Feb 11 2016

Larry Lemon Award

Asphalt Contractor’s Amy Schwandt presented the ten Larry H. Lemon Award winners for their top pavements under 50,000 tons.

On February 10, 2016, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) awarded Preferred Materials, Inc. with the 2015 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award in the General Paving (less than 50,000 tons) category. Preferred was honored with this prestigious award for its repair work on 16.38 centerline miles on a total of 64 Sarasota county streets; earning top 10 ranking and superior benchmarks by pavement engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology.

Preferred was able to complete the Sarasota County project in just two months by concurrently closing down certain roads, detouring traffic throughout adjacent neighborhoods, and paving the streets in one pull, eliminating the longitudinal centerline joint. Jason Bates, Project Manager for Preferred Materials Asphalt explains, “We accomplished this by getting creative with our maintenance of traffic, which allowed us to extend the gates on the paver and pave the neighborhood streets in a single pull.” Nat Fisher, President of Preferred Materials Asphalt, states, “I’m very proud of our Southwest Florida team. Earning this national award is a great testament to them and the excellent work they do every day.”

In NAPA’s recent press release, Michael Cote, NAPA 2015 Chairman, stated “The asphalt pavement industry is committed to building quality pavements that deliver high performance and drivability to the public. All contractors’ projects earning a Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award are measured against industry best practices designed to live up to our promise. I’m honored to say that, in earning this award, Preferred Materials Inc. has exceeded these rigorous standards.”