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Excavation & Grading: The Initial Two Step in any New Asphalt Construction

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

New asphalt cannot be laid on top of damaged asphalt. Before road, highway, or parking lot construction can take place, the existing asphalt structure must be excavated and then graded. These steps are crucial in the overall construction process.

  • Excavation: The existing asphalt must be removed. Excavation is the process of preparing the prospective location of the driveway for the asphalt that will eventually be laid.
  • Grading: Now the area must be shaped, creating the proper pitch in the underlying material so that water drains properly once the asphalt is in place.

Do you have an asphalt paving job that involves Excavation and Grading? If so, give Reliable Contracting a call!

Utilizing state of the art equipment and experienced operators, Reliable’s Grading and Excavation Division performs a full range of earthmoving services to prepare commercial and residential development sites in the State of Maryland for the construction of buildings, roads, parking lots and many other uses.

We currently have crews available for work. Contact us today to schedule your estimate before we are completely booked solid!

Reliable Contracting Company is a full-service commercial and residential asphalt paving contractor, offering the production and installation of hot and cold-mix asphalt, asphalt patching, milling, seal coating and crack filling.

If you have any questions about Excavation and Grading or if you have a construction project that you need completed right the first time, please contact Reliable Contracting by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website. Reliable Contracting maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry and can be seen working on Maryland’s roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods.

Reliable Contracting Company serves the following and surrounding Counties: Annapolis, Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Howard, Prince George, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington D.C.

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Admixtures Change PCC Performance :: Concrete Contractor in Maryland

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The most widely used structural material for transportation infrastructure and pavements in Portland cement concrete, or PCC. And in order to achieve a PCC mixture that is workable, durable, and of high quality, mineral and chemical admixtures must be applied.

All about Admixtures

  • Chemical Admixtures: The most common chemical admixtures are air-entraining agents, water reducers, superplastics, retarders, and accelerators. All of these admixtures can affect PCC in several ways, including: managing its rate of early hydration and regulating its fluid properties.
  • Mineral Admixtures: Common mineral admixtures include fly ash, silicia fume, and microsilicia. These admixtures are added to concrete to enhance its workability; to improve resistance of concrete to thermal cracking, alkali-aggregate expansion, and sulfate attack; and to enable a reduction in cement content or water.

Concrete Contractor in Maryland

Do you have a concrete project that you need completed right the first time?

Reliable Contracting’s three concrete crews can install curb and gutter for any project from large shopping centers to residential developments. In addition, we can perform all types of flat work to finish off your project, including aprons, dumpster pads and sidewalks.

Interested in scheduling Reliable Contracting for a job? Contact us by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website.

We currently have crews available for work. Contact us today to schedule your estimate before we are completely booked solid!

Reliable Contracting maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland’s roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects.

Reliable Contracting Company serves the following and surrounding Counties: Annapolis, Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Howard, Prince George, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington D.C.

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Construction Industry News: EPA Trying to Pass New Stormwater Rule

Friday, May 11th, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency recently created a general permit for stormwater runoff from construction sites. The new permit – titled the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)  - went into effect on February 16, 2012.

For more information, refer to the following: FR Notice (PDF) (8 pp, 180K).

The 2012 CGP replaced the 2008 CGP, which expired on February 15, 2012. This new permit will provide coverage for eligible new and existing construction projects for a period of five years.

Features of the 2012 Construction General Permit (CGP)

• The 2012 CGP includes a number of modifications to the 2008 CGP, many of which are necessary to implement the new Effluent Limitations Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards for Construction and Development point sources, known as the “C&D rule.”

• Does not include turbidity limits.

For background on the EPA’s original rule and related legal wrangling, see EPA to Reconsider Key Aspect of Construction Stormwater Rule, by attorneys Meline MacCurdy and Russell Prugh of Marten Law (September 30, 2010).

If you have any questions about the EPA Proposed Stormwater Rule or if you have a construction project that you need completed right the first time, please contact Reliable Contracting by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website.

Reliable Contracting maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland’s roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects.

Reliable Contracting Company serves the following and surrounding Counties: Annapolis, Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Howard, Prince George, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington D.C.

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EPA Pushing for New Construction Stormwater Rule

EPA Submits Permit for Construction Sites Minus Turbidity Limits for Stormwater Runoff

Construction Employment Hits New Heights

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

While many may have loved the unseasonably warm winter we have had thus far in 2012, perhaps none loved it more than those in the construction industry. 21,000 new jobs were added in January alone, raising employment to a new two-year high, according to analysis of new federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Still, some are erring on the side of caution.

“Although it’s great news that the industry has added 52,000 jobs in the past two months, the unemployment rate in construction is still double that of the overall economy, and construction employment remains at 1996 levels,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “It will take another month or two to see if the recent job growth reflects a sustained pickup or merely acceleration of homebuilding and highway projects that normally halt when the ground freezes in December and January.”

While construction employment is 11 percent above last January (2011), it is still 28 percent below its peak level of 7,726,000 in April 2006.

Important Construction Employment Statistics

• The industry’s unemployment rate in January was 17.7 percent (not seasonally adjusted), down from 22.5 percent in 2011.

• The unemployment rate was still double the all-industry rate of 8.8 percent.

• Heavy and civil engineering construction employment grew by 2.6 percent or 21,000 jobs from January 2011 to last month.

•Nonresidential building and specialty trade contractors increased employment by 2.0 percent (17,000 jobs).

•Employment among residential building and specialty trade contractors rose by 2.1 percent (41,000 jobs).

If you have any questions about the Construction Industry or if you have a construction project that you need completed right the first time, please contact Reliable Contracting by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website.

Reliable Contracting maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland’s roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects.

Reliable Contracting Company serves the following and surrounding Counties: Annapolis, Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Howard, Prince George, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington D.C.

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Construction Employment Hits 2 Year High

The History of Asphalt

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Often time in life, we take the inventions and innovations around us for granted. For instance, when is the last time you really sat there and thought about how a light bulb works, or where you would be if it were never invented? What about your computer? Most of us cannot function nowadays without our computer, laptop, or smartphone. And then there are those innovations that make our lives easier that we rarely ever notice, like asphalt; it’s everywhere from shingles and sidewalks to driveways, roads, and more. In fact, over 750 million tons of asphalt is poured and rolled every year in the USA, alone.

But where did asphalt come from?

Asphalt Facts

• Asphalt occurs naturally in asphalt lakes and rock asphalt.

• Asphalts first recorded use was in Babylon in 625 B.C. in the formation of roads.

• The ancient Greeks and Romans used asphalt to seal their baths, reservoirs, and aqueducts. In fact, the word asphalt comes from the Greek word “asphaltos”, meaning “secure.”  The Romans later changed the word to “asphaltus.”

• Sir Walter Raleigh wrote about using natural asphalt to re-caulk his ships in 1595.

• Then, in the mid 1800’s, John Loudon McAdam used hot tar to bond broken stones together.

• In the late 1860s, “asphalt” came to America!

• The first bituminous mixtures were used for sidewalks, crosswalks, and roads.

•  Then in 1870, Edmund J. DeSmedt laid the first true asphalt pavement in America, a sand mix in front of the City Hall in Newark, New Jersey.

Since then time, asphalt has really taken off.

If you have any questions about Asphalt or if you have a construction project that you need completed right the first time, please contact Reliable Contracting by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website.

Reliable Contracting maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland’s roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects.

Reliable Contracting Company serves the following and surrounding Counties: Annapolis, Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Howard, Prince George, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington D.C.

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History of Asphalt

Benefits of Warm-Mix Asphalt

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) first introduced warm-mix asphalt (WMA) to the United States in 2002 after WMA grew in popularity in Europe. This new technology instantly spurred interest for government agencies, researchers, contractors, and especially hot-mix asphalt producers.

Warm-mix asphalt allows producers of asphalt pavement material to lower the temperatures – by as much as 100 degrees Fahrenheit – at which the material is mixed and placed on the road.

Benefits of Warm-Mix Asphalt

•Lowers fuel consumption

•Drastically decreases the production of greenhouse gases

• Reduces the production of emissions

• Improves working conditions for asphalt pavers

Looking for an asphalt contractor in Maryland? Then turn to Reliable Contracting!

Reliable Contracting operates three asphalt plants in Anne Arundel County, affording us unequalled reach for commercial asphalt projects in the Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas. By controlling the raw paving materials, asphalt production, trucking, and installation, Reliable can provide complete single-source solutions for your Maryland asphalt paving project.

Reliable can produce all of today’s high-performance asphalt paving products, or can tailor a mix or installation to suit your project’s specific needs. Our accredited quality control lab and certified technicians ensure consistency while our experienced plant and field crews deliver a final product of which you and we can be proud. To finish off your job, we also offer parking lot striping, signage, parking bumpers and speed bumps.

If you have any questions about Warm-Mix Asphalt or if you have a construction project that you need completed right the first time, please contact Reliable Contracting by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website.

Reliable Contracting maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland’s roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects.

Reliable Contracting Company serves the following and surrounding Counties: Annapolis, Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Howard, Prince George, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington D.C.

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Proposed Project Labor Agreement for the Prince George’s County Detention Center Unfairly Excludes Merit Shop Contractors from Submitting Bids and Winning Construction Contracts

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Recently, Governor Martin O’Malley proposed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the Detention Center in Cheltenham, Prince George’s County. Such labor agreements discriminate against merit shop contractors and disadvantaged businesses, making it hard for them to submit bids and potentially win construction contracts. Union-only PLAs are also incredibly unfair to women-owned and minority-owned business, both of which are traditionally underrepresented by unions, mainly due to artificial and societal barriers in union membership and union apprenticeship and training programs.

PLAs include the following provisions that typically discourage merit shop contractors and other non-union companies from working on PLA projects:

•PLAs require non-union companies with their own benefit plans to pay their employees’ health and welfare benefits to union trust funds. Thus, companies have to pay benefits twice: once to the union and once to the company.  Workers never see any of the benefits sent to the unions unless they decide to leave their non-union employer and remain with the union until vested.

•PLAs require non-union companies to obtain apprentices exclusively from union apprenticeship programs. Participants in federal and state-approved non-union apprenticeship programs cannot work on a job covered by a PLA. This means craft professional enrolled in a non-union apprenticeship programs are excluded from work in their hometowns.

•PLAs require non-union companies to obtain their workers from union hiring halls. This means a non-union company has to send its own employees to the union hiring hall and hope the union sends the same workers back.

•Non-union workers may have to pay union dues and fees or join a union in order to work on a PLA project.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent data, unionized private construction workers currently make up just 15.6 percent of all of America’s private construction workforce. This means union-only PLAs would prevent more than 8 out of 10 construction workers from being employed for said projects who would otherwise gain work from construction projects.

Furthermore, union-only PLAs drive up the cost of construction projects by unnecessarily limiting bidders and following inefficient union work rules.  Several academic studies indicate PLAs increase the cost of construction between 10 and 20 percent when compared to similar projects not subject to union-only PLAs.

So why is Governor O’Malley proposing a PLA for the Detention Center?

If you have any questions or remarks or if you wish to discuss this matter further, please comment. We at Reliable Contracting want to know what you think. You can also contact Reliable Contracting by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website.

Reliable Contracting maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland’s roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects.

Reliable Contracting Company serves the following and surrounding Counties: Annapolis, Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Howard, Prince George, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington D.C.

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The Benefits of Choosing a Contractor Who is Part of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC)

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Founded in 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) has since grown to become a national organization with 75 chapters throughout the United States covering all specialties within the construction industry. ABC chapters represent 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms, primarily in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America’s business community and the merit shop construction industry.

ABC’s activities include:

• Government representation

• Legal advocacy

• Education

•Workforce development

• Communications

•Technology

•Recognition through national and chapter awards programs

• Employee benefits

•Information on best practices and business development through an online contractor search directory

ABC’s mission is to promote and defend merit shop philosophy within the construction industry, encouraging open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit. This means that construction projects should be awarded to the company or contractor who is best qualified, not just the one who provides the lowest quote.

So when you hire an ABC affiliated contractor, you know you are getting the best man (or woman) for the job! That is why Reliable Contracting is a proud member of Associated Builders and Contractors, Chesapeake Chapter.

Reliable Contracting maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland’s roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects.

If you have any questions about ABC or if you have a construction project that you need completed right the first time, please contact Reliable Contracting by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website.

Reliable Contracting Company serves the following and surrounding Counties: Annapolis, Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Howard, Prince George, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington D.C.

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