Paving Caps $200
Million In Piedmont Triad International
(3rd Quarter 2009)
To accommodate expansions at Piedmont Triad International
Airport in Greensboro, NC, Vecellio & Grogan performed site
work, road building and bridge construction, with Sharpe Bros.
adding fine grading, utilities and asphalt paving, for: (1) a
new Honda jet manufacturing facility; (2) a new FedEx regional
cargo hub; (3) the realignment of Bryan Blvd.; and (4) a new
9,000-ft. runway, with taxiways.
(Photo by John Riley, Jr.)
V&G, Sharpe Crews Perform Extensive Site, Road and Runway Work
For New FedEx Hub, Honda Aircraft Plant
Heavy/highway contractor Vecellio & Grogan and its grading and
paving division, Sharpe Bros., are capping five and a half years
of site development, road- and bridge-building, and runway
construction to accommodate expansions at Piedmont Triad
International Airport in Greensboro, NC.
Under contracts totaling more than $200 million, crews performed
a full range of site development services for a new FedEx
Mid-Atlantic cargo hub and a Honda jet engine facility,
reconstructed Bryan Boulevard to move it outside the expansion
area, built all associated bridges, and constructed a 9,000-ft.
runway and several related taxiways.
Vecellio & Grogan excavated and shaped more than 13 million cu.
yds. of earth on the jobs, involving long shifts and vast
spreads of equipment for the monumental earthmoving effort.
Except for a few perimeter road items, V&G’s share of the work
is essentially finished.
Sharpe Bros., meanwhile, performed some of the final grading
work, placing and compacting more than 720,000 tons of base rock
— including a division and local quarry record of more than
17,000 tons in one day for a section of taxiway.
Sharpe also provided the hot-mix asphalt, drawing primarily from
its #2 plant just west of the airport, and performed all paving
work on the projects. The plant, paving and quality control
teams worked closely together to meet the stringent
specifications for the new runway, with its multiple layers of
specially mixed asphalt designed to endure the stress of heavy
The strip is more than a mile and a half long and 150-ft. wide,
with 50-ft. shoulders. A narrower taxiway runs alongside, with
multiple crossovers allowing access. The V&G Division also paved
the taxiways that route traffic to and from the strip, with some
work still remaining on a taxiway being built at the south end
of the airport.
By the time the projects are completed, paving crews will have
spread and compacted nearly 200,000 tons of asphalt, including
quantities laid by V&G’s own asphalt unit before the acquisition
of Sharpe Bros. and merger of the two in 2006.
Throughout, Sharpe crews have worked as safely as they have
efficiently, with no lost-time incidents in three-plus years.
Together, Vecellio & Grogan and Sharpe Bros. have delivered a
complete package of work to accommodate the growth needs of
FedEx, Honda and the Piedmont Triad International Airport.