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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 Inc. has role in new campus for Our Children’s Academy

Our Children’s Academy in Lake Wales is getting a brand-new, $1.2 million campus, and Tucker Paving Inc. has a nice role in the construction.

We’re looking forward to this project for a couple of reasons: One, we’re going to be working alongside colleagues with our sister company, Tucker Construction & Engineering Inc.; and, two, Our Children’s Academy is a very special school.

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.”

After more than five years of planning, the new campus for Our Children’s Academy is being built on 7.62 acres at 501 Burns Ave. That’s near High Point Church and not far from the academy’s current campus at 555 Burns Ave.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus was held April 19. With the selection of a modular building for the academy’s main structure, the campus should be ready for the August start of the 2016-17 school year.

Our Children’s Academy currently serves special-needs children from pre-kindergarten through the ninth grade. With recent approval of a new charter, academy officials can move ahead with plans to teach students through the 12th grade.

Recently on Tucker Paving’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/tuckerpaving), Janet McPhall-Randle posted a ringing endorsement of Our Children’s Academy:

“My 5-year-old daughter attends Our Children’s Academy and it has made an amazingly wonderful difference in her! She is autistic, and going to this school the last year has turned her into a whole new child and brought her out of her shell!”

We’re thankful for Janet’s post, and the Tucker Paving team is happy for her and her daughter.

For more about Our Children’s Academy, a truly wonderful center for learning, visit the website at www.ourchildrensacademy.org.