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Building Relationships with Local Parks and Recreation Departments: A Case Study

For the past six years, Bituminous Roadways has worked with St. Paul Parks and Recreation on nearly 20 asphalt paving projects. These projects range from preventative maintenance work, like cracksealing and pothole patching, to complete parking lot reconstruction.

Whether it’s Short or Long Term Projects, BR Will Be Your Pavement Partner: A Case Study

In 2016, BR submitted an asphalt paving bid for the Minnesota Vikings TCO Performance Center via an electronic request for proposal to Kraus-Anderson, the project’s general contractor. Once awarded the project, BR didn’t actually start installing asphalt until mid-year, 2017, nearly a year from the original bid date. Other subcontractors were on the docket first, to complete portions of the project prior to BR installing any asphalt.

Becoming a Trusted Vendor is Our Mission: A Case Study

Since 1970, StuartCo has been a presence in the Twin Cities property management market, building their portfolio to nearly 30 properties. This includes apartment buildings, townhomes, student housing, as well as a senior housing unit with memory care, independent and assisted living options. Bituminous Roadways, Inc. has had the distinct pleasure of working with StuartCo, maintaining the asphalt pavements of many of these properties throughout the years.

How Should I Prepare my Budget for Asphalt Maintenance?

As a property manager or property owner, you will likely have two main goals for your pavement areas:

1. Make it last as long as possible

2. Keep it looking as good as possible throughout its life

There is No Such Thing as a “Small” Parking Lot Job for BR

Bituminous Roadways, Inc. (BR) has a long history of being a highway-heavy paving company. Yet, BR does more than just “roadways.” A large portion of BR’s business each year comes from small and large private businesses. Whether its parking lot maintenance, reconstruction, or new construction, BR does it all, big or small. This spring, BR had the opportunity to reconstruct a small parking lot in the heart of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. Working in small areas can prove to be more challenging than a large highway project, but this project had a great outcome!

Making a Good Impression with your Parking Lot: A Case Study

It is well known that a customer’s shopping experience is heavily influenced by the many interactions that occur during each trip to the store. Many companies put a strong emphasis on providing the best customer service because they know the employees’ interactions with a customer are important. Yet, the customer’s experience of your business really starts when they first turn into the parking lot. Will their first impression be a nice smooth ride, or will they encounter unsightly cracks, driven through overgrown potholes or park in a puddle of water? Creating a good first impression for your customers begins with the parking lot.

Providing Customers with the Best Pavement Solutions: A Case Study

During the summer of 2017, Bituminous Roadways, Inc. (BR), was contracted to reconstruct the parking lot for a busy fitness center in the southern Twin Cities metro area. L.A. Fitness management communicated with BR the desire to continue full operation during construction. Due to the extensive nature of this project, BR recommended a two-phase approach. Phasing a project isn’t necessarily an obstacle, but it does take some planning and can present some challenges. The parking area was divided into two sections. When BR was working in the first area, barricades were used to indicate to fitness members where they could park. After the first phase was completed, the barricades were switched and users were able to park on the freshly paved asphalt parking lot while BR completed the second section.

Going Back to School was No Challenge for Bituminous Roadways

The 16-year-old, 10,100 sq.yd. parking lot was in desperate need of reconstruction with visible cracking throughout the area. The company was also challenged with bringing the lot up to 2017 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

The Benefits of Recycled Asphalt

Did you know in the early 1990’s, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Highway Administration reported to congress that asphalt pavement was America’s number one recycled product?

Who knew?

Bituminous Roadways, Inc. (BR) did. Well before this report, since the early 1970’s actually, BR has been incorporating recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) into newly produced asphalt mixtures. This sustainability practice has many economic, environmental and societal impacts.

BR Celebrates Youth Art Month!

In 1961, The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. created Youth Art Month with the goal of recognizing art education as a viable factor in education curriculum, as stated on arteducators.org. Since then, the month of March has been designated as an annual observation to emphasize the value of art and art education.

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