Projects Receive Awards

Staff | September 28, 2010

The Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan (APAM) awarded the Chrysler High Speed Oval Test Track in Chelsea the Award of Excellence in the Special/Challenging Projects Category at the recent APAM-Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Asphalt Paving Awards Banquet. APAM honored Ajax Paving Industries, Inc.; Chrysler, LLC; Wilcox Professional Services; and Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME) for their work on this project.

At the High Speed Oval Test Track, SME provided construction materials services for the reconstruction of approximately 4.6 miles of the six-lane test track, consisting of high performance asphalt concrete. SME's services included evaluating existing subgrade soil conditions, observing fill placement, performing in-place density tests, reviewing asphalt paving operations, and performing quality control services related to asphalt mixtures.

APAM also awarded The Mall at Partridge Creek, Macomb County's newest shopping center, the Award of Merit in the Commercial Projects Category. APAM honored the Taubman Company; John Carlo, Inc.; Skanska USA; and SME for their efforts on this project.

At The Mall at Partridge Creek, SME performed a geotechnical evaluation and provided recommendations for pavement design. During construction of the 640,000-square-foot open-air shopping center, SME provided construction materials services for pavements as well as foundations, structural steel, soil density, and concrete.

APAM is a nonprofit trade association that represents the hot mix asphalt industry in Michigan. APAM promotes the best of industry practices and product knowledge and collaborates with MDOT, local and county road commissions, and the private sector. APAM contractor members are the leading hot mix asphalt manufacturers and paving contractors in the state. APAM associate members are suppliers, manufacturers and service companies related to the asphalt pavement industry, as well as other highway industry contractors. For more information visit

SME supports clients at every stage of development and ownership, from site acquisition, design and construction to maintenance, restoration and redevelopment. SME's team of over 220 professionals operates from eight offices in Michigan and Ohio. SME's geosciences, materials and environmental capabilities serve many markets in the built and natural environment, including commercial, development/ redevelopment, education, energy, healthcare, industrial, retail, state/local government, telecommunications, transportation, and agriculture. For more information, visit