Concrete Products

JAN 2019

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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Page 72 of 103 January 2019 • 67 FEATURE EAGLE ROCK/ORCA AGGREGATE "We target contracts in the eight-figure and above range," says Director of Business Development Dick Williams. "We have been very fortunate to work on complex projects with leading structural designers who see the range of engineering properties that Orca aggregates impart in structural con- crete. It requires a business, engineering and marketing-sales model to bring an optimum performance material like this into a major market and present clients and their cus- tomers with 'cost-in-place' proposals. When factoring all benefits related to project sched- ules, site labor and simplified mix designs, we can compete on a per cubic yard basis instead of accounting just for a price per ton of aggregate." Los Angeles is enjoying a high-rise build- ing boom as developers reshape the downtown area around new apartment or condominium living projects abutting arts or entertain- ment districts and Staples Center, home to the NBA LA Lakers and LA Clippers teams, he adds. Facing high land values on points west of downtown, developers are also plan- ning more mid-rise properties on sites that in the past might have topped out at three to five levels. Some high profile commercial work anticipates Los Angeles' hosting of the 2028 Olympic Games. That event is likewise spurring higher transportation infrastructure investment, partly supported by receipts from 2017 state gas and diesel tax increases of 12 cents and 20 cents per gallon. Transportation and other public works projects are broaden- ing Eagle Rock prospects, as Orca aggregate concretes exhibit low shrinkage character- istics and high flexural strength, alongside excellent compressive strength and MOE. The Long Beach Terminal is entering its fourth year of operation. It receives three grades from Polaris Materials' Orca Quarry (opposite page), a pristine glacial deposit on northern Vancouver Island. One of three contract Polaris vessels, the dry bulk ship shown here is based on Canadian Steam Ship design, with self-unloading features and 76,000 metric ton capacity. A double bottom configuration sees material from a lower section collected on conveyors that converge in a vertical path for transfer to the terminal's boom conveyor. Continued on page 68

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