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2012 – ACPA

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2012 – ACPA National Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement:
2012 Gold Winner Overlays Highway Category
Project: New York State Thruway, Milepost 438.5 to 451.5
Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractors Inc
Owner: New York State Thruway Authority
Engineer:

 

2011 – ACPA National Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement:
2011 Silver Winner Commercial Service & Military Airports – Category
Project: Niagara Falls Reserve Airbase Taxiway A, A1, A3, Niagara Falls, NY
Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractor Inc.
Owner: U.S. Air Force
Engineer: Urban Engineers of New York, P.C.

The Niagara Falls Reserve Airbase is home to the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command’s 914th Airlift Wing, as well as units of the Air National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve, and a Military Entrance Processing Station that serves all five branches of the U.S. military. When Surianello General Concrete Contractor Inc. began a complete reconstruction project on one of the taxiways, it was immediately apparent the project would require close coordination among the owner, contractor, and subcontractor so that the construction did not interfere with the important missions of the base. The project required the installation of new heavily reinforced concrete pavement, 12,000 CY (32,000 SY).

Looking back at the construction of the original taxiway, it was completed during the 1950’s (using fixed-form paving), and the pavement since experienced severe joint failure. The specifications called for the new pavement to match the existing pavement, but it was soon determined and reported to the base engineers that matching the existing pavement would not produce the desired surface characteristics.
The project specifications required the use of a profilograph for smoothness measurement, but after inspecting the existing conditions, the contractor informed the base engineers that it was not possible to match the existing pavement and still meet the smoothness requirements. After all the information was presented, the base engineers waived the profilograph smoothness requirement in favor of matching the existing pavement.

Extra steps were taken to ensure that the only pavement that matched the existing pavement would be near the edge, not in the wheel paths of the planes using the taxiway. Wheel paths were hand finished after the paver passed over to further enhance smoothness.

In spite of delays, complexities, safety and security considerations, and the requirement to keep one lane of the taxiway open, the project was completed under budget and within schedule. The end result is a quality taxiway that will serve this vital military base for many years.

2011 Silver Winner – Municipal Streets & Intersections (<30,000 SY) Category
Project: Ferry Grider Apartments
Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractor Inc.
Owner: Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
Engineer: Nussbaumer & Clarke, Inc.

The Ferry Grider Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) projects were originally constructed in the 1950’s. This is the first inner city reconstruction project performed in the area since then.

The scope of this 5 million dollar project replacing more than 15,000 SY decorative concrete pavement roadway, including concrete curbs and gutters. The decorative, exposed aggregate pavement on this job is used as a maintenance access road that runs through the middle of the complex and around the entire perimeter for property management personnel to maintain easy access into each courtyard.

Traffic flow and access were very critical for the residents in this complex, so Surianello used a mixture of high early-strength concrete, which allowed quick reopening and reduction of traffic congestion. Quality, safety, cost efficiency, and adherence to the project timetable also were important factors, as were the aesthetic qualities of the decorative concrete. In fact, noting the importance of the aesthetics, Surianello presented the pavement monthly to the Housing of Urban Development for acceptance.

The original spec for placing exposed aggregate pavement was used for the reconstruction project. It would have required pouring 5 in. of concrete, then seating 1 in. of aggregate, a method similar to those used to build many sidewalks.

Instead, Surianello suggested eliminating the separate aggregate seating process by spraying a retarder on the finished surface, and then, power washing it three hours later to achieve the same etch in the exposed aggregate. Surianello reasoned this also would improve the structural integrity, while also imparting a more uniform appearance.

2010 – ABCD (Association of Bridge Construction and Design) Western NY Chapter

Project: NY Route 60 Bridge over West Harrison Street & The Chadakoin River
Contractor: Union Concrete and Construction Corporation
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation – Region 5
Engineer: New York State Department of Transportation – Region 5

This award was presented to the Prime Contractor for this project, Union Concrete. Surianello’s part involved the slip forming of several thousand feet of architecturally treated concrete barrier, a first for NYSDOT Region 5. Surianello perfected this method on a previous NYSDOT Project in Region 6 and offered this construction technique to one of major customers as a way to progress the project in an effective and efficient manner. This system enabled our customer to meet and/or exceed construction schedules so that they were able to earn maximum bonus on a time sensitive project. This project is an example of how Surianello offers credible value to our customers.

2007 – ACI Western NY Chapter

2007 Heavy Highway Construction Award

Project: Reconstruction of Ramp 56
Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractors Inc
Owner: New York State Thruway Authority
Engineer: New York State Thruway Authority

Exit 56 of the mainline Thruway (Route I90) is the only exit/entrance in the Buffalo Division that is completed constructed of concrete pavement from the mainline to the toll booths. The existing geometric design of this exit ramp is restricted due to existing rock formations. The tight horizontal curves caused the existing asphalt pavement sections to shift due to truck loading. The Thruway decided to construct this ramp in concrete pavement to eliminate the maintenance issues that occurred on this ramp.

2006 – ACPA National Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement:
2006 Gold Winner Overlays Highway Category
Project: Resurfacing of Route I-86 in the towns of Olean and Hinsdale in Catt. Co. N.Y
Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractors Inc
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation-Region 5
Engineer: New York State Department of Transportation-Region 5

This test project aims to identify the most economical and long-term-performing concrete pavement reconstruction techniques. Over the next six years, the state will monitor different test sections of different longitudinal and transverse joint designs using sensors in each of three concrete overlay test sections. The 9-in. concrete pavement was prepared using three different methods. They were: rubblization, crack and seal, and no treatment. The results will be incorporated into the New York calibration efforts of the new AASHTO Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide.
Overcoming weather-related challenges, modifications to the sensor and joint placement plan, and taking care not to disturb the sensors and joints were the result of close coordination and resulted in a quality test site for New York State.

2006 Gold Winner Municipal Streets & Intersections (>30,000 SY) Category

Project: Route 7 Crosstown Arterial reconstruction and resurfacing in the towns of Niskayuna, Rotterdam, and City of Schenectady N.Y
Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractors Inc
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation-Region 1
Engineer: New York State Department of Transportation-Region 1

Replacing the existing pavement – a concrete base topped with a failing asphalt overlay – with new concrete pavement was no easy task. Maintaining traffic flow was a priority on this heavily-commuted cross-town arterial, which also is bordered by a large number of businesses. The New York State DOT’s Region 1 selected high early strength concrete, in lieu of an asphalt design, to expedite opening to traffic. This project also was the agency’s largest road application of precast concrete slabs, requiring additional innovation in scheduling to accommodate all the different phases.

The project team overcame these challenges to complete the pavement on time, providing the owner, motorists, and local businesses depending on this route with the benefits of less maintenance and a longer service life.
2006 Silver Winner – Municipal Streets & Intersections (<30,000 SY) Category

Project: Reconstruction of Routes 36 and 408 in the Village of Mt. Morris and Towns of Mt. Morris and Leicester in Livingston County, N.Y.
Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractors Inc
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation-Region 5
Engineer: URS Corporation

Concrete pavement was chosen for its versatility on this roadway improvement project, critical to the economic vitality of a small rural village. The scope included replacing the existing asphalt with new concrete pavement on several routes critical for local tourism, businesses, and commuters. Traffic flow and access on these routes were critical because they serve as the main commuting links for motorists between villages, so the project team used high early-strength concrete for early reopening of all pavements to reduce the overall project schedule and congestion impact.

The project team’s ability to vary the length and size of work zones during the project’s eight-phase-long plan, as well as paving methods, played a big part in the project’s success. The end product provides enduring strength and attractive roadways, with reduced long-term maintenance costs.

2005 – ACPA National Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement:
2005 Gold Winner-Municipal Streets & Intersections (>30,000 SY) Category

Project: Reconstruction of Walden Avenue and Union Road in the Town of Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York
Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractors Inc
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation-Region 5
Engineer: URS Corporation

 

The challenge: In an unusually wet and chilly fall in upstate New York, reconstruct 6.8 lane-miles of a busy commercial roadway, along with five intersections, ahead of the impending holiday shopping season. All the while, keep dual turning lanes open and provide minimal disruption to businesses and both commercial and public traffic. The major objective of the project was to address the deep rutting and shoving problems caused, particularly in the intersections, by high truck traffic along the heavily trafficked commercial section of Walden Avenue. This major municipal street is bordered by 34 businesses, a regional mall with more than 200 stores, and a major truck stop. This roadway also is an important commuter route for the area, providing access to the New York Thruway, as well as the city of Buffalo and nearby towns. The total traffic volume (more than 41,000 vehicles per day) also made this project a challenge. Highlights of the project included placement of some 17,525 sq. yds. of 11-in. jointed concrete over 12,907 cu. yds. of 4-in. permeable base. The lanes on this busy roadway were 12- and 14-ft. wide. The design mix, supplied by both a central mix and dry batch plant, was a NYS DOT Class C mix with fly ash.
Adding to the challenge of the project was an A+B bid item included in the contract to minimize disruption to traffic and area businesses. Incentives and disincentives up to $7,000 per day were stipulated if the work was not completed by the scheduled dates. Even further complicating the project were the utility structures that had to be embedded in the pavement area (which required some innovative joint layouts).Getting the work done involved double-shifts and night construction. To address the challenges of managing under traffic, the general contractor hired a full-time traffic control supervisor for the duration of the project. Unusually long periods of rain, generally occurring overnight, further threatened the project schedule, but thanks to some vigilant weather-watching (using internet programs) and prioritizing of the concrete paving work, the work was done in spite of the bad weather. In fact, work was often completed within minutes of poor weather conditions.
Attention to detail, constant communications, excellent scheduling, and of course, quality construction, all contributed to the successful completion of the project. The work was completed 38 days ahead of the November 1st deadline, for which the owner paid full incentives.
Despite the challenges, the project was completed, thereby resolving long-standing, expensive, and dangerous problems associated with the asphalt pavement rutting and shoving. Now, motorists and area businesses enjoy the benefits of a smooth, durable concrete pavement that has improved traffic flow, ride quality, and safety.
2003 – ACI Western NY Chapter

2003 Project Award

Project: TAB 00-45, Lane Addition and Bridge Construction
Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractors Inc
Owner: New York State Thruway Authority
Engineer: New York State Thruway Authority

In 2003, Surianello was awarded the concrete subcontractor for the Reconstruction of the New York State Thruway I-90 in West Seneca NY. This project was the largest ever Heavy/Highway Award in Western New York in 2000. This section of the NYS Thruway was fondly called the “Fourth Lane” project. This project was designed to solve capacity issues along this free section of the NYS Thruway between the I-190 Interchange and Route 400 Interchange for commuters. The project involved the reconstruction of 2.5 miles of the free section mainline between Exits 53 and 54, widening the I-90 to four lanes in each direction were approximately 120,000 motorists use this section of the Thruway daily. This project involved several innovations in design of the pavement, including a permeable base that aids drainage and a “white velvet” final surface texture that provides a smooth and quiet roadway.
2002 – ACPA National Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement:
2002 Gold Winner-Divided Highways Urban – Traffic Management Category

Project: Rehabilitation of the Long Island Expressway (Route I-495) form Queens Midtown Viaduct to College Point Blvd in the City of New York
Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractors Inc
Owner: New York State Department of Transportation-Region 11
Engineer: LIRO –Kassner, Inc. Flushing NY

Traffic management was a primary concern when construction began on the 5th busiest highway in the country in 2000. With traffic volumes of 680,000 vehicles per day, work zone restrictions required that the window of placing the concrete pavement had to occur between the hours of 11 PM to 5 AM. Ultimately, due to work zone set up and take down, Surianello actually had on average less than 5 hours per evening to perform work. To further complicate the work zone availabilities, another condition was that work could not begin until one hour had passed from either the last out of a NY Mets game or the last volley of a US Open match had passed. Perseverance was the name used most often when describing working with these types of traffic restrictions. This project also occurred during the middle of our nation’s greatest homeland attack. This project was completed without a lost time accident and six months ahead of schedule.

2002 Silver Winner-Divided Highways Urban

Prior to Surianello becoming involved with this project in the spring of 2001, slip forming concrete pavement within the five boroughs of New York had never been accomplished. The project scope included approximately 43,000 CY (140,000 SY) of 11 inch jointed unreinforced concrete pavement. On average, within the five hour window, Surianello was able to place over 2000 LF of roadway per evening.

2000 – ACI Western NY Chapter

2000 Project Award

Project: Reconstruction of the I-190 Niagara Section
Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractors Inc
Owner: New York State Thruway Authority
Engineer: New York State Thruway Authority

Surianello was involved in slip forming 4 miles of asymmetrical concrete median barrier. The bifurcation for this barrier was over 24 inches and Surianello is one of a few contractors that have this experience in slip forming this difficult type of concrete median barrier. This is the first project that the Thruway Authority allowed slip forming of concrete median barrier in their Buffalo Division.

 

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