NAPA Announces the 2015 Larry H. Lemon Award Winners

Sponsored by Asphalt Contractor Magazine, the award honors top-ten 2015 asphalt pavement construction projects using less than 50,000 tons of asphalt mixture.

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The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced the winners of its 2015 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement utilizing less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. The winning companies received their awards today (Feb. 10), at a ceremony during the association’s 61st Annual Meeting in La Quinta, Calif.

The Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award recognizes the 10 highest-scoring projects submitted for a Quality in Construction Award in the General Paving (less than 50,000 tons) category. The award is sponsored by Asphalt Contractor magazine.

“The asphalt pavement industry is committed to building quality pavements that deliver high performance and drivability to the public,” said Michael Cote, NAPA 2015 Chairman. “All contractor’s projects earning a Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award are measured against industry best practices designed to live up to our promise.”

The 2015 winners and their projects, arranged alphabetically, are:

·         Barrett Paving Materials of Franklin, Ohio, for its work on I-75 in Piqua, Ohio;

·         The Brannan Sand & Gravel Co. of Denver, Colo., for I-25 in Denver;

·         Diamond B Construction of Amite, La., for work on LA 1064 in Hammond, La.;

·         Garrett Paving Co. of Athens, Ga., for the Sonlight Baptist Church parking lot in Colbert, Ga.;

·         Mountain States Constructors of Albuquerque, N.M. for work on the Coors I-40 Interchange project in Albuquerque, N.M.;

·         Norris Asphalt Paving Co. of Ottumwa, Iowa, built CR T61 in Appanoose County, Iowa;

·         Preferred Materials Inc., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Fort Myers, Fla., for work on various roads in Sarasota County, Florida;

·         S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson, N.C., for the milling and overlay of U.S. 117 and U.S. 74 in New Hanover County, North Carolina;

·         The Shelly Co., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Thornville, Ohio, for County Road 1 in Meigs County, Ohio; and

·         The Shelly Co., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Thornville, Ohio, won a second award for its work on State Route 183 in Waynesburg, Ohio.

Projects submitted for a Quality in Construction Award are evaluated by pavement engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology who assign each project a numerical score based on how well the contractor met specifications and achieved density on the finished pavement. All the pavements that meet a benchmark figure earn the QIC Award. The Larry Lemon Award honors the 10 highest-scoring projects, as determined in the NCAT review.

The award is named after Larry Lemon of Haskell Lemon Construction in Oklahoma City. Lemon served faithfully on the NAPA Awards Committee for 18 years, before serving as Chairman of the association’s Board of Directors in 2010 prior to his retirement. Lemon was instrumental in the creation of the rating system for the Quality in Construction Awards, which require qualitative analysis using data and test results to determine the winners.