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Griffin and MBE/WBE Businesses

Our industry has some particular processes and challenges that are unlike what you might find with companies that tackle smaller residential and commercial jobs.

In so many ways, the process is different. We’ve talked about this in the past in some of our previous blog posts, and we also want to talk about some of the community aspects of how we put our projects together, and how we work with others in our local areas of operation, in  Carolina, Georgia, and Northern Florida.

Certified MBE/WBE Businesses

If you look at our ongoing networking pages for jobs, you’ll see that we are seeking MBE/WBE certified contractors.

What does this mean?

These firms, designated as Minority-Owned Business Entities and Women-Owned Business Entities, are managed according to specific state requirements and an application process.

Why work with MBE/WBE businesses?

Working with Minority-Owned Business Entities and Women-Owned Business Entities shows that a company has a commitment to helping create a diverse workforce and help more entrepreneurs achieve integration into this field and industry. It’s part of participating in the bidding universe for big projects, whether those are solely public-sector, or private-sector, or a mix. 

That’s why we’re dedicated to promoting this idea in the projects that we take on, and the process behind our heavy project implementation.

The Rest of the Process

After a company has been certified MBE/WBE by applying and achieving this designation, they can participate in the types of projects that we take on. One of the other key parts of this process is bidding.

People who haven’t been involved in this kind of work don’t always understand what bidding entails. It requires providing upfront estimates with contextual information, and allowing a customer or other stakeholder to make a ruling on which bid they will accept.

Those who are evaluating the bids may also have specific rules and requirements in place related to the bid that they choose.

Does someone always choose the lowest bid? Not necessarily. They may or may not have to choose the lowest bid, and there may be other considerations involved.

For a lot more about how we work, our track record in contracting, and our commitment to excellence, take a look at the rest of the website and how we operate in the communities that we serve. We have the resources and know-how to participate in markets that are closed to smaller operations, and so we work to partner with MBE/WBE businesses as part of a joint approach to getting work done. 

 

Getting Fill: Some Aspects of Construction Fill Acquisition

In our heavy projects with a range of important clients, one of the logistics that sticks out is the use of construction fill to resolve some types of excavation and create the final contours that people want for a plot.

In the earthmoving field, most are familiar with some basic aspects of construction fill and how to acquire it. But there are some particular strategies that can make it easier to meet objectives. 

With that in mind, it’s still useful to talk a little bit about how construction fill is used, and what the standards are. Does it make a difference where you get your construction fill and what’s in it? Yes, it absolutely can. 

Clean Fill and Certified Fill

First of all, you have clean construction fill and you have certified fill. 

Clean fill just means that the fill itself is generally free of contaminants. Allowed materials include concrete, dirt, brick and some other kinds of building materials. Disallowed materials include:

Combustibles

Certain caustic chemicals

Dangerous heavy metals

So from a scientific basis, someone has to evaluate the fill and make sure that it’s generally free of these dangerous elements.

Certified fill is a little different – it has a more rigorous standard and will be more specifically free of a broader range of contaminants.

In other words, one way to think of it is that clean fill is just someone saying that the fill is generally clean, but certified fill is a standard that meets more concrete criteria – no pun intended!

Getting Fill

In trying to secure construction fill for a site, there’s always the logistical process of transporting that material from its origin to its destination, and getting it integrated into a land contour.

At Griffin, we’ve invested in the kinds of heavy equipment and vehicles necessary to do this efficiently and effectively. Smaller firms that try to haul construction fill in pickup trucks often waste a lot of money, time and effort in doing the kinds of jobs that can be done better with industrial grade equipment and heavy contracting strategy.

In fact, that’s a large part of what we do – working with companies and organizations across Georgia and Florida and the Carolinas, we excel in putting together those heavy projects that can’t just be done with a minimal arsenal of equipment.

Take a look back through the blog to learn more about what we do with our clients and how it benefits taxpayers, residents, businesses and everyone who lives in a given community.

 

From Columbia To Savannah To Jacksonville And Back Again

Drive any of those coastal stretches from Columbia down to Charleston and then Savannah, or from Savannah to Brunswick, and then to Jacksonville, Florida, and during your drive, you just might see some of our work.

You’re not going to notice it that way, because it doesn’t have our name written on it. But Griffin is a trusted partner for utility authorities, municipal governments and more, and many of them call us again and again to help with difficult heavy projects. They do this because of our excellent track record in all three states, and our commitment to excellence and top-class customer service as we work for the people who plan our communities. 

Getting the Work Done

Throughout South Carolina, Georgia and northern Florida, we are often involved in critical paving, milling and utility jobs and projects requiring earth moving or heavy materials handling. That includes jobs that need to be planned according to local ordinance, town or township master planning, or other directives, for both safety and sustainable development. 

We pride ourselves on being capable and professional in a field where it takes considerable resources to compete. Not everyone can do this kind of work, and even some of the companies with the equipment and gear don’t have a very good professional approach.

We focus keenly on getting work done on time and within budget to help our customers to succeed. And our customers are engaged in that very critical work of supporting public infrastructure for everyone!

So again, if you see a trench dug for a sewer line, or some road work being done to deal with installing utilities in a right-of-way, or you see some earth moving in a public park, we just might be involved. And if you are involved in public planning, you can feel free to call us and get acquainted. We’ll show you some past projects and how we have worked with important stakeholders to get heavy jobs done in a safe and appropriate way. We can provide the reassurance that some partners need for any concerns about  scope and timeline, or anything else. 

When it’s time to roll up your sleeves, you’ll want Griffin in your corner! Also be sure to ask us about Griffin Labor, a division of our operations that can assist public works crews or other labor teams to achieve. We are here to make your process easier!

 

How To Get Your Asphalt Parking Lot Ready For Winter

Making a great first impression on customers is something most business owners are passionate about. The overall condition of the commercial building your business operates out of can tell a potential customer a lot about you. If this building is in bad shape, you run the risk of driving people away. Since your parking lot is one of the first things a person will notice about your building, it is time important to keep it well maintained.

 

As winter approaches, your asphalt parking lot will be exposed to frigid temperatures and precipitation. Experts predict that the winter of 2021 will be exceptionally cold, which is why now is the time to start preparing for the freezing temperatures ahead. Here are some things you can do to get your asphalt parking lot ready for winter. 

 

Prevent Moisture Issues With the Help of Seal Coating

Asphalt is like any other building material in that it requires routine maintenance to stay functional and damage-free. As winter approaches, you need to prepare for the increased amount of moisture your asphalt parking lot will be exposed to. Melting snow can cause severe damage if it is allowed to penetrate the ground underneath your parking lot. 

The best way to prevent this from occurring is by hiring professionals to seal your asphalt parking lot. With this added layer of protection, you can prevent issues involving oxidation and cracking. The team at Griffin Contracting Inc. will have no problem seal coating your asphalt parking lot the right way. 

Give Your Parking Lot a Thorough Cleaning

If your parking lot is covered in debris and trash, it can affect your ability to attract customers. The last thing most people want to do is kick trash out of their way to get into a business. This is why you need to view cleaning your parking lot on a regular basis as a priority. 

Before wintery weather arrives, it is important to remove all trash and debris. If these elements are left in place, they can prohibit proper snow removal. Hiring professionals to clean your parking lot will help to ensure this job is done quickly and correctly. With this professional assistance, you can keep your parking lot looking great all year long. 

Get Parking Lot Damage Repaired

The older your parking lot gets, the more damage you will ultimately have to deal with. Over time, things like cracks and potholes are bound to occur. If these problems are ignored, they will only get worse. The last thing you want is for these problems to damage the vehicle of a customer, which is why you need to get them repaired immediately. By fixing these problems before winter arrives, you can provide your customers with a smooth and damage-free parking lot to use. 

Do you need asphalt paving, milling or seal coating services? If so, Griffin Contracting Inc. is here to lend you a hand. Our team will work hard to ensure your parking lot is free of damage.

Should I Replace Or Repair My Asphalt Driveway?

Your asphalt driveway is one of the most important aspects of your home. However, chances are you don’t focus much on it until you notice a problem. With time, your driveway may begin to show signs of age. It may no longer be as aesthetically pleasing as it was before. Or, it may look worn down and not reflect your living standard. 

Whatever the reason, you think it’s time to let go of the old one and bring in some changes. At first, this decision looks simple: you decide to hire an expert and let them do the work. However, you are now bogged down by the age-old dilemma of repairing your driveway or replacing it anew. 

Not every driveway problem can be solved by a repair. Conversely, not all asphalt issues need a complete replacement. To find the perfect solution, you’ll have to consider a myriad of factors that let you know if a repair or a replacement is in order. 

When to Go for a Repair?

A repair is an ideal solution if your driveway is less than 10 years old and showing signs of wear. An asphalt driveway lasts for around 15 years, so you must get a repair for anything younger than that. Also, if the color has faded, there’s no need to worry. It can easily be fixed by patching any cracks and then adding a sealant. 

Small cracks and sunken areas can also be patched. Another repairable issue is a pothole. However, if you have multiple potholes and cracks on over 50% of the driveway, a repair won’t do you any good. 

When to Go for a Replacement?

As stated above, a complete replacement is in order if you see multiple potholes. These gather water and lead to more damage in the near future. Another issue to look out for is a series of alligator or spiderweb cracks. These are interconnected and affect the whole pavement.  

Replacement is also required if your asphalt driveway is over 20 years old or has drainage issues. Also, if you’re planning to sell your house, it’s better you replace the driveway. It will not only make your house look better but also increase its resale value. 

Finalizing Your Decision

Before making a decision, look at what your asphalt driveway is telling you. Compare it with the signs we’ve mentioned above. If you’re confused, it’s better to consult a professional. When you’re done, get a contractor for regular maintenance and improving your property’s asphalt. This will reduce unnecessary expenses in the future and increase your driveway’s lifespan. 

What We've Learned Since 2001

What We’ve Learned Since 2001

Man, it’s been 20 years – 20 great years of helping various stakeholders to complete projects in the world of heavy industrial work!

 

Along the way, we’ve learned quite a bit about how this business works and compiled a lot of the right resources to help local governments, businesses or other clients to set up their projects in the right ways.

 

Here’s some of what we’ve thought about as we look back on 20 years of excellent service in heavy construction, in our coverage areas in Georgia and Florida.

 

Desire for Turnkey Solutions

 

When someone comes with a set of engineered drawings or some other type of plan, they’re looking for a way to get comprehensive help with the entire scope of the project. They’re not looking to farm out piece after piece to different types of offices and try to cobble together some kind of working collaboration that way. Sometimes a little bit of the specialization has to be done, but in general, having a company offering turnkey solutions for heavy industrial is important. It’s something we’ve invested in as we’ve grown and increased our capacity to partner with clients to get the job done right.

 

Excavating Logistics and More

 

Another thing we’ve learned through experience is that utility location and compliance with local utility standards is only part of those important logistics around excavation. Compliance with local government ordinance is another part, but there’s even more to it than that.

 

People who have never been involved in a heavy industrial project might think that you can “just dig a hole somewhere,” but they are profoundly wrong. There are key complex requirements and guidelines in place for these types of heavy projects. Because of the way that we develop land as a society, all of these rules and regulations are critically important when it comes to implementing an excavation correctly. Do you have an E&S plan? What’s that?

 

By making sure that every project moves forward on a sure foundation (in terms of planning details) we set our clients up for success in what can be a challenging field.

 

Project Management: The Ins and Outs and What Have Yous

 

Then also, project management is the consideration of time and scope, and a type of approach that covers the waterfront when it comes to obstacles and problems that projects could encounter. That’s why performance bonds were created – to make sure that as things changed, project implementations wouldn’t change with them.

 

So as we move forward, we provide that type of contract security that saves clients from various nightmare situations, where what was supposed to happen didn’t happen, happened partially, happened poorly, or happened too late.

 

Here’s to 20 more years!

From Paper To Pavement

From Paper To Pavement

What’s involved in the heavy projects that we take on in Georgia and Florida and around the local area?

 

Well, in some ways, these are not like other kinds of contractor projects. It’s not as simple as building a small concrete form, or putting some brickwork in place. Most of the projects that we do are heavy projects on an industrial scale, and they have their own logistics and requirements.

 

Engineering Plans

 

Before any work gets done, many of these projects are painstakingly detailed on paper. If we’re working with a state or local government, or a utilities firm or some other institutional client, it’s likely that they’ve already spent thousands of dollars on engineering work, with blueprints that show every aspect of the project from a technical standpoint.

 

Then it’s our job to help make these plans a reality. Plans are only as good as their application to the real world. Hiring a firm that doesn’t know how to adhere to an engineering plan is a recipe for disaster.

 

Dealing with Stakeholders

 

As mentioned, we do quite a bit of work with state and local government offices. We also work with developers and transportation agencies, just to name a few. That means there will likely be different partnerships involved. One of these clients may have secured a grant for some of the work, or all of the work. A government office may be relying on a private business as a facilitator. On the other hand, the government office may be working in collaboration with a private office like a utility provider.

 

All of this has to be hashed out in a way that makes sense to keep these projects on track and being implemented in the ways that everyone intended.

 

Other Logistics

 

Then there are those other boilerplate logistics in putting a heavy job like this together. These involve scheduling around any public access issues or other contingencies, and getting the materials to the site on time. They involve looking at temperature and humidity as components of a project’s overall result.

 

That’s why so many of our customers come to Griffin Contracting for their project needs. They recognize our authority in heavy project implementation and the resources that we have to work with other stakeholders to put plans into action. It’s one thing to draw up a plan, even an engineering concept plan or something more detailed. It’s something else to make it real in the real world. Work with us to “make it so.”

Four Factors In Pouring Concrete

 

At Griffin Contracting, we help with many types of large projects involving new construction and infrastructure maintenance.

 

Along the way, we’ve learned a lot about what affects these kinds of projects, and how to make sure that things run smoothly. Many of these jobs are enormous ‘organisms’ or in other words, complex systems with their own design components and particular needs. It’s not just a question of “picking a day to get something done” – the scope and the timeline need to be effectively managed in order to achieve the best result, or even, in many cases, a decent result.

 

This is ultimately true in pouring concrete, which is a major part of what we do for many clients.

 

Good concrete jobs will lead to long-term safety and utility for local residents and visitors but again, this rests on a variety of important factors.

 

Pouring Concrete and Temperature

 

The temperature of the local climate is one of the things that our concrete crews always keep an eye on. That’s because temperature is such an important factor in pouring concrete. As soon as a temperature dips below a particular point, it is not safe to do these projects without possibly compromising quality.

 

Frozen ground can cause concrete projects to crack later as the ground thaws. That’s an enormous failure from a design and engineering standpoint. However, another problem is also sadly more common than it should be.

 

Professionals call this problem spalling. It happens when colder temperatures create issues with differences between the top layer and bottom layers of the concrete. Later, you get a sort of flaking on top, and it creates an uneven surface. First of all, it looks terrible, and secondly, it leads to inferior results over time.

 

Humidity

 

Humidity can also cause certain kinds of cracking. In this case, if there’s too much evaporation from poured concrete, cracking happens as a result of those differences in moisture.

 

So as we look at temperature, we also look at humidity and the overall weather context.

 

Wind

 

Lots of small-time contractors understand the impact of both temperature and humidity, but they might not think about the impact of high wind speeds.

 

Too much wind or intense air speeds near the top layer can also cause concrete to crack. That means if you have a good day, but it’s extremely windy, you may want to assess the project accordingly.

 

Traffic

 

Obviously, traffic around the site also has an impact. Not vehicle traffic so much, but pedestrian traffic and the movement of people and animals around the space. That might sound basic, but some companies ignore this kind of thing at their peril.

 

We are involved in creating those quality conditions for getting value out of projects that we do for municipal and private sector stakeholders. Take an approach to a job that involves top-quality, and you get what you pay for out of your investment in new building or maintenance.

 

Things to Consider When Having a Gravel Road Constructed

Things to Consider When Having a Gravel Road Constructed

The average business owner invests a lot of money in an attempt to grow and expand the base of their operation. If you have recently purchased a piece of commercial land to construct a new hub for your small business, then you need to make sure this building is accessible. In some cases, the commercial land a business owner purchases might not have an access road.

Finding a way to build a road that is both reliable and safe is more challenging than you probably realize. Constructing a road build from both gravel and dirt is a great way to save money without putting the condition of the road in jeopardy. Here are some things you should keep in mind when having a gravel road constructed.

Finding Professional Help is Vital

Constructing a gravel road from scratch can be a difficult and time-consuming process. If you don’t have the experience needed or the right equipment to finish the job, keeping your project on schedule will be impossible. This is why you need to work with the right professionals to get your gravel road constructed. At Griffin Contracting, you can get a great deal on the excavation services and site work you need.

If you attempt to take on this complex job alone, the chances of mistakes occurring will increase substantially. The money you save by doing this job alone is not worth the aggravation and long-term cost of a DIY road construction project. Instead of biting off more than you can chew, you need to leave this work to the team at Griffin Contracting.

Understand How The New Road Will Be Used

Before you can start to iron out the details of your gravel road design, you need to gather some pertinent information. One of the main things you need to know before constructing a gravel road is how it will be used. For instance, if your new road will be used by heavy trucks and machinery, then you need to limit the number of curves and switchbacks it has.

Since larger trucks and pieces of heavy equipment lack maneuverability, you need to make your road as straight as possible. You also need to make sure that the dirt and rock used to make the foundation can handle the weight from these vehicles.

Ensure Proper Road Drainage

When buying a piece of commercial land, a business owner will consider important factors like location and the natural slope of the parcel in question. If you expect that your new road will be exposed to lots of rainwater, you have to make sure it drains properly. Things like ditches, culvers and freestanding drains are great additions to a gravel road. With these elements in place, you don’t have to worry about flooding and washing issues.

Are you trying to complete a commercial land development project? If so, it’s time to find out about the services offered by the professionals at Griffin Contracting.

How To Choose The Right Commercial Land Investments

How To Choose The Right Commercial Land Investments

Choosing the right investments is a crucial part of building wealth. Ideally, you want to invest in things that are always in high-demand. Undeveloped pieces of commercial land are a great investment that can provide you with a great return. However, you need to be careful when selecting pieces of commercial land to buy. Investing in a piece of land that needs a lot of work can lead to you losing a lot of money.

Making a list of things to look for as you survey potential commercial land investments is a good idea. With this list, you can make sure all of your bases are covered before making this important decision. Below are some factors to consider before buying a piece of commercial land.

Consider The Grading Work a Potential Land Purchase Needs

There is over $6 trillion worth of commercial real estate located in the United States. If you are in the market for a piece of commercial land to develop later on, then you will probably have a number of options in your local area. Taking the time to go out and get a firsthand look at a piece of commercial land is important. Doing this allows you to get a feel for just how uneven a parcel of land is.

In most cases, commercial land parcels with uneven spots and ridges will be much cheaper. The reason why this type of land is priced so much cheaper is due to the work it will take to even out the parcel and put a commercial building on the lot. However, if you work with an experienced company like, you can get your land graded quickly and correctly. Our team will work hard to help you develop your commercial land into a long-term stream of revenue.

Choosing the Right Location

Finding the right piece of commercial land to invest in will be much easier if you enlist the help of real estate professionals. If you are attempting to buy land in an area you aren’t familiar with, these real estate professionals can lend you a hand. One of the main things you need to let a real estate agent know is that you are only interested in buying commercial land in certain locations.

If you want to flip your land investment for a profit, you need to purchase parcels that are located in developed metropolitan areas. While land in these locations will cost more, they also have a better chance of appreciating in value.

Get Familiar With Local Zoning Laws

Another consideration you need to make before buying a piece of commercial land is local zoning laws. If you know what type of businesses you will go after when trying to sell this parcel, you need to make sure the land in question is zone properly. For instance, if you are trying to attract industrial businesses, you need to make sure the parcel is zoned for industrial spaces. Knowing these details can help you make sound investments that will pay off in the future.

Are you trying to develop a piece of commercial land? If so, Griffin Contracting Inc. can help you out.