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Preferred Materials Inc., A CRH Co., Wins National Airport Paving Award for Herlong Recreational Airport Project

2019 Ray Brown Award Winner Preferred Materials at HEGHerlong Recreational Airport Named 2019’s Highest Quality Airport Pavement


The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) honored Preferred Materials Inc., A CRH Co., of Jacksonville, Florida, as winner of the 2019 Ray Brown Airport Pavement Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement for the company's work at Jacksonville's Herlong Recreational Airport (HEG). The company was recognized today (February 5) at a ceremony during the association's 65th Annual Meeting.


"The asphalt pavement industry is committed to building high-quality projects that deliver superior performance to the traveling public. All contractors' projects earning a Quality in Construction award are measured against best practices designed to live up to that commitment," said 2019 NAPA Chairman John Harper. "Earning the Ray Brown Award demonstrates that Preferred Materials Inc., A CRH Co. has met or exceeded these rigorous standards."


Preferred Materials Inc., A CRH Co., won the award for the rehabilitation of Herlong Recreational Airport’s Runway 11/29 and Taxiways C and D. The existing lime rock pavement at the airport was milled and added to make a new lime rock base, which was then paved with two lifts of FAA P-401 asphalt mixture. Full-depth asphalt pavement and lime rock removal was performed at the end of Runway 11/29 and then built up with soil, seed and sod. The job was completed in 90 days.


The award is named after Ray Brown, the Director of the National Center for Asphalt Technology from 1991–2007. Under Ray's guidance and tenure, the center became renowned for its asphalt pavement research. The award is presented to the highest scoring Quality in Construction — Airport Pavement project.


The annual Quality in Construction Awards recognize asphalt paving jobs completed in line with best practices and standards known to yield high-quality asphalt pavements. Awards are given in three categories: airfield pavements, projects using less than 50,000 tons of asphalt pavement mixture, and projects using more than 50,000 tons of asphalt pavement mixture.


The NAPA Awards Program recognizes and encourages continuous improvement in all aspects of paving and asphalt operations. For more information about the NAPA Awards program, or to nominate a project or company for an award, visit www.AsphaltPavement.org/Awards.