Shopping Center Paving – Project Management Methods for a Successful Project

Shopping Center Paving – Plan First, Revise Constantly

“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” ~ Denis Waitley

shopping center paving - sweeping.comThe first time I heard that quote, I thought, “what a realistic approach to planning…you never know what’s really going to happen!”.

Over time, however, this has grown to be my favorite project management quote, simply because it proposes not only the need to plan, but also need to stay flexible in “expecting the unexpected”.

In fact, I think every aspiring property manager would do well to read this quote, understand it and start applying it to maintenance projects.

Each shopping center paving project should start with certain planning protocols to ensure the success and satisfactory completion.

Here are some simple steps that you can undertake when starting a shopping center paving project:

Shopping Center Paving – The Planning

The first step in the project plan is determine the scope of your project. In this case, before paving the shopping center parking lot you need to understand the size and location of the project.

For a newly built shopping center, there are fewer safety issues to deal with since there are no traffic, tenant or customer issues to address.  This is not to imply that there are no safety issues, just fewer issues because business are not currently present.

However, subcontractors and other building professionals are present and need to adhere to safety protocols.

For an existing shopping center, the lost will require milling.  Milling is the process of removing the existing top coat of pavement for recycling and preparing the subcoat for fresh pavement.

Planning the timing and safety this this step in an existing shopping center is particularly important to preserve access for existing tenants and customers served by those businesses.

After dealing with the physical task of paving, you also need to reposition curb stops and bollards.  A line striping project is also needed to ensure that the mall visitors are well directed.

After identifying all the milestones and tasks for the paving project, formulate a viable and workable budget that will be reasonable and still maintain the quality of work done.

Shopping Center Paving – Preparation

shopping center milling - sweeping.comDuring this stage, communicate the finer details of the project with ALL affected parties and inform them about the main goals and timing for your project.

Take the time to explain expectations for them as well. Moreover, asses the obstacles that you are likely to face when preparing the lot for construction and the availability of machinery.

Make sure that you anticipate most of the issues that may affect your project and have contingency plans to avoid delays.

Shopping Center Paving – Execution

In this stage, ensure that you have contacted the necessary authorities and informed them about your project.

Make sure that your contractors are ready to begin work as planned to avoid any delays. The workers whether skilled or unskilled should have the required safety equipment and appropriate safety protocols in place.

In addition, ensure that all the necessary backup materials, labor or equipment are available to prevent any delays that may affect the construction process.

Shopping Center Paving – Assessment

After all the construction work is completed, assess whether expectations have been met.

If not, make sure that before you close the contract, resolve any issues your specifications.

Address any underlying issues that may have occurred during the process to ensure that there are no conflicts with post completion service responsibilities.

After you have resolved all issues, you can officially close the project.

Conclusion

If you want your construction shopping center paving project to be successful, you have to plan, prepare, execute, and assess.

These processes help you to save money and avoid unexpected costs.

Shopping Center Paving – An Expert Resource

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C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include community sweepingpavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for shopping center paving.

Asphalt Maintenance – Damage in the Winter, Fixes in the Spring

Asphalt Maintenance – Bad Weather = Parking Lot Damage

asphalt maintenance winter - sweeping.comSnowstorm, rainstorm, nor’easter, bomb cyclone. Whatever the name, it’s all bad weather and it’s really bad for pavement. All this bad weather adds up to one unpleasant truth – it causes lots of parking lot damage.

The more extreme the weather, the more extensive the damage. And it does appear that climate change is generating more extreme weather.

Unfortunately, some asphalt damage needs to be corrected immediately. If a large chunk of pavement fails and creates an unsafe walking or driving condition, you need emergency asphalt maintenance service.

Fortunately, asphalt pavement is a very “fixable” condition with many different types of repair materials and a variety of repair methods. Also, the temperature is not as big a problem with asphalt repairs compared to concrete repairs.

Although not the ideal time of year, asphalt maintenance can be conducted in cold weather. Concrete repairs are much more difficult (and expensive) in cold weather.

Asphalt Maintenance – You Can Wait Until Spring

Another aspect of asphalt maintenance is that the inevitable pothole repair can wait until spring. Depending on the size, location, and traffic, many pothole repairs can be deferred until warmer weather set’s in toward the end of March or beginning in April.

The big challenge with pothole repair at that time of year is the overwhelming demand for labor and materials in the spring. Many property owners want to get asphalt repairs and maintenance completed before the weather gets hot.

People who use the pavement, especially tenants, get very angry if they encounter a pothole that has not been repaired by June.

Preparing For The Spring Crush – What to Do?

So how does a property owner prepare for the asphalt maintenance crush?

Here are a few tips to plan and prepare for your asphalt maintenance needs.

1. Select a reputable maintenance company with asphalt maintenance experience

Google the term “asphalt maintenance” or “pothole repair” in your geography, e.g. “asphalt maintenance freehold nj” or “pothole repairs jackson”

Notice if Google provides local recommendations (it will be in a box of three recommendations at the top of the page). Look for Google reviews first. Good reviews usually indicate a reputable company.

Then visit the company’s website. Have a look at the services they offer. See if they offer any free tips, information or checklists.

The more helpful information they provide, usually the more committed they are to providing good service to their customers

2. Reach out to the company and talk to a representative

Find out if they have representatives that can spend some time speaking with you about your needs.

Ask for references and question where they have provided services in your local area.

Discover if they will listen to your unique situation and if they offer helpful suggestions.

Notice if they follow-up timely. This is an important clue to whether they will follow-up with you after they have started your project.

3. Determine if they can provide the asphalt maintenance services that you need

If you have a large asphalt maintenance project, arrange for an on-site visit so the potential service provider can accurately determine the time, labor and materials for your project.

Ask for a determination of when they could provide services. If they are a know asphalt maintenance company, they may have contractual commitments for the busy time of year.

Ask them for their best estimate of when your project can be added to the “queue”.

Asphalt Maintenance – Don’t wait until the last minute.

The crush for asphalt maintenance in the spring is a real occurrence. If you plan and prepare during January and February, you won’t be waiting long to have your potholes repaired, your cracks filled and any other issues corrected.

If you wait, there might be some nastygram emails or testy calls from tenants or property owners to deal with.

Avoid this today. Let us be the first property management company you investigate.

Check us out and compare us with other asphalt maintenance companies in your local area.

If you’re in Northern NJ, call us at 908-730-7888. If you’re in Central NJ, call us at 732-886-1940.

I believe we can help you to get your asphalt maintenance when you need it.

Paving – 5 Surprising Facts about Paving

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Paving With Asphalt – It’s Been Around Longer Than You Think

paving 5 facts - sweeping.comSince the first recorded use of asphalt for paving roads in Babylon as early as 625 BC, it has come a long way to become the most popular paving material with huge economic and ecological benefits to humanity around the world. Most people take for granted what a valuable resource asphalt is when in fact it is the primary material used to pave more than 95 percent of the highways and roads in the US!

Asphalt is the most preferred paving material because it is cheap, highly recyclable, and does not pollute the air or the environment. Pathways, roads, parking locations, and highways paved with this material are smooth and comfortable to ride on because of asphalt’s noise reduction properties. They are durable, and provide good traction, which makes them safe. Emerging technologies and applications of asphalt paving is proof enough that it will continue being a vital element of the future of humanity.

Paving – 5 Surprising Facts

Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about asphalt.

1. It is 100% natural

Asphalt is a naturally occurring material that is found in asphalt lakes or as rock asphalt (a mixture of asphalt, rock, and sand). It gets its name from the black, viscous, and sticky liquid also known as bitumen. It is typically mixed with mineral aggregate then laid and compacted on a subgrade foundation and a base of crushed stone to create the smooth and durable paved surfaces we drive and walk on.

2. It saves us a lot of money

Asphalt is a very economic paving material, and it is not just because it is highly recyclable, but also because it builds highly durable surfaces. A report by the National Asphalt Pavement Association showed that 2.27 million miles of interstate highways and roads in the US are paved with Asphalt. About 80 percent of old asphalt can be removed and recycled, saving the taxpayer up to $300 million each year. This material is such an efficient preservative that it was used by ancient Egyptians in the mummification process.

3. It paves almost all our roads and parking areas

More than 94 percent of parking areas and pathways in the US are paved with asphalt. It is more preferred material over concrete because of its cost-effectiveness, durability, and strength. Asphalt paving is also a versatile substance that simplifies construction, making it ideal for use in a variety of applications in commercial and residential areas. For instance, porous asphalt is increasingly being used in low-impact storm water management areas because it handles runoff water more effectively.

4. It reduces noise pollution and saves us time

A study carried out by the Federal Highway Association found that roads paved with asphalt are so smooth that they reduce the fuel consumption of trucks by as much as 4.5 percent. The same report showed that these roads reduce highway noise by between 3 and 5 dB(A), enabling smoother rides and safer journeys. Besides, the construction of these roads are completed quickly because asphalt paving is easy to work, saving commuters millions of work hours every year and reducing traffic delays.

5. It interconnects the society without harming the environment

Asphalt makes significant contributions to the cohesiveness and safety of the community by providing jobs and a long-lasting transportation and communication product. Every $1 billion worth of asphalt surface paved creates over 28,000 jobs with no risk to the community or the environment.

Paving – What Are Your Needs?

According to Wikipedia, our relationship with asphalt began in the 13th century when indigenous people used it as an adhesive for making ceremonial items and building materials. The Babylonians may have been among the first people to use it for road pavements, starting a trend that paved the road for modern civilization. Do you appreciate asphalt more now?

If you’re looking to repair, replace or upgrade your paving, call us for quotes and advisory for asphalt paving.  We’re paving experts and we’re responsive, reliable and do great work for our clients – 732-886-1940