Colorado Public Works Journal, Spring 2022

CAPA NEWS & VIEWS A high level of teamwork, collaboration, and project partnering is an integral part of every successful project. This teamwork includes contractor input into pavement type selection. Contractor input is important on all types of projects – big and small, from highways to the smallest parking lot. They can often suggest ways to improve traffic flow or increase efficiency to reduce the number of transverse construction joints and improve the quality of the final product selected. A highlight of the 49th Annual Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference & Equipment Show was the breakout session entitled “Pavement Type Selection: A Contractor’s Perspective” Mike Skinner, CAPA’s Director of Pavement Engineering, was the moderator of a panel presentation comprised of Steve Ceresa (Business Development Manager for Kiewit Infrastructure) and Eric Taylor (Vice President of ESCO Construction). The panel shared their decades of insight and experience on the following four key topics: • Game Plan for Successful Bidding • Innovative & Non-Traditional Treatments • Accelerated Construction & Sustainability Mike Skinner Mike Skinner is the Director of Pavement Engineering for the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA). He can be reached at • Achieving Optimum Value The panel noted that all heavy highway civil constructors build both types of pavement, however, when given an opportunity for input to maximize project delivery, asphalt is the clear choice to deliver in the shortest time frame while minimize traffic impacts at the same time. The session drew a strong level of interest and the question/answer part of the presentation was well received. “The panel tried to provide a number of key take-a ways, stated Mike Skinner. “Overall, we felt that we accomplished the mission of presenting opportunities to minimize project impacts while maximizing quality.” Several of the key takeaways made during the discussion included: • Selecting asphalt to maximize scope of work under constrained budgets • Reducing time of construction and related costs • Maximizing flexibility to optimize value • Initial costs (primary driver) Creating a successful collaboration between the contractor and the owner Agency will help achieve project success to optimize best value, improved service life and accelerated construction. Contractor input early on during a project in preliminary design or through a constructability review can be a critical component to project success. CAPA is here as a technical resource, we’re here to help you make your project successful. Pavement Type Selection: A Contractor’s Perspective Spring2022| 53