South Dakota School Officials Choose Concrete for New Parking Lot

The Sisseton School Board in Sisseton, SD, recently selected concrete for a new 180,000 square-foot parking lot after comparing the concrete’s life-cycle benefits to those of asphalt. The South Dakota Ready Mixed Concrete Association and local producer, NRMCA member GCC Ready Mix worked together to successfully present concrete’s benefits and life-cycle costs to the school board. The initial project bid was for a 5-inch reinforced concrete section or a 5-inch asphalt section. Because the reinforcement, specified by the local engineer due to expansive soils, added cost to the concrete pavement, a clear understanding of concrete life-cycle benefits was necessary for the project to proceed.

With project low bids coming in at $859,724 for concrete and $564,292 for asphalt, the Sisseton School Board voted to award the parking lot contract to the concrete low bidder. The project is complete and ready for returning students this fall.

Source: Portland Cement Association's Executive Report e-newsletter for August 27.

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