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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.

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.

2019 Excellence In Concrete Pavements Award Winner

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) announced winners of its annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” awards. McCarthy Improvement received gold in the Industrial Paving category for the CSX Intermodal Terminals project located in Winterhaven, Florida.

Within three years of its initial construction, the Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Facility had outgrown its originally design capacity of 300,000 containers per year. As a result, an expansion project was required and included:

  • construction of additional gantry cranes
  • high mast lighting
  • more than 13 acres of additional tractor trailer parking, loading and unloading areas

McCarthy Improvement was contracted to perform the concrete paving, which totaled 67,000 SY of concrete. The project specifications required a mix capable of attaining a compressive strength of 4,000 psi at 28 days. McCarthy Improvement developed a mixture that met the required strength in less than seven days, which helped expedite cure of adjacent paving lanes. The mix design included Type II portland cement, natural sand and granite coarse aggregates. Even though the granite was not locally available, McCarthy Improvement chose to “rail-in” granite aggregates from eastern Georgia and use them to improve early strength.

McCarthy Improvement completed the paving in 23 days of the 74 calendar days allowed from mobilization to the plant site. The owner previously had issues with roller compacted concrete and asphalt, so the finished project now stands as an excellent example of the versatility and durability of concrete pavements.

The article originally appeared on the ACPA website here.

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