THE 2018 Florida Transportation Builders Association (FBTA) Convention is coming up quickly, and it won’t happen without representation from Tucker Paving, Inc., and our new sister company, Jet Materials, LLC. (You can learn about Jet at https://jetmaterialsllc.com/.) About five team members from each of the two companies are registered to attend the convention, and word has it that our group from Tucker Paving will be coming back with a couple of nice awards. (We won’t spill the beans about the awards in this blog; we’ll save that news for a future article.) Continue reading We’re looking forward to a meet-up with other transportation builders
BACK IN EARLY FEBRUARY, five Tucker Paving team members set off to Orlando to attend the Florida Transportation Builders Association’s 2018 Construction Conference at the Hyatt Regency on International Drive.
Tucker Paving is an active member of the Tallahassee-based FTBA, which has a mission to connect, promote, explore, and promote the Florida transportation industry. Continue reading Mobile devices increasingly used in construction site work
A number of Tucker Paving managers, supervisors, and employees were reinvigorated, refreshed, refocused, and retooled with key information and resources following a couple of big trade association annual meetings recently. Continue reading Trade association conventions provide information, honors, and a dash of fun
Innovative and high-quality work by Tucker Paving, Inc., continues to get noticed — and recognized.
A group from Tucker Paving attended a special banquet of the Central Florida Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., (ABC) in Orlando on Oct. 8. When it came time to leave, our team members had four more coveted ABC Excellence in Construction (EIC) Eagle Awards to bring back for display in our Winter Haven office.
The panel of judges for the 2016 EIC Awards considered hundreds of outstanding Central Florida construction projects completed by dozens of companies between May 1, 2015, and May 15, 2016. The judges honored Tucker Paving with the Eagle Award, the ABC chapter’s highest recognition, for its showcase work on each of these four projects:
• Disney’s Hollywood Studios Sound Stage, Bay Lake — Tucker Paving, Inc., and team members Michael Chevalier, Daniel Bennett, Shane Keel, and Jose Lopez. For site work/landscape/hardscape. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, All Underground Utilities and Asphalt Paving, Entertainment Facilities, $500,000 to $1 million.
• Magic Kingdom Park HUB Enhancement, Bay Lake — Tucker Paving, Inc., and team members Michael Chevalier, Josh Smith, Shane Keel, Jose Lopez, and Nick Toschlog. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, Entertainment Facilities, $1 million to $5 million.
• Perry Harvey, Sr., Park, Tampa — Tucker Paving, Inc., and team members Amanda Dawley, William Wooster, Shane Keel, Jose Lopez, and Steve Dawson. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, Underground Utilities and Asphalt Paving, $1 million to $5 million.
• T1A04 State Road 17 and County Road 17B Roundabout, Lake Wales — Tucker Paving and team members Amanda Dawley, Steve Dawson, William Wooster, Shane Keel, and Jose Lopez. Site Work/Landscape/Hardscape, Underground Utilities and Asphalt Paving, Under $500,000.
Tucker Paving is very honored to have four more prestigious Eagle Awards, and management thanks the entire company team for the excellent body of planning, design, and construction work that led to them.
More on the Web: www.abccentralflorida.com/eic.html#.WBDaoSMrKuM
A RECENT SPECIAL EVENT put on by the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida (ACAF), Inc. — the 40th Annual Asphalt Contractors Conference and Trade Show — was a great opportunity for four Tucker Paving team members to catch up with colleagues in the paving business and get up to speed quickly on current industry issues and new technologies.
Ray Curtis, Shawn Signore, Amanda Dawley, and Shane Rocker represented Tucker Paving at the conference, which was held in mid-September at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando. The four returned to the office with a lot of useful information and resources to share with management and fellow employees. Conference topics included work zone safety best practices, work zone innovations, research initiatives, paving electronics, current construction issues and ideas, and the state of the asphalt industry — particularly in the Sunshine State. Several 2016 ACAF Excellence in Pavement Awards were presented, too.
The ACAF has an interesting slogan — “Asphalt: Florida Rides on Us.” It’s not just a clever play on words; it’s a fact. The association reports that asphalt is, by far, the primary form of highway pavement in Florida. Asphalt makes up about 99 percent of Florida’s pavements and is the surface of choice for about 94 percent of the 2.27 million miles of paved roads throughout the United States. That includes 65 percent of the Interstate Highway System.
Asphalt clearly is the pavement of choice — for roads, parking lots, and many more applications — by Tucker Paving and other professional paving companies around the country. It’s a proven performer, it makes motoring smooth and fuel efficient, it can be customized to any paving application, and it has the lowest life-cycle cost of any paving option.
Asphalt also is “money in the bank” when it comes time for road resurfacing. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Highway Administration, about 90 million tons of asphalt pavement is reclaimed each year, and more than 80 percent of the reclaimed pavement is recycled. Tucker Paving has its own asphalt recycling operation, providing asphalt millings for its own road projects and the balance for sale to other companies and to the public.
If you want to learn a lot about asphalt and asphalt paving in a hurry, the websites for the Tallahassee-based ACAF (www.acaf.org), the National Asphalt Pavement Association (www.asphaltpavement.org), and Asphalt Pavement Alliance (www.asphaltfacts.com) are excellent places to explore. These websites are rich with interesting facts, figures, and general information.
The ACAF on the Web: www.acaf.org
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 https://bit.ly/2bQiG3e — 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.”
On the Web: www.ftba.com
In detail or in passing, in this online blog or on Facebook (facebook.com/tuckerpaving/), we’ve mentioned Tucker Paving’s association with several business, economic development, and professional organizations. Among the ones we haven’t touched on in any kind of digital depth so far is the Florida Transportation Builders Association, Inc. (FTBA).
Tucker Paving, Inc., is in the paving and road-building business, of course, so it makes perfect sense to belong to this association.
Like many other large construction-related organizations — those having members involved with public and private projects costing millions and sometimes billions of dollars — the FTBA is big into political lobbying, government and legislative oversight, and advocacy on behalf of members and the industry.
The Tallahassee-based FTBA — “Florida’s Voice for the Road & Bridge-Building Industry” — states on its website (www.ftba.com) that “members are at the forefront of industry decisions.” The association further states:
“FTBA represents its members with one collective voice before the Florida Legislature. FTBA works with various agencies, including the Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration as well as the executive branch to keep them informed of the needs and concerns of the transportation construction industry.”
The FTBA is affiliated with the national American Road and Transportation Builders’ Association. It also maintains liaisons with several other transportation-related organizations, including Floridians for Better Transportation (www.bettertransportation.org).
The FTBA isn’t all about politics and government affairs, though. It provides members with educational materials and up-to-date construction and design specifications. It provides bid information. It has a scholarship program for young people and supports regional Construction Career Days for high school students. It produces a quarterly industry publication, FTBA Magazine. It sponsors a wide range of conferences, seminars, workshops, and member social events. And it awards and recognizes quality, innovation, and achievement in construction work and design.
A must-attend event for any FTBA individual member or member group is the association’s annual convention. This year, the FTBA convention will be held Aug. 4-7 at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grand Lakes resort. As you might expect, meetings, speeches, presentations, roundtable discussions, and an awards event are all on the convention schedule, but also planned is a heavy dose of fun time — lots of good eating, a pool party, a party for children and teenagers, and tournaments for the adults in golf, tennis, and fishing.
The FTBA is a fine association, and the Tucker Paving team is pleased to be a part of it. We look forward to having a good group from the company at the 2016 FTBA Annual Convention and expect it to be a real treat.
In business, as in life, it’s nice “to belong.” A lot of good can come from associations with like-minded people and organizations. With membership, Tucker Paving Inc. belongs to several organizations, including chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and trade groups. It also has a relationship — as a contractor of record on one or more past construction jobs — with almost every municipality in Polk County, the Polk County government, and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Among the company’s tie-ins is a membership with Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., or ABC for short. ABC is a national organization with affiliates in each state and chapters within each state. ABC of Florida has five chapters. Because we have a centralized base in Winter Haven and Polk County, and because our work takes us all over Central Florida (generally within an 80-mile radius of Winter Haven), Tucker Paving actually is a member of two ABC chapters, the Central Florida Chapter and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.
Founded in 1950 as a nonprofit trade association, ABC represents 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms nationwide. (ABC defines “merit shop” as a philosophy that encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.) ABC has three member categories — contractor, supplier, and associate members (professional service firms, such as lawyers, accountants, insurance agencies, and construction owners) — and members abide by an excellent eight-point code of ethics.
ABC is the only construction trade association that exclusively supports merit shop contractors, and it does engage in government lobbying on behalf of members at the national and state levels. As an example of that lobbying, in mid-February the national organization sent a letter urging appropriators in the U.S. House of Representatives to roll back several “job-killing government regulations.”
In addition to the major benefit of having the national and state organizations politically “watch our backs” in the construction industry, ABC provides members with many opportunities for education, political action, and business development. ABC membership also is an excellent way to expand business contacts, and ABC-hosted conventions, meetings, and seminars are almost always good for a good time amid the business- and trade-related activities. We do have some fun at these events.
ABC is a fine association. We at Tucker Paving have enjoyed our membership and have gotten a lot out of it — including a fair number of awards for our construction work. Those are always nice to receive.
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