R.B. Baker Wins National Ecological Award for Asphalt Plants

BAKER INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP INC., A DIVISION OF REEVES CONSTRUCTION,

WINS NATIONAL ECOLOGICAL AWARD FOR ASPHALT PLANTS

 

(Garden City, GA) – Baker Infrastructure Group Inc., a division of Reeves Construction Company, recently won the prestigious “2011 Ecological Award” from the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) for its Garden City Plant.

The competition is sponsored by Roads & Bridges Magazine, and recognizes asphalt facilities that best demonstrate safe and responsible environmental practices. Baker Infrastructure officials were presented the award during NAPA’s annual meeting in Palm Desert, Calif., in January.

“A commitment to best environmental practices is the foundation of what we do at Baker,” said Stoy Marlow, Vice President of Baker Infrastructure Group. “To be recognized for those efforts by the industry is truly rewarding.”

As part of the Ecological Award competition, facilities are judged on their design layout, clean operation, maintenance performance practices and community activities. In presenting the award, NAPA officials noted Baker Infrastructure Group “met the rigorous criteria to evaluate the environmental impact of their operations, and operates in an exemplary manner.”

Baker’s Garden City asphalt plant has been located on the present site for three years, and has the capability to produce up to 400 tons of asphalt per hour. Environmental mechanisms in place include:

  • Emission controls which returns the fines (airborne particles) to be recycled back through mix;
  • Routinely produces asphalt mixes that incorporate reclaimed asphalt pavement;
  • Currently installing equipment to produce warm-mix asphalt, which saves fuel and reduces emission; and
  • Uses best management practices to prevent fugitive dust and help control rainwater runoff from the site.

Being sensitive to the environment is even more important for Baker Infrastructure due to the plant’s proximity to major waterways.

“We have many canals and drainage basins in this area that drain out to the Savannah River, and ultimately to the Atlantic Ocean, so we have to pay very close attention to our storm water runoff,” said Neal Andrews, asphalt operations manager. “We use erosion control domes to cover storm drains and place silt fences and hay bales at outfalls to prevent any silt and sediment from entering the drainage structures.”

About Baker Infrastructure Group

 

First established in 1990 as R.B. Baker Construction Company in Garden City, Baker Infrastructure Group specializes in site and road development throughout Georgia and Northern Florida. In 2010, the company became a subsidiary of Reeves Construction Company (Macon, GA), combining resources and expertise to become one of the largest transportation construction companies in the Southeast.

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