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2015 Ray Brown Airport Pavement Award


The Ray Brown Airport Pavement Award is given to the highest-rated Quality in Construction — Airport Pavement .  The award is named after Ray Brown, who was the Director of the National Center for Asphalt Technology from 1991 until his retirement in 2007.  Under his leadership, NCAT became the preeminent organization for asphalt pavement research. 



Tarver Land Development

Alexandria, La.

2015 Ray Brown Award #2

Tarver Land Development won the award for the resurfacing of the runway at Polk Army Airfield. Jarred Tarver, chief executive officer of Tarver Land Development, said four inches was milled off the existing runway, replaced with two inches of an asphalt binder and two inches of an asphalt wearing course. Specifications required a PG 64–22 mix design but the company choose to upgrade the liquid asphalt to PG 76–22. 2015 Ray Brown Award


The PG 64–22 design was a broad spectrum mix that Fort Polk used throughout the base — whether it was paving a parking lot or a runway, Tarver said. “For what they were looking for, we wanted to make sure the product was something we could stand behind,” he said. “They land some big planes out there, and it’s not just like driving a truck over it. We wanted to make sure we were providing top quality.”


Capt. Richard Jordan, Project Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), said the airstrip was last paved 4-5 years ago, but with its constant use — 1,500 landings per year – it was time for a new layer. “Due to all the training rotations, each month we have a new unit come in, and the aircraft that comes with it, so it definitely gets a lot of use.”