksite incidents. We’re proud our safety program has been recognized by the IGC.”

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa is Iowa’s oldest and largest association of heavy/highway and municipal/utility contractors. AGC of Iowa represents hundreds of firms, including Iowa’s leading contractors and their service providers and suppliers. AGC of Iowa members are the “Public’s Partner in Building & Maintaining Iowa’s Highway, Bridge, And Municipal/Utility Infrastructure”. Visit the AGC of Iowa at www.agcia.org.

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