Nielson Construction & Materials was awarded Best Project in the Airport/Transit Category for its Hanksville Utah Airport Runway Reconstruction project.

Online PR News – 29-August-2017 – Huntington, Utah – Nielson Construction & Materials was awarded Best Project in the Airport/Transit Category for its Hanksville Utah Airport Runway Reconstruction project in Hanksville, Utah. Engineering News Record announced the winners on August 18, 2017.
“Our crews demand high quality of themselves on each project they construct,” Nielson Construction Estimator Steve Ogden said. “This project is the epitome of quality and speaks to the capabilities of our crews to construct to very restrictive specifications while maintaining high quality.”
The Hanksville Utah airport served as an emergency landing strip for planes traveling between Denver and Los Angeles after World War II. The goal of this project was to bring the dilapidated runway up to current standards and to improve the capabilities of the airstrip. The project also included upgrades to the lighting and taxiway.
Airport projects bring their own set of challenges. The smoothness of the grade construction has an increasingly tight tolerance as each subsequent layer of material is placed in the pavement cross section. The smoothness of each layer of the pavement section was constructed to exceed the requirements in the specifications.
The final paved surface results were so good there were questions about the validity of the profilograph results. There were over 600 topographic points taken on the finished surface, which verified the profilograph information to be accurate.
Another project challenge was a limited availability of water in this desert location. The crew overcame this problem by equipping an abandoned well with a pump to use as a local source of water for the project.
The project began with the pulverization of the existing runway. The next step was excavation, reprocessing of existing granular material, grading and compaction. The final step of paving the runway was completed in two 1 ˝” lifts.
Nielson Construction utilized several processes and procedures to keep safety at the forefront. Zero recordable incidents or injuries occurred on this project.
“The success of the project was fostered by a strong partnering relationship between the Project Superintendent, Adam Lucero and the Project Engineer, Robert Hall with JViation,” Ogden said. “Amazing things can be accomplished when everyone on the team works together towards a common goal.”
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About Nielson Construction & Materials: Since 1967, Nielson Construction has held a simple philosophy of getting the job done by dedicating themselves to taking care of the customer and providing quality work, no matter how big or small the project.
Nielson Construction provide service in the fields of heavy excavation, road construction, asphalt paving, concrete operations, crane operations, the oil and gas field, certified welding services and certified poly pipe fusion, the mining industry, power plant operations and maintenance.
Staker Parson Companies acquired Nielson Construction & Materials in 2016. Staker Parson Companies has built its business to be The Preferred Source of quality sand, rock, landscape products, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt, paving, and construction services. The company serves customers with the broadest range of construction materials and services across the widest geography of any supplier in the Intermountain West.
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