Monthly Archives: August 2016

Tucker Paving now a partner with Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce

Tucker Paving’s list of official associations grew in August. The company joined the Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce, with Team Tucker member Ray Curtis (from Pre-Construction) on hand at a chamber event to accept the membership certificate.

In addition to the Lake Alfred chamber, Tucker Paving has a membership, partnership, or investment status with the:

• Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Central Florida Chapter —

• Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Gulf Coast Chapter —

• Haines City Economic Development Council —

• Lakeland Economic Development Council —

• Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce —

• Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, Inc. —

• Winter Haven Economic Development Council —

Tucker Paving also has associations with most Polk County municipalities — Auburndale, Bartow, Dundee, Frostproof, Haines City, Lakeland, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, and Winter Haven.

The Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce was established in 1963. Its motto is “Partnering for Success,” and it’s mission is “to improve the quality of the business and community environment in the greater Lake Alfred area …”

The Tucker Paving team is pleased now to be on the broader team helping the Lake Alfred chamber accomplish its mission, and we encourage other local business to get involved, too.

To learn more about the Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce (and to learn about a special chamber golf tournament coming up Sept. 10), visit the organization’s website at

Our Children’s Academy stands out as extra-special project

About 10 blog posts ago, we wrote about the start of our work on the brand-new, $1.2 million campus for Our Children’s Academy in Lake Wales. On this project, Tucker Paving team members worked alongside colleagues with our sister company, Tucker Construction & Engineering, Inc.

Well, construction is done — finished right on time for the start of the 2016-17 school year on Aug. 15.

The new campus was built on 7.62 acres at 501 Burns Ave., near High Point Church and not far from the academy’s previous location at 555 Burns Ave. The construction, which began with an April 19 groundbreaking ceremony, culminated more than five years of planning for the new campus.

If you didn’t see our original blog item, we noted the very special nature of Our Children’s Academy. The charter ESE (exceptional student education) academy “is a place where children with special needs overcome daily challenges and enjoy success in learning and living.”

Our Children’s Academy currently serves special-needs children from prekindergarten through the ninth grade. Now, with the new campus completed, academy officials can move ahead full tilt with plans to add grades 10 through 12.

As we said on our Facebook page recently (, we’ve completed work on dozens of schools through the years, but Our Children’s Academy stands out as being extra special to our team. For one reason, one of our team members has a child who attends this school, and we take great pride in the knowledge that we helped to make this new campus a reality for him and the other students. For another reason, it was a delight to visit with all of the students who came out weekly to check on the progress of our work. We will miss that.

For more about Our Children’s Academy and its important role in local education, visit the school’s website at

Convention provides peek into Florida’s transportation future

Five Tucker Paving team members learned a great deal about the future of Florida transportation, received some industry training, renewed and expanded their business acquaintances, and even had a bit of fun when they attended 2016 Florida Transportation Builders’ Association Convention.

The convention was held the first weekend in August at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grand Lakes resort. Representing Tucker Paving were Larry (Chip) Tucker, president; Patrick Braisted, executive vice president; Ray Curtis, from the Pre-Construction team (Public Works); Amanda Dawley, project manager; and Barret Tucker, from the Asphalt Sales team.

Established in 1933 — long before the U.S. Interstate Highway System was created — the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, Inc. (FTBA), represents itself as “Florida’s voice for the road- and bridge-building industry.”

With Tucker Paving squarely among them, hundreds of industry leaders and businesses across the state are members of the FTBA because they fully understand the role the industry plays in Florida’s economic vitality, in job creation, and in the lives of every Floridian and every visitor to the Sunshine State. According to the FTBA:

• Every dollar invested in the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) work program nets $7 in return.

• More than 28,000 jobs are created for every $1 billion invested by state governments on highway construction and improvements.

• Enhancements to transportation networks are vital to the goals of reducing congestion and making travel safer for Floridians and tourists.

As noted, many of the FTBA convention sessions, presentations, and forums were centered on the topic of Florida’s transportation future. People in road and bridge building want — and need — to know where the industry is heading, what the FDOT and local transportation agencies are planning, and what kind of technologies and other resources they will have to work with.

If you want to get your own glimpse of the future of Florida transportation, click over to YouTube – at — and watch a fascinating animated video about the FDOT’s planned Gateway Expressway project in Pinellas County. In size and engineering, it’s an awesome project, involving the construction of a new four-lane elevated and “statically tolled” expressway connection, and the seven-minute-long video really brings it to life. While the project is not local-local in nature, the completed expressway will be within a 90-minute drive from central Polk County and, we’re sure, used by hundreds and hundreds of Polk residents at some point “down the road.”

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You can put Tucker Paving’s crushed concrete to use in many ways

Because it’s good for the environment, easy on the landfills, and good for business, Tucker Paving Inc. is big on recycling construction materials — asphalt and concrete especially.

We recycle these materials from our own jobs and accept clean asphalt and concrete debris (such as waste underground pipes) from others. After we’ve taken these materials (usually in large chunks or in a not-so-refined state), broken them down into very small pieces (aggregate), and removed material that doesn’t belong (such as rebar), we’ll use what we need ourselves and offer the balance for sale to the public.

In a previous blog item, we touched on some of the ways recycled asphalt millings can be used, but what about aggregate from recycled concrete waste? It doesn’t take long to discover that the possible projects for recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) far exceed those for recycled asphalt.

Crushed concrete — the recycled kind is much less expensive than new concrete — can be used as a base under country roads, driveways, patios, and structural foundations and basements (depending on building code requirements). It can be used as a land filler (under proper conditions) and as inexpensive structural filler.

Concrete aggregate also can be used for walking paths, raised garden beds, terraces, retaining walls, and drainage applications. You can use it as a base for decorative outdoor border blocks and, depending on the refinement, as a good substitute for more expensive landscaping stone and even mulch.

RCA often is used as a substitute for gravel in new construction projects, reducing the need for gravel mining, and, if it’s free of contaminants, it can be used as the dry aggregate for new concrete.

If you can use some crushed concrete (or asphalt millings or even some fill dirt when we have it) for a large construction project or perhaps a smaller project for your home or business, let us know here at Tucker Paving. Your best contact is Barret Tucker, and the best way to reach him is by e-mail at