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The push is on to give more attention, resources to vocational education

WHAT DOES does a candidate for Florida governor have in common with an advocate for builders and contractors?

Each wants education officials in Florida and across the nation — and Americans as a whole — to think again about the traditional high school-to-college pathway to higher education and, eventually, to gainful employment. Continue reading The push is on to give more attention, resources to vocational education

By way of FDOT, Central Florida’s Polk County falls into Southwest Florida

WHEN IS POLK COUNTY, located right in the heart of Central Florida and the home county for Tucker Paving, not considered to be in Central Florida? That would be when the Florida Department of Transportation is in charge of boundaries. Continue reading By way of FDOT, Central Florida’s Polk County falls into Southwest Florida

FDOT traces its interesting history back to 1915

IT WOULDN’T, OR SHOULDN’T, be a surprise to learn that, through the years, Tucker Paving, Inc., has done its fair share of roadwork for or in association with the Florida Department of Transportation. For a government agency, that’s a mouthful for a name, so most people refer to it as “F-D-O-T” or “F-DOT.” That helps to distinguish it from its federal counterpart, the U.S. Department of Transportation (‘D-O-T”). Continue reading FDOT traces its interesting history back to 1915

Tucker Paving’s special take on ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

AS THIS ARTICLE goes up on the Tucker Paving blog site, it is the 13th day of December 2017, leaving 12 days to go until The Big Day — Christmas Day.

That reminds us of a holiday song — one that we now won’t get out of our head for quite some time. That would be “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” of course. You know… the one that drives home the point — a dozen times — about a very special partridge in a pear tree. Continue reading Tucker Paving’s special take on ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

Good project multitasking is essential to our business model

Both at the employee level and at the team level, multitasking is SOP (standard operating procedure) here at Tucker Paving, Inc. It has to be if we want to keep up with the demand for our services (we do), if we want to fulfill our commitments in a quality and timely manner (we do), and if we want to see continued growth in our company (we do on that, too).

Multitasking can take on many forms. In construction, its most visible form usually means working on more than one job on more than one site at the very same time. We’re thankful that our growth through the years — in the number of employees, in the depth and breadth of our mechanized assets, and in the scope of our services, among other things — has given us the ability to do just that: The ability to work on several jobs at one time.

If you had been given the opportunity to drive all over Central Florida in May, you could have found Tucker Paving crews and equipment on several job sites, including the following:

• The new campus for Our Children’s Academy in Lake Wales.

• A public parking site in downtown Auburndale.

• The rising public parking garage facing the Polk County Courthouse and the county’s Neil Combee Administration Building in Bartow.

• The Oakwood Estates mobile home community in unincorporated southwest Winter Haven.

• The new Waterside Village subdivision in southeast Winter Haven.

• A Bancroft Boulevard improvement project near the new Wedgefield K-8 School in east Orange County.

Some of those projects have been completed. The others remain under way.

Multitasking is an art form — most certainly in construction — and we’re fortunate to have excellent artists (project managers and site-work supervisors among them) on the Tucker team.

(NOTE: If you want to keep tabs on Tucker Paving projects almost daily, click over to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tuckerpaving and “Like” us.)

Tucker Paving helping to raise big new government parking garage in Bartow

You might have heard that downtown Bartow is getting a big new multilevel parking garage, primarily to serve employees and users of the Polk County Courthouse and the county’s Neil Combee Administration Building.

The parking garage was approved by the Polk County Commission last October, and the $8 million project was awarded to Hoar Construction out of Orlando. We’re pleased to mention here that Tucker Paving Inc. has a significant role in the project as a subcontractor. You might have seen some construction-related photos and videos on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/tuckerpaving). Recently, a really good photo (courtesy of the Polk County government) showed our pipe crew hard at work.

The 679-space parking garage is being built on the north side of the courthouse and administration building, across West Church Street, and behind the former home of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Lawrence Crow Jr. Building, which fronts North Broadway Avenue.

Work on the parking garage officially began on Nov. 23. The timetable calls for completion in August. You can be sure that Tucker Paving will make every effort to finish its part of the project in good order and on time — if not ahead of schedule.

On the Web: A time-lapse project video and other information at http://ow.ly/YUuhL