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Bot Construction Group wins green award


April 23, 2012
By Andrew Macklin

April 23rd, 2012, Mississauga, ON – The
Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA), in partnership with the Ministry of
Transportation (MTO) and the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), is pleased
to announce that Bot Construction Group is the winner of the 2012 ORBA Green
Leadership and Sustainability Award.

April 23rd, 2012, Mississauga, ON – The
Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA), in partnership with the Ministry of
Transportation (MTO) and the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), is pleased
to announce that Bot Construction Group is the winner of the 2012 ORBA Green
Leadership and Sustainability Award.

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The ORBA Green Leadership and Sustainability
Award was established in 2010 to recognize environmental leadership and
sustainability measures in the construction of Ontario’s transportation
infrastructure. It recognizes contractors that go beyond the scope of
requirements on a specific project or develop innovative and sustainable ways
of carrying out day
today activities. The award can recognize new
products, new equipment or new management and construction methods that promote
sustainability.

“Ontario’s road builders are continually
innovating and employing new measures to help protect our environment,” said
Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Transportation. “This award is a celebration of
the many achievements our transportation infrastructure industry has made
toward promoting green methods of construction. I offer my sincere
congratulations to Bot Construction, for their winning submission, and to
Dufferin Construction and The Miller Group for their honourable mentions.”

“ORBA is pleased to congratulate Bot Construction
Group as the winner of the 2012 ORBA Green Award, and applauds its dedication
to environmental sustainability measures. We introduced these awards last year
to recognize the efforts our members are making in environmental protection,”
said ORBA President, Jim Hurst. “The award recognizes the ongoing environmental
leadership and innovative achievements being made by road builders towards the
objective of environmental stewardship and enhanced sustainability; and also
promotes responsible environmental management throughout the industry.”


“Municipalities are always looking for ways to
improve,” said Alan Korell, President of OGRA.“The ability to partner with
Ontario’s road building industry to deploy environmentally sustainable
solutions provides a template for how local governments and the private sector
can work together to find answers to this challenge.”

Bot’s award is for their development and
implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) which establishes a
systematic, integrated approach to identifying and mitigating environmental
impact risks on construction projects. The company’s EMS is a principles
based element of its broader corporate commitment
and transforms sustainability values into measurable practices at the field
level on every construction project it works on.

Bot’s EMS system has demonstrated its value
through the avoidance and mitigation of environmental risks and by providing a
platform for continuous learning and improvement throughout the company.
Already a requirement in some other industries, Bot voluntarily developed and implemented
its Environmental Management System, building on existing models and adapting
processes to the conditions of transportation infrastructure construction
projects.

The allocation of dedicated staff and facilities
resources to the systematic execution of the program is central to the EMS. At
the same time the program establishes the obligation, responsibility and
authority of all workers to satisfy the environmental principles of the
program. Bot’s application for the award illustrated how the EMS identified
environmental risks of construction at the project planning stage, and led to
revised construction approaches that achieved sustainability objectives.

The committee also highlighted two other
applicants that demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to sustainability by
utilizing innovative products or processes. These submissions were awarded an
Honourable Mention, and will be further highlighted on the ORBA website
(www.orba.org). They include:

  • Dufferin
    Construction (a division of Holcim Canada Inc.)
    initiated
    the use of recycled concrete aggregates in a test section of an MTO highway
    project in Mississauga. These test sections will be monitored to determine the
    potential for use in concrete mixes in the future. Incorporating recycled
    concrete aggregate into the new concrete mix means reduced demand for new
    aggregates and the trucking associated with supplying them. Estimates show that
    by using 15% recycled concrete aggregate in concrete mixes would reduce the use
    of virgin aggregates by 22,500 tonnes, on average, at Ontario ready mix plants,
    thereby eliminating approximately 600 truck trips annually per average concrete
    plant.
  • The
    Miller Group
    receives recognition for its development of a
    modified micro surfacing product incorporating glass fibres which was proposed
    to and accepted by the County of Lanark and the City of Kingston. The
    innovation results in reduction in demand for high quality aggregates and
    improvement of the life expectancy and performance of existing pavement
    structures. Miller’s modified thin
    lift
    pavement product was researched and developed by the company. Miller also
    received recognition from the judges for its role in promoting the new
    technology and for educating owners and contractors about the process.

The winners of the 2012 ORBA Green Leadership and
Sustainability Award will also be recognized at the 2013 ORBA Convention.