The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced this week that the Staker Parson Company, an Oldcastle Materials Company in Ogden, Utah, is the finalist of the 2015 Ecological Award for a new plant.
Staker Parson was recognized Monday, July 18, at a ceremony honoring the Operational Excellence Award recipients during the NAPA Midyear Meeting in Seattle. The award is sponsored by Roads & Bridges Magazine.
“NAPA members strive for excellence beyond constructing high-quality asphalt pavements. The Operational Excellence Awards recognize a company’s commitment to operations that make them good contractors, good industry ambassadors, and good neighbors,” said NAPA Chairman Kevin Kelly.
The Ecological Award given to Staker Parson recognizes asphalt plants whose streamlined production facilities improved productivity and safety. The goal is to demonstrate the asphalt industry’s concern for environmental issues, the practical methods undertaken to promote environmental stewardship within the company, and to emphasize the inherent recyclability of asphalt pavements.
Before designing the new Brigham City Plant, Staker Parson examined its ecological efforts and identified a number of improvements to make the plant run smoother, more efficiently, and with greater consideration to the environment.
“We were able to increase efficiency of the overall operation just by being able to locate the plant in the area of the pit that made the most sense,” said Patrick Clark, environmental advisor for Staker Parson.
"The new warm-mix technology plant, along with its associated equipment and trucks, was moved into the central core of the property to provide a better buffer to the community. The use of warm-mix technology helps reduce raw material usage by roughly 5 percent by reducing the amount of fuel needed to heat the mixture," Clark said. A secondary benefit is that it allows the company to serve a larger area by allowing two to three times greater haul distances.
Staker Parson also exercises best management practices by retaining all stormwater run-off on site and controlling fugitive dust through paving of surfaces and chemical treatment of the haul roads.
Clark said the plant acts to conserve the area’s natural resources in many ways, including participation in the state’s Rocky Mountain Power “Blue Sky” program. Staker Parson is able to purchase 9,000 megawatts of renewable wind power, which translates into an annual savings of 37 tons of carbon dioxide.
“It allows us to demonstrate that we are investing in renewable energy sources. We are using a portion of the energy requirements at the plant, coming directly from renewable energy sources. While making the company more ecologically robust, Staker Parson has also taken great strides in reaching out to the community," Clark said. “Back in 2005 when we went to modify the existing plant, there was quite a bit of community contention. We really, really focused on our outreach at that point and making sure we were communicating with the community. When a permit revision was needed for the new plant, we didn’t have any community backlash at all.”