Commercial Construction & Contracting Resources

Should I Install an Asphalt Parking Lot or a Concrete Parking Lot?

Posted by Tom Owings on May 11, 2018

If you’re ready to update your existing commercial parking lot or install a new one, you’re most likely deciding between asphalt and concrete. Each can be the better choice in certain situations. You’ll have to consider the following variables, among others:

  • Heavy-duty traffic vs. average traffic
  • Regional weather patterns
  • Ongoing maintenance

Here’s an easy breakdown of the benefits of both.

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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, Ohio construction

13 Great General Contracting Companies & Suppliers in Central OH

Posted by Eric Park on May 3, 2018

Yes, we’re blessed with some of the best construction professionals in the business. But we at Park Enterprise Construction Co., Inc. wouldn’t be where we are today - after nearly 30 years in the business - without a little help from our friends.

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Topics: Asphalt Paving, contractors, stone mix, construction aggregate, construction stone, site work, underground utilities, civil construction, Ohio construction

Underground Utility Construction Quality Assurance Checklist

Posted by Brian Delmonico on April 30, 2018

 

Underground utility construction can be a complicated process in any scenario. Like any other type of construction, the goal is to create a functional finished product while making it look like workers were never even there. But in reality, the means to get to that end is a highly invasive experience that quite literally alters the landscape.

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Topics: underground utilities, civil construction, Ohio construction

How to Find ODOT Pre-Qualified Ohio Contractors

Posted by Tom Owings on April 27, 2018

How to Find ODOT Pre-Qualified Ohio Contractors

It's surprisingly easy!

ODOT has a search function specifically for its pre-qualified contractors built into its website. It feels a little spartan, but it does the trick. This tool allows you to search for pre-qualified Ohio contractors for 57 different services, called "Work Types," which you can find listed below.

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Topics: contractors, civil construction, Ohio construction

Project of the Month: CenMac Metalworks

Posted by Eric Park on April 26, 2018

Here’s to helping friends in this great community we call home. Park Enterprise Construction Co., Inc. is pleased to be tackling some ongoing work at CenMac Metalworks that aims to create dozens of new jobs right here in Marion, OH.

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Topics: contractors, site work, underground utilities, civil construction, Ohio construction, project of the month

What’s the Best Underground Utility Digging Method? Open Cut vs. Directional Bore

Posted by Tim Klingel on April 26, 2018

Underground utilities don’t just magically appear underground. There are several different digging methods to place underground pipes, each ideal for a specific situation.

Generally, pipe installation either requires open cutting (or trenching) from the surface or directional boring (lateral tunneling). For good measure, we’re throwing in a third option, jack and bore, which can open larger spaces and long distances underground in special circumstances.

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Topics: underground utilities, civil construction, Ohio construction

Asphalt Paving Quality Control Plan & Checklist

Posted by Tom Owings on April 26, 2018

Details are critical. Missing the mark by an inch or even a few degrees of temperature can compromise the structural integrity of your asphalt. Weakness will lead to cracks and crumbling -- leaving you to return for a potentially costly repair, overlay, or new paving years earlier than typically necessary.

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Topics: Asphalt Paving

What is Asphalt Parking Lot Compaction? And Why is It Important?

Posted by Tom Owings on April 19, 2018

You’re standing on an asphalt parking lot. Between your feet and God’s earth below is a certain thickness of asphalt. But it wasn’t that thick when it was laid.

The asphalt was properly compacted (if the contractors knew what they were doing) when the lot was first built or later reconstructed. The hot-mix asphalt (HMA) was spread to a certain thickness before it was rolled and allowed to settle.

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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, civil construction, Ohio construction

Project of the Month: Nucor Steel Marion

Posted by Eric Park on April 19, 2018

We’re happy to play a role, big or small, in the growth and prosperity of our hometown. That’s why helping Nucor Steel Marion, Inc. with various construction-related activities was such a no-brainer.

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Topics: Insider, civil construction, Ohio construction, project of the month

6 Things You Need to Know About Civil Construction Projects

Posted by Eric Park on April 13, 2018

Civil construction projects require honest and upfront communication of your needs and how the contractor proposes to meet them. Both sides should come prepared to hammer out dirty details to achieve a squeaky clean project in the end.

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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, asphalt milling, contractors, demolition contractors, underground utilities, civil construction, regulations, rules, Ohio construction