IN ITS RAW APPLICATION FORM, asphalt is thick, black, gooey, sticky, and really smelly. In its useable form, though, compacted and cooled for the motoring public, asphalt actually is a 24/7 pollution fighter. Continue reading Asphalt roads are pollution fighters on two fronts
WHEN OUR POLK COUNTY COMMISSION in Bartow approved a design for the county’s very first marketing logo early in 2014, officials said at the time the action wasn’t an attempt to replace the county’s then-67-year-old official seal.
The very familiar county seal — familiar to those of us at Tucker Paving and longtime Polk Countians, anyway — is the retro-looking circular one, in orange and green, with eight iconic images surrounding a shield topped by a five-pointed crown. Inside the shield are these three words: “Imperial Polk County.” Continue reading Roads notable in history, marketing of Imperial Polk County
NO ONE THINKS MUCH about America’s roads and highways being assets — unless someone is driving down a particularly bumpy or pothole-filled road and wondering: “Why doesn’t the (name your government body) fix this thing?” A road generally is viewed more as being something of value when it’s new or freshly resurfaced and motoring is smooth and easy. Continue reading America’s road system: A true asset worth up to $3.4 trillion!
PAVEMENT — either in the form of roads, drives, or parking lots — affects all of us in one way or another each day, so the question above is one Tucker Paving, Inc., is asking folks in a new marketing campaign. Continue reading Have pavement problems? Put Tucker Paving on top of that
Tucker Paving, Inc., got its start in November 1994 doing mostly above-ground work. It’s easy to guess that it involved constructing driveways, drives, parking lots, roads, and streets, with asphalt, concrete, and a variety of aggregates (rocks and such) as the primary materials.
As the years went by, the doors of opportunity increasingly opened for us to do site excavation and underground work, leading to our status today as a company that offers a wide variety of construction services.
In addition to holding Florida-certified Class A General Contractor licenses, Tucker Paving has a state-certified Underground Utilities Contractor License. This license shows that we meet the competency and other requirements necessary to construct underground water, wastewater, and stormwater systems for public and private customers, as well as water infiltration and exfiltration systems (as in retention ponds). We also meet the standards to do maintenance on existing underground water, sewer, and storm pipes, and systems that fall under the regulations imposed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud).
More specific than the Underground Utilities Contractor License is the Florida Fire Protection Class V Contractor License, also known as the Fire Line License. Tucker Paving also holds the Fire Line License, allowing us to fabricate, install, inspect, alter, repair, and service the underground piping for water-based fire-protection systems. We don’t install fire-suppression systems inside a building; we basically run the fire lines (water-supply lines) up to a building and let another contractor do the inside work.
In the construction business, it’s good to be licensed in a variety of fields. It’s smart business to be diversified and able to offer several construction services. Diversified is what we are here at Tucker Paving.
In various locations throughout Central Florida each year, and at various times, construction-related organizations sponsor special events to showcase for high school students the many career options and job opportunities within the construction industry. One such event — a big one — was the Central Florida Construction Career Days, held Jan. 28 and 29 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. CCD Central Florida, at it’s known, is one of four regional CCDs now held annually. The newest one, CCD Tampa, is set for April 13. (See the details at 222.ccdfl.com.)
Each CCD — sponsored primarily by the Florida Department of Transportation, contractors and construction associations — gets better and more exciting each year, with the highlights being the hands-on learning labs for students. The recent CCD Central Florida included more than two dozen learning labs, featuring everything from Geotechnical Engineering and Survey/GPS to Bridge Building 101 and Asphalt Cookies (something right up Tucker Paving’s alley).
Construction is such a broad and rewarding career field, and the CCDs help to show that. There are so many specialties and subspecialties in construction — from laying block to laying asphalt. There’s literally something for everyone. Even if you’re not out in the field doing work with your hands or operating heavy machinery, you can provide very important and valuable construction support in an office setting.
Close to home, we can recommend two excellent places for primary training in a variety of construction-related trades. This training, which often leads directly to very good jobs, is offered by two Polk County public schools — Ridge Career Center (www.ridge.edu) in Winter Haven and Traviss Career Center (www.traviss.edu) in Lakeland. If you think that the construction industry might be a good fit for you, be sure to check out the career center websites for program options. The education you build on today very well could lead to building roads and bridges tomorrow.
If a construction company has the means, almost everything that falls to the ground — or comes up from the ground — during demolition work can be recycled and repurposed. A growing priority for government and the private sector is to keep construction debris out of the landfills whenever possible. Continue reading Recycling and Repurposing is the Tucker Paving Way