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Norjohn wins 2014 ORBA Green Leadership Award


April 28, 2014
By Ontario Road Builders' Association

April 28, 2014, Toronto, Ont. – 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 Norjohn
Contracting and Paving Limited as the winner of the 2014 ORBA Green Leadership
and Sustainability Award.

April 28, 2014, Toronto, Ont. – 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 Norjohn
Contracting and Paving Limited as the winner of the 2014 ORBA Green Leadership
and Sustainability Award.

  

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 who go beyond the scope of requirement on a specific
project or develop or adopt innovative ways and means of carrying out business
activities in support of the objective of environmental protection and
sustainability. The award can recognize new products, innovations in equipment,
best management practices, and adoption of construction means and methods that
are aligned with sustainability objectives.

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“ORBA is delighted to congratulate Norjohn Contracting and
Paving Limited as the winner of the 2014 ORBA Green Leadership and
Sustainability Award,” said ORBA Executive Director Geoff Wilkinson. “In their
submission, Norjohn Contracting and Paving Limited demonstrated environmental
stewardship and innovative thinking as an approach to sustainable and
environmentally conscious construction and corporate practices."

 

“The Ontario Good Roads Association would also like to
congratulate Norjohn on receiving this prestigious award,” said OGRA Executive
Director Joe Tiernay. “It is this kind of innovative thinking that makes
Ontario’s roads the safest in North America while protecting our environment,”
Tiernay added.

 

The 2014 award recognizes Norjohn Contracting and Paving
Limited’s work in Haldimand Country where the company used alternatives to
traditional paving methods to reduce the amount of energy and resources
consumed during granular conversion and road resurfacing, while achieving an
equivalent strength and improved seal over the traditional method. The work involved
the conversion of 139,000 m2 of gravel roads to hard surface and using cold
recycled mix for over 75,000 m2 of road resurfacing. Norjohn developed and
placed an innovative cold-in place recycled asphalt mix, using recycled
materials in place of traditional virgin aggregate for resurfacing, delivering
a cleaner and more enjoyable ride for motorists and an upfront cost savings to
the municipality. By placing its alternative cold recycle mix and bonded
wearing course product, Norjohn achieved a 95 percent decrease in use of virgin
aggregate, and a 17 percent decrease in asphalt emulsion. Energy savings
amounted to the equivalent to 200,000 L of gasoline or one year of electricity
consumption for 221 Ontario homes.

 

Honourable mention recognition for achievement in environmental
leadership and sustainable best measures is also extended to ORBA members,
Miller Paving Limited and Capital Paving Inc.

 

• Miller Paving Limited receives honourble mention for its
ongoing commitment to sustainable practices and continuous improvement in its
operations. Miller’s 2014 submission involved the implementation of
technological advancements at its Patterson, Carden and MRT quarries. These
measures, including an air classifier at Patterson, a cyclone washing plant at
Carden and elimination of the use of hydrated lime at MRT, reduced energy and
water consumption, increased efficiencies in product manufacturing and improved
workplace safety.

 

• Capital Paving Inc. receives honourable mention for its
work to reconstitute 230,000 tonnes of stockpiled fill material that was made
available to the contract by the City of Guelph. The reconstituted material was
used for SSM on the Laird Road Interchange, a joint contract of the Ministry of
Transportation and the City of Guelph. Through the efforts of the City of
Guelph, the MTO and Capital Paving, the submission stands as an example of the
‘beneficial reuse’ approach to soil materials management, and how it can be
achieved with the support of the local community.

 

“All three initiatives are examples of commitment to the
objectives of the Green Leadership Award program, and also serve as examples of
effective collaboration between owners and constructors working together in the
spirit of environmental sustainability,” added Mr. Wilkinson.

 

The winners of the 2014 Award will be recognized at the 2015
ORBA Convention for their commitment to green leadership and environmental
sustainability.


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