Helpful Tips to Better Understand Site Preparation

Do you understand what goes into the site preparation process? Do you think it is complex and time consuming? While there are situations where the process may seem somewhat overwhelming, learning more about it can help reduce these feelings. 

Site Preparation Defined 

Site prep is the work that is done on your land before construction. This includes things like finalizing the location details, getting access to the site, drainage, and other factors. With this process, you can easily identify site complications upfront and address them before the actual construction process begins. 

The entire site prep process is designed to set you and your building up for success. While it means more work for you initially, when done properly, it can help you save both money and time. 

Now, let’s dive into the tips to help ensure site preparation is successful. 

Determine the Elevation and Building Location 

It’s a bit of a “no-brainer” that you need to make the final decision regarding where – exactly – your new building or structure will go. When you are making this decision, you should consider the flow of people and the equipment needed for the work that’s being done. If you have multiple buildings, this is even more important. 

Another decision, which isn’t as obvious as the other, is the elevation of your building. You get to make the final decision regarding its elevation because this is going to impact drainage significantly. Don’t worry, if you need help, your contractor will be able to provide you with some guidance. 

Access to the Site 

Even though you probably have plans regarding how you are going to access the final structure, what about your builder? Are they going to have enough room to deliver the needed materials? Is your site free from all types of debris so equipment can move through with ease? Is there enough room for the heavy equipment needed? When the contractor has easy access to the site it will ensure the materials and equipment can be delivered efficiently and easily. 

Perimeter Access 

Perimeter access is different than site access. Site access refers to getting people onto the site with ease. Perimeter access will focus on the people and the equipment once they have gotten on site. You need to make sure the construction crew has plenty of space to move around and get work done. This means keeping a dry and clear perimeter that lets equipment, crews, and materials move quickly

When it comes to site preparation, there are more than a few factors that must be considered. Be sure to consider the factors here to know what you need to do to ensure your construction project moves along smoothly. It’s also a good idea to work closely with your contractor to minimize issues and delays, that not only cost you time, but also money. Being informed is the best way to ensure that the desired results for your construction project are achieved without issue or delay.

A Trusted Heavy Work Partner – Griffin’s Contracting Expertise

A Trusted Heavy Work Partner – Griffin’s Contracting Expertise

At Griffin Contracting, we are proud of our track record as an established contracting company serving businesses and other clients in the Georgia and South Carolina communities.

We’re locally owned and operated, and we have the capabilities to work with gravel, concrete and other materials, to do the heavy work required for utility work, asphalt projects, storm sewer plans or other projects.

Opening Up the Landscape for Heavy Work

One of the inherent challenges in doing this heavy work is getting under the surface of either a paved road or an open piece of land.

Utility workers and others involved in roadwork and similar types of projects have to have the right skills and equipment to burrow under existing infrastructure and access the areas where they’re going to need to install piping inlet boxes or other setups.

This is easier said than done, and it takes a contractor with knowledge of industry best practices as well as occupational safety and more. We excel in these types of projects, and we’re ready to go to work with you.

Project Management

There’s also a significant project management component to these jobs.

Heavy site work is not like some other kinds of contracting. For instance, there is interior painting, where projects are pretty predictable, and contractors may even bid without actually seeing the property.

By contrast, the types of contracts that we work on have to have this steady planning behind them. The scope of the project and the timeline need to be clearly established and planned for. To that end, companies and other stakeholders use performance bonds and other mechanisms to make sure that projects get done on time and as planned.

We bring the right credentials and resources to the table to complete these jobs the right way. When it comes to earth moving, we know about the regulatory process (for example, the context of and context for these types of jobs, in order to do them by the book and make sure they don’t run into unanticipated delays and problems.

Sourcing Materials

One project management component of these jobs involves getting the necessary materials from point A to point B. Again, it’s heavy work, but it’s also a complex set of calculations that requires planning and expertise on the paperwork side. Companies need to know where the suppliers are, and what is logistically possible in order to get materials to the site. Just guessing doesn’t work.

Ask Griffin about how to tackle a big project. We bring the muscle to accomplish what has to be done with regard to infrastructure and improvements – wherever you are.

Meet Paving Challenges with Griffin

Meet Paving Challenges with Griffin

In the world of paving, there are certain unknowns. But good contracts run on efficiency and versatility. Contractors have to be ready for a range of challenges and able to maintain schedules and keep projects moving forward. That’s critical to making sure that the services that they provide for clients are effective and don’t turn into a boondoggle.

Here are some of the things that we help customers to work through at Griffin Contracting, Inc. Our paving services are popular because we keep projects on track through thick and thin, and because we value good communications with customers. You’ll see that from the very beginning when you get in touch with our people – we love what we do, and it shows.

Here are some of the challenges that we can help you to work through when project timelines are threatened.


We all know you can’t control the weather. That’s especially important when winter approaches in the midst of a paving contract. Sometimes it’s necessary to move around people or equipment to accommodate weather concerns and keep the project moving. We are adept at doing that and maintaining our promised schedules for customers.


It’s also commonly known to most people in the industry that the price of materials goes up and down quite a bit. Some of this volatility is driven by oil prices, which are vulnerable to political and economic forces. Some municipal customers even utilize escalator clauses and other protections. We help consult on pricing of materials and how to navigate a volatile market.


There’s also the logistics of delivery. Maybe one plant is closed, but another is open further away. That raises the question of how delivery costs fit into the final result. Again, figuring this out requires close attention to detail, communications and overall good project management to keep everything going well.


Another dynamic aspect of paving is labor. These jobs don’t just get done by themselves, and sometimes it’s not easy work. That means companies have to plan for unanticipated labor issues, whether that’s high turnover or anything else.

At Griffin Contracting, Inc., we are experts at paving and associated project issues: we handle certified jobs and keep projects on time, and on budget.

We provide certified contractors and source materials properly, whether it’s topsoil, fill dirt, crushed concrete or seal-coating products.

We perform quality site work, utility work and concrete work, and handle material recycling and more in accordance with state law.

For more, take a look at our website and our blog. In blog posts, we go over some of the other practical aspects of this type of contracting that can be helpful to your planners. Give us a call.

The Importance of a Solid Foundation in Construction

The Importance of a Solid Foundation in Construction

When it comes to building a new house, the future homeowner has many things that they need to consider first. How many stories will it be? What type of material will they use for the roofing? Should they spring for carpeted floors, or is hardwood better? While these are all certainly valid considerations, construction on a new home can’t even begin until a solid foundation has been created. In fact, despite being largely overlooked by many designers and future homeowners, the foundation is arguably one of the most essential parts of a house.

It Supports the Entire House

It goes without saying, but houses are extremely heavy. The final weight of a building is actually quite variable when you consider both the “dead” (the weight of the house itself) and the “live” (the weight of the house, plus furniture and inhabitants) loads put upon it. When building a home, the foundation must be able to withstand both the dead loads and the live loads without buckling or cracking. Any issues with the foundation can harm the house, making it unsafe to live inside it. A strong and sturdy foundation, therefore, is key to a long-lasting, dependable home.

It Protects the House from Acts of Nature

Many people don’t consider the effect of weather and other natural disasters upon their home when they decide to start building it. This could be a dangerous mistake. A well-built foundation, however, is designed with all of these considerations in mind. While Georgia doesn’t see too many earthquakes, we do occasionally encounter them. We also get our share of hurricanes here, too. By creating a foundation that can withstand these events, you can help protect your home the next time we have one occur in our community.

It Safeguards the House from Settling

Over time, a house can slowly start to sink into the soil upon which it was built. This is called “settling,” and it can seriously damage your house. While a certain degree of settling can typically be anticipated, failure to recognize the risk of settling on your home can cause lasting harm to the structure. The right foundation is built with this knowledge in mind and will help offset the effects of settling on your home.

We here at Griffin Contracting are your trusted foundation experts. We are pleased to offer nearly two decades of unmatched service to the greater Georgia area, delivering sound, sturdy construction work across a wide range of building projects. To learn more about our services, or to inquire about an estimate for your next construction project, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

4 Ways Griffin Contracting Can Improve Your Property’s Asphalt

4 Ways Griffin Contracting Can Improve Your Property’s Asphalt

Many of the elements that influence the usefulness and functionality of a property are easy to overlook. From landscaping choices to where people park, the decisions property owners make will influence if people choose to visit your location and how they feel about what they see. Believe it or not, the asphalt on a property can significantly affect the functionality and beauty of a property. If you want to improve your property’s exterior, Griffin Contracting can help. Here are four ways Griffin Contracting can improve the asphalt on your property.

Asphalt Paving

If you need to add asphalt to a portion of your property, Griffin Contracting can help. Some properties end up with areas that are heavily used by vehicles in a way that wasn’t initially intended in the property’s design. For example, if a lot of people are driving through a grass area to reach a part of the building, there will be a worn tire path that distracts from the property’s beauty. Having that area paved with asphalt by Griffin Contracting will make it easier for people to reach that area without damaging excessive wear on their tires. Similarly, if people have turned a space into an impromptu parking area, you should consider having the area paved with asphalt to make it an official parking area.

Asphalt Painting

In many situations, it’s a good idea to paint asphalt surfaces to share information with people driving or walking on the path. A typical example of this are the lines you see on roads. They ensure that everyone knows where their lane is and where they need to stop. You can use asphalt painting from Griffin Contracting in a similar way. You can paint areas to show where you want people to walk or set up danger zones where unauthorized people aren’t allowed. The contrast between the dark asphalt and the paint makes it hard for people to miss the message.

Asphalt Patching

Asphalt can last a long time, but it will begin to wear over time without proper upkeep. People experience this problem every time they run over a pothole in the street. If these issues aren’t addressed, driving on the asphalt surface can become more dangerous. What should have been a smooth ride down a paved road becomes a hole-filled obstacle course where huge bumps can knock over cargo being carried or even damage the car due to wear on the suspension system. Not to mention that such holes make the property look worse. Griffin Contracting can address this problem by patching asphalt, so it’s good as new.

Asphalt Seal Coating

Griffin Contracting can also perform maintenance duties that can keep asphalt surfaces looking their best for more extended periods. By applying asphalt seal coatings, Griffin Contracting prevents the formation of potholes or the degradation of the paint job on asphalt surfaces. We use GSB 88 and coal tar for sealing purposes, so we can let you know which sealing material is best for your asphalt and the way you intend to use it. Using an asphalt seal coating ensures that the exterior of your building looks beautiful and pristine for a more extended period.

If you need any asphalt work done for your home or business, Griffin Contracting can help. Whether it’s paving, painting, milling, or lining, our team of experts no what do to improve the asphalt surfaces on your property. Send us a message online to learn more about our services and to request an estimate.

Why use GSB-88 Sealant for Airport Pavement Maintenance

Commercial clients turn to us at Griffin Contracting time and time again because they know that we not only provide the highest level of customer service but that we also do not cut corners when it comes to the quality of work. Our contractors have the experience and expertise required to meet your unique needs as well as your high standards, and we only use the best available products to ensure the highest quality work. For example, when it comes to airport pavement maintenance, we use GSB-88 Sealant.
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GSB-88 Sealant for Airport Pavement Maintenance

Aiport pavement maintenance is not something that can be taken lightly. Any flaws that develop in the airport’s pavement have to be dealt with right away to avoid any safety issues. Proper maintenance will help to prevent such issues, which is why regularly maintaining your airport’s pavement is so incredibly important.

We use GSB-88 sealant (Gilsonite Sealer-Binder emulsion), which is a restorative sealer that’s perfect for pavements that are in fair to good condition. It’s been one of the best sealants on the market for over two decades and has been used on everything from city streets and parking lots to state highways and airport runways. In fact, it’s been used on more than 500 airport runways throughout the country, including both military and public runways.

GSB-88 sealant also happens to be environmentally-friendly. This is because Gilsonite is actually an asphalt ore that occurs naturally in the state of Utah. It’s unique in that it lasts much longer and needs much less refining than traditional petroleum oils, which is why it’s a more environmentally-friendly option.

It’s also worth noting that GSB-88 sealant undergoes thorough environmental testing by an independent third party. The sealant earned an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) in 2011 by the IERE (Institute for Environmental Research and Education) and has also been given a LEED Certification.

One application of GSB-88 sealant on asphalt every five years, whether it’s a parking lot or a runway, can help extend the life of the asphalt significantly, while also reducing eutrophication and acidification by 50 percent compared to the impact it would have if you had to reconstruct the pavement.

For more information about our airport runway maintenance service or about the use of GSB-88 sealant, be sure to contact us at Griffin Contracting today.

Why sealcoating asphalt parking lots, driveways and roads should be an integral component of your facility’s maintenance program

Asphalt turns brittle overtime and begins to deteriorate without proper care and protection. At Griffin Contracting, we protect and preserve our customers’ asphalt surfaces by expertly and economically sealcoating them, which often doubles their useful life.

Basically, asphalt is a rock and gravel aggregate that is held together with a binder made from petroleum products. Maintaining the integrity of this binder is critical to ensuring that an asphalt surface provides years of service. Sunlight, particularly UV rays, rain, wind, gasoline and oil, to name a few, attack the binder, in turn weakening its hold on the aggregate and allowing cracks, potholes and ragged edges to occur, all of which are safety hazards and all of which cost money to repair. Sometimes the damage becomes so severe that the surface needs to be dug up and re-paved.

A facility maintenance program that includes scheduled sealcoating—perhaps as often as every couple of years, depending on use—can extend the life of asphalt pavements more than twice as long as pavements that are untreated.  This can amount to substantial savings when one considers the huge expense associated with repaving versus the low cost to protect. 

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What is Sealcoating?

When properly applied, sealcoating inhibits erosion and provides a dark black slip/skid resistant surface. It also enhances the curb appeal and safety of a parking lot, driveway, or road. It is a liquid, coal-based product that is mixed with sand and/or other fillers and is applied to an asphalt surface by spraying or brushing. 


What are the Other Benefits of Sealcoating?

Besides enhancing curb appeal, safety and durability, sealcoating offers these other benefits.

  • Prevents water penetration—Because sealcoating fills surface voids, it minimizes the impact of water on the binder, particularly the rate at which water seeps into the surface and weakens its integrity.
  • Resists oil and gas spills—Gasoline and oil drip onto asphalt surfaces from automobiles, trucks and motorcycles, causing the asphalt binder to soften and breakdown. Sealcoating will help make asphalt surfaces impervious to gas and oil spills.
  • Makes the pavement easier to clean–Sealcoating creates a smooth surface that is easier to sweep and/or hose off than unsealed surfaces.
  • Painted lines are brighter and better looking with sealcoating—Freshly painted parking and traffic control lines on a sealcoated surface enrich the appearance of any parking lot, dirveway or road and make them safer to navigate,

Adding sealcoating to your property’s asphalt maintenance program is an investment that will pay for itself in short order. For more information about our sealcoating services, or for information about asphalt paving, painting, patching, line striping and milling, contact Griffin Contracting today.

Griffin Contracting Adds Cutting Edge Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Technology to Quickly and Precisely Locate Buried Utility Lines

Here at Griffin Contracting, we make it a point to continually invest in new equipment and technology to better serve our customers, and to that end we are pleased to announce the acquisition of US Radar’s new Q5C rolling radar equipment to improve our site preparation capabilities.

What is the new Q5C Plus?

US Radar’s Q5C Plus GPR system is an incredibly powerful underground utility location tool that makes site preparation more efficient than ever before. It’s about the size of a small lawn mower and can be easily wheeled around a site where digging and excavation will occur. It’s also a single frequency GPR device with a 500Mhz antenna—the most powerful one on the market, with the ability to identify objects 15 feet below ground. A few of the buried items it can locate appear below:

  • Metallic and non-metallic pipes
  • Fiber optic cables
  • Water boxes
  • Valves
  • Conduits
  • Landfill limits
  • Voids
  • Tanks
  • Buried drums

Q5C Plus

What are some of its features?

The Q5C Plus makes use of U.S. Radar’s Acquisition Software, which is completely configurable and allows us to mark targets for easy reference and to generate 3D models of the land being scanned.

The software also allows us to use Google Earth to mark the radar data we collect into geographical context. To make life even easier, it even integrates with our CAD systems, allowing us to produce underground utility maps. The data can also be saved to a thumb drive for convenient backup.

Griffin Contracting is always on the lookout for new and innovative equipment that can help us provide our clients with the best service. Our new Q5C Plus will be a huge help to our site preparation services and give our customer peace of mind knowing that utility related delays will be kept to a minimum. For information about our site preparation services or about any of the other services that we offer, be sure to contact us at Griffin Contracting today.

Griffin Contracting Improves Traffic Flow at Busy Intersection in Pooler, Georgia

Griffin Contracting recently completed a new intersection that will serve as a key traffic management tool for the City of Pooler for years to come. The intersection is located on Pooler Parkway at its junction with Pipemakers Circle. Pooler has experienced rapid growth over the past several years and this new red light was cheered by both citizens and businesses alike. Work completed includes removal and replacement of over 1500 CY of unsuitable material. Placement of approximately 2500 TNS of Base and Asphalt Paving, Storm Drainage Improvements, as well as Jack and Bore work. The project also saw new Curb and Cutter, Sidewalk and Handicap Ramp Improvements completed under the Project Umbrella.


Alongside the traditional roadway work was the installation of a new traffic signal at the proposed intersection and a cutting edge corridor management system. The red light management system connects all of the intersections control cabinets along the 3 mile corridor via wireless and traditional fiber connections. The system monitors traffic behavior via a network of interconnected cameras designed to record traffic flow, vehicle counts, que lengths and wait times on a 24 hour cycle over the entire corridor. The data is processed in real time and used to provide optimal green times on the heaviest movements for the highest and best use of the corridor. The technology has proven effective in reliving traffic congestion on several congested arteries in the US. Griffin and the Project Owners look forward to the operation of the system and the intersection to help improve the community and the travel time for its growing population.

Five Great Reasons to Hire Griffin Contracting

Griffin Contracting is a premiere heavy construction general contractor operating in Georgia, South Carolina and northern Florida. You’ll find our work in Spartanburg, Columbia, Charleston, Jacksonville, Macon, Brunswick and Savannah.

Founded in 2001 and centrally located in Savannah, we typically work with municipalities, school districts, public utilities, manufacturing companies, office complexes, residential developers and large construction managers.

Our capabilities include general construction, masonry, bridge building, general contracting, asphalt paving, concrete construction, foundations, crushed concrete, asphalt milling, demolition, pile driving, roadway construction, site preparation and utility work.

Most of our business is repeat business. Our customers depend on our reliability. The following are five reasons to help you depend on our reliability, too.

1. We are Locally Owned and Operated.

We’re close enough for Griffin Contracting’s owners and top managers to meet with you face-to-face prior to construction and for progress updates along the way. Because we’re close, your costs will be lower and communications will be faster. Our workforce lives here. Our professional staff is here. We own and maintain our equipment locally. We’re part of the South.

2. We Offer Comprehensive, One-Stop Capabilities.

Construction schedules can be highly complex and prone to delays when multiple sub-contractors are involved in a project. This is not the case when Griffin Contracting is managing your construction project. We solve the complexity of construction schedules and avoid delays because we bring our own workforce, engineers and equipment to each of our projects, making the journey from project vision to project reality as rewarding as possible.

3. We are Efficient and Effective.

Our company has been providing heavy-duty construction services throughout the area for more than 15 years. During this time we have completed just about every kind of heavy construction project there is. We’re experienced and we have the wherewithal to see projects through to completion. We know what works and what doesn’t. We keep your project on schedule and on budget.

4. Our Staff is Highly Skilled and Experienced.

One of the reasons we have such a strong reputation for efficiency and effectiveness is because we make certain that our staff is properly trained. Our turnover is low, our teamwork is exceptional, and our focus on the customer is unparalleled.

5. We Will Save You Time and Money.

Our proven processes and procedures, coupled with our professional staff and skilled workforce, create efficiency throughout the entire construction timeline. This efficiency saves you time and money. And because you’ll enjoy our one-stop shop capabilities for all your construction needs, you’ll not have to worry about managing several different contractors and their respective schedules, strengths and weaknesses.

To learn more about how we can help you, contact Griffin Contracting today.