Commercial Construction & Contracting Resources

Parking Lot Material Cost Calculator

Posted by Tom Owings on October 30, 2018

A crucial aspect of investing in a new, or resurfaced, asphalt parking lot for any property owner is knowing how much to budget for the project.

No two parking lots are the same, so relying on general figures and estimates found on Google can be an unreliable way, and may lead to “sticker shock” once your business’ lot is actually estimated by a contractor.

Luckily, there is another option: a parking lot cost calculator.

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4 Steps to Winterize Your Asphalt

Posted by Tom Owings on October 29, 2018

Winter is on the way, so we're not too far from snow and freezing temperatures. If you live in Ohio, you already know there's a list of things that you need to winterize around your property before winter weather hits.

And if you're a property manager, you know that winterization isn't just necessary inside your facility, but outside as well.

For instance, your asphalt parking lot is one area that you don't want to ignore when it comes to prepping it for winter. Here's a look at some of the things you should keep in mind when it comes to winterizing your asphalt.

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Project of the Month: North Central Correctional Complex

Posted by Eric Park on October 23, 2018

This month we’re highlighting a project that is a little different than our past projects of the month.

We are working with the North Central Correctional Complex to create up-to-date and safe walking and driving surfaces on the property.

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Topics: project of the month

What Material Is Best For Storm Sewer Pipes?

Posted by Brian Delmonico on October 17, 2018

Storm sewer drainage systems are crucial in the prevention of flooding. They help to divert excess rain and groundwater which runs off impervious surfaces such as parking lots, roofs, paved streets, and sidewalks into nearby waterways through a system of drains and underground pipes.

Storm sewer systems can range in design from simple residential drainage to complex municipal drains.

Different piping materials are used in the construction of storm sewers. The best pipe material for the project depends on the type of system being designed, the depth of installation, and the loads being exerted on the pipe.

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Topics: Ohio construction, underground utilities, site work

Construction Traffic Safety: Important Steps to Take

Posted by Eric Park on October 17, 2018

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1,500 workers died on road construction sites between 2003 and 2015, an average of 121 per year. Additionally, it’s estimated that up to 20,000 are injured on such sites.

The fact is that road construction sites can make for some dangerous working conditions, and such conditions can be complicated by moving traffic through the area.

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Topics: construction safety, Ohio construction, rules, civil construction

Lifting and Rigging Safety: General Guidelines

Posted by Eric Park on October 8, 2018


When you're seeking bids for work that involves lifting and rigging, you need to trust that the work crew you hire has sufficient training to get the work done safely -- without any incident.

Learn what the contractors need to know about rigging and hoisting so you can do your due diligence when hiring.

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Topics: construction safety, Ohio construction, rules, regulations, civil construction, site work

Cost of Concrete vs Asphalt Parking Lots

Posted by Tom Owings on October 1, 2018

When choosing a material for parking lots, one of the primary considerations is cost.

Appearance and maintenance are two important concerns as well -- and can play into costs in sneaky ways you might not think of up front.

Most property owners weigh the choice between a concrete vs asphalt parking lot, and each has their pros and cons.

Here's what you need to know about each surface, including cost.

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Topics: Ohio construction, Asphalt Paving, Parking Lot

The Ultimate Guide to Trench Backfill Material (+ Infographic)

Posted by Tim Klingel on October 1, 2018

Whether you're embarking on your first or 100th project, you still might be wondering what exactly trench backfill is, does, and how it affects your overall project budget.

The best way to understand the backfill needed on your project is to talk openly with your contractor. Proper backfill processes require knowledge of the specifications and the soil conditions to ensure optimal performance.

We put together this guide of general considerations to keep in mind and help you better understand backfill.

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Topics: Ohio construction, civil construction, site work, construction stone, crushed stone

Project of the Month: Darby Braeside LLC

Posted by Eric Park on September 26, 2018

The Builders at Darby Braeside set out with the goal of creating a housing subdivision that allowed residents to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Big Darby Creek, while protecting the integrity of the natural environment.

Unique homes and lots were created, nestled between the water and the trees -- offering a place of beautiful solitude for its residents. 

We were happy to help take part in the creation of such unique and beautiful Ohio subdivision.

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Topics: project of the month, Ohio construction

Why You’re Wasting Money on Your Asphalt Sealcoat in Ohio

Posted by Tom Owings on September 25, 2018


Yes, you can have too much of a good thing. Sealcoat is one of them.

On one hand, sealcoating is necessary for sealing cracks in asphalt pavement. It also helps increase its lifespan and reduce long-term maintenance. And, a fresh sealcoat application just helps any road or parking lot look great.

All of this makes sealcoating a necessary part of your asphalt’s lifespan.

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Topics: Ohio construction, Asphalt Paving, Parking Lot