CWR Contracting has been recognized for its commitment to excellence in the construction of asphalt pavement. The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) awarded CWR Contracting the prestigious 2023 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award for its outstanding work on SE 73rd Avenue in Marion County, Florida. This esteemed award underscores CWR Contracting’s dedication to delivering high-quality infrastructure projects while employing sustainable paving practices.

Recognizing Excellence in Asphalt Pavement Construction

The Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award is presented to the top ten highest-scoring projects submitted for a Quality in Construction (QIC) Award in the General Paving category. An independent pavement engineer rigorously evaluates each project based on how well the contractor adhered to specifications and achieved pavement density.

The award is named in honor of Larry Lemon of Haskell Lemon Construction in Oklahoma City, a distinguished figure who played a pivotal role in the NAPA Awards Committee for 18 years. Lemon’s contribution to the association’s Board of Directors and his instrumental role in creating the rating system for the Quality in Construction Awards exemplify his commitment to advancing the industry through qualitative analysis and empirical data.

Sustainable Practices and Exceptional Results

CWR Contracting’s award-winning project on SE 73rd Avenue showcased its expertise in asphalt pavement construction and a dedication to sustainable practices. The project involved leveling and overlaying existing pavement with FC 9.5 asphalt mix, resulting in a smooth riding surface that effectively reduced hydroplaning, splash and spray, headlight glare, and noise – contributing to enhanced safety and comfort for road users.

Notably, the project incorporated reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), a sustainable paving practice to conserve virgin materials and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This environmentally conscious approach aligns with the industry’s growing emphasis on sustainability and responsible resource management.

A Testimony to Dedication and Expertise

The success of the SE 73rd Avenue project and the subsequent recognition with the Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award would not have been possible without the hard work and expertise of the dedicated construction team and employees at CWR Contracting. The following individuals played integral roles in the successful completion of the project:

  • Carlos Gonzalez, Project Manager
  • Dewayne Hitchcock, Superintendent
  • Terry Overcash, Paving Operations Manager
  • Craig Solomon, SP Paving Superintendent
  • Stanley McKinsey, SP Paving Foreman
  • Kevin Collinsworth, FC Paving Foreman
  • Adam Tilyou, SP and FC Roadway QC
  • Thurman Matney, QC Manager
  • Bruno Hartwich, QC Lab Tech

Their collective efforts and commitment to excellence have undoubtedly set a benchmark for quality and innovation in the construction industry.

Building with Purpose and Additional Awards

CWR Contracting’s reception of the 2023 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award is a testament to its dedication to excellence in “Keeping Florida Connected.” This prestigious accolade highlights the company’s commitment to delivering exceptional infrastructure projects and solidifies its position as a leader within the asphalt paving industry. Additionally, the National Asphalt Pavement Association recognized the following outstanding CWR projects:

  • 2023 Quality in Construction Award – SR 91 (Turnpike Mainline) in Lake County, FL
  • 2023 Quality in Construction Award – I-10 (SR 8) in Santa Rosa County, FL
  • 2023 Quality in Construction Award – SR 20 in Niceville, FL
  • 2023 Quality in Construction Award – SR 30 (US 98) in Walton County, FL

These accolades further exemplify CWR Contracting’s consistent delivery of excellence across various vital infrastructure projects, reinforcing the company’s pivotal role in enhancing the connectivity and safety of Florida’s roadway network.